USA. California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Plant with Root, Cut and Sifted, Certified Organic
California Poppy is the state flower of—you guessed it—California. It is a perennial or annual plant native to the US West Coast states, and found in the wild in Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico, as well as northern Baja California and Sonora in Mexico. It has been introduced into similar climatic zones in Australia, South Africa, Chile, and Argentina. The plant grows in abundance on roadsides and has a bright orange, cheerful flower that is easily identified.
This herb is a popular nerve tonic and is reputed to have a calming effect. Studies show that it acts as a sedative and can also reduce anxiety. One study demonstrated a mild analgesic (pain relieving) effect on peripheral nerves, and no toxicity issues when taken as a tea.
This herb is often used in teas, frequently in combination with other calming nervines (herbs that help the nervous system), such as Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata) or Skullcap (Scutellaria lateriflora). Deborah Francis RN, ND, writes that California Poppy "is well indicated when what is needed is to relax into the moment, and flow, rather than resist."
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