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Question: Passionflower

I have a beautiful passionflower plant, you could kindly tell me when to collect the flowers and leaves and then make herbal teas. Thank you


Answer: Passion flower

Dear Nica,

passionflower is a suffruticose, climbing plant, native to South America, from where it was exported all over the world; in fact it is also cultivated in Europe, where it has escaped crops in some areas; in some tropical climate areas of the world, passionflower is considered a weed, because it tends to develop excessively. In herbal medicine, flowers and leaves are used to prepare herbal teas, usually mixed with lemon balm and fennel seeds, because it has been shown to have anti-anxiety, anti-insomnia action, and is also useful against nervousness, to stimulate sleep, and also against gastrointestinal problems due to stress. The flowers and leaves can be used fresh, and are collected at the time of greatest flowering, that is, in the month of May-June (depending on the area); after the harvest they can be dried in the sun and stored for the winter. Most of the herbal teas in which passionflower is present also contain other herbs, but this plant can also be used alone, mixing leaves and flowers; a dose of about 100 g of flowers and leaves is used per liter of infusion water, and is left to infuse for about 10 minutes; passionflower is often used in the summer, to reconcile sleep when the season is annoyingly hot. It is clear that if the disorder persists, or other symptoms are added to it, it is advisable to seek medical attention, so as to integrate the herbal tea with other pharmaceutical or herbal products. In many areas passionflower is used to prepare infusions for children, mixing the infusion with apples, to make it more pleasant. Although these are plants with exotic origins, passion flowers are also cultivated in Italy, and some species are rustic, for this reason it is not difficult to obtain flowers and leaves, to be used for herbal teas; when we collect plants that we will use for herbal teas, we look for healthy plants, free from insects, and that have not been treated with insecticides or fungicides, or the residual substances on the leaves will alter the composition of the herbal tea. In addition to this, we strictly adhere to the doses indicated, avoiding the production of "more concentrated" herbal teas, adding excessive quantities of plants to the herbal tea water, this is because, although many plants show the presence of some mainly beneficial active substances inside, It is said that in massive doses the plants themselves cannot have harmful effects, or even simply annoying ones.

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