Golden poppy, california sunlight, cup of gold
With bright silky petals, this plant is the official state flower of California.
The chopped herb.
Use 1 teaspoon of dried herb to one cup of boiling water to make a tasty tea. Infuse for 5-10 minutes. Sweeten with honey or lemon to taste.
Alternatively add half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of tincture to a cup of warm water for a quick alternative to tea.
The herb can be added as a flavouring to gin, vodka and other infusions.
Sleeplessness (particularly in overactive children), colic pain.
Key actions: Mild sedative, analgesic, anxiolytic.
In clinic: Herbalists use this herb to treat insomnia, anxiety and stress, nervous bowel, neuralgia and migraines.
If you are interested in the medicinal use of this herb please consult a herbalist. Herbs are generally used at medicinal strength, in blends, prescribed for each unique patient's condition.
Infusion: 1 to 2 teaspoons of herb (2 to 4 g) to a cup of cold water. Pour boiling water over the herb and leave to infuse for 5 to 10 minutes. Flavour with lemon, ginger or honey if desired. Drink 3 times a day unless otherwise told by a medical herbalist.
Tincture: Take 2.5 ml (1:3 in 25% tincture), 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
Fluid extract: 1:2 Take 1 to 2 ml, 3 times a day or as directed by a practitioner.
This herb is considered safe in food amounts. Do not take if you are allergic to this plant or other members of this plant's family (Papaveraceae). Not all herbs are suitable in pregnancy, breastfeeding or for young children. If in doubt, please ask us or your medical herbalist.
Do not use whilst breastfeeding without consulting professional advice.
None known. Plant extracts cause few side effects when taken correctly but if a side effect is experienced please contact us.
Interactions with drugs
Do not use in conjunction with sedatives. There is also concern about using with strong analgesics.
Herbal remedies and supplements can interact with medicines. If you are taking medication please check with your medical practitioner, or call us, before taking herbs, supplements and medication together.
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