Cal­i­for­nian Poppy

Herbs & Superfoods - - Herbs For Sleep & Stress -

Cal­i­for­nian poppy ( Eschscholzia cal­i­for­nica) belongs to the poppy fam­ily and is cousin to the in­fa­mous opium poppy, but far less pow­er­ful. It’s mildly seda­tive, anal­gesic (re­lieves pain) and anx­i­olytic (re­duces anx­i­ety), and is chiefly used for anx­i­ety, in­som­nia and neu­ropa­thy prob­lems. It is suit­able for adults and chil­dren, help­ing to re­duce anx­i­ety dur­ing the day and pro­mote sleep at night.

Both the leaves and flow­ers of the plant are used in teas and tinc­tures. Grow it: The bright orange flow­ers look mag­nif­i­cent when planted en masse. They flower from late spring all through sum­mer, grow­ing well even in poor soils, so long as drainage is good.

In fact, you don’t re­ally need to pre­pare your soil at all for plant­ing. Just sow seeds di­rectly and they should come away eas­ily enough. Plants self-sow freely in ideal con­di­tions. The best time to har­vest the herb for mak­ing teas and tinc­tures is when in flower.

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