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Orange Eschscholzia californica flower with a dark orange center and stamens
eschscholzia californica
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy,)

Originating from California where it blooms after the winter rains it is now an ornamental worldwide.  Known for its sedative properties, it's commonly employed as a natural aid for improving sleep, with its alkaloids having a positive impact on GABA neurotransmitters in the brain, promoting relaxation. Moreover, it can alleviate various types of pain, including nerve pain and muscle spasms, and provide relief for respiratory issues like coughs and bronchitis. Its potential extends to heart health by slowing a rapid heart rate, relieving palpitations, and reducing blood pressure. Additionally, it's lauded for enhancing cognitive functions, proving useful in treating behavioral disorders like ADD and ADHD in children and young adults, and boosting memory and concentration in the elderly.​ Photographed in Bogotá, Colombia.

A yellow Eschscholzia californica flower
Eschscholzia californica flowers mixed in with other flowers

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