California Poppy: Gentle Sedative and Pain Reliever


Close up of California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica) during peak blooming time, Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), we are in the Heart “time of year,” early summer, meaning that the heart’s energy flourishes now. Herbs with a bitter flavor help the heart by clearing heat and toxins from the blood. In April I discussed the bitter flavor in herbs and gave several examples.

Cool in energy and bitter in flavor, California poppy is another example that specifically treats the heart as well as the liver. Yet, it has another property specific to the heart besides being bitter – it also calms the mind and nervous system. Both are especially helpful right now with pent up feelings from home isolation not to mention more stresses from COVID.

Overall, California poppy specifically treats anxiety, insomnia, and nervous tension….

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