Why is passion flower tea one of the most respected herbal remedies for high blood pressure? Well consider some of the ailments the passion flower herb is used for.
- Hypertension and Heart Disease
- Stress and Anxiety
- Nicotine and Alcohol Withdrawal
Now some of these illnesses are typical causes of secondary hypertension. If any are directly or indirectly linked to your elevated blood pressure, addressing those illnesses too should be of prime interest to you.
But can passion flower tea really have any impact on these ailments? Yes it can! I will discuss them in brief and then show you how you can make an infusion.
Hypertension and Heart Disease
Scientists have found that the harmane alkaloids found in passion flower can help lower blood pressure by relaxing smooth muscle and expanding coronary arteries.
But extensive investigations on this herb were being carried out in the 1980`s and the leaves were clinically validated as being hypotensive, among other benefits such as possessing anti-spasmodic properties, and relieving anxiety.
It is also known that here in Europe extracts from the flower are used in several pharmaceuticals for the treatment of heart palpitations and high blood pressure. It can also slow down heart rate, and treat tachycardia.
Stress and Anxiety
Because prolonged stress or anxiety can lead to high blood pressure, breathing exercises and relaxation techniques can be very beneficial, rather than using tranquillizers or sedatives. Passion flower tea is another very effective treatment to calm nerves and the brain, and it works very well because it contains serotonin which is a neurotransmitter used to calm the brain.
The flavanoid Chrysin is another substance that relieves anxious thoughts.
None of these substances are as powerful on their own, but put them together and you have a synergistic affect that researcher`s have discovered is potent.
Nicotine and Alcohol Withdrawal
When people go to their doctor and are diagnosed as having high blood pressure, the doctor will normally ask some questions as part of his protocol for prescribing a diet and lifestyle change. The patient will be asked if they smoke or drink frequently, and advised to give these up if the answer is yes.
That`s the easy part. Some people will find it hard to give them up because of withdrawal symptoms, and that`s where passion flower tea could lend some support.
It is used for curbing cravings and withdrawal symptoms.
It acts as a substitute, calming nerves, just like the nicotine would do. As for alcohol withdrawals symptoms, any tremors are eased.
Did you know that passion flower has been added to the German Commission E list as a product which can reduce general restlessness and the National Health Insurance will cover the cost? Now most of us will not be able to benefit as we don`t have a policy with the National Health Insurance, but it sure does boost your confidence in the passion flower herb to help insomnia?
Can insomnia cause high blood pressure though? It sure can!
At Penn State College of Medicine, Pennsylvania, Dr. Alexandros Vgontzas studied more than 1,500 random participants and their sleep habits. He divided them into 3 categories according to the hours they slept. Those who had normal sleep, those who had some sleep difficulties, and those who suffered sleepless nights. His conclusion was that whether people found it hard to fall asleep, wake up during sleep, or found it difficult to sleep at all, were all linked to high blood pressure.
Making Passion Flower Tea
Use 4 to 8 g of P. Incarnate, P. Edulis, or P. Caerulea dried. This is the daily recommended limit
Use 150mls of boiled water to 1 teaspoon of dried Passion flowers or leaves, and brew for 10 to 12 minutes.If the taste is not to your linking, add some honey.For a soothing sleep, drink 1/2 hour before bedtime.
Herbs that Compliment – Vaerian root, Capsicum, Chamomile, Hops, Peppermint.
Note – Passion flower has been noted also for its anti-inflammatory and diuretic abilities.
Caution – Do not take passion flower tea, or any preparations with anti-depressants, blood thinners, sedatives or tranquillizers.
Not only can you benefit from drinking passion flower tea, how about growing them. Try growing several of the 500 species and the results will reward you with a sight to drink in with your eyes.