(Natural Herbs) Red Poppy

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Red Poppy Scientific Names and Common Names,Red Poppy Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Red Poppy Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Natural Herbs) Red Poppy


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties | Biochemical Information
Legends, Myths and Stories | Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Warning | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Papaver rhoeas L. Papaveraceae Poppy family

Common Names

Ahiphena (Sanskrit name)
Corn poppy
Flanders poppy
Ying-su-qaio (Chinese name)
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Parts Usually Used

Seeds (non-narcotic), blossoms
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Crepe-like flowers appear from late spring onwards and are followed by the distinctive poppy head in which the seeds are stored. The milky juice obtained from this has narcotic properties, though less so than the white poppy from which opium is obtained.

Poppies do not transplant easily. Better to start with seeds, in pots in the northern climates.
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Where Found

Grows wild in cornfields, hence its common name ‘corn poppy’. Mostly cultivated.
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Medicinal Properties

Astringent, antispasmodic, analgesic, carminative, sedative
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Biochemical Information

Alkaloid rhoeadine, no narcotics
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Legends, Myths and Stories

In classical mythology this plant was sacred to Ceres.
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The Red Poppy has a long honored reputation as a sedative. It contains a non-poisonous sedative alkaloid called rhoeadine. But, unlike its cousin the “Opium Poppy”, it contains no narcotics. The blossoms and seeds are also added to cough syrups. The flowers are used as a dye in teas, wine and ink.

Leaves and petals are used in a standard infusion on sore throats, cough, and chest congestion, catarrh, hay fever, asthma, dyspepsia, diarrhea, dysentery, insomnia, nerve pain, and other respiratory complaints.

A few crushed poppy heads added to a linseed poultice (1/4 lb. linseed, 1/2 oz. olive oil, both well stirred in one pint of boiling water) will reduce pain and swelling.

Poppy seed used as topping on cookies, breads, rolls; in cake fillings, fruit salads, canapés, and sweet vegetables. (These poppy seeds are not from the opium poppy, Papaver somniferum L.).
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Formulas or Dosages

Decoction: 1/4 oz. of poppy seeds simmered in 1 pint of water along with 1 tsp. each of nutmeg and ginger powder and taken 3 times a day immediately after meals for nervous digestion. A cup also taken before sleep to promote rest.
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Caution should be taken in cases of gastritis and colitis.
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, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

, by Dr. David Frawley & Dr. Vasant Lad, Lotus Press, Twin Lakes, Wisconsin, Second edition, 1988.

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

, edited by William H. Hylton, Rodale Press, Inc. Emmaus, PA, 18049., 1974

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