Californian poppy | Incredible Edible Todmorden | Herbs

Californian poppy

california poppyEschscholtzia californica

A mild sedative and insomnia aid, also used for anxiety and minor pain relief, suitable for children. The cut root can be applied directly to the gums to relieve toothache. Lately it has been used to help withdrawal from benzodiazepines, methadone and heroin. Harvest when in full bloom.

The California poppy is the state flower of California, and April 6 every year is designated as California poppy day.