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Cure your insomnia with poppy power!

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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Last updated: August 18, 2011

This Article Was Written By

Martin Reed

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  • A. Marina Fournier
    August 19, 2011, 6:17 am

    Ah, they were only studying the CA poppy. Sorry. I’ll stick to my papaverum somniferum, aka breadseed poppies, in the garden stores & catalogs.

    However, I found out that saffron crocus’ stamens are being examined for a number of healthful benefits (Anxiolytic and hypnotic effect of Crocus sativus aqueous extract and its constituents, crocin and safranal, in mice) being one of them. Now, I do love my saffron–and I never, ever buy it in small quantities where I pay more for packaging than for the ingredient!–but a dozen strands to brew into a tea isn’t a bad thing. You could always add it to a tisane or decaf tea that you like already, and add some other flavorings if you don’t fancy the taste of saffron. I’ve seen saffron *pills* offered for sale. Oy!

  • A. Marina Fournier
    August 19, 2011, 5:03 am

    Em, poppies, narcotis, hypnotics, sleep? Quelle suprise!

    I shall have to check how sleepy I get the next time I eat some of the excellent poppy-paste stuffed bread from a localish bakery. I swear there’s an entire can’s worth of poppyseed paste in each smallish loaf–and I adore poppyseed. Never tried it with lettuce seed. Wonder what it is about lettuce seed that does it?

    Hmm, the CA poppy? DIfferent family and all? Must read the article if I can get to it.