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Passionflower Tea for Stress and Anxiety

Passionflower Tea for Stress and Anxiety

Last Updated: 10/14/14 Nervous? Anxious? Overwhelmed? The solution might be as simple as a cup of tea. This article from the Dr. Oz show goes over the calming effects of passionflower to help reduce stress and anxiety. This is one of the main ingredients in our TranquilyTea: Natural remedy for stress, anxiety, and our SleepyTea: Natural remedy for sleep, insomnia. In most cases of anxiety today, modern medicine will look to prescription medications to help people cope. According to a report in the 2010 Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, people who use anti-anxiety medication have a 36% increased mortality risk. That means people using these drugs are almost 40% more likely to die than people who do not use them (1). While these drugs can be lifesaving in urgent situations, in most cases, there are natural alternatives. The following teas are all wonderful for helping your body process stress, relax, and heal from the depletion that can occur as a result of long-term stressors.

Passionflower  Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) was first grown and used by Native Americans in the Southern United States, like so many of our plant medicines. Passionflower has the flavone chrysin, which has wonderful anti-anxiety benefits and, in part, can work similarly to the pharmaceutical Xanax (Alprazolam) (2,3). Two studies totaling almost 200 people showed no difference between the efficacy of common anxiety medications and passionflower, but showed that the herb may cause less drowsiness (4).

How to Dose Passionflower Passionflower tea can be made by infusing 1 tablespoon of dried herbs in 1 cup boiling water. Let the mixture steep for about 10 minutes. Drink the tea near bedtime to induce restful sleep. More typically, we have patients use two droppers-full (about 50 drops) of tincture in warm water as a tea before bed. For people who are very anxious, they can take 25 drops as needed, and they may find it a reasonable substitute for Xanax and other anti-anxiety medications. Passionflower is generally safe and has not been found to adversely interact with other sedative drugs. To be on the safe side, it should not be combined with alcoholic beverages or prescription sedatives. Passionflower should not be used by pregnant or lactating women, or for children under 6 months old because there have not been any studies in these groups of people (5).

Who Should Use Passionflower? In our practice, we find passionflower works best for people with anxiety who also have a lot of thoughts swirling in their head and experience a lot of circular thinking or obsessive thoughts. The latin name passiflora incarnata translates as “passion made real.” As such, it can be a wonderful herbal reminder for people who have not found what they want to do in life and are anxious as a result. We find this herb can be helpful for young people in their 20’s looking for their calling in life. By Pina LoGiudice ND, LAc and Peter Bongiorno ND, LAc Co-Medical Directors of Inner Source Health in New York References “Passiflora: a review update.” J Ethnopharmacol. 2004 Sep;94(1):1-23 “Update review of Passiflora” Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2008 Aug;33(15):1789-93 Miyasaka LS, Atallah ÁN, Soares B. Passiflora for anxiety disorder. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 1. Fisher AA, Purcell P, Le Couteur DG. Toxicity of Passiflora incarnata L. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 2000;38:63–6   Feeling nervous? Anxious? Overwhelmed? The solution might be as simple as a cup of tea. Herbalists have been using passion flower tea for stress and anxiety relief  for quite some time now. Passion flower is one of the main ingredients in our TranquilyTea: Natural remedy for stress, anxiety, and our SleepyTea: Natural remedy for sleep, insomnia.  The Dr. Oz show goes over the calming effects of passion flower to help reduce stress and anxiety:

Passion Flower Tea for Stress and Anxiety Relief

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What is passion flower?

passion flowerPassion flower (Passiflora incarnata) was first grown and used by Native Americans in the Southern United States, like so many of our plant medicines. Passion flower is one of 500 or so species that make up the Passifloraceae family of flowering plants and vines, many of which produce exceptionally showy blooms with an abundance of nectar that attract insects and birds. P. incarnata is one of the hardiest species and is commonly found thriving in wayside pastures, thickets and along river banks of the southeastern United States. In fact, passion flower is that state flower of Tennessee. Passion flower has the flavone chrysin, which has wonderful anti-anxiety benefits. Two studies totaling almost 200 people showed no difference between the efficacy of common anxiety medications and passion flower, but showed that the herb may cause less drowsiness.

How does passion flower work?

passion flower teaPassionflower herb for nerve calming purposes consists of the fresh or dried above-ground parts of Passiflora incarnata and their preparations. Passionflower is a protective antioxidant powerhouse. The plant contains the antioxidant compounds vitexin, isovitexin, kaempferol, quercetin, rutin, apigenin and luteolin glycosides. The plant also contains indole alkaloids, fatty acids, gum, maltol, phytosterols, sugars and a trace of volatile oil. Purely from a protective standpoint, passionflower is quite extraordinary. The quercetin in passionflower is one of the most powerfully protective compounds known, and has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. But for a nervous, stressed-out society, passionflower offers even more than excellent cellular protection. The British Herbal Compendium describes the actions of passionflower as sedative, anxiolytic, and antispasmodic. Numerous studies support central nervous system sedative and anxiolytic effects. The British Herbal Compendium indicates its use for sleep disorders, restlessness, nervous stress and anxiety. Other uses include neuralgia and nervous tachycardia. Germany’s Commission E has approved the internal use of passionflower for nervous restlessness.

Is passion flower safe?

passion flower for stressWe find passion flower works best for people with anxiety who also have a lot of thoughts swirling in their head and experience a lot of circular thinking or obsessive thoughts. The latin name passiflora incarnata translates as “passion made real.” As such, it can be a wonderful herbal reminder for people who have not found what they want to do in life and are anxious as a result. We find this herb can be helpful for young people in their 20’s looking for their calling in life. Passion flower is generally safe and has not been found to adversely interact with other sedative drugs. To be on the safe side, it should not be combined with alcoholic beverages or prescription sedatives. Passion flower should not be used by pregnant or lactating women, or for children under 6 months old because there have not been any studies in these groups of people.

How much passion flower should I take?

Passion flower tea can be made by infusing 1 tablespoon of dried herbs in 1 cup boiling water. Let the mixture steep for about 3-5 minutes. Drink the tea anytime during the day when you feel stressed or near bedtime to induce restful sleep. References “Passiflora: a review update.” J Ethnopharmacol. 2004 Sep;94(1):1-23 “Update review of Passiflora” Zhongguo Zhong Yao Za Zhi. 2008 Aug;33(15):1789-93 Miyasaka LS, Atallah ÁN, Soares B. Passiflora for anxiety disorder. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2007, Issue 1. Fisher AA, Purcell P, Le Couteur DG. Toxicity of Passiflora incarnata L. J Toxicol Clin Toxicol 2000;38:63–6 * This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.



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