Eschscholzia californica Common name: California poppy
Parts used: Aerial parts
Constituents: Isoquinoline alkaloids (californidine, eschscholtzine), flavone glycosides (rutin)
Medicinal actions: Nervous system relaxant, sedative, hypnotic, anxiolytic, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, diaphoretic, bitter, diuretic, antispasmodic
Medicinal use: This herb has hypnotic effects similar to those of opium poppy much are much milder and non-addictive. It will regulate sleeping patterns and aid with pains, neuralgias, migraines, stress, nervous bowel, depression, anxiety and hyperactivity in children.
Pharmacy: Infusion: 1 tsp/cup, infuse 10 min, 1 cup at bedtime to aid with sleep. Tincture: (1:2. 45%), 3-6ml QD. High doses will cause sleepiness, low doses induce relaxation.
Toxicity: No adverse effects within recommended doses. High doses may cause nausea and a residual hangover effect.
Contraindications: None known.
Interactions: Caution with nervous system meds. May have addictive effects when combined with other sedatives.