The Passion Flower, or Passiflora incarnate is considered to be one of the powerful herbs native to the Western hemisphere. Native Americans once used this medicinal herb as a mild sedative. Passion Flower leaf powder quickly caught on as a folk remedy in Europe, and was adopted by professional herbalists as a sedative and digestive aid. The Passiflora incarnate is a woody vine which grows the most unique flowers which reminded early settlers of the passion of Christ, hence the herbs name. The plant grows native to North, Central and South America and bears small, berry-like fruit called granadilla or water lemons. Many herbalists commonly use Passion Flower cut and sifted as an aid for pain and insomnia. Passion Flower leaf may also be tried as a means to treat imbalances of the nervous system including insomnia, nervous tension and stress headaches. This dried herb may also alleviate anxiety and nervousness but without triggering the dependence and withdrawal common in anti-anxiety prescription medications. This dried herb is believed to be a helpful aid in for female anxiety during menses, childbirth and menopause. Passion Flower cut and sifted has shown to ease spasms and depresses the central nervous system.