Herb of the Day: Passiflora

( Passiflora incarnata )
Oringin; a native to southern US and Central and North America for its valuable sedative and tranquilizing properties.It was named by Spanish explores who saw its flower”s ornate design elements of the passion, or suffering, of Jesus. Native Americans in the southeastern United States, particularly the Cherokee, used the pleasant tasting herb in healing, it soon became popular in Europe. Herbalists recommend it as a sedative, a digestive aid, and a pain reliever. Because it dilates blood vessels, it is also being tested as a heart disease preventive.
Homeopathic preparation: fresh or dried leaves, gathered in the spring, are finely chopped and steeped in alcohol. The remedy profile, the classic symptom linked with Passiflora, is insomnia. Those who respond best to the remedy tend to lie awake at night and become exhausted. They are pron to odd sensations, they may feel that their eyeballs are protruding, as if being pushed out of their heads, or that the tops of their heads are lifting off. On lying down they may feel that their heels are rising up in the air. Passiflora is considered particularly effective for alcoholics and screaming children. The remedy may also help whooping cough that is worse at night, and insomnia accompanied by hemorrhoids, pain in the coccyx, or discomfort during or just before menstruation.


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