Californian Poppy

Eschscholzia californica

Part Used: Dried aerial parts.

Constituents: Alkaloids; flavone glycosides.

Actions: Nervine, hypnotic, anti-spasmodic, anodyne.

Indications: 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.

Preparations & Dosage: Infusion: pour a cup of boiling water onto l-2 teaspoonfuls of the dried herb and leave to infuse for l0 minutes. A cup should be drunk at night to promote restful sleep.

Tincture: take l-4 ml of the tincture at night.

David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH Written by David L. Hoffmann BSc Hons MNIMH

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