Passion Flower Oil is one of many popular carrier oils used in massage, aromatherapy, and other body-work treatments.
Passion flower oil (from Passiflora incarnata L.) is extracted by the process of maceration of the flowers of the passion flower plant (usually in organic sunflower oil). This is a beautiful plant orginally from the southern hemisphere but now cultivated around the world. It is named because components of the plant such as the stigma, stamens, and sepals were thought to represent Christ's passion & crucifixion. It has a long history of therapeutic use by many civilisations including the Aztecs and Incas who prized this plant for its pain releasing properties. It has also been used to alleviate neuralgia and other irritative disorders.
Passion flower oil is not one of the most well-known carrier oils but it can be used as a massage oil and is said to be a good relaxant that may be beneficial in cases of insomnia.
Note: There are many different carrier oils used for massage and other bodywork therapies. This section includes many popular oils but it is not a complete list.