This yellow orange flower, which is the state flower of California, has many health benefits. The roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds can all be used for medicinal purposes. The California Poppy, also called the Golden Poppy, is considered a sub-opiate because its effects are much milder than its cousin the red poppy, which is the source for opium.
This flower, which is actually an herb, is a rich source of vitamins A, C and E and the minerals calcium and magnesium. California Poppy has sedative properties, making it useful to treat insomnia, anxiety, stress, panic attacks, hypertension, colic and bed wetting in children, when it’s caused by anxiety or stress.
It’s also useful for behavior disorders such as OCD, bipolar disorder, ADD, Alzheimer’s, and ADHD. California Poppy is great for sharpening cognitive skills such as memory and concentration, making it helpful for both students and adults. It’s also an excellent natural pain reliever that can be substituted for over-the-counter and prescription pain meds.
California Poppy’s analgesic and antispasmodic properties relieve acute nerve and muscle pain. It helps to reduce fevers, slow a rapid heart rate, relieve a toothache and ease coughs. It contains antimicrobial properties as well, which makes this herb effective in treating cuts, wounds and skin irritations while soothing inflammation. California Poppy powder, mixed with coconut, treats and eliminates head lice.
As a tea, California Poppy relaxes muscles and the body and calms anxious thoughts, making it a great drink to sip before bed to promote a good night’s rest. Mix 2 teaspoons of dried herb in a cup of hot water and steep for 10 minutes. Add raw organic honey to sweeten, if desired, or a slice of lemon. (Info from Anthony William.)
California Poppy can be purchased in tea, tincture, extract, powder, dried or cream form, in health stores or by clicking the links below.
I use California Poppy in tincture form, placing a full dropper under my tongue. I began using this herb to help with nerve and muscle pain, at the beginning of my healing journey, and found that it had a very calming effect as well. I still use California Poppy occasionally, after an extremely busy day or if I have tight, sore muscles from gardening. I’m very interested in trying the herb in dried form, so I can make a nighttime tea before bed.
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