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Medicinal Her – California Poppy

California Poppy

Medicinal Herb Post #18 written on June 21, 2018

California Poppy – Eschscholizia californica

This sun loving annual holds some great pain relieving and relaxation benefits. It is a very safe and effective nervine. You can use it for children if they’ll take it… but it’s very bitter. There are no addictive side effects or highs that come with it at all. Harvest the flowers as they open after the sun is up in the late morning or early afternoon. I also let some blooms go to seed so they come back every year. The flowers don’t last longer than a year so use them right after you dry them in a tincture or save to use in a tea. I’ve read that it can be used as a poultice to dry up milk in a mother who no longer breastfeeds. The root can be used for toothaches and treating lice.

Here is a formula that can be used for pain, headaches, anxiety and even sleep – use equal parts valerian root, skullcap, lemon balm, and CA poppy flowers. Make a tincture, tea or capsules. 1 tsp for adults or 1/2 tsp for children every 2-3 hours or as needed.

Because this herb is very effective it shouldn’t be used with other prescription drugs without first consulting with your medical provider. I just recently learned that it is illegal to pick the flowers outside of your own yard in California.

Emily Saddler

Emily is a Master Gardener, wife of a professional landscape contractor, homeschool mom of 7 awesome kids, yoga/pilates instructor, a clinical and master herbalist, licensed massage therapist and soon to be traditional naturopath. She is a very passionate advocate of organic home-grown food! Emily maintains a blog called “The Organic Suburban Farm Girl” where she shares gardening advice, delicious recipes made with fresh, organic ingredients, herbal and natural home care product recipes and loves teaching classes on gardening, plant identification and herbal remedy workshops. Check out the events and classes page for more info.

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