I’m guessing that many of you, when you hear the word poppy, think of the opium poppy. Which has a long history of herbal medicinal use, but also has highly addictive properties, and contains key ingredients for making the drugs opium and heroin. California Poppies are members of the same family. However, unlike its powerful cousin, the California Poppy is much more laid back. Its sedative properties are useful for promoting restful sleep, and also helpful for anxiety and stress relief. In addition, its anodyne and antispasmodic properties offer pain relief without the addictive quality associated with many pain medicines.