[Passiflora incarnata] This herb derives its name from its beautiful white & pink/purple flowers which reminded Spanish explorers of The Passion of Christ. Used in native North and Central American herbal traditions, passionflower has sedative and tranquilising properties and is best known for its value in bringing (non-addictive) relief to disturbed sleep patterns and insomnia. Widely acknowledged as a good remedy for anxiety, tension and irritability, passionflower can be of benefit to horses who are generally nervous and apprehensive as well as those who are distressed and restless due to a current illness. In addition to its directly calming effects it also has analgesic (pain-relieving) and anti-spasmodic properties and can be useful, often in conjunction with other herbs, for the moody mare and the horse who has tight, sore muscles due to habitual tension.
One of passionflower’s phytochemicals – passicol – fights a number of bacteria, moulds and yeasts.