Californian Poppy

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Biological Name: Eschscholzia californicaCalifornian Poppy

Family: Papaveraceae

Other Names: Californian Poppy

Elements Applied: Each plant’s part except the root is applied in dried form as a herbal medicine.

Active Components: Flavone glycosides, alkaloids like in Opium Poppy.

History: American Indians applied the herb to relieve pains, particularly toothache, and used it in form of poultice for ulcers and sores. Indian females believed it’s capable to enchant unresponsive males. Nowadays the herb is applied with olive oil to promote hair growth, and is especially beneficial for weak and unhealthy hair.

Used For: The herb is applied to treat nervous conditions, relieve spasms and pains. It also acts as a hypnotic agent.

Californian Poppy has been practiced as a substitute for Opium Poppy, which develops addiction. However, its action is less marked. Additionally, it was applied as a calming remedy for children, who suffered from insomnia and anxiety. The remedy is applied in any condition associated with spasms and pains. In the early times of America the herb was used for colic spasms and gallbladder colic.

Additional Info: The plant belongs to perennials, and is highly branchy, with the stem reaching 2 feet in height. The leaves are complex and include several green-colored segments. The plant blossoms from late winter to early autumn and its flowers are orange to yellow-colored depending on the species.

Preparation and Intake: To make an infusion take 1-2 teaspoons of dry herb extract and fill it up with 200 ml of boiling water. Let it steep for ten minutes. To fight insomnia, drink a cup before going to bed.

In form of tincture the herb is used in a quantity of 1-4 ml before going to bed.

Safety: There is no data concerning the plant’s safety level.