In earlier times passion flower was used as a sedative. In more recent times the flowers and other parts of the plant are used as remedies for several common and uncommon ailments. The most common property of the flower is its sedative nature. It calms muscle tension and twitching of the muscles without affecting other functions of the body like respiration or heart beat.
Passion flowers are now being used in the treatment of mental and emotional disorders like insomnia, anxiety, restlessness, epilepsy and hyperactivity. Recent research has also proved that the herbs will be effective in the cure of high blood pressure. If you are looking at using the herb for home remedies then it will be extremely effective; however you need to understand the properties of the herb before you go ahead with the treatment as it can cause some side effects if you consume it in large portions. Some of the side effects include fatigue and mental distress and depression in severe cases.
The herb can be ingested in the fresh or dry form. The herb is processed into tinctures and capsules. If your life is extremely stressed out then the best way to deal with it is to use passion flowers in the form of a tincture. In order to use the herb in this manner you need to take 30 to 40 drops of the herb and blend it with water. Drink a glass of this herb infused water every 3 hours. You will begin to experience lowered stress levels and will be able to control anxiety without a mental breakdown. In the form of capsules you would be required to have 2 to 3 especially during bedtime.
One must be aware of the fact that the herb can lead to excessive sleeplessness if you are using it along with other prescriptive drugs and hence it must be avoided in this manner. Use it in the dosage prescribed by your herbalist in order to prevent any side effects and to ensure that the herb is effective. You must also avoid using blue passion flower as a remedy.