Some Herb Basics: Most herbs work better on an empty stomach. A few exceptions are garlic, goldenseal and cayenne due to stomach upset. Herbs work in a cumulative fashion meaning they are not a “one dose wonder.” They need to build up in the system a little, usually within 2-3 doses, before any real affect can be noticed. Fresh herbs always work better than old herbs and science is always proving the fact that a whole herb usually is more effective than one isolated compound of that herb.
Medicinal Properties: Used as a nerve soothing tranquilizer. Passion flower has a mild but effective sedative quality and is often used for insomnia, nervous tension, fatigue, muscle spasms, and in the Yucatan, it is an old remedy for hysteria and convulsions in children. It is currently being prescribed by modern day physicians as a substitute for addictive tranquilizers because it works more gently and is non-addictive and safer. It has also been used for tension headaches, anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome, asthma and shingles.
How to Use: A tea of 1 tsp dried herb to 1C steaming water is safe to take every 3-4 hours. Extracts or capsules. Ripe fruit is eaten raw or made into wine and jams.
Parts Used: Whole plant.
Growing: Well-drained, slightly acid sandy loam in full sun. May get cucumber mosaic virus.
How to use herbs for maximum benefit. Short and sweet descriptions and uses written by our on-staff Nutritional Herbalist. Always remember that herbs should be treated as a medicine. Almost all of our modern-day medicines are derived from compounds found in herbs and plants. If you have not used a particular herb before, try a half dose at first to make sure you do not have an unfavorable reaction to it.