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Passion Flower Tea

The passion flower tea, with its mild, pleasant taste, is an herbal infusion made by using fresh and dried leaves of maypop (Passiflora incarnata), passion fruit (Passiflora edulis), and some other species of passion flower vines. The presence of chemical compounds like flavonoids and alkaloids in passion flower accounts for its several medicinal benefits.

Passion Flower Tea

Passion Flower Tea

Passion Flower Tea

History and origin

Passion flower was discovered in 1569 by the Spanish missionaries when they first traveled to Peru. The explorers thought that the flowers were symbolic of the “Passion of Christ” and the Crucifixion.

The roots and leaves of passion flower were traditionally used as a sedative by the Aztecs and Native Americans. Because of its curative properties, it has also been recommended in European and North American folk medicine.

Passion flower tea benefits: what is it good for

Anti-anxiety properties

As shown in scientific studies, the sedative and relaxing properties of passion flower are useful in treating symptoms like insomnia, epileptic seizures, nervousness, excitability, and irritability. Research suggests that its regular intake increases the levels of GABA (gamma aminobutyric acid) in the brain. Therefore, it has a calming effect on the brain cells that make it helpful in improving sleep quality.

A blend of kava, chamomile, valerian, ballota, hawthorn, and passion flower tea can be used for relieving the symptoms of adjustment disorder that include depression, changes in appetite, and feelings of hopelessness.

Since it has stress reducing and muscle spasm alleviating effects, its use might assist in controlling the symptoms of fibromyalgia (a condition causing widespread muscle pain). Moreover, its anti-spasmodic properties provide relief from the mild churning or fluttering feeling associated with nervous stomach.

Heart problems

Its intake helps lower high blood pressure, which reduces the chances of strokes and heart attacks. It assists in resolving problems of the heart including palpitations and irregular heart rate, thus promoting cardiovascular health.

Passion Flower Tea Photos

Passion Flower Tea Photos

Passion Flower

Passion Flower

Helps relieve asthma

Clinical studies have shown that having passion fruit is effective in reducing coughs and wheezes, as also in improving breathing difficulties and shortness of breath that are experienced during asthma attacks.

Increases male fertility

Emerging research indicates that the bioflavonoid (BZF) content in passion flower might enhance libido as well as increase the sperm count. Therefore, its intake might increase the fertilization potential in men.

Weight Loss

It has a low glycemic index, which means it is low in fat, sugar, and calories. Also, it reduces food cravings and curbs appetite, aiding in losing weight.

Nourishes the skin

Since it is rich in beta carotene, its consumption promotes the production of skin cells. Its high antioxidant content protects the skin cells from free radical damage, preventing pre-mature aging. It also facilitates in healing other skin conditions including dry and cracked skin.

Passion Flower Tea Pictures

Passion Flower Tea Pictures

Passion Fruit

Passion Fruit

How to make passion flower tea

  • Add 1-2 tsp of fresh/dried passion flower leaves in a teapot
  • Heat 1.5-2 cups of water to a boil and pour it into the pot
  • Steep for 5-10 minutes
  • Strain the mixture into a cup
  • Enrich the taste by adding some lemon juice and sweeteners like honey or sugar

Safety and precaution

Side effects

It is considered safe when taken in limited amounts. However, drinking it in excess can cause inflamed blood vessels, dizziness, confusion, and vomiting. In some cases, overconsumption might result in serious side effects including irregular heart rhythm, mind alterations, abnormal involuntary movements, and liver damage.

During pregnancy

Its consumption is not recommended for expecting women since the constituent chemicals might induce uterine contractions resulting in a miscarriage. Breastfeeding mothers are also advised to refrain from using it.

Passion Flower Leaves

Passion Flower Leaves

Passion Flower Tea Images

Passion Flower Tea Images

Where to buy

Passion flower tea leaves, packed in dioxin and bleach free tea bags, are sold online as also at local herbal tea stores. You might as well order organic extracts of passion flower on the internet.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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One Response to "Passion Flower Tea"

  1. Rahwa says:

    Very helpful. I wold love to try it.

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