Information on California Poppy

Latin NameEschscholzia californica
Part UsedFlowering Plant
Herb FormsTinctures.
AffectsNervous system
CautionsAvoid during pregnancy.
Botanical InfoA wild annual or perennial of the poppy family, with finely dissected leaves and cup-shaped golden flowers. The plant is native to the pacific states and adjacent Arizona.
DescriptionCalifornia poppy is a native American remedy that is commonly used in Europe as a relaxant and antispasmodic. Because of its mild sedative and analgesic properties, it may be given safely to children. California poppy is used for anxiety, sleeplessness, stomach cramps, and toothache. Studies in Germany and France have supported the traditional use of California poppy for muscle relaxing, anxiety, and pain relief. It is cooling and can be given to people with nervousness who have excess heat or heat caused by adrenal weakness. It is one of the most reliable and safe relaxing herbs for children and adults and is excellent in formulas with wild oats and St. John's wort for healing addictions.

California Poppy has a taste of BITTER, ACRID and a temperature of COOL.


Tincture2-4 droppersful as needed

Ailments Treated by California Poppy

AilmentTreatment SupportApplication
Deliriumanti-anxietytincture, capsule
Delirium tremensanti-anxietytincture, tablet
Attention Deficit Disordercalmativetincture, capsule
Insomniacalmative, mild sedativetincture, standardized extract in capsules or tablets
Jaw, tensecalmativetincture, extract in capsules or tablets
Motion sicknessnervinetincture, tablet
Stressrelaxanttincture, tablet, capsule
Whooping coughantispasmodic, calmativetincture
Nervousnesscalmativeextract in capsules, tablets, tincture


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