The purple passionflower reduces anxiety, research says

There are many studies which suggest that the purple passion flower reduces anxiety among individuals. The studies state that a purple passion flower has a positive effect on both the forms of anxiety i.e. chronic and acute. It often helps to calm the mind and relieve stress in as little as 30 minutes.

Like any other organ in our body, the brain can also fall sick. This results in what we call “Mental health issues” and anxiety is one of them. Anxiety can be detrimental to the overall health and well-being of an individual. This is because it often leads to conditions like chronic insomnia.

Research suggests that the purple passionflower can serve as a natural remedy for treating conditions like anxiety and insomnia.

The purple passionflower or maypop is a common wildflower from the Passiflora family of plants. There are around 500 known species of these plants. They are used for treating several health conditions, including boils, wounds, earaches, and liver problems. Research asserts that the purple passionflower is one of many kinds of herbs that positively influence both the chronic and acute forms of anxiety.

Studies also explain the mechanism behind the wonders of the passionflower in helping to calm the mind and reduce anxiety. It does so because it effectively boosts the levels of gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in your brain. GABA, lowering the brain activity, helps the individual to relax.

One study found that the purple passion flower, successfully, reduced anxiety after its administration to patients who were about to undergo a surgery and were feeling anxious. The researchers observed that the patients, who were given purple passionflower, turned significantly less anxious within 30 minutes. On the other side, the placebo group didn’t exhibit such an effect.

Another study was conducted in order to evaluate that the purple passionflower reduces anxiety or not. The researchers of the study employed patients with generalized anxiety disorder. They concluded that the effect of purple passionflower was as influential as the prescription anti-anxiety drug e.g. benzodiazepine and oxazepam. Moreover, the plant brought desired results with no side effects.

Although these drugs bring quicker effects as compared to the purple passionflower, they often cause unwanted drowsiness during the day. On contrary, the patients taking purple passionflower did not experience any feelings of sedation, sleep or reduced muscle functioning.

One can take the purple passionflower in many ways to alleviate anxiety and other health conditions. Here are few of the recommended ways,

Herbal tea

Many health food stores provide purple passionflower in either the form of dried herbs or prepackaged teas. You, simply, just have to add the dried purple passionflower herbs to boiling water and allow it to steep for a few minutes. Experts suggest a dose of four to eight grams of dried herbs daily.

Liquid extract

We can also process the purple passionflower to extract liquid content out of it. Experts suggest around ten to thirty drops of liquid purple passionflower extract, three times a day.

Body wash

People can also make a body wash using the dried purple passionflower. To serve the purpose, follow the recipe below.

  • Boil two to three cups of water
  • Take one tablespoon of the purple passionflower petals and one tablespoon of organic rose petals in a cup
  • Let the boiling water to cool for around four to five minutes
  • Add six ounces of the water to the petal extracts in the cup
  • Add a tablespoon of raw honey and mix it, until it liquefies
  • Allow the mixture to cool and transfer it to a sealable container
  • You can also add two to three drops of geranium essential oil for aroma

Use this body wash for the next seven days and enjoy its relaxing effects!

Areeba Hussain

Areeba is an independent medical and healthcare writer. For the last three years, she is writing for Tophealthjournal. Her prime areas of interest are diseases, medicine, treatments, and alternative therapies. Twitter @Areeba94789300

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