Native to North America and popularly known as the “passion flower”, the passionflower (or passionflower incarnata) is the famous passion fruit flower. With more than 500 species in its family – such as those of purple, yellow and sweet passion fruit – it is a type of medicinal plant very present in Brazil, being cultivated in the country mainly because of yellow passion fruit. To know a little more about the plant and know what it is for, take a look at the article!
After all, what is passionflower and what is the passion flower for?
Purple, blue and white in color, the passionflower is a perennial flower that is often used in herbal medicines as a natural tranquilizer, to relieve symptoms of stress , insomnia and anxiety.
Like passion fruit, passionflower has a calming effect
Owner of properties that act on the central nervous system – such as flavonoids, alkaloids and saparinas -, the passionflower incarnata has the calming effect of passion fruit. When consumed in the form of teas, the plant provides a feeling of well-being and relaxation, stimulating the production of serotonin , a hormone that helps to regulate emotions.
Medicinal plant is also rich in anti-inflammatory and bactericidal properties
In addition to the calming effect, passionflower has anti-inflammatory properties that help relieve symptoms of tiredness, swelling and body pain caused by inflammation. It is also composed of bactericidal agents, which prevent the growth of bacteria in the body.
In addition to stimulating well-being, passionflower helps to regulate blood pressure
For those who need to control their pressure, having a cup of passionflower tea can make all the difference. Its properties help to control good and bad cholesterol (HDL and LDL) , ensuring a healthier body and away from the problems that hypertension can cause throughout life.
Passionflower tea is indicated for the treatment of headaches and depression
Thanks to its properties, passionflower tea is usually indicated for the treatment of headaches, acting in the same way as other foods that help control migraines , such as bananas, lemongrass and olive oil. In addition, it is also indicated in the treatment of depression, contributing to alleviate feelings of anxiety and sadness.
Note: Despite its benefits, self-medication of passionflower is not recommended by specialists – consumption of the plant by people with low blood pressure, children or pregnant women should also be avoided.