The passionflower is as beautiful as it sounds, vibrantly coloured with a unique structure. A vine that is a part of the passifloraceae family, it is often used as a sedative and calming herb. The passionflower received its name from the 16th century Catholic Spanish explorers who associated it with the biblical context of ‘a crown of thorns’, due to the 10 petals that surround the flower. This exposure allowed the purple flower to gain popularity as an effective herbal remedy around the world.
Known by the scientific name passiflora incarnata, the passionflower has been used to heal the body and mind for quite some time. Native to South America, Eastern Asia, Southern Asia and New Guinea the vine was used by the indigenous people of South America as a calmative and pain reliever. Fast forward to today, the Passionflower can often be found in tea infusions or supplements, such as Bod Lifestyle’s Sedistress Calm Mind.
The plant has a very complex structure, exhibiting essential oils and carbohydrate content; it also contains more than 160 compounds including fatty acids. It is suggested that the flower is the perfect supplement in treating feelings of mild anxiety, insomnia and mental stress disorders. Some researchers believe that passionflower supplements work to treat these symptoms because it may increase levels of Gamma Aminobutyric Acid also known as GABA, a naturally occurring amino acid that works as a neurotransmitter to the brain and limit reactivity of the brain’s neurons. GABA enables the body and mind to relax and fall asleep, hence why the passionflower is used to help treat feelings of nervous tension, mental stress, worry, sleeplessness and irritability.
For those who are seeking a remedy to help soothe feelings of mental stress, our breakthrough formula that harnesses the benefits of the Passionflower is an effective high-quality, soothing option. The effects of Passiflora incarnate are a key factor in Sedistress, helping to disrupt the distressing cycle of worry and fretfulness. Sedistress may help to relieve the causes that lead to insomnia, irritability and increased nervousness and help to improve your overall quality of life.