Scientific name: Eschscholzia
Other names: California poppy, golden poppy, California sunlight, cup of gold, Amapola de California, Eschscholzia californica, Yellow Poppy
Part used: Leaves, flower, seeds
Origins & Properties
The genus was named after the Baltic German/Imperial Russian botanist Johann Friedrich von Eschscholtz. All species are native to Mexico or the southern United States.
It is a perennial or annual plant growing to 5–60 inches tall with alternately branching glaucous blue-green foliage. The leaves are alternately divided into round, lobed segments. The flowers are solitary on long stems, silky-textured, with four petals, long and broad; flower color ranges through yellow, orange, and red with some pinks.
California poppy leaves are used as food or garnish, while the seeds are used in cooking. It is a bitter sedative herb that acts as a diuretic, relieves pain, relaxes spasms, and promotes perspiration.
- Improves sleep: Natural sleep inducer and helps fight insomnia
- Sedative effects: Relieves anxiety or tension during high levels of stress
- Helps with ADHD: Good anti-anxiety remedy for children
- Boosts cognitive function: Improve intellectual capacity and memory
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