Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata)

Posted on Thursday 15 May 2008

Passion Flower, also called Maracuja, was first discovered in Peru and now grows throughout tropical areas in South America, Asia, Australia and Madagascar. There are over 200 species with the most common found in the Amazon Region.

Passion Flower is a woody vine growning up to thirty feet. The large striking white flowers with pink or purple centers inspired it’s name “flower of passion” as Spanish Missionaries thought it resembled the crown of thorns and named it after the Passion of Christ. The fruit is edible, however it is the seeds that product the oil.

The oil is light and gentle on the skin, readily penetrating the outer layer of the dermis. It helps to sooth, hydrate and soften skin chapped by the elements, and is an excellent inclusion in lip balms and sticks.

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