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The common uses of this herb are for insomnia, incontinence (especially in children), nervous tension, and anxiety. Because of its sedative properties California Poppy is beginning to be used in behavior disorders such as ADD and ADHD in both children and young adults. This herb is also being used to improve intellectual capacity, memory, and concentration in elderly patients. California Poppy is not considered narcotic and can be taken in either teas and tinctures or applied topically in lotions and liniments. The antispasmodic properties of this herb relax tense muscles throughout the body while the analgesic properties reduce the pain that the tightness has caused. The relaxing of muscles has an effect on many anxiety related problems such as stress-related gut problems, IBS, colic, and the pain of gallbladder issues. California Poppy should be avoided during pregnancy.
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