Medicinal use:

California Poppy is a traditionally used medicinal herb. It is a herbal pain reliever.  California Poppy tea is a medicinal herb for the nervous system.

Its nervine properties are popular as a treatment for reducing anxiety, stress and to help relieve insomnia. It is a natural alternative to narcotic and other analgesic drugs for relief of night pain caused by insomnia.

It is used to treat various physical and psychological conditions like bedwetting(incontinence) in children. Unlike other narcotic drugs, California Poppy does not effects persons productive life.

About the plant:

The California Poppy is a state plant of California and it is also be found in France, Australia, and Chile. It is a common plant in North and South America. It is a short plant and can grow 5-60 centimeters tall, with pale blue branches. The flowers are in golden orange that’s why it is called as “Golden Poppy”. The stem of the flower grows to approximately 5 to 20 inches tall, with teal colored leaves sprouting from its base.

How to grow:

Growing California poppy is very easy. Sow California poppy seeds directly in the ground in a sunny place and rich soil and they will seed the ground on their own and sprout up year after year. Seeds will germinate in 10-15 days. Poppy plants do not require heavy watering.

Parts Used:

Root, leaves, and seeds.

How to use:

It is used in the form of diffusion, tincture, and powder. It can also be taken as a tea. The appropriate dose of California poppy depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions.

Side effects:

Unlike other narcotic drugs, the California Poppy has no known side effects but heavy dosage may cause several health problems.


It is not recommended for use by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. Consult an Ayurvedic Doctor before consuming the herb.

Common Names:

California poppy, golden cup, golden poppy, pavot de Californie (French), Kalifornischer Mohn (German), guldvalmue (Danish), amapolla de California (Spanish).