California poppy seed is used as a mild sedative in modern times and had various medicinal uses centuries ago.
A non-addictive cousin of the opium poppy, it comes from the state flower of California. The Native Americans used the flowers and leaves for pain relief and other health applications.
Today it is used as a gentle soothing remedy for children and the elderly.
It has shown promise in treating behavioral disorders such as ADD and ADHD. In addition to its calming effects, it can improve concentration and intellectual capacity. It can also improve memory in young children and the elderly.
California poppy extract can also treat anxiety and stress as well as relieve headaches and insomnia.
The extract is generally regarded as safe, with no adverse side effects known.
As such, it may be worth a try as a natural way to relieve anxiety, or a possible aid in the fight against ADD and similar disorders.
There are also other herbal extracts which have been more extensively researched that may provide more therapeutic benefits. You can read about them first and perhaps try those as there is more research behind them.
For more information on these medicinal herbs, visit our ADD/ADHD medications or our herbs for stress sections.
As with all health supplements, be sure to consult your physician or qualified medical professional before taking any sedatives to treat your condition.
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