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Using passion flower to improve sleep or reduce stress -- does it work?

 
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Hi everyone,
I'm wondering if any of you have you used passion flower for improving sleep or reducing feelings of stress. Did it work? Did it have any side effects? Did you use a particular brand?
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I have used this but it did not have any noticeable effect. My particular issue is anxiety. Believe it or not eating eggs for breakfast daily has done more than any herb I have tried yet, the website I got the tip from attributes this to the choline they contain. For sleep, though I'm sure you have heard this many times I use chamomile. I have noticed a huge difference between buying the teabags and using the chamomile I grow myself with the latter being much more effective. It pretty much made me pass out in about 5 minutes. Lavander and Basil are also awesome additions to the tea. Green tea is supposed to be pretty awesome for relieving stress as well, though haven't tried it yet. Trick is you need tons of it according to what I've looked into, to the point where you are pretty much drinking it all day, about 5 cups per day. Also I have never used my own passionflower. I do grow it but don't know if its a special variety that they use for these things. Considering my experience with Chamomile I can only imagine it would be more effective as a fresh picked tea (or whatever preparation method is best). Hope this helps
 
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A tea made with the wild passionflower that grows here (passiflora incarnata) has a powerful soporific, even sedative effect on me; I don't use it routinely but I have tried it more than once to good effect.  I used the leaves and vines due to the need arising after flower season, but my local wildcrafting guru says that a mix of leaves and flowers harvested at the time of first flowering is most potent.  
 
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Thanks for the Latin name there...its not the one that I grow now that I've looked it up. Not to say other might not also have an effect but this way I can order seeds or go find it some other way!
 
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lucy mcknight wrote:I have used this but it did not have any noticeable effect. My particular issue is anxiety. Believe it or not eating eggs for breakfast daily has done more than any herb I have tried yet, the website I got the tip from attributes this to the choline they contain. For sleep, though I'm sure you have heard this many times I use chamomile. I have noticed a huge difference between buying the teabags and using the chamomile I grow myself with the latter being much more effective. It pretty much made me pass out in about 5 minutes. Lavander and Basil are also awesome additions to the tea. Green tea is supposed to be pretty awesome for relieving stress as well, though haven't tried it yet. Trick is you need tons of it according to what I've looked into, to the point where you are pretty much drinking it all day, about 5 cups per day. Also I have never used my own passionflower. I do grow it but don't know if its a special variety that they use for these things. Considering my experience with Chamomile I can only imagine it would be more effective as a fresh picked tea (or whatever preparation method is best). Hope this helps


Hi Lucy,
Thanks for your response. I'm sorry to hear Passion Flower didn't work for you. I will look into chamomile. I'm sure home grown is much better than store bought. (Unfortunately I'm stuck with the latter for this year.) I'm allergic to eggs so will have to pass on that.
 
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Dan Boone wrote:A tea made with the wild passionflower that grows here (passiflora incarnata) has a powerful soporific, even sedative effect on me; I don't use it routinely but I have tried it more than once to good effect.  I used the leaves and vines due to the need arising after flower season, but my local wildcrafting guru says that a mix of leaves and flowers harvested at the time of first flowering is most potent.  


Hi Dan,
I'm glad to hear passionflower worked for you. That is encouraging.
 
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