It is reported that the ancient Aztecs used passion flower as a sedative and as a pain killer. Today, it is used mainly as a sedative and antispasmodic agent. Passion flower is a potent herbal remedy because it calms muscle tension and twitching without affecting respiratory rate or mental function.
Uses of Passion Flower
Passionflower has been used to treat:
- as well as high blood pressure
Passion Flower Tea: A Multi-Beneficial Fusion
Passion flower tea one of the most respected herbal remedies for high blood pressure. These are some of the ailments the passion flower herb is used for treating:
- Hypertension and Heart Disease
- Stress and Anxiety
- Nicotine and Alcohol Withdrawal
Some of these illnesses cause secondary hypertension. If any are directly or indirectly linked to your elevated blood pressure, addressing those illnesses should be of prime interest to you.
But can passion flower tea really have any impact on these ailments? Yes it can! I will discuss them in brief and then show you how you can make an infusion.
# 1. Hypertension and Heart Disease
Medical research has found:
- the harmane alkaloids found in passion flower lowers blood pressure by relaxing smooth muscle and expanding coronary arteries;
- passion flower leaves were clinically validated as being hypotensive,
- passion flower has anti-spasmodic properties;
- relieves anxiety;
- it has anti-inflammatory properties;
- it is a diuretic; and
- it can also slow down heart rate, and treat tachycardia.
# 2. Stress and Anxiety
Prolonged stress or anxiety can cause hypertension. Passion flower tea is a very effective treatment to calm nerves and the brain, and it works very well because it:
- contains serotonin which is a neurotransmitter used to calm the brain;
- the flavonoid Chrysin is another substance that relieves anxiety;
None of these substances are very powerful on their own. However, when they are combine as in passion flower, you have a potent synergistic affect.
# 3. Nicotine and Alcohol Withdrawal
When people are diagnosed as having hypertension, the doctor will usually recommend making some important diet and lifestyle changes. Chief amongst these are to quit smoking and to reduce alcohol consumption.
That is easier said than done. Some people find it hard to give them up because of withdrawal symptoms, and that is where passion flower tea can lend some support. It is used for curbing cravings and withdrawal symptoms. It acts as a substitute, calming nerves, just like a nicotine patch would do. As for alcohol withdrawals symptoms, any tremors are eased.
# 4. Insomnia
Insomnia can cause high blood pressure as demonstrated in the following study:
At Penn State College of Medicine, Pennsylvania, USA Dr. Alexandros Vgontzas studied more than 1,500 random participants and their sleep habits. He divided them into 3 categories according to the hours they slept:
- Those who had normal sleep,
- those who had some sleep difficulties, and
- those who suffered sleepless nights.
His conclusion was that whether people found it hard to fall asleep, wake up during sleep, or found it difficult to sleep at all, were all linked to hypertension.
Passion flower has been added to the German Commission E list as a product that can reduce general restlessness.
How to Make Passion Flower Tea
Use 150mls of boiled water to 1 teaspoon of dried Passion flowers or leaves ( P. Incarnata, P. Edulis, or P. Caerulea), and brew for 10 to 12 minutes.
If the taste is not to your liking, add some honey.
For a soothing sleep, drink half an hour before bedtime.
How much passion flower tea is it safe to drink?
Passion flower is generally considered to be nontoxic when used in moderation. Many herbalists prescribe three or four cups a day without any problems reported. Do not take passionflower if you are already taking prescription medication for anxiety or depression, as excessive sleepiness has been reported.
Passion flower (Passiflora incarnata) is an ingredient in Hi-Rite, a supplement from Native Remedies for reducing hypertension naturally. There is a review of Hi-Rite here.