Poppy Herb - Corn poppy | Field poppy | Flanders poppy | Papaver rhoeas
Papaver rhoeas Papaveraceae Also called Corn poppy, Field poppy, Flanders poppy
Characterised by their blood-red, papery flowers and delicate hairy stems, poppies are annuals ciften seen growing wild on the edges if fields. The leaves are highly serrated and form large rosettes at the base of the flower stems. The fruit is an oval-shaped capsule enclosing hundreds if tiny black seeds
Suited to well-drained soil and a sunny location. Grow from seed.
Poppy petals contain mucilage, anthocyanins and a small amount of alkaloids, which constitute 0.07 per cent of the plant, the main one being rhoeadine. These exert similar but milder effects than those found in the opium poppy. The seed capsules of the plant are never used because they contain toxic alkaloids, but the seeds are used in cooking and are safe in small amounts.
PREPARATION AND DOSAGE
For internal use
TO TREAT hoarseness, dry coughs
The mucilage content of the petals has a soothing effect on the lining of the throat. Preparations with a base of poppy petals, often combined with blue mallow and marshmallow, provide an effective treatment for dry coughs and hoarseness.
Poppy possesses antispasmodic and sedative effects and is prescribed to treat the symptoms of nervous tension, particularly mild insomnia, in adults and children. It is also reputed to aid digestion and possesses mild analgesic qualities.
A French study performed in2001 demonstrated the sedative effects of the plant. Analysis of the extract used showed the presence of anthocyanins but no alkaloids.
Traditionally, the common poppy has been used to treat cardiac rhythm abnormalities in adults whose hearts are otherwise healthy.
PREPATATION AND DOSAGE
TO TREAT mild insomnia INFUSION Drink 1 cup at night before going to bed. CAPSULES (375mg) Take 1 or 2 capsules before going to bed. TINOURE Dosage as above.
IF SYMPTOMS PERSISTC ONSULT A DOCTOR
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