Pleasure and Pain with California Poppy
I dare anyone to walk past the golden yellow flower of a California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and not feel some sort of joy settling in. It stands tall, reaching for, and shining in the sun. It is the State flower of….. yes you guessed it, California. It has such diverse medicinal properties, that finding out about its ability to reduce pain, other than neuralgic, didn’t take me much by surprise. It’s a member of the Opium Poppy family (Papaveraceae) after all. I am inclined to file herbs into different categories for both traditional herbal and vibrational remedies but every now and then I read something that reminds me of other healing possibilities. It adds another layer to the medicinal benefits of this sunny looking and sunny feeling member of the Plant World.
For any issues with depression, be it mild or more severe, California Poppy has been called upon to uplift the spirits and calm the mind. It is equally good for the nervous system allowing the antispasmodic, anxiolytic and sedative properties to take effect. The chemical components are the same as the Opium Poppy although much less potent; so it lends itself well to a variety of painful conditions. According to Anne McIntyre (1): “It began to be used as a medicine in the last century, when it rapidly gained a reputation as a non-addictive alternative to the opium poppy.” It is so mild that it is quite safe in remedies for children. This herb may have a sunny disposition but is severely lacking in the taste department. Add peppermint and chamomile to tea for anxious children. This combination works well when traveling (2).
As my focus is primarily vibrational medicine, I use this plant whenever I need a joyful or uplifting energy to be present. Here are some of the ways California Poppy works in vibrational remedies:
California Poppy brings a heightened sense of self-worth and sunshine to our Esteem remedy. Yes, there are herbs for low self-esteem. (2)
After reading Anne McIntyre’s article I was glad to be reminded that California Poppy works well for pain in lotions, creams and salves (1)(Anne McIntyre). I’ll put it on the drawing board for future remedy making.
(1) Anne McIntyre, writing in Positive Health Online: http://www.positivehealth.com/article/herbal-medicine/the-benefits-of-california-poppy-eschscholzia-californica
(2) Thomas Avery Garran, Western Herbs according to Traditional Chinese Medicine
(3) Anne McIntyre, writing in Positive Health Online: http://www.positivehealth.com/article/ayurveda/are-there-herbs-for-low-self-esteem