In Europe, poppies grow in the wild in Summer, at which time we can pick their flowers. Poppies have similar properties to opium, but to a far weaker extent. Here is a natural remedy based on poppies, which is effective for 6 illness or health problems.
Poppies: effective for several complaints
Poppy flowers contain rhoenadine, the active ingredient in the plant, which has calming and soothing properties, as well as antispasmodic and neurosedative effects. Poppies can be combined with other medicinal plants such as marshmallow (for coughs), lavender, linden and passionflower (a mild calming agent), to treat or soothe the following health problems:
- coughs, colds
- a hoarse throat
- anxiety, irritability
- heart palpitations
Recipe for a poppy-based remedy
Here is a recipe for an infusion made from poppy leaves or dried flowers, although you can also find poppy in the form of powder or gel capsules.
Leave 1 to 2 teaspoons of poppy leaves or flowers to infuse in a cup of boiling water for 5 to 10 minutes. Strain it, allow it to cool, and drink it when it is lukewarm. You can drink up to two cups a day until the problem(s) go away (insomnia, cough, respiratory problems, palpitations, etc.).
According to herbalist Maurice Messegue, poppies can be used in combination with other plants: antennaria dioica (pussytoes), mallow and coltsfoot. This “four-flower tea” is recommended in the case of infected bronchi, asthma, or other respiratory problems.
Contra-indications for using this natural poppy remedy
Poppy-based remedies are not recommended for young children, unless under the supervision of a doctor or phytotherapist. The same goes for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
WARNING: NEVER CONSUME THE FRUIT OF THE POPPY, AS IT IS TOXIC!