by P. Simard, Natural News:
Spanish missionaries gave the plant its name, “passion flower,” because certain aspects of it reminded them of the wounds, whips and stigma linked to the passion of Christ. This herb should definitely be one of the first that comes to mind when looking to naturally treat conditions of anxiety, seizures, nervousness, insomnia and even hysteria.
Scientists have reason to believe that passion flower’s effectiveness primarily stems from its ability to increase the presence of a substance in the brain known as gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Specialists agree that this chemical reduces the activity of certain brain cells, which then leads to putting you in a more relaxed state of mind.
As with most other medicinal herbs, passion flower is also filled with protective antioxidant elements such as vitexin, isovitexin, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, apigenin and luteolin glycosides. There seems to be a perfect interaction between the plant’s alkaloids and bioflavonoids, thus encouraging physical healing and general wellness.
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