In this post, we are going to talk about one super natural remedy, Passionflower.
Currently, there is a trend that is trying to go back to natural and organic products. The medicines used by our ancestors in ancient times have gained a lot of popularity lately. We are talking about products that were used when we still did not have pharmaceutical formulas.
In this website, our main purpose is to provide useful information to our readers so that they will improve their quality of life.
Everyone knows that the pharmaceutical industry is a multimillionaire monster that produces effective solutions for many diseases.
However, we are also aware that there are natural remedies for some problems. For example, this will help us buffer the impact of the chemical formulas in our body.
What is the Passionflower?
Let’s go back in time to see how this magical natural remedy was discovered.
The Passiflora Incarnata or Passionflower, is a species of evergreen vine that can grow more than eight meters.
Its flowers have fascinating and vibrant colors that result in a very exotic aspect. Moreover, its petal produce a pleasant smell.
The petal are big and they look as if an artist had painted them with precise red, orange and purple stripes.
The Passionflower has more than 400 species and it grows in the semitropical areas if South and North America. However, the Amazon holds the most common ones, pasiflora edulis and pasiflora Incarnata.
This vine bears a fruit with the size of a lemon which is called passion fruit.
It can be either purple or yellow.
It was discovered by Spanish settlers when they arrived to Peru in 1569.
The explorers were impressed by the beauty of this plant, specially by the strange shape of its flowers and the cross-like shape of its central axis.
It is said that the Spaniards gave a symbolic meaning to this vine. In fact, they believed it was “God’s blessing” in their search for el Dorado.
That is why they named it Passionflower
A scientific study by the Nation Institute of Health in 2017 proved that the Passiflora Incarnata extract can encourage a restful sleep.
This miraculous herb is made up of:
- Alkaloids (very low doses)
- Antioxidant glycosides and flavonoids
- Maltol, which is precisely the sedative ingredient
Moreover, the scientists have discovered other components in this plant, such as: alpha-alanine, coumarin, A and D cyclopassifloic acids, glutamine, edulan I and II, malonate, gynocardin, arabin.
The word passionflower is related to calmness and tranquillity.
Whenever we feel nervous, we use it because is the favorite natural remedy of our grandmothers.
A remedy that is passed on to the next generation
What is Passiflora used for?
These are some of the uses of passionflower:
- Muscle relaxant
- Analgesic and relieves menstrual cramps
Benefits of Passionflower
Dealing with stress
Herbalist’s shops sell this plant to treat insomnia, anxiety, anguish, stress and even to ease the pain from a tragic loss.
You just have to take one dose or a few drops…
Calm the nerves
If you want to enhance its effects, combine it with similar products that do not clash with its components.
If you know someone who suffers panic attacks, tachycardia or who lose their temper quite easily, the best thing would be taking passionflower.
It is no surprise that this plant is also advised for those who suffer migraines or headaches. Due to its properties, it has the ability to lower the blood pressure which is the main trigger of this type of problems.
It is perfect for spams, backache, neck pain, sciatic nerve problems… specially for those who spend most of their day sitting.
Plant for well-being
- It is ideal when we have breathing problems
- Moreover, it can relieve abdominal and stomach pain
- If you want to reduce the dizziness, lower the blood pressure and nausea
Let’s not forget about its antioxidant properties that help to eliminate the free radicals that cause premature aging and cell damage
Despite being a natural remedy, some components can be counterproductive during pregnancy or lactating, as well as for children under the age of 6.
Moreover, do not combine it with strong sedatives such as: clonazepam or lorazepan.
Instead of providing some relief, this combination can end in disaster, since it can trigger instability and disorientation.
Now that you now, use this natural remedy the next time you feel anxious!
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- “Guía para principiantes de plantas medicinales” 2017. Rosemary Gladstar
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