Caring for the Mind with Passion Flower

Within the past few years, attention has shifted to natural alternatives for symptoms that would normally be treated through allopathic medications. Many individuals prefer going the natural route first to avoid any long-term side effects. With that being said, there has been a spotlight on natural alternatives to help with ailments like insomnia and anxiety. Individuals know that supplements like melatonin, magnesium, theanine, ashwagandha, and fish oil can help with both of these problems. However, many have not heard about passion flower, so this post will introduce the benefits of this supplement.

Let’s start out with a fun fact. Passion flowers are extremely distinctive since they literally only bloom for one day once a year. This reveals a fruit that can be taken as a supplement or as a tea, tincture, capsule, or herbal blend. It has been researched and concluded that passion flower has a synergistic effect when combined with other natural things like lemon balm, valerian, and kava.

The benefits of this flower include aiding with anxiety, relaxation, sleep, and potentially helping with withdrawal symptoms. According to one study, passion flower can significantly reduce the amount of anxiety individuals face without causing any cognitive impairment. It can be administered for a variety of things such as nervous anxiety, hysteria, restlessness, and irritability. The study found crucial information about passion flower containing a neurotransmitter called GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid). GABA is an inhibitory neurotransmitter that is ultimately responsible for the communication happening between the brain and the nervous system. Low amounts of GABA can cause depression, anxiety, and insomnia so it is vital to replenish if a deficiency is suspected.

As with everything, exercise caution before trying new combinations of supplementation.