How to Use Passion Flower to Treat Insomnia

Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) is a flower that has been traditionally used to treat insomnia. It does not result in feeling hungover or spaced. Passion flower is believed to be effective in treating insomnia caused by stress, nervousness and overwork.[1]


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    Prepare a tea of passion flower one hour before bedtime.
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    Brew the tea as follows:
    • Add one teaspoon of dried passion flower herb to one mug of boiling water.
    • Leave to infuse for 15 minutes.
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    Drink in a relaxed environment a half hour before you go to bed. Avoid using any stimuli such as TV, computers, or anything else that keeps your mind too active. A book, soft music, and dim lighting are a good accompaniment.
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    If you have a fluid extract or tincture, use 10 - 30 drops three times a day for the fluid extract, 10 - 60 drops three times a day for the tincture, or as recommended on the tincture label. It can also be taken in the form of a gel capsule; follow the instructions on the label. Take 500 mg capsule or tablet 30 minutes to 1 hour prior to bedtime.[2]


  • There is no magic bullet, single solution to insomnia. It is important to assess all the elements that might be leading to insomnia, such as temperature of your room, the food you are consuming, the possibility of an underlying illness, the lack of addressing work or other pressing issues that cause you worry and stress. See your health professional to help you work through these and other issues.
  • Other names for passion flower include the apricot vine, passion vine, granadilla, maracoc, water lemon, Jamaican honeysuckle and maypop.[3]
  • Flowers, leaves and stems are used as part of the remedy.


  • If suffering any immune disorders, or taking other medication, do not use this remedy without advice from a qualified health professional. This site also provides a helpful list of which medications may interact poorly with passion flower when taken together.</ref>
  • Make sure the right type of passionflower is used. The Blue Passion Flower (Passiflora caerulea) contains cyanogenic glycoside, most of which can be boiled away. Use Passiflora Incarnata instead.
  • Do not give to young children without proper advice. There has been inadequate research done on its effects on children.
  • Passion flower is not believed to have side effects for the average, healthy person.[4] However, MedTV claims that possible side effects (not usually serious) could include dizziness, mild confusion, drowsiness and coordination problems similar to drunkenness in susceptible people.[5] On the whole, however, it is considered that there are far less side effects for using passion flower than with any drugs usually recommended to treat insomnia, or the other herbal option of valerian.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, do not use passion flower; it is a known uterine stimulant.[6] Its effects through breastfeeding are inadequately researched.

Things You'll Need

  • Passion flower herb, dried - you will likely find the herb in stores that stock herbal remedies, such as health food stores and specialty grocery stores. It is also available online.
  • Mug
  • Boiling water

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Categories: Herbal Health | Sleep Disorders