Passionflower is a beautiful stunning flower that grows throughout the world. According to studies, certain species of passionflower have medicinal properties that can help treat a variety of conditions.
Potential Health Benefits Of Passionflower
Has Anti-Inflammatory And Antioxidant Properties
Present in passionflower is antioxidant compounds such as isovitexin, kaempferol, apigenin, luteolin glycosides, quercetin, and rutin. Moreover, it also contains indole alkaloids, fatty acids, gum, maltol, phytosterols, sugars and traces of volatile oils. Its quercetin content, in particular, has been found to be able to inhibit various enzymes that cause inflammation and get rid of damaging free radical molecules in the body
These components of passionflower help relax the nervous system and relieve nerve pain.
Helps Calm The Mind
According to studies, passionflower may help boost the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in our brain. GABA lowers brain activity, which may help us relax and sleep better.
Results of a study published in 2008 have revealed that patients who orally received passionflower 90 minutes prior to surgery have experienced lower levels of anxiety.
Furthermore, a study published in Phytotherapy Research, experts have found that drinking a daily dose of herbal tea with purple passionflower can help improve the quality of sleep by managing mild sleep irregularities.
Helps Soothe Digestive Problems
In a study reported in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology, researchers have found that Passiflora foetida, also known as stinking passionflower, may help treat stomach ulcers and possess antioxidant effects.
Additionally, extracts from the leaves and stems of Passiflora serratodigitata was also found to show promising effects in treating ulcers in rats. The results of this study were reported in BioMed Research International.
Helps Reduce Menopausal Symptoms
A study has shown that menopausal symptoms including depression, headache, anger, and insomnia can be reduced after taking passionflower for 3-6 weeks.
Helps Lower Blood Pressure
According to studies, passionflower extract can help lower down blood pressure. Regular consumption of a tea made from passionflower may help regulate blood pressure in people with mild hypertension.
Aside from these, passionflower has also been taken by mouth to help treat asthma symptoms, irregular heartbeat, heart failure, burns, and swelling.
We can enjoy its multiple benefits by making herbal tea. Simply add a teaspoon of dried passionflower and a cup of water into a pot and boil. Pour the boiling water into a teapot and let the tea steep for about 5 to 10 minutes.