Passion Flower- is known to increase levels of GABA in the brain, calm, decrease anxiety, improve sleep, improve liver function, and help to recover from adrenal fatigue.
- “The properties in passionflower are thought to promote calming effects by increasing the levels of the chemical gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which reduces the activity of some neurons that cause anxiety.” https://www.drweil.com/vitamins-supplements-herbs/herbs/passionflower/
- “Passiflora incarnata L. (Passionflower) extracts elicit GABA currents in hippocampal neurons in vitro, and show anxiogenic and anticonvulsant effects in vivo, varying with extraction method” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2941540/
- “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 aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you feel more relaxed.”
- “While many plant extracts contain amino acids, Passiflora extracts were found to have the highest GABA content of 21 examined plants (Carratù et al. 2008). Our studies show that Passiflora extracts not only contain a high amount of GABA, but are also able to induce direct GABAA currents in CA1 hippocampal pyramidal neurons. Since the extract with reduced amino acid levels induced no current, it is likely that the GABA content of the extract is sufficient to explain the observed GABA currents in vitro. As the main endogenous inhibitory neurotransmitter, GABA might be expected to act as a natural anticonvulsant” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2941540/
Helps with Anxiety
Helps with Sleep
Helps with ADHD
Helps with Symptoms of Menopause
Helps with Stress
Helps with Headaches
Helps Improve Liver Function
Helps Recover from Adrenal Fatigue
WHERE TO BUY & HOW WE USE IT
We have historically purchased our Passion Flower from Mountain Rose Herbs, but have also purchased from Amazon. Passion Flower has a very mild, but slightly* bitter taste, and it is easy to sneak in. We tend to sip on it as an herbal tea (our son loves it served cold with honey) or even add a pinch to smoothies. More information on how to prepare these here, Incorporating Herbs Into Diet. While more robust, tinctures may also be given. We prefer to source from Sage Woman Herbs or HerbPharm, which can be purchased on Amazon here due to lower glutamate risk in the alcohol used.
When confused with the proper dosing for children, we’ve followed Dr. Stephen Buhner’s suggestion by dividing by weight by 160 (i.e., if 40lbs, give 1/4 the recommended dose or less).
According to WebMD, “When taken by mouth: Passionflower is LIKELY SAFE for most people when used in food-flavoring amounts. It is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken as a tea nightly for 7 nights, or as a medicine for up to 8 weeks. It may cause side effects such as drowsiness, dizziness, and confusion.” https://www.webmd.com/vitamins/ai/ingredientmono-871/passionflower It is believed to be safe for children.