By Angelina Williamson
Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) is useful in treating anxiety, insomnia, upset stomach (especially related to stress), and high blood pressure. This plant is considered generally safe for most people for short-term use (no more than a couple of months according to some sources), but if you take any sedatives or other medications, be sure to check with your doctor before taking this tincture to make sure there aren’t any contraindications.
How to Make Passionflower Tincture:
Fill a pint jar about half full of dried passionflower and then cover it with 80 proof vodka.
The solvent range for optimal extraction of medicinal constituants is between 40-65 percent. Be sure not to use a proof higher than 100 or you may damage the plant’s efficacy.
Label your jar with the date you started this batch and put it somewhere where you won’t forget about it.
Shake it vigorously every day for two to four weeks.
Shaking it every day is important because it helps break down the cell walls of the plant material.
Next, get a fresh clean jar fitted either with a strainer or (as I’ve done here) with a wide-mouthed funnel fitted with an unbleached coffee filter, and pour the liquid through it. Alternatively, you can use cheese cloth or muslin. Shake the plant material into the filter or cheese cloth and squeeze as much of the liquid out of it as you can.
Decant your tincture into a dark bottle and label it. Store in a cool dark cupboard to maintain the best quality.
Your tincture is ready to be used in whatever recipe you like! For precise dosing information consult a reliable herbalist for advice, either with a personal consultation or from a trusted book or online source.