Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) was used traditionally in the Americas and later in Europe as a calming herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. It is still used today to treat anxiety and insomnia. Scientists believe passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you feel more relaxed.
The effects of passionflower tend to be milder than valerian or kava 2 other herbs used to treat anxiety.
The ancient Aztecs reportedly used passionflower as a sedative and pain reliever. Today herbalists also recommend it as a sedative and antispasmodic agent.
Passionflower can be such a potent herbal remedy because it calms muscle tension and twitching without affecting respiratory rate or mental function the way many pharmaceutical sedatives do. Find out how harvesting and using the entire aboveground part of the plant -- leaf, stem, and flower -- can provide relief.
Passionflower has been used for anxiety, insomnia, restlessness, epilepsy, and other conditions of hyperactivity, as well as high blood pressure. Passionflower also is included in many pain formulas when discomfort is caused by muscle tension and emotional turmoil.
In Europe the flowers are added to numerous pharmaceuticals to treat nerve disorders, heart palpitations, anxiety, and high blood pressure.
Passionflower 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
Passionflower is thought to affect the passions, perhaps because of its name, its showy, sweet-scented flowers, which are of Venus, and its twining habit. It is often used in amulets and charms for love magick, in that case inciting passions, but it also serves to calm passions. It can be sprinkled at thresholds to protect the home from disruptions, and in a dream pillow, it will help give quiet dreams
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BLUE LOTUS SUN DRIED Nymphaea caerulea
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Sun Dried Blue Lotus Fades out the pretty blue color but leaves a High Potency Smoking or Tea Quality Herb
When the ancients smoked or drank Blue Lotus after being soaked in water or wine, it was said it acted as an intoxicant.
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