Dried aerial parts.
The nervous system is affected in a very different way by the California poppy, even though this plant is a close relative of the opium poppy, a plant well known for many narcotic products. The main difference is that the California poppy does not induce a narcotic effect on the body. The opposite effect seems to be true of the California poppy; the plant seems to be able to normalize psychological function in a person instead of disorienting mental states. The California poppy's is ideal for the treatment of physical and psychological problems in children due to the gentle anti-spasmodic, the potent sedative and analgesic effects it possesses - this plant is highly valued for these reasons. Disorders and conditions such as persistent bedwetting, problems with sleeping, persistent nervous tension and anxiety can be effectively treated using the herbal remedies made from the California poppy. Native Americans traditionally used the leaves of California poppy therapeutically, while they used the pollens of the plant to make cosmetics. The seeds of the plant are utilized in cooking. An aqueous extract from California poppy has anxiolytic (a medication used to alleviate anxiety) and sedative consequences. When the extract from this plant is smoked, it results in mild sedation - a much lesser effect compared to that of smoking opium.
The western parts of the Northern America is where the California poppy grows in the wild, it has been transplanted away from its native region to areas of similar climate and geography. The California poppy grows best in sandy type of soils, and it is widely cultivated as a garden plant in many parts of the world. Frequently, people use California poppy in mixes prepared with wildflower. Growing California poppy is easy, as it is not only able to tolerate drought, but also reseeds so rapidly that the plant may prove to be weedy. When growing in normal conditions, California poppy bears maximum flowers during the period between March and May. However, the blooming period can be prolonged provided you water the plant regularly.
California poppy contains alkaloids (including protopine, cryptopine, and chelidonine) and flavone glycosides.
The preparation of the herbal infusion from the plant involves infusing one to two teaspoonful of the dried herb for about ten minutes in a cup of boiling water. Ideally a cup of this infusion must be drunk at night to promote restful sleep for the patient. Dosage of the herbal poppy tincture can be about one to four ml of the herbal tincture taken before sleeping; this regimen can be followed throughout the duration of the treatment period.
The months between June and September are used for the collection of the aerial parts of the plant - the California poppy is in full bloom within this time period. Collected plant parts are dried in the shade and stored for use in various herbal applications.