Exotic tranquility with passion flower
Passion flowers are very popular across the world, mainly for their flowers. In the meantime, the sweet-sour passion fruit or passion fruit juice can be found in almost every supermarket. However, the valuable ingredients contained in the plant itself are hardly taken into account. With its large, colourful flowers, the passion flower has up to now been most widely known as an indoor plant, and less as a medicinal one.
The most well-known variety (Passiflora caerulea) actually comes from the tropics/subtropics, but can also be cultivated in our latitudes, as it is frost-resistant. In its natural habitat, this tendril-producing, climbing plant can grow to a height of several metres; as a decorative plant, a ring is generally used as a climbing aid, so that its space requirements are reduced.
Passion flowers provide relaxation
Up to now, the ingredients found in this plant have a relaxing effect. The leaves of the passion flower are therefore used to alleviate very different symptoms:
- Nervous conditions, tension and irritability
- Fear conditions and sleeping disorders
- Back pain
- Heart complaints
- Disorders of the gastrointestinal tract
- Depressive moods
Similar to other medicinal products and natural remedies, for example valerian, the contents of passion flowers can have a positive effect on healthy sleep and inner calm, relaxation and tranquility.
However, it has not up to now been explained which ingredients precisely generate these effects. There are merely indications that messenger substances are sent to the brain which relieve tension. The ingredients known about so far include 2.5 percent flavonoids, caffeic acid, cumaric acid and cumar derivates. Small quantities of essential oils can also be verified; but none of the so-called Harman alkaloids.
Almost no side-effects are known. Its intake is not recommended in pregnancy or prior to operations, as the effects of the passion flower under these circumstances have not yet been sufficiently researched.
Applications for passion flower products
Traditionally, the passion flower is generally taken as a tea or tincture. The ingredients of the passion flower herb can be infused into the boiling water of tea, or develop their strength over several weeks in a tincture.
As an alternative to the traditional methods of administration, food supplements are also available in the form of capsules such asPassion Flower Nerve Capsules.