Wednesday, August 26, 2009

My favorite Mellow ingredient, Passion flower

Let me start by saying, I truly believe one of the most natural (and smartest) ways to help maintain overall health and emotional balance is the use of herbs and vitamins. Herbs and vitamins are used around the world, in every culture to help provide support for those coping with anxiety, depression, stress, sleep difficulty, and cognitive function issues such as perception, memory, creation of imagery, and thinking; cognitive function also encompasses awareness and warrants the capacity for judgment. The Passion flower is no exception; it boasts an array of functionality, which is why we chose this flower as one of our ingredients.

This by far is my favorite ingredient, not just because of the name or even the extraordinary beauty which these vines produce but because of how gentle, yet effective this flower is as a calming element. Passion flower is complex, yet lends an elegant grace when combined with other herbs. It is naturally brilliant, scientists still don't understand the precise mechanism of action as to how it works exactly, just that this knowledge is backed by the flowers integrity which is offered in every bloom.

Q: What is Passion Flower?

Passion flower is a genus of around 500 different species of flowering plants of the Passifloraceae family. Mostly vines, with some being shrubs, a few are herbaceous (that was quite technical, but now you know!). Passion flower bears small berry-like fruit called grandilla. The bright flowers and aerial (growing above ground) parts of the Passion Flower plant are used in medicinal compounds to promote emotional balance through relaxation of the nervous system.

Q: What functions does Passion flower perform in Mellow?

• Combats restlessness
• Nervous tension
• Creates a general feeling of well-being
• Induces a feeling of peace, relaxation and clarity
• Enhances mental alertness and concentration
• Can have a calming effect for those that experience panic attacks/anxiety due to stress
• Reduces mild mood swings/irritability

Q: Does Passion flower have side effects?

Large amounts of Passion Flower have not been shown to cause adverse reactions, however, it is always recommended to consult a health care professional before using any dietary supplement, especially if you are taking other medications.

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