California poppy is not a narcotic like some poppies, but it does act upon the nervous system. It can be taken in smaller doses during the day for anxiety and tension. For this purpose, it is generally mixed with other herbs such as oatstraw, passionflower and lavender. California poppy can be also be taken in larger doses for insomnia. It serves as a mild analgesic, and can be useful for pain and headaches, particularly when nervous tension is a factor.
*California poppy may be unsafe for use during pregnancy, especially in higher doses. This should not be considered a full list of all possible contraindications.*
THS recommends that you consult with a qualified healthcare professional before using herbal products, particularly if you take other medications, or if you are nursing, pregnant, or expecting to become pregnant.
This information is for education purposes, and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.