here are about 500 known species of passionflower. This family of plants is also known as Passiflora. For example, Passiflora incarnata helps treat anxiety and insomnia. Passiflora incarnata has many common names, including purple passionflower and maypop.
This incredible and beautiful flower has the amazing property of boosting gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels in your brain.
This compound lowers brain activity (and who wouldn’t like to shut down that little voice in your head that doesn’t make you fall asleep or wakes you up in the middle of the night reminding you all the things you have to do tomorrow?), which may help you relax and sleep better. For people suffering from anxiety or insomnia, this important neurotransmitter may be the key to reducing its symptoms. In fact, many drugs used to treat these conditions work by increasing the activity of this neurotransmitter in the brain. Benzodiazepines, for example, are a class of anti-anxiety drugs that act by increasing the activity of GABA receptors to calm the nerves and alleviate anxiety. Sleep medications such as Ambien also act by increasing GABA activity, resulting in a sedative effect that can alleviate insomnia. For more information on how GAaffectscts our brain and sleep, please read this study of Laboratory of Psychophysiology, Faculty of Sciences, University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis.
If the following issues are recurring time and again, exploring passion flower as a healing anti-anxiety supplement could be a huge boost to health—not to mention its nighttime perks that help catch those zzz’s.
- Difficulty sleeping
- Constant overwhelm
- General anxiety
- Fast heart rate
- Fatigue and tiredness
- Mood swings
- Stress burnout/adrenal fatigue
- …and much more
In one 2012 study, some of 60 patients were given passion flower to ease their anxiety before going into spinal surgery. Some were also given a placebo. In those who took the passion flower remedy, relief of anxiety was markedly more superior.
Another similar study was undertaken in 2013, only this time with dental patients. The same results were observed: while the placebo had beneficial effects, those from passion flower far surpassed them!
So what are you expecting for?
How to use it
ry the Passion Flower sleep benefits:
On the market you can find 400 mg dosage capsules, to be taken twice daily for 2-8 weeks.
45 drops of a liquid extract of passion flower, used daily for up to one month.
Curiosities and Historical background
Native Americans have used passionflower to treat a variety of conditions. These include boils, wounds, earaches, and liver problems.
Spanish explorers learned about passionflower from native Peruvians. They named these plants for their resemblance to a crucifix. In Christian traditions, “the Passion” is a term used to describe the final period of Jesus Christ’s life, including his crucifixion.
Throughout the 18th Century and on until the early 20th Century, use of passion flower for anxiety and sleep spread like wildfire in Europe—spreading almost as fast as the tendril-like vine itself could grow.
Even in the early 1900’s, passion flower was included as a part some major medical texts as a widely accepted remedy even for depression and other complaints. Then, in the 1970’s, the herb was removed from medical texts and over-the-counter remedies in America, mainly due to the lack of human-based health trials.
In Europe, however, use of the blossom in mainstream products stayed strong