This weeks Alltogetherb is the California Poppy! Eschscholzia Californica
These babies are in full bloom so harvest them before they start to drop their seeds and dry out. Reminder, this is the state flower in California so no wild harvesting there without permission. They are prolific wildflowers throughout the US and Canada so most of us can find or grow these easily.
California Poppy is an important part of our Anxiety and Relaxation formulas so try not to miss this harvest time.
Although they share a few of the key alkaloids found in Opium poppies, California poppies do not contain any opium (that question comes up a lot.) Throughout the summer, and as the rest of your Herbal Medicine Garden is ready to harvest, we’ll teach you how to use these poppies in formulas for relaxation, anxiety, sleep, as a nervine, sedative and an analgesic. If you missed Herbellum's Medicine Garden, see details here.
We use the Aerial Parts of the poppy plant, meaning - everything above the soil line, so don’t worry about the quality of the blossoms. When harvesting, cut the stems about 3” above the soil line, gently rinse and lightly dry, then hang in a dark, dry place. (I usually just hose off my plants the afternoon before harvest, and let them dry by morning.) Once the stems are brittle enough to snap, transfer your herb material to sealed containers and store them in a cool dark place until you need them for your herbal formulas!
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