Passion Flower Herbal Tincture: Relieve Nervousness And Tension

June 26, 2019

The passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) herb is incredibly beautiful and has been used to naturally treat ailments from gastrointestinal problem to cuts and bruises. But herbal tinctures made from the gorgeous flower are highly useful for those who often carry a little extra stress and anxiety.

The passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) herb is incredibly beautiful and has been used to naturally treat ailments from gastrointestinal problem to cuts and bruises. But herbal tinctures made from the gorgeous flower are highly useful for those who often carry a little extra stress and anxiety.

The passion flower gets its name from Spanish missionaries in Peru who saw this unusual flower as a symbol of the crucifixion of Christ, or “The Passion.”  Each part of the flower holds symbolic meaning in Christianity with recognition of the crucifixion story, or “the Passion of the Christ.” The five sepals and five petals are said to refer to the ten faithful apostles (excluding Judas the betrayer, and Peter).

Three stigmas represent the three nails that held Christ to the cross, while the flower’s five anthers represent his five sacred wounds (both feet, both hands and the spear wound to the side). The tendrils of the flower are said to resemble the whips used in the flagellation, while the filaments, which can number in excess of a hundred depending on the flower, depict the crown of thorns.

While the name is rooted in Christianity, the herb has become well known for its medical properties too. However, medicinal use of the herb did not begin until the late nineteenth century in the United States, when Passion Flower was used to treat nervous restlessness and gastrointestinal spasms.

Passion Flower herbal tinctures can help relieve nervousness, nervous tension, occasional anxiety, restless or racing thoughts, hypervigilance, and trouble relaxing during the day. The alkaloids “chrysin” and “benzoflavone” present in this herb have been found to increase GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain.

GABA is one of the inhibitory neurotransmitters used by the brain to prevent over-excitement and attain balance. It also helps to decrease the activity of depression-inducing brain cells. Ready Nutrition’s Passion Flower Organic Herbal Tincture is also a neurotransmitter modulator that acts on GABA-B receptor sites to slow down central nervous system activity, producing sedative effects.

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