Passionflower is a herb with a wide variety of benefits. The plant bears beautiful flowers that bloom in either pink or purple. In North and Central American traditions, this herb was used for treating insomnia and other sleep disturbances because of its sedative effects.
Generally, nowadays it is considered an excellent herb for managing anxiety, tensions, and improving temperament. This makes it an ideal plant to feed to horses that are nervous or anxious.
Passionflower has other benefits too though, which shouldn’t be overlooked. It has analgesic (pain-relieving) properties as well as anti-spasmodic properties. These elements make it of great use to horses with tight, sore muscles and those that hold tensions habitually.
Passicol, a phytochemical found in passionflower is effective at fighting a variety of bacteria, moulds and yeasts. It is also ideal for helping to manage the temperament of moody mares.
Passionflower is a versatile and powerful herb that can be fed on its own or in conjunction with other herbs. Horses find it appetising and because it is fibrous in nature, it plays a role in maintaining the function and harmony of the gut – what could be more important than that?
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