I got a wonderful “new to me” book today.  The Herb Book by John Lust (the link is for the newest publishing, mine is the 8th printing so it was printed in July 1978!!)

I love it!  I have just skimmed it so far but it is split up into 3 parts: Part 1 is Herbs and History, Part 2 is A Compendium of Botanical Medicine and Part 3 is  Herbal Mixtures: Formulas for Health. This book is just stuffed full of INPUT!! INPUT!! INPUT!!! (anyone know where that line is from?)

So with a random page flip here: Page 303 we get:

Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

Common Names: Maypops, passion vine, purple passion flower

Description: Passion flower is a woody, hairy (te he, hairy!), climbing vine which grows wild in the southern U.S., from Virginia and Florida westward to Missouri and Texas.  It is also cultivated in cooler climates.   The stems, from 10 to 30 feet long, climb by means of axillary tendrils.  The alternate, serrate leaves are palmately (spell check doesn’t like that word) 3- to 5- lobed.  Solitary, axillary, white flowers with a purple, blue, or pink calyx crown bloom from May to July.  The fruit is an edible, many-seeded berry (maypop) almost as large as a chicken egg.

Properties and Uses: Antispasmodic, diaphoretic (spell check doesn’t like this word neither), sedative.  Passion flower is most commonly used for nervous conditions such as insomnia, restlessness, hysteria, and nervous headache.  Normally, however,, it is used as a part of a prolonged treatment and in the form of professionally prepared medications.

Preparation and Dosage: Use professionally prepared medications. Tincture: Take 15 to 60 drops in water, as needed.  For restlessness in children, give 3 to 10 drops in water every 30 minutes until results obtained.

Planet: Venus

Element: Water

Uses in Magic: Brings peace and blessings to the home.

And the Passion Flower fruit, the maypop, is edible (does that word look funny to anyone else?).

I must say I LOVE BOOKS! And the internet of course!


One Response

  1. This was my very first herbal and sits on my shelf to this day …. more than 20 years later. A great book!

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