Passionflower is a herb and is a creeping vine that, particularly in tropical areas, comes with a warning not to plant in the ground.

It is prolific, happily growing wherever it can. The flower of this plant is unique and captivating. It has a long, historic use across the world.  It has a delicate nature so it is wonderful for those who are fragile, both young and old.


Both Europeans and Native Americans utilised Passionflower for its hypnotic and anxiolytic action; that is its ability to help people fall asleep and to relieve anxiety. It helps people to fall asleep and helps to improve the quality of sleep that people experience.

While it was once common to use, all parts of this plant modern herbalism tends to utilise the aerial components, the leaves and flowers.

The fragile nature of this plant makes it a gentle remedy, safe to use with children and the elderly who respond well to it. It ties in well with the nervous system and can be used in the treatment of various sleep issues. Passionflower works well to soothe an anxious, racing brain that is stopping your ability to get to sleep.

Passionflower For Your Sound Sleep

The way that it does this is through its action on GABA, supporting its release and interacting with GABA receptors.

GABA stands for gamma-aminobutyric acid and is one of the main neurotransmitters in your brain that is responsible for helping you fall asleep and reach deep sleep. Not enough GABA leads to poor sleep quality and quantity.

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