Passionflower [Passiflora incarnata]

Passionflower is a reliable choice of herbalists for its ability to gently restore debilitated nerve centers by promoting nutrition uptake at the cellular level.

Otherwise known as a nervine, this plant soothes the nerves, promotes relaxation, and helps ease anxious minds to get some well-needed sleep. Passionflower was used traditionally in the Americas and later in Europe as a calming herb for anxiety, insomnia, seizures, and hysteria.

It's used still today to treat anxiety and insomnia. Scientists believe passionflower works by increasing levels of a chemical called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain. GABA lowers the activity of some brain cells, making you feel more relaxed.