Grown in Europe but native to southeastern parts of America, most of us have probably, at some point, been captivated by the beauty of the striking passion flower. However, a lot of people (including me until recently) may not have know about the health-boosting benefits that this plant possesses. Apart from producing what is objectively one of the nicest tasting fruits in the world, they are renowned for their ability to lessen the effects of insomnia. Along with this, they are said to alleviate symptoms of anxiety, skin ailments and even the signs of menopause and ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). More serious conditions can also be lessened by this leafy medic, such as seizures and high blood pressure -read on for more in our Top 5 Health Benefits of Passion Flower!
1. Lessens anxiety
Easing the pressure of anxiety is probably one of the main benefits of this flower. In a study reported by Anaesthesia and Analgesia, its effects were measured on patients that were scheduled to have surgery. Those that consumed it reported that they felt decidedly calmer and far more ready to face what was ahead. It is said to be most calming when consumed in liquid form, as hot water in itself has soothing properties as well.
2. Reduces insomnia
It has also been proven that insomnia can be lessened significantly, after consuming this flower in some way. A trial documented in Phytotherapy Research journal stated that when participants drank a daily cup of passion flower tea, they were able to drift off to sleep with ease, while before they admitted to tossing and turning all night.
3. Alleviates menopausal symptoms
Wave goodbye to hot flashes and night sweats, because the feisty passion flower also diminishes signs and symptoms accompanying the menopause. There has been a rise in women seeking alternatives to traditional hormone therapy and as this flower increases levels of GABA (gamma-Aminobutyric acid, which acts as a neurotransmitter in the nervous system) which in turn helps to decrease brain cells that lead to depression associated with the menopause.
4. Helps control blood pressure
If you suffer from high blood pressure, studies have indicated that passion flower fruit pulp can be used as a deterrent for systolic blood pressure by consuming it regularly for a period of five days. It increases the levels of antioxidants in the body, meaning that the accumulation of waste in the body gets exhausted or depleted.
5. Effective against asthma
Finally, asthma sufferers have been proven to benefit from a few doses of this enigmatic little plant. It has been shown that the flower reacts extremely well when in contact with spasmodic activity of any kind, meaning that it would be soothing to the throat for example, if an asthma attack occurred.
So there you have it, the passion flower has been proven to be much, much more than just a pretty face. Even if these ailments do not relate to you in any way, it can still be used to heighten the taste of your food. this quick climbing vine can be used in teas, sprinkled over food, in liquid form as a spray or in a tincture as an oil. It can be purchased online or over the counter at most pharmacies. Got something to say or experiences to share about passion flower, tell us below or @KeepFitKingdom !