Benefits Of “Passion Flower" Supplements
Passion flower is a potentially mild tranquilizer and sedative. It is well known for treating anxiety, stress, insomnia and may be good for the prevention of heart attack.
Species: P. incarnata
Also known as: Passionflower,
maypop, apricot vine, water lemon
Parts used: Leaves
Passion flower contains tranquilizing substances (maltol, ethyl-maltol and flavonoids) as well as stimulating substances (harmala chemicals). Making this herb an excellent nervine. As a natural nerve tonic it could possibly help with fibromyalgia.
"Simple, soothing, sleep-inducing".......is what fans of passion flower tea say about its anti-insomnia properties. About one hour before bed, simply pour boiling water into a mug over one teaspoon of the dried herb. Cover and steep for about 15 minutes before drinking.
Researchers have concluded that passion flower has “complex activity” on the central nervous system with an overall mild tranquilizing / sedative effect despite the presence of stimulants. It is non-narcotic and there is no possibility of addiction. Another indication of the health benefits of herbs.
Passion flower can also be used as a digestive aid and in women's health. Its antispasmodic properties not only relaxes the smooth muscles lining the digestive tract but other smooth muscles such as the uterus; helpful with controlling menstrual discomfort and back pain associated with endometriosis or hysterectomy related problems.
One study shows passion flower helps relieve pain and two others show it kills disease causing molds, bacteria and fungi, thus supporting its Indian use in wound treatment.
Animal studies have shown the harmala chemicals in passion flower dilate the coronary arteries. Blocked coronary arteries result in heart attack; therefore, it could possibly help in prevention.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, passion flower supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Aribine, ethylmaltol, flavonoids, harmaline, harman, harmine, harmol, loturine, maltol, passiflorine, yageine.
Passiflora incarnata or passion flower plants; also known as the “divine vine”, has a perennial root with annual tendrils and is fast growing so it will need something to climb; such as a fence or trellis. It can reach the height of as much as 30 feet.
The leaves on the vine are a dull green and deeply divided into three to five lobes with serrated edges about four to six inches long. Its white flowers are three inches across tinged in purple with a sweet fragrance.
The passion flower also produces an oval yellowish berry about the size of a hen egg. It appears green and turns to orange as it matures. It is referred to as "maypop fruit" which is edible, although very seedy.
Other herbs containing nervine actions include balm, black cohosh, blue cohosh, chamomile, dong quai, ginkgo, ginseng, gotu kola, skullcap and valerian.