(Passiflora incarnate) is a very effective sleep aid. You can make a soothing, sedative passion flower tea in just a few minutes. You’ll be surprised at how well it works. Passion Flower Tea Recipe Ingredients 8 ounces of boiling water 1 teaspoon of dried passionflower leaves (or 1 tablespoon fresh) Directions Let steep for five minutes or so. Take this tea about an hour before bedtime and limit yourself to one cup within a 24 hour period. Passion flower tea a sleep aid and makes a nice add-on ingredient in the tea. It also contributes a pleasant aroma. To adjust the recipe, use three-quarters of a teaspoon dried passion flower to one-quarter teaspoon dried lemon balm (or 2 teaspoons to one of fresh herbs). Overview-Benefits
One of the more dramatic types of herbs, the passion flower earned its name because the flower is said to resemble a crown of thorns, such as the one Jesus wore when he was crucified. These flowers grow on an immense climbing vine, and are used for a number of medicinal remedies. They can be made into a strong tea that has been used by the Native Americans for over two centuries, and has carried over into modern medicine with the help of herbalists. This is mainly used as a treatment for anxiety or insomnia. The chemical mechanism behind this tea is similar to valerian root, in that it increases levels of gamma aminobutyric acid or GABA, in the brain.
The dried leaves and stems of the passion flower contain the active constituents that possess its health benefits. Passion flower tea can be made by infusing 1 tablespoon of dried herbs in 1 cup boiling water. Let the mixture steep for about 10 min. Drink the tea near bedtime to induce restful sleep. The tea is quite aromatic and flavorful.
The following are the health benefits attributed to passion flower tea:
- Passion flower tea may help in calming and sedating the nerves and combating anxiety. It can thus help in ushering restful sleep.
- Passion flower tea may help relax the muscles.
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