by Danna Norek
(NaturalNews) Passion flower is not only known as a religiously symbolic and easily grown plant. Many varieties of the passion flower’s “passiflora” genus have also been used medicinally for centuries first by Native Americans then by other cultures. The most common medicinal uses were as a remedy for anxiety, insomnia, pain relief, and anti-spasmodic (muscle relaxing).
While it is primarily valued for its nerve-calming properties, passion flower can also be used as a pain reliever for light to moderate pain. Passion flower grows pretty easily and is even spotted as a roadside weed quite often in several states and climates across the United States. Its religious symbolism is tied tothe flower’s supposed visual depiction of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Passion flower as a supplement
Typically the parts of this plant that are used as therapeutic remedies are the leaves, flowers, stems and sometimes the root. There are several species of the passion flower and most of them produce leaves with the active compounds sought for their calming abilities.
One of the most popular ways to take passion flower is in liquid form. This can be a tea or a tincture using the passion flower extract in an alcohol base. The tincture can often be difficult to swallow on its own due to its bitter taste, so it may be diluted in a small amount of water if necessary.
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