Benefits of Red Poppy plant
The red poppy is an annual herbaceous plant with a straight stem, covered with big hairs. The red poppy flowers are single with 2 big sepals and 4 big bright red petals. The part used in phytotherapy: the petals.
The poppy was brought in Europe 4,000 years BC. In the year 1200 BC the Greek used the poppy capsule's properties to calm pains. The poppy is cultivated massively in the Orient (especially China and Afghanistan) starting from the 17th century when the trend of smoking opium is launched.
Note that nowadays poppy cultures are used in 2 precise purposes:
- a medicinal one - the morphine made from poppy is an important adjuvant in medicine. In the old times physicians used morphine to put patients to sleep so they could perform the necessary chirurgical interventions. Today morphine is used under medical control to calm the patient's pain.
- as a drug - poppy cultures in Afghanistan and China ensure the world market with significant drug quantities.
Note that there are 2 types of plants: the field poppy and the poppy cultivated by man. Its traditional uses are:- it treats cough and insomnia.
- with the tea made of poppy leaves are treated throat aches through throat wash.
- tea made of poppy petals is used against hemorrhage.