I recently purchased a Passion vine that I’m growing on my porch and I wanted to share with you about the properties of this medicinal plant as well as its interesting history and symbolism.
First about the history of the plant: It was discovered in the 16th century by Christian missionaries in South America, who called it Passionflower because to them its structure symbolized the Death of Christ.
The ten petals of the flower represent the ten apostles who remained faithful to Christ. The filaments on the flower symbolize the crown of thorn. The five anthers represent the five wounds of Christ, and the flower has three stigmas that symbolize the three nails used for the crucifixion.
Uses: It was traditionally used in the Americas and then in Europe as a calming herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria (Article of the University of Maryland Medical Center) and is now commonly used for the relief of occasional sleeplessness, simple nervous tension, anxiety or restlessness.
The structure of the flower is indeed worth the sight, here is a link to a video showing the opening of the flower in the course of several hours:
In Spanish: "La pasionaria, una flor con simbolismo"
One of my favorite blogs in Spanish recently dedicated a full story on the symbolism of the Passionflower, according to a Guarani legend:
Annabelle C. Vergne