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California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) – Dried Herb, Organic


SKU: 12506

California Poppy is plant of the Papaveraceae family, native to the southwestern United States and northern Mexico. It has become naturalized in parts of southern Europe, Asia and Australia. Depending on conditions, California Poppies flower from February to September in their native range. The California Poppy was designated the state flower of California in 1903. The early Spanish settlers of California saw vast displays of the California Poppy lighting up the coastal hillsides and it is said they could guide their ships by the sight. They called the California coast the “land of fire” and the plant the “cup of gold”.

Traditionally Native Americans used the California Poppy for both food and medicine. Some groups boiled or steamed the plants to be eaten as a green vegetable. Other indigenous peoples used the California Poppy to treat various illnesses such as toothaches, headaches, sores; and to kill lice.

California poppy is used as a sedative to aid in sleep problems (insomnia), aches, promote relaxation, reduce nervous agitation and bedwetting in children as well as diseases of the bladder and liver.


The taste and energetics of California Poppy are acrid, bitter, cooling and drying. This herb has an affinity towards the nervous system, muscles, liver, gallbladder, heart, digestive system and bladder. For the nervous system combine California Poppy with Skullcap, Oat Seed or Passionflower.

How to use:

1 teaspoon of California Poppy to one cup of boiling water. Steep for 15 minutes, strain and drink up to three cups a day.

Cautions and contraindications:

Avoid taking with other prescription sedatives.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider prior to the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.


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