A native of the Americas, Alfred Vogel saw this ‘showy flower’ in Mexico and Brazil, learning of its uses from the native people. The plant was brought to Europe in the 17th Century as a garden adornment but naturopaths started to use it about 100 years ago. This herb is combined with the fresh young seeds of Avena sativa (Oats) to create this useful tincture.
Also known as:
• Nervous tension
• Nervous exhaustion
• Mild depression
Passiflora is a climbing plant, popular in gardens in Europe. It originates from South America and the East Indies and was traditionally used as a nerve tonic in neuralgia.
How it works:
Passiflora is an anxiolytic (calms anxiety). Constituents within Passiflora attach selectively to benzodiazepene receptors, calming the nerves. There are no adverse side effects such as addiction or drowsiness, as is often the case with benzodiazepenes themselves.