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CALIFORNIA POPPY

(Eschscholzia Californica)


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  • California Poppy Description
  • California Poppy Uses, Health Benefits & Scientific Evidence
  • California Poppy Dosage Information
  • California Poppy Safety, Cautions & Interactions
  • California Poppy Supplements & Products




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    CALIFORNIA POPPY HERBAL DESCRIPTION

    California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) is also known as Western Poppy, Poppy, and Gold Poppy.

    The California poppy is considered an ancient plant whose origins are not entirely known. Native Americans in California prized them as a source of food and for the oil that could be extracted from the plant. The California poppy is the state flower of California, a tender annual or perennial plant bearing blue-green leaves and 2 to 4 inch (5 to 10 cm) wide flowers that open in bright sun and close on cloudy days and at night. The California Poppy grows to about 2 feet tall and has finely cut leaves and bright orange, yellow, pink, or red flowers.

    Orange and yellow poppy blossoms once covered the mountains of coastal California, so impressing Spanish explorers that they named the region the Land of Fire. Before the land was developed, the flowered hills shone so brightly that sailors coming from the sea used them as beacons to guide them inland.

    California Poppy is closely related to the opium poppy but it has a far different effect on the central nervous system. The California Poppy is not narcotic. Rather than disorientating the user, it tends to normalize psychological function. Hundreds of years ago, the local Indians used the plant as a painkiller, particularly for toothaches. They also used it for insomnia and headache. Externally, the plant was used as a poultice for sores and ulcers. The California Poppy contains sedative alkaloids in its sap and has mild antispasmodic, and analgesic properties.





    california poppy plant


    CALIFORNIA POPPY USES, HEALTH BENEFITS & SCIENTIFIC EVIDENCE

    Due to its mild sedative effects, California Poppy is considered a valuable herbal medicine for treating physical and psychological problems in children.

    It is also used to help overcome bedwetting, difficulty in sleeping, colic, nervous tension and anxiety.

    The root is still used today for relieving the pain of toothaches and as a tea, it is used for treating headaches, anxiety, and insomnia. Californians of Spanish descent cook the plant in olive oil to use as a hair tonic that they believe makes the hair grow thick and shiny.





    california poppy side view


    CALIFORNIA POPPY DOSAGE INFORMATION

    California Poppy comes in various forms and is an ingredient in many products.

    To make an infusion, put 1 to 2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb in 1 cup of boiling water and leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Drink at night to promote restful sleep. In using a tincture, take 1 to 4 ml at night. For other formulations, read and follow product label directions.

    Constituents: Alkaloids, principally cryptopine.
    Parts Used: Above-ground parts of the plant, dried.
    Typical Preparations: Most frequently used as a tincture. Also commonly combined with Birthwort (Aristalochia clematitis), Night-Blooming Cereus (Epiphyllum oxypetalum or Hylocereus undatus), Kava Kava, Lavender, Passionflower, St. John's Wort, and/or Valerian. Can also be taken as a tea or encapsulated.





    california poppy inside flower


    CALIFORNIA POPPY SAFETY, CAUTIONS & INTERACTIONS INFORMATION

    California Poppy is non-addictive and generally regarded as safe when taken in the recommended doses.

    However, if you are taking any medications (prescription or over-the-counter), it is best to consult with your health care provider before taking this herb for the treatment of your condition.

    Precautions: Safety not established during pregnancy or nursing or for children under the age of 6.





    CALIFORNIA POPPY HERBAL & RELATED PRODUCTS

  • California Poppy Herbal Products


  • QUALITY PRODUCTS & SUPPLEMENTS



    CALIFORNIA POPPY HERBAL PRODUCTS

    For centuries the miracle Poppy plant has been used as a natural remedy to promote relaxation, sleep and pain relief.

    MOUNTAIN ROSE HERBS PRODUCTS

    Mountain Rose Herbs: California Poppy (Eschscholzia Californica), Certified Organic, Bulk Organic Herbs & Spices
    Mountain Rose Herbs: California Poppy Seeds, Certified Organic, 500 Seeds Per Packet, Medicinal Herb Seeds
    Herbaceous perennial, self-seeding. Scatter the seed in fall or early spring on disturbed soil. Dislikes transplanting. Prefers full sun and sloped landscapes. Tincture of fresh herb, especially root and seed capsule, works well for calming children and adults who have sensitive constitutions. 500 seeds per packet.
    Mountain Rose Herbs: California Poppy Extract, Certified Organic, Single Herbal Extracts
    Mountain Rose Herbs: California Poppy, Single Herbal Capsules, Certified Organic, 510 mg, 100 Caps


    STARWEST BOTANICALS PRODUCTS

    Starwest Botanicals: California Poppy Herb, Cut & Sifted, Organic, 4 oz.
    Starwest Botanicals: California Poppy Herb, Cut & Sifted, Organic, 1 lb.


    HERBSPRO PRODUCTS

    HerbsPro: California Poppy Dropper, Flower Essence Services, 0.25 fl. oz. (79504)
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    HerbsPro: California Poppy Extract, Eclectic Institute Inc., 1 fl. oz. (31860)
    HerbsPro: California Poppy Extract, Herb Pharm, 1 fl. oz. (20679)
    HerbsPro: California Poppy Extract, Gaia Herbs, 1 fl. oz. (108417)
    HerbsPro: Kava Kava & California Poppy Extract, Alcohol Free, Eclectic Institute Inc., 1 fl. oz. (32014)
    HerbsPro: Kava Kava & California Poppy Extract, Eclectic Institute Inc., 1 fl. oz. (76167)
    HerbsPro: California Poppy Extract, Eclectic Institute Inc., 2 fl. oz. (76246)
    HerbsPro: California Poppy Extract, Gaia Herbs, 2 fl. oz. (108418)
    HerbsPro: Kava Kava & California Poppy Extract, Alcohol Free, Eclectic Institute Inc., 2 fl. oz. (90756)
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    HerbsPro: Yerba Santa Extract, Eclectic Institute, 2 fl. oz.
    HerbsPro: California Poppy Extract, Gaia Herbs, 4 fl. oz. (90858)
    HerbsPro: California Poppy Extract, Herb Pharm, 4 fl. oz. (32227)
    HerbsPro: California Poppy Seed, Bio Nutrition Inc., 60 VCaps (108136)


    KALYX PRODUCTS

    Kalyx: California Poppy Seed, Bio Nutrition, 500 mg. 60 VCaps: HF
    Kalyx: California Poppy Tincture, Magic Garden, 1/2 fl oz: M
    Kalyx: California Poppy Herb Extract, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 fl oz: C
    Kalyx: California Poppy Herb Extract (Eschscholzia californica), Golden Lotus, 2 fl oz: GL
    Kalyx: California Poppy Herb Extract, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 4 fl oz: C
    Kalyx: California Poppy Herb Extract, Golden Lotus Botanicals, 4 fl oz: GL
    Kalyx: California Poppy Herb Extract, Golden Lotus Botanicals, 8 fl oz: GL
    Kalyx: California Poppy Herb Extract, Golden Lotus Botanicals, 16 fl oz: GL
    Kalyx: California Poppy Herb (Eschscholzia californica): Magic Garden, 30 gm: M
    Kalyx: California Poppy Resin Extract, Magic Garden, 1 gm: M
    Kalyx: California Poppy Herb, Cut & Sifted, Certified Organic, Starwest Botanicals, 1 lb: C
    Kalyx: California Poppy Herb, Magic Garden, 1 kg (2.2 lbs): M


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