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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Passionflower - the Wonder Herb!

Do you have trouble sleeping, or know anyone who does?  Unfortunately, chances are pretty good that you know a family member, co-worker or friend that struggles through the night. While looking for a safe, herbal sleep aid, I came across the properties of Passionflower and wanted to share this info. First of all, it's safe! None of those side effects that get listed on the TV ads of other sleep enhancing medications. For my friends that insist on scientific proof, there's been several clinical trials on passionflower and the results are available on the NIH (National Institutes of Health) website. In fact, the only side effect listed is that it can cause sleepiness and drowsiness! Not bad if that's the effect you're going for.
In my earlier post I mentioned a tea I purchased that has passionflower as one of the ingredients. Well I took it a step further and just ordered all the herbs needed to make the tea myself. That will be another post, but for now, heeeere's Passionflower!
  • Calming and sleeping aid
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Calms anxiety
Passionflower is available at Mountain Rose Herbs in powder, bulk herb, seed and extract forms.
A few words of caution are warranted: Pregnant women should avoid passionflower (it's a sedative), and it may aggravate conditions caused by overactive testosterone.

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