Cure your insomnia with poppy power!

by Martin Reed on 18 August 2011 in insomnia cures

We haven't shared any natural insomnia treatments for quite some time, so let's change that today. Did you know that poppies may be able to relieve your insomnia symptoms? Apparently, both poppy seeds and poppy leaves may be able to help you sleep.

For the poppy seeds, you want to combine them with lettuce seeds at a ratio of two to one, soak them in water, remove the mucilage and mix with sugar.

If that all sounds like too much effort, you can make your own insomnia treatment with poppy leaves by boiling them in milk and sweetening the concoction with honey.

We tried finding some scientific basis to support the use of poppies as an insomnia treatment, but we struggled. We did however, find a study that found the California poppy in particular has sedative and anxiolytic properties (see the source link below).

Miracle cure? No. Something worth trying? Well, what do you have to lose?

Source: PubMed

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