|Name: Californian Poppy
Name: Eschscholzia californica
Names: Californian Poppy
Used: Dried aerial parts
Alkaloids similar to Opium Poppy; flavone glycosides.
Local Indians used the plant as a painkiller, especially for toothache, and as a poultice for sores and ulcers. Indian women used it to charm unresponsive lovers. Today some cook the plant in olive oil to make a hair tonic that is said to make the hair grow thick and shiny.
Nervine, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic, anodyne.
Californian Poppy has the reputation of being a non-addictive alternative to the Opium Poppy, though it is less powerful. It has been used as a sedative and hypnotic for children, where there is over-excitability and sleeplessness. It can be used wherever an anti-spasmodic remedy is required. The Native Americans used it for colic pains and it may be useful in the treatment of gall-bladder colic.
A perennial herb, with spreading stems, growing up to 2 feet tall. The leaves are divided many times into fine greenish-gray segments. Conspicuous flowers (February-September) range in color from bright yellow to deep orange and have four petals and many stamens.
Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto
1-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. A cup should be drunk at night to promote restful sleep.
1-4 ml of the tincture at night.
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