California Poppy Medicine

California poppy is a beautiful annual flower that pops up in a lot of places, especially all over California. Taking drives through the Cali hills to go see my grandparents in the summer was always my favorite. Just about everywhere I looked there were California poppies springing up in the radiant orange glow. The energy of the flowers is so vibrant and simple. What is amazing about this plant is that the leaves and flowers can be used to make medicine. It has many benefits, and unlike its' cousin Opium poppy, it is not psychoactive or addictive.

Eschscholzia californica is california poppies scientific name, for identification purposes. It is used medicinally for insomnia, pain, aches, anxiety and nervous agitation, depression, blood vessel problems, sensitivity to weather changes and more. I have loved using a diluted tincture on my son's gums when he was teething, it would take the pain away almost instantly and worked much better than most OTC medicines I tried. For me personally, California poppy knocks out my anxiety, helps me sleep and adjust to the weather(I get horrible migraines when the pressure changes). It also helps with any nerve pain I get time to time.

To use this plant, a fresh tincture is preferred. This is for internal use mainly, or you can use a topical oil infusion made into a salve. For a tincture, grab a jar full of fresh chopped up California poppy flowers and leaves. Fill the jar up with 100+ proof vodka and shake. Allow this to sit in a cool dark place for 8 weeks, then strain. I like to put some tincture in a 1oz dropper bottle for easy dosages.

To use for teething babies, dilute 2-3 drops in a small spoonful of coconut oil and rub on the gums. For internal use for an adult, take 10 drops on the tongue as needed. You can take up to a droppersful at a time, but I prefer smaller doses. Always start small with new herbs and increase dose as you see fit, use your intuition!

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