Papaver rhoeas, Papaveraceae family.
This annual plant, which is sometimes biennial, is a sometimes called a ‘harvest’ plant because it lives at the rhythm of the harvests, in this case the blueberry harvest. Its bristly stem, up to 60 cm high, oozes a white sap when cut but does not contain morphine. Its red, four-petal flowers are emblematic. Dried poppy petals are traditionally used to promote the onset of sleep, calm palpitations, dry coughs or hoarse throats. They contain mucilages, traces of an alkaloid, rheadine and anthocyanosides that colour herbal teas and syrups.
Use & Special precautions
Please read the SPECIAL PRECAUTIONS FOR USE.
2 g (1 tsp) of dried flowers per cup, brew for 10 min and drink 3 times a day or before bed.
Properties and beneficial combinations
- to promote the onset of sleep: combine with Linden and lavender flowers, a pinch of each , infuse for 10 min and drink 1 cup in the evening a 1/4 of an hour before bedtime.
- to soothe coughing or a hoarse throat: combine with wild Pansy, a pinch of each flower per cup and drink 3 cups a day.
Recommended at very low doses for children under 7 years of age. Starting with 2 to 3 petals before gradually increasing the dose to 1/2 teaspoon (1 g) depending on the results.
Not recommended for pregnant or breastfeeding women.
INFUSION OR DECOCTION?
Plant parts: dried petals
Origin: outside the EU
Identification & Packaging
Organic Agriculture certification FR-BIO-01.
100 g cellophane bag