Passionflower has hundreds of varietals, and so to the healing benefits vary. The purple passionflower is well known for his ability to relax and calm the central nervous system, therefore assisting the adrenal glands.
From a herbal perspective, this plant has nervine and anodyne properties. The nervine component is calming and sedative like, while the anodyne can remove pain particularly in muscles. Passionflower is also anxiolytic which calms anxiety, high levels of stress, and agitation. Traditionally, the native peoples of the Americas used passionflower as a sedative.
Taken regularly as a tea, passionflower can assist with anxiety and stress related concerns. It can help ease the mind when circulating thoughts are flourishing.
Research has shown that people who supplemented passionflower for seven days, found improvement with sleep issues and insomnia.
Additional healing features of this herb include the ability to calm heart rhythm problems, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder and it can lower high blood pressure. Passionflower can also be applied to the skin for burns.
Like all plants, their nature is subtle yet powerful. Passionflower can cause drowsiness or dizziness. Always seek advice from a medical practitioner or naturopath if in doubt.
To make passionflower tea, add a tablespoon of dried herb to a cup of hot water and allow to steep, then enjoy. Create your own blends of tea, try adding passionflower to nettle, pau’d arco and horsetail a nourishing blend you can enjoy every day.
If using a tincture, add one to two droppers to warm water before bed.
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