Passion Flower, a creeping vine native to tropical regions of the United States is making headlines lately for it’s ability to alleviate symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD). It makes a gorgeous addition to any home garden and will enhance the overall vibe with its aesthetic qualities. Aside from its garden enhancing attributes, Passion Flower is an excellent natural sedative, nerve tonic and safe remedy for insomnia. It also appears to have antiseptic and antifungal properties as the leaves were used by Native American shamans as an effective treatment for cuts and bruises.
One of the magic ingredients in Passion Flower is the potent antioxidant quercetin, which is renown for its antiinflammatory and anti-cancer medicinal profile. The aerial portion of the plant is commonly used in holistic medicine to treat a variety of health maladies.
Passion Flower for Anxiety
A recent study has found Passion Flower to be as effective in reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety and panic attacks as powerful big pharma drugs like Xanax, Klonopin and Valium, without the harmful and addictive side-effects. Passion Flower has also been shown not to adversely affect work performance. Passion Flower works on the GABA receptors in the brain, increasing their levels naturally. GABA also regulates and lowers other areas of the brain responsible for inducing a tranquil yet alert state which is optimal for overall performance in any endeavor.
Passion Flower has been used for treating insomnia patients since antiquity and is ideal for its low risk for developing tolerance and dependency over time. Apart from helping people go to sleep it also improves the overall quality of sleep in people not afflicted with insomnia and sleeping issues. Valerian root is another popular nighttime remedy for sleep and when used in conjunction with Passion Flower, and chamomile can make a potent sleep elixir.
Stabilizes Blood Pressure
Studies have demonstrated that consuming Passion Flower decoction daily as an effective regimen for lowering blood pressure. Scientists ascribe the potent antioxidant, anthocyanins – found in red wine, and edulilic acid as the ingredients which are chiefly responsible for the reduction in blood pressure. compounds Scientist believe that the blood pressure reduction was due to of antioxidant compounds present in passion flower called edulilic acid.
Improves Symptoms of Menopause and Depression
In addition to the potent antioxidants found in Passion Flower, the plant also boasts high levels of disease fighting phenols – which like antioxidants quell the anti inflammatory flare ups associated with women entering menopause. Depression which usually tends to accompany women undergoing onset of menopause can also be helped by supplementing with Passion Flower.
Passion Flower as a Tool for Addiction Recovery
The benefits of this wonderful gift from nature are endless and we need to explore these bounties from mother Earth more often if we are going to be successful in treating the ills of addiction. The endless source of homeopathic medicines existing in our own backyard are of paramount importance in the fight towards recovery while in treatment for substance abuse disorder. We need to take a keen interest in these holistic remedies if we are going to stay clean and prevent the likelihood of a relapse. Do yourself a favor and fix yourself a nice cup of Passion Flower tea tonight with some lemon and reap the myriad of health benefits.