Medicinal Uses of Purple Passionflowers

The purple passionflower is known by many for its 12 leaves and three brilliant red stamens. The flower is also called the Passion of Christ with the leaves representing the 12 disciples and the stamens representing Christ's wounds. According to University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC), passionflowers, used in conjunction other herbs, have calming attributes. Both the leaves and the fruit of the purple passionflower are edible.


According to UMMC and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, studies show passionflower taken as oral drops several times daily reduces anxiety symptoms. Study participants took up to 45 drops of liquid passionflower throughout the day instead of other traditional medicines. The beneficial results of passionflower take two or more weeks.

Opiate Withdrawal

According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, studies show passionflower can help in treating opiate withdrawal symptoms. Opiate withdrawal symptom treatment combines other withdrawal-treatment drugs with the liquid form of passionflower. Researchers recommend further studies to test liquid passionflower and opiate withdrawal treatment.


Purple passionflower as a tea is an effective treatment for insomnia. Bring one cup of water to a boil and then add 1 teaspoon of dried purple passionflower leaves. Allow to soak for approximately 10 minutes and then strain the leaves. Add honey, sugar or milk to sweeten the flavor. Drink the mixture one hour before going to sleep at night.

Drug Interactions

Do not take any form of passionflowers when pregnant or nursing. Consult a primary health care doctor before consuming passionflowers if you are on medications with sedative effects, blood thinners or MAO inhibitors.

Pediatric Usage

According to UMMC, the adult dosage of passionflower is based on a 150-pound adult. It is safe to use for children. Adjust the dosage by calculating the pediatric dosage from the child's weight.