Mother tincture of Passiflora: preparation, properties, benefits and use

Passionflower mother tincture has calming and anxiolytic properties useful in disorders of the nervous sphere. Let’s find out more.

Facts of passionflower mother tincture

The leaves and aerial parts of Passiflora incarnata contain alkaloids, flavonoids, phytosterols, phenol acids, coumarins, cyanogenic heterosides and traces of essential oil. The mother tincture of passionflower is one of the most used phytotherapeutics in disorders of the nervous sphere, thanks to the sedative and calming action that are effective in case of insomnia, stress, anxiety, neurosis, anguish, menopausal disorders, premenstrual syndrome.

The armanic alkaloids contained in the mother tincture of the plant also have an antispasmodic action, as they relax the smooth muscles of the uterus, gastrointestinal and respiratory tract. The intake of passion floweris therefore indicated in case of menstrual pain, in case of spastic colitis of nervous origin, cough, and in all pain forms characterized by spasms; tachycardia, and in neurovegetative dystonias.

Description of the plant

Passionflower is a climbing ornamental plant native to the tropical and subtropical areas of Central and South America; today it is also cultivated in our regions and in many countries with a temperate-warm climate. Perennial herbaceous plant with a climbing and lianous habit (5-6 m.) The stem abundantly branched, is thin, green in young specimens, covered with bark in old subjects.

The leaves are alternate, lanceolate, in the armpits there are anchoring organs, shaped like tendrils.

The flowers are normally hermaphroditic, axillary and solitary, have three bracts of various shapes, sometimes colored and equipped with nectariferous glands, the calyx more or less elongated, with 5 sepals, 5 petals sometimes absent; a crown of filaments is normally present.

The fruits are generally ovoid or elongated berries, covered by a slight integument that, when ripe, is colored yellow, inside the fruit there is a gelatinous pulp (arillo) that contains small seeds of flattened shape, heart-shaped, dark in color, leathery and wrinkled.

How to prepare the mother tincture of passionflower

The“drug”(used part) corresponds to the leaves and aerial parts, harvested in the spring. The fresh plant is used, as it is dry and loses most of its properties. The mother tincture of passionflower is prepared with drug weight ratio: solvent of 1:10 and alcohol content of65% vol. 


The mother tinctures have no contraindications except those of the plant itself, diluted in a little water can be given to everyone, the alcohol contained in them is thus diluted, so it is harmless. Concomitant use of passionflower and synthetic sedatives or tranquilizers can potentiate the side and unwanted effects of medications. Contraindicated in pregnancy and lactation.

Internal use: 20 30 drops dilite in a little water 1 to 3 times a day; or 30-40 before bedtime.

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