Not just a pretty flower!The exotic blue flower of the passionfruit vine, along with the young stems and leaves are used medicinally to treat restlessness and sleep disorders. Useful as a tea or as a herbal extract, modern studies support traditional use.
When to use PassionflowerHelpful to the nervous system as a relaxant, the following are specific conditions for which this herb is indicated: :, Anxiety,Insomnia due to mental restlessness Nervous stomach,Nervous tachycardia Restlessness,Opiate withdrawal Overactive brain,Hyperactive children Nerve pain,Twitching of legs or arms
Care neededAlthough considered a safe herb, even natural medicines need care. Always tell your doctor of any supplements you are taking. Care should be exercised using passionflower, with sedative medication or blood pressure lowering medication. It should not be used in pregnancy as it may cause contractions, and not in used in breastfeeding, as i may cause drowsiness.
Maria Mitchell - Aromatherapist and HerbalistMaria Mitchell is a fully qualified Aromatherapist and Herbalist whose passion has led her into teaching, and writing about the healing power of Aromatherapy. You can learn more about Maria here Join Maria in her Healthy Ways for Pain Relief Workshop and learn a multifaceted approach to pain relief for yourself and your family – and much much more. References:
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