California Poppy

making california poppy essence in the sunshine
california poppy plant parts soaking to create a tincture

I have seen this little orange flower all over the city, and thanks to Portland urban forager Rebecca Lerner at First Ways, I just learned about the relaxing, mildly sedative properties of California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica).  I consulted my copy of Michael Moore’s Medicinal Plants of the Pacific West, and read about the history and uses for this plant.  I followed the instructions and made a tincture, and I also took the flowers and petals and made california poppy flower essence.  What a wonderful plant!

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