If you struggle with anxiety and insomnia but do not wish to take medications because of their many side effects, try a completely natural and scientifically-proven remedy that has no known side effects: passionflower.
The Calming Properties of Passion Flower
Passion flower has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties, mostly for treating wounds and earaches and sometimes liver problems. But recently, scientists have found that passion flower has very powerful calming effects and may help manage anxiety and insomnia. As a bonus, passion flower is also great for stomach issues.
Passion flower boosts the level of GABA (which is short for gamma-aminobutyric acid) in the brain, thereby helping lower the brain activity. This, in turn, helps the person relax and sleep better.
A recent research showed that participants who drank a daily herbal tea with purple passionflower for seven days reported improvements in the quality of their sleep.
Studies show that by calming the brain activity, passion flower can also treat anxiety without any side effects.
One study showed that the patients who were scheduled for surgery and experienced anxiety because of it, experienced the relief after consuming passion flower. And this was the result of consuming only a single dose of passion flower extract.
How to Consume Passion Flower
The best way to calm your nerves and get a good night sleep is to make yourself a nice cup of passion flower tea. Just add some dried passion flower to boiling water, let it sit for a while and then strain and drink.
There are also passion flower capsules, tablets and liquids available, so choose what works best for you.
Note: do not consume too much of passion flower as this can lead to sleepiness (even during the day) and dizziness.