Why This Lesser-known Plant is Worth Knowing About
Passionflower, also known as Maypop or Passiflora, is a plant that’s been used in traditional medicine for centuries. Originally called “granadilla” and native to North America, passionflower was introduced in Europe in 1547 when it was brought over by Spanish missionaries who renamed the plant ‘passion flower’. Nowadays you can find this plant all around the world from Europe to Asia and Africa.
The passionflower plant itself doesn’t look like much. It has long vines with tentacle-like leaves and white flowers on top, but it’s the healing properties that are impressive! It’s been used for centuries as an herbal remedy and non-addictive sedative to relax and relieve nervous tensions and sleep issues without interfering with mental clarity.
How Passionflower can help anxiety
Several studies have shown that passionflower has anxiety-calming effects as it’s been shown to boost the level of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain. This compound lowers brain activity, which can help you relax and even improve memory. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study also examined its anti-anxiety effects on patients scheduled for surgery, finding a significant decrease in anxiety levels in those who consumed Passionflower compared to the placebo.
How Passionflower can help sleep
Passionflower is one of the most popular herbal remedies used for sleep due to its relaxing properties and lack of negative side-effects with some studies finding that it significantly increased deep sleep, reduced rapid eye movement sleep and reduced the time it takes to fall asleep.
In order to build a healthy sleep routine, you may want to incorporate this herb into your routine if you’re struggling with restless nights or difficulties falling asleep due to stress. You can find this flower specially formulated in our Bioplus supplements. Sedasleep has been designed to induce sleep whilst Sedacalm helps to relieve restlessness and excess nervous energy. As with any alternative treatment, we recommend seeking the advice of your physician, who can help you assess the potential benefits and risks, before using passionflower. If symptoms persist, talk to your health professional.
Sedasleep contains a herbal combination of Passion flower and Hops. Passion flower is traditionally used in Western herbal medicine to relieve sleeplessness and reduce disturbed or restless sleep.