Passionflower is a wonderful antidote and remedy for the stress of modern day living. It is a great anti- anxiety herb that can help with insomnia, ADHD, and restlessness as well as lowering blood pressure and insulin levels. It's been reported to be helpful for women with menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes and premenstrual syndrome.
In one study, volunteers with trouble sleeping were asked to drink a cup of passionflower tea at bedtime for a period time and all reported notable sleep improvement.
Passionflower increases GABA in the brain and this action reduces anxiety that is frequently associated with insomnia. It can also help with tension stored in muscles and involuntary muscular twitching.
It can be taken in various forms such as infusions, teas and tinctures. To make passionflower tea, simply put a teaspoon or more in a cup of boiling water and steep (with a lid).
Those who are pregnant, breastfeeding or suffering from liver damage/disease should not take passionflower.
It also can interfere with blood thinning and blood pressure medications. If you are on these medications, consult your healthcare provider before using. Operating machinery is not recommended after using passionflower, due to its sedative effects.
by Theresa Musatto