Relax and Sleep with Ease using Passionflower

Ep 96
In this episode of ReInvent Healthcare, I talk about a very special herb called Passion Flower. This is one of my favorite herbs to help me rest with its relaxing properties. If you haven’t tried this yet, I go in-depth in this episode so you can learn more about it and maybe incorporate it into the lives of your clients to support them if they have insomnia or sleep problems. Listen to the episode to learn more.


Calming Properties and Sleep Aid
Passionflower is known for its sedative-like properties and has been traditionally used for insomnia, supporting those who struggle with both falling asleep and staying asleep, as well as aids in calming down the nervous system, and is particularly effective in addressing a racing mind that interferes with sleep. 

Neurotransmitter Regulation
Passion Flower contains bioactive compounds like the flavonoid Chrysin, which acts as an anxiolytic by affecting GABA receptors. GABA is crucial for calming the mind especially in cases where individuals have issues with GABA downregulation. 

It is also adept at stimulating serotonin levels, which provides a calming effect and is good for those dealing with anxiety and mood disorders.

Additional Health Benefits
Linalool, a compound found in lavender, is also found in Passionflower. This possesses anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties which makes it beneficial for conditions related to inflammation and oxidative stress such as cardiovascular diseases. 

It also has a tonifying effect on the nervous system in general, helping to relax muscles and alleviate pain and spasms. Note that this is not a cure but Passionflower may also be considered for those with tendencies toward epileptic seizures and a supportive remedy for those with autoimmune diseases that can be considered in combination with other tools and remedies.

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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.