Tonic Herb of the Month


(Passiflora incarnata)

This month we are featuring Passionflower, a beautiful and supportive nervine. Stop in and try some of our locally grown passionflower from Sacred Roots Herbal Sanctuary.

Part Used: Dried leaves & stems

Tastes/Energetics: bitter, sour, cooling

Actions: nervine, anxiolytic, sedative, hypnotic, antispasmodic, anodyne

Uses: Passionflower calms the nervous system, improves mood and relieves anxiety. Passionflower is one of our favorite herbs for supporting sleep. As a sedative and hypnotic, it helps with the transition into sleep. It also quiets a racing mind and helps to break circular and repetative thought patterns that may be keeping you up at night. Its ability to tone down mental chatter makes it an ally for those who are incessant thinkers and chronic worriers. As an antispasmodic, passionflower is useful in any condition of muscle or nervous contraction or over-stimulation. It has been used, for example, in Parkinson’s disease as well as menstrual cramps, seizures, hysteria and nervous twitching. It can also calm nerve pain, such as the pain that accompanies shingles.

Contraindications: do not use concurrently with pharmaceutical sedatives.

Folklore: Passionflower’s unique floral arrangement inspired early Christian missionaries to appropriate its distinctive morphology as a symbol of Christ’s crucifixion. The 3 pistils represent the holy trinity, while the 12 petals represent the disciples. Passionflower’s corona resembles purple and white striped threads, which emerge in a beautiful crimped pattern. This visual conjures the feeling of a frayed and excited nervous system and serves as a reminder of its ability to calm & center our scattered & frazzled nerves.

Don’t forget that winter is the season for rest, and we should all be cutting back on our projects and surrendering to sweet slumber. Think of passionflower to help you align with the calling of the season.


Monthly Medicine Making Circles

Sunday, October 1st

~ Nourishing Herbal Broth Blends ~

    • Herbs Covered: Astragalus (Astragalus propinquus), Shiitake (Lentinula edodes), Burdock (Arcitcum lappa) and Nettle (Urtica dioica)
  • We’ll discuss those deep, whispering, nutritive roots and the mycelial and fungal net of the Earth.
  • Participants will take home a broth packet

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Community Wellness Council Is Back!

Friends! After a 6 week break, we will be starting another round of the Community Wellness Council on September 15th.

The Wellness Council is part of the Sacred Garden School’s advanced herbal training program. Students and instructor collaborate to conduct the interview, examine the client’s tongue and pulse, and to come up with customized herbal recommendations tailored to the individual’s needs.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with us, you can do so HERE

If you would like to read more about how it works, our policies and our scope of practice, you can find that HERE



with Silvy Franco

Join Tonic’s CommuniTEA every Sunday morning at 9:00 am, for an intimate group tea ceremony. This is a time for quiet reflection and deep connection with Self and Camelia sinensis.

Donation: $20

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