What is passionflower?

Published August 28, 2023

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What is passionflower?

Do you ever feel nervous, stressed and restless all at once? Passionflower may be the support you are looking for. This calming herb has a long tradition of use throughout Australia, North America and in parts of Central and South America as a naturally derived herbal ingredient to ease restlessness, symptoms of stress and sleeplessness. Here, we explore the potential health benefits associated with this medicinal flavonoid-rich herb and ways it can help to soothe and calm nerves as described in the traditional Western herbal medicine.

What is passionflower?

Passionflower has been used for centuries throughout the Americas (and later Europe too) thanks to its diverse range of health benefits. Known for its stunning blue-purple petals and distinct aroma, there are over 400 different varieties of passionflower, each with a unique appearance and medicinal use. Some of the most common varieties include the Blue passionflower and the Yellow passionflower, both of which have been used to reduce symptoms of stress and promote relaxation. Other varieties within the Passiflora family are popular for their delicious fruits — known and loved as passionfruit.

Where does passionflower come from?

Passionflower is believed to have originated in Central and South America. Today, passionflower is widely cultivated around the world and is commonly used in herbal remedies and supplements for its calming properties.

How does passionflower work?

Research shows that certain extracts of passionflower can increase levels of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA helps to reduce anxiety and promote relaxation by lowering the activity of some brain cells. Additionally, passionflower contains compounds known as flavonoids, which make up some of the plant’s antioxidant system. While more research is needed to fully understand the mechanisms behind passionflower’s effects, its long history of use speaks to its potential as a medicinal plant.

Health benefits of passionflower

The natural compounds found in passionflower, such as flavonoids and alkaloids, have been shown to have effects which can help calm the mind and body. Whether you’re looking for support with sleeplessness, feeling overwhelmed by stress, or just need some help winding down at the end of the day, passionflower as used in traditional Western herbal medicine might help to achieve a sense of peace and tranquility.

Helps relieve symptoms of stress

Stress is a common issue faced by many individuals today. Whether it’s work-related stress, relationship stress, or financial stress, it can take a toll on our physical and emotional wellbeing. Passionflower consumption has a tradition of use in Western herbal medicine to reduce symptoms of stress, relieve restlessness and reduce sleeplessness.

Supports nervous system and mental function

Passionflower is a fascinating plant that has been used in herbal medicine for centuries. Its calming properties have been shown to support the nervous system and help to alleviate excess nervous energy and other related conditions. With its ability to promote relaxation and reduce stress (as described in the traditional Western herbal medicine), incorporating passionflower into your wellness routine may just be the missing piece you’ve been looking for to support both your body and mind.

Relieves sleeplessness

Passionflower, also known as Passiflora incarnata, is a plant that has been used for centuries as a natural remedy for various health issues. Among its many benefits, passionflower is used in traditional Western herbal medicine for its ability to relieve sleeplessness. Studies have found that the plant’s flavonoids and alkaloids can increase levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, a neurotransmitter that helps regulate mood and reduces anxiety. This helps to improve sleep quality and reduce feelings of exhaustion. Incorporating passionflower into your daily routine may be just what you need.

Nature’s Own is proud to include passionflower as it has been traditionally used to calm the nerves and relieve symptoms of stress in our Magnesium + Sleep, Sleep-Ezy and Executive Stress B supplements.

Whether you are looking for support with stress and nervousness during the day or have trouble winding down at night, the passionflower as traditionally used, could help soothe your mind. With Nature’s Own commitment to using only high-quality, natural ingredients, you can be confident in supporting your health and well-being.

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