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Flowers on Friday: Reader Submission Edition

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One of our readers (Kim :)) sent this beautiful flower picture to me the other day.  She found it during a walk with her Mom and Lucy and wanted to know what it was . . . and suggested we feature it today.

Well, my friend, its called a Passion Flower (thanks, Mom, for the research help!).  Here is some info on the Passion Flower (looks like we could both use some to help us sleep!).

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) was used traditionally in the Americas and later in Europe as a calming herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria. It is still used today to treat anxiety and insomnia. Scientists believe passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you feel more relaxed.

The effects of passionflower tend to be milder than valerian (Valeriana officinalis) or kava (Piper methysticum), 2 other herbs used to treat anxiety. Passionflower is often combined with valerian, lemon balm (Melissa officinalis), or other calming herbs. Few scientific studies have tested passionflower as a treatment for anxiety or insomnia, however, and since passionflower is often combined with other calming herbs, it is difficult to tell what effects passionflower has on its own.

Here are a few more pictures of this pretty flower.  Thanks for sending the picture in, Kim!

Have a great weekend!

Written by bevanddara

September 7, 2012 at 12:50 pm

Posted in Dara, Flowers

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