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Passiflora mother tincture
Passiflora L. belongs to the Passifloraceae family and can be presented in over four hundred different variants; these are herbaceous plants a few meters (no more than six) and rich in shrubs, available throughout the year. The name "passiflora" - adopted by Linneo in 1753 - is composed of the Latin terms "flos", flower, and "passio", meaning passion, and was coined by a group of Jesuit missionaries in the seventeenth century. The friars, in fact, had noticed a certain similarity between the knotty appearance of the stem of the passion flower and some religious symbols that referred precisely to the passion of Christ. The so-called "passion flower" most often appears as a highly branched climbing shrub that is able to survive even in extreme situations due to these characteristics. Originally from Latin America, despite its predilection for particularly warm subtropical climates, the Passiflora is currently successfully cultivated also in Italy, especially in the variant "Passiflora Caerulea", one of the most resistant, which is therefore able to counter the winter cold. Being a climbing plant with rather large and colorful flowers, of pleasant appearance, the passion flower is often used as a decorative garden plant; however, it performs its main functions mainly in the herbalist, homeopathic and phytotherapeutic fields (phytotherapy is the science that aims to treat medium-mild pathologies by exploiting the beneficial properties of plants, flowers and herbs).
Where to find passion flower
Finding the passion flower is very simple, since currently this plant is on the market as a herbal preparation both in the form of capsules or tablets (both alone and in combination with other plants with a similar effect), both in the form of dry and fluid extract, herbal tea and , not least, mother tincture, which is given in drops. Known and used since ancient times due to its recognized beneficial properties, passion flower is currently used as an alternative to calming medicines - the so-called anxiolytics - precisely because one of its main properties is the soothing and calming effect of the central nervous system. This important property, particularly suited to the frenzy of modern times (in fact, the sedatives are the most sold drugs in the western world after aspirin), it is given by flavonoids, which passion flower contains in large quantities and which allow it to carry out its precious calming action on altered states characterized by anger, fear and nervousness. If taken the night before bedtime, the passion flower proves to be a valuable ally of good sleep: it helps to fight nervous insomnia, facilitating a peaceful rest and averting the frequent nocturnal awakenings that often characterize anxious people. Furthermore, if taken in the doses and in the recommended modalities, the passionflower is almost devoid of side effects and can even be taken for long periods, alone or in association with drops or medical tablets, since it does not interfere in any way with their action.
Why use it
As mentioned above, the passion flower is indicated to alleviate all those stress disorders that undermine the quality of life, ruining the days - and nights - of people subjected to frenetic rhythms that are not able to withstand. Because to cure anxiety, agitation and nervousness it is necessary not only to intervene on the mechanisms that determine them, but also to rest well during the night to face in the best way the commitments of the day, the first action of the passion flower is precisely to facilitate the night's rest: taking constantly at least half an hour before bedtime, the passionflower makes the sleep deeper and longer lasting, postponing awakening in those subjects whose insomnia is characterized precisely by an early morning awakening. The mother dye drops are the preparation that lends itself well to the purpose, being easy to take but also to dose depending on the need. It can in fact be used both as a shock remedy, to be taken when necessary in situations of particular distress and discomfort, when you have to face important tests that you feel unprepared (an exam, a meeting, a discussion with your boss, a debate in public), both as a preventive remedy that helps to deal more serenely with a particularly critical period of life. The use of the passionflower also benefits all overly emotional people, who may wish to face everyday life with greater serenity, and those who suffer from psychosomatic disorders related to the somatization of anxiety and stress, namely headache, gastritis, asthma and nausea. Finally, this plant is also considered a mild antidepressant, since it helps those who are suffering, those who are distressed or worried about finding some serenity and above all perhaps to go forward.
Generally the passionflower is found in herbal medicine in bottles of mother dye from fifty milliliters, all equipped with a convenient dropper. The drops should be taken diluted in water - this is also used to dissolve the alcohol contained in the preparation - in a quantity that can vary from twenty to fifty drops a day, taken in a single solution or twice a day, in the afternoon and evening before bedtime. Passion flower is often associated with other herbs with a similar effect (lime, melissa, valerian, etc.), which amplify and strengthen their action.