Living with chronic pain can be a daily struggle. On top of the physical discomfort, there is the endless cycle of medication. Prescription pain medications can also become addictive, posing additional health risks when taken in excessive doses for extended periods of time. California poppy seed is a natural alternative to pain medication that is also non-addictive which may be one healthy alternative to prescription medications.
Where California Poppy Comes From
The California poppy is the official state flower of California, but it can also be found in Oregon, Washington, Nevada, Arizona and New Mexico. Native Americans first discovered medicinal properties of California poppy seed, using the pollen to cover skin blemishes
and in cooking to enhance flavor.
California poppies are also referred to as "golden poppies" due to their golden orange in color and are legal to pick. The plant produces fruit, which averages between three and nine centimeters long. Once the fruit has matured, it splits apart into two pieces, revealing the black and dark brown seeds.
Additional Reasons People May Take California Poppy Seed
While some people have reported using California poppy seed as a natural alternative for dealing with pain, others have reported using it for a variety of other reasons including:
- Sleep Support:
Many people use California Poppy Seed as a natural sleep inducer. They report that it works as soon as you take it and can bring restful, refreshing sleep for people who suffer from insomnia.
- Helps Support Calming thereby possibly helping with anxiety or tension:
Due to the sedative effects of this poppy, many use it for anxiety or tension. It’s also been taken for incontinence in people who have trouble with it during high levels of stress.
Since it’s natural, with no known side effects, it’s an effective and safe anti-anxiety remedy for children. Those with behavioral problems, such as ADD or ADHD have found the California Poppy Seed to be just as effective as the prescription medication they take for their disorder.
Boosts cognitive function:
The elderly can also benefit from this natural remedy. It can improve the intellectual capacity for those suffering from memory or concentration issues due to aging.
Due to the antimicrobial properties of the California Poppy Seed extract, the tincture can be applied directly to cuts and scrapes to help decrease the risk of infection and speed up healing.
** At the time of this writing, no research or clinical studies have been conducted to show that California Poppy Seed can actually produce some or any of the health benefits as described above.
How to Properly Take California Poppy Seed
While you would use the actual seeds of the poppy in cooking, if you are looking to use California poppy seed for medicinal purposes, it’s most effectively used as a tincture, or alcohol extract. For pain relief, the average dose is between 15 and 25 drops of California poppy seed extract three times a day. California poppy seed is also available in herbal form. You can create a tea by adding two grams of the herb to about five ounces of water.
Taking California poppy seed can produce a false negative on a drug test, since they are legal, natural opiates. If you are scheduled to give a urine sample, inform the test practitioner you are taking California poppy seed or avoid taking them as a supplement.
As always, check with your doctor or local health practitioner before taking California Poppy Seed for any reason. If you suspect you have an opioid problem or to seek opioid treatment, please click here.
About The AuthorMonica Levin, RHN is a Life Coach and has been a Registered Holistic Nutritionist for over 20 years with a degree from the Canadian School of Natural Nutrition. Ms. Levin is also a Certified Body Language Trainer, Ordained Minister and Appreciation in the Workplace Facilitator who is an in-demand Corporate Speaker on health and wellness at events all over the USA and Canada.
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