Herbs

California Poppy

Spanish Name: Escolzia

COMMON NAME

 

Standardized: california poppy

 

BOTANICAL NAME

 

Eschscholzia californica Cham.
Plant Family: Papaveraceae

 

OVERVIEW

 

INTRODUCTION

The California poppy is the state flower of California, a tender 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 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.

CONSTITUENTS

Alkaloids, principally cryptopine.

PARTS USED

Aerial portion

TYPICAL PREPARATIONS

Most frequently used as a tincture. Also commonly combined with birthwort, night-blooming cereus, kava, lavender, passionflower, St. John's wort, and/or valerian. Can also be taken as a tea or encapsulated.

 

PRECAUTIONS

 

Specific: Not for use in pregnancy except under the supervision of a qualified healthcare practitioner.
General: We recommend that you consult with a qualified healthcare practitioner before using herbal products, particularly if you are pregnant, nursing, or on any medications.

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