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California Poppy: Benefits and Origins of a Beautiful American Plant

The California poppy, or Eschscholzia californica by its scientific name, is a plant that has been of interest for centuries for its properties on stress and sleep.


Native to the west coast of the United States, this bright yellow flower is also closely associated with Native American culture, which considered it sacred for its benefits.


Without further ado, let's dive into the origins, provenance, and benefits of this remarkable plant. 🌾

"Where do you come from, California poppy?"

Believe it or not, the California poppy is native to... California 😲, where it grows wild in meadows and hills. Its natural habitat also extends to other regions of the western United States, including Oregon and Nevada. This resilient plant thrives in drought conditions and poor soils, making it a popular choice for xeriscapes and sustainable landscaping.


The history of the California poppy dates back to ancient times, when indigenous peoples used its leaves, flowers, and roots for well-being or rituals. Native Americans used this sacred plant to relieve various negative states, promote relaxation, and induce sleep.


Today, the California poppy still holds an important place in traditional pharmacopoeia and is widely used in herbal preparations for its calming benefits.


Let's take a closer look at these benefits!

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California poppy: benefits for the body and mind

Here are three fundamental benefits of California poppy, confirmed by science! 🔬

Contributes to better mood

First of all, consuming California poppy is linked to improved mood, thanks to its anxiolytic properties.


The active compounds of the plant interact with brain neurotransmitters, such as serotonin and dopamine, inducing a feeling of calm and serenity. This regulatory action on the central nervous system helps alleviate mental tension, promoting better emotional balance.

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Helps combat stress

For those engaged in a hectic and stressful lifestyle, the California poppy proves to be a valuable ally. Thanks to its relaxing properties, it effectively works to alleviate the harmful effects of stress.

Anecdote: It is said that in the past, it was used for toothaches! 🦷

Promotes quick sleep onset and quality sleep

Finally, one of the most notable benefits of the California poppy lies in its impact on sleep. By promoting quick sleep onset and improving sleep quality, this plant allows for more restful and restorative nights. It is particularly prized by people facing sleep disorders induced by stress.

The icing on the cake: unlike some more traditional substances, it does not cause habituation – what more could you ask for!

"How is this possible?" That's what we'll take a closer look at.

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The action of California poppy on sleep

If our dear plant has such a positive effect on sleep, it is no coincidence. Its active compounds, including alkaloids and flavonoids, work in synergy to promote relaxation and sleep onset. These substances interact with the central nervous system, particularly serotonin and melatonin.

More specifically, the California poppy is known for its ability to induce a state of relaxation, which also explains the quick sleep onset it provides. It helps reduce excessive neuronal activity, preparing the body and mind to enter a restorative sleep state.

Moreover, it is not the only plant with such properties: acerola, for example, with its high vitamin C concentration, helps fight cell oxidation and supports immune system efficiency. This also contributes to relaxed nights, and thus, quality sleep.

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Get back to natural sleep!

This concludes our overview of Eschscholzia californica and its lovely yellow flowers. In summary, the California poppy offers a natural approach to promoting mental well-being and improving sleep quality. Its rich history, benefits, and soothing action make it a valuable plant in both traditional and modern pharmacopoeia.

By incorporating the California poppy into your daily routine, you will benefit from its numerous beneficial properties, effectively combat stress, and achieve quicker and more serene sleep onset.

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Lucas PINOS

Co-founder of NOVOMA

Passionate and an expert in micronutrition, Lucas founded Novoma in 2012. Driven by conviction, he develops dietary supplements with effective, carefully selected, and 100% clean active ingredients to best meet the needs of the body.

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