Passion flower tea has been used for several centuries for the sedative benefits it provides. The plant is a native of North and Central America and got its name when missionaries decided that it resembled symbols of the passion of Christ. It is the dried leaves and parts of the stems that contain the active ingredients.
The benefits of the passion flower herb include:
- It has sedative and calming properties, which are useful for those who are suffering from stress or sleeplessness. It has a calming effect on the nervous system and does not leave a depressive side effect.
- It is a natural muscle relaxant and is beneficial for digestive disorders such as irritable bowel syndrome, which are aggravated by tension.
- It is thought to be of benefit to those who suffer from high blood pressure, particularly when this is thought to be triggered by stress and anxiety. It is also useful in promoting healthy blood circulation and, as such, can promote a healthy heart.
- The calming effects may help with headaches and other pains such as menstrual cramps and toothache. It could be beneficial to back pain sufferers, as it can help to numb some of the nerves of the spinal cord.
- Passion flower herb has been suggested as a natural remedy for sufferers of Parkinson’s disease due to its calming effects on the muscles and its antispasmodic properties.
- Passion flower tea is recommended for withdrawal symptoms following drug use.
- It has a stimulating effect on testosterone production, so is useful for men who have an excess of estrogen in their system.
- It is thought to be a useful herb for treating the symptoms of the menopause.
- It has been used in traditional folk medicine as a mild aphrodisiac.
- Those suffering from sciatica or other conditions of the nerves may find passion flower herb a useful remedy due to its muscle relaxing properties.
- The herb may also help to boost the immune system when the person is tired and run down due to stress. By dealing with the effects of stress, the body will be better able to heal itself and fight off illness.
Along with passion flower tea, the herb is available in capsule and tincture forms. The tea is available as a single herb, but often passion flower will be blended with other herbs that have a similar effect, such as valerian, chamomile, and hops.
As with many herbs, passion flower is not recommended for use by pregnant women. Nursing mothers are also advised to avoid it, and it should not be given to young children. Men who have an excess of testosterone in their systems may find this aggravated if using the herb.
As the herb has a sedative effect, it should not be taken prior to operating machinery or driving. Anybody who is taking prescription medications should consult their doctor prior to beginning use of passion flower to ensure that there will be no adverse interactions.