insomnia

The Plant Detective
5:00 am
Sat December 13, 2014

Relax, It's Passionflower

Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata). (CC BY 2.0)
Credit Flickr user, Audrey

Passionflower is a beautiful climbing vine native to the Americas whose corona reminded people of the crown of thorns worn by Jesus during his crucifixion. It's a sedative, milder than valerian or kava - often, you'll find it used in combination with other calming herbs like lemon balm. Passionflower calms the nervous system, reduces anxiety, and soothes insomnia and muscle spasms. Scientists think it increases levels of gamma aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. Don't use passionflower if you're pregnant or breastfeeding; it's a uterine stimulant that can over-sedate your baby.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri January 31, 2014

Lavender

February 1st, 2014: Fragrant and medicinal, lavender can affect people's alertness and mood. Depending on the species, it can stimulate or calm, sharpen or soothe. It's helpful in treating anxiety and sleep disturbances.

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The Plant Detective
8:00 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Eat Your Porridge: Oats

Credit Flora de la Terre

August 24th & 26th, 2013: Oats are a sedative and fine nutraceutical, useful in soothing eczema and itchiness; reducing cholesterol, anxiety and chronic stress; and providing fiber. www.floradelaterre.com

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