Do you remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz, when the Wicked Witch of the West put poppies in the path of Dorothy and the gang? They all fell asleep. This is something that doesn’t just work in the movies, but you would not be accusedof being wicked if you used a similar technique. They may even consider you to be closer to Glinda, the Good Witch.
According to Herbal Supplement Resource, there are therapeutic effects of the California Poppy or Eschscholzia californica. These are different than the opium poppies, Papaver somniferum shown in the movie. There is no opium in the California Poppy, but there are sedative, analgesic, and antispasmodic properties. Because of these properties, tinctures of these flowers have been used to treat conditions including insomnia, bedwetting (incontinence), anxiety and nervous tension, according to Herbal Supplement Resource.
They also note that it can be used to treat behavioral disorders such as ADD, ADHD in children and young adults as well as used to improve intellectual capacity, memory, and concentration in the elderly.
This plant is considered child safe and based on normal intake levels there are no known side effects from using this herb, though it is not recommended for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding as it could suppress lactation.
Webmd.com as well as RXlist.com note that there is developing research which suggests that the “California poppy, in combination with magnesium and hawthorn, might be useful in treating mild-to-moderate anxiety disorders. This combination product, called Sympathyl, is not available in the US.”
Fat and the Moon have created Calm Kid Mist which has the California Poppy tincture as one of its ingredients.
Their instructions are to mist on pillows for night time peace and around an agitated kiddo. Fat and the Moon caution that it is “not intended as a mace for kids- don’t directly spray in your little dude or dudettes face! (I’m saying it, cause I’ve seen it happen!)”
They instruct to “Spray above the frustrated tike and let the plants attributes rain down.”
This mist is available at EarthlyBeauty.com. If you use CalmKid20 at check-out you will receive 20% off this product. If you have experience with this product, please let us know in the comments section either on this post, or on the Calm Kid product page. It would be greatly appreciated.