Passionflower is a flowering type of vine that’s been said to help with insomnia, anxiety, hot flashes, pain, and more. And with over 500 known species of the plant, there’s a lot of benefits to go around.
Studies suggest that passionflower works by increasing gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA is a naturally-occurring amino acid that reduces activity in the central nervous system. This results in relaxation, enhanced mood, better sleep, and pain relief.
Passionflower has also been found to be a successful treatment for the symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) with less side effects compared to benzodiazepines.
- boosts GABA levels in the brain, which promotes relaxation
- shown to ease generalized anxiety with fewer side effects than prescribed sedatives
- effective in reducing the intensity of menopausal hot flashes
For a restful night’s sleep, try sipping a cup of passionflower tea right before bed. This tea will act as a mild sedative.
Studies in mice showed that passionflower had positive benefits on sleep quality, which is good news since roughly 70 million U.S. adults may experience sleep issues.
Try it: It can be made into a tea by steeping dried passionflower (or a teabag) in boiling water. Passionflower tea is mild in flavor with a grassy earthiness and can be sweetened with floral honey.
Recipe for Passionflower Tea
- 1 tbsp. dried passionflower (about 2 grams) or a teabag
- 1 cup hot water
- honey (optional)
- Steep dried passionflower in hot water for 6-8 minutes. Steep for 10-15 minutes for a stronger tea and more potential benefits.
- Strain or take the teabag out of water. Optional: Sweeten with a touch of honey.
Dosage: Drink one cup of tea made with 1 tablespoon of dried passionflower per night for at least seven days to feel the effects.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS OF PASSIONFLOWER: Passionflower has very few side effects, but it can cause sleepiness or dizziness which may affect functioning. Passionflower shouldn’t be consumed by pregnant women and may interact with certain medications, so it’s always best to consult with a professional before consumption.
As always, check with your doctor before adding anything to your everyday routine to determine what’s best for you and your individual health.
Important Notice: This article was originally published at www.healthline.com by Tiffany La Forge where all credits are due. Medically reviewed by Natalie Butler, R.D., L.D.
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