Ok, so I told you a few weeks ago about how I had purchased a tincture, which is an alcohol solution of an herb or active extract, of the anxiety and stress reducing herb passion flower. Passion flower is known, among other herbs for depression and anxiety, for producing a mild feeling of well being, enhancing the mood and helping to relax freyed nerves and anxieties that often come up in life.
I wanted something to simply “take the edge off” a bit. I wasn’t looking for something that would have serious relaxation or put me to sleep, and passion flower seems to help in that regard. I bought the Herb Pharm brand of passion flower extract.
One thing I can tell you right off the bat is that it tastes absolutely horrible. To the point where I plug my nose when I’m putting the dropper full down my throat. I never do more than one full small dropper full simply because the taste makes me want to toss my cookies.
It may be the alcohol tincture that makes it taste so pungent, but the taste is undeniably gag worthy. The effect is very mild, but identifiable. I’ll take some and it kicks in pretty quickly to help mildly put me at ease. I don’t notice anything dramatic in my stress levels, so I don’t want to mislead you into thinking this is the herbal version of Xanax or anything, but it does take the edge off somewhat pretty quickly.
Another thing I can tell you, at least about my experience with this passion flower extract, is that it actually has given me diarrhea a few times. I’ve noticed that sometimes the next day I’ll start to have issues with my digestion and elimination. I noticed that it came on very quickly.
I couldn’t make the connection to the passion flower until it happened a third time. I cut my dosage back and that seemed to work at eliminating the problem. I do have a very sensitive stomach, and sometimes I will react to new supplements this way no matter what they are, so that might be the explanation.
Also, it could simply be the alcohol that is used to make the mixture that affects me and not the herb itself.
All in all, my experience with passion flower is a pretty good one. It’s no miracle worker, and it won’t make you feel like you’re on top of the world, but it does seem to help relax anxieties and ease the feeling of stress, tightness in the chest, and the mind racing somewhat.