Contrary to its whimsical name, Passion Flower (also known as Maypop) is not a stimulant, nor does it incite passion; instead, it has mild sedative and calmative properties. Taken internally, Passion Flower is normally used in combination with other sedative herbs for various types of nervous conditions.
What does it do?
Passion Flower has a long history of use among Native Americans, in both Central and North America. It is commonly used in support of anxiety, insomnia, hysteria, and epilepsy, and is also valued for its painkilling properties.
The flavonoids in Passion Flower are the primary constituents responsible for its relaxing and anti-anxiety effects. In Europe the herb is recommended for anti-anxiety support and in this context, is often combined with Valerian and Hops.
Passion Flower supports the nervous system in various ways. Many have found it to help with relaxation of tense muscles, thereby promoting restful sleep.
What about side effects?
In clinical study, Passion Flower has shown no adverse side effects, making it one of the safest natural anti-anxiety herbal aids available today. In studies conducted since the 1930’s, its mode of action has been determined to differ from most sedatives, making it a non-addictive herb to promote relaxation.
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