The Poppy plant, P. somniferum, shares a long and varied history with humanity, reaching back into our far distant past, with the poppy being used as both food and medicine.
Evidence of farming and cultivation of the poppy plant can be found as far back as the Neolithic period, in a number of sites across Europe. There is evidence that poppies were farmed and used in Mesopotamia, Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece.
The latex sourced from the seed pod is the source of the poppies medicinal qualities, is the source of opium, which can then be made into derivatives such as morphine, codeine and heroin. These medicines are powerful analgesics and sedatives, and have been used throughout history as a way to relieve pain, promote sleep and relaxation, and cease diarrhoea.
Due to the powerful effect of this plant, there is also evidence that throughout history poppy was also used recreationally, and also sometimes abused, as it’s qualities and effects can be very addictive.
In Ancient Egypt, depictions of poppies are often found alongside depictions of blue lily and mandrake, suggesting they were used together, mixed into wine, which is supported by remains found in urns.
In Sumer (Sumeria), poppy was called “Hul Gil”, the herb of joy. In Ancient Greece, poppies were sacred to Hypnos, the god of sleep, and some scholars believe it may have been an ingredient of the sacrament consumed as part of the rites of the Elysian mysteries. Poppy was considered sacred to Demeter, the goddess of the earth, as well as Thanatos or Hades, the god of the underworld, and one myth states that poppies sprang from Aphrodite’s tears as she mourned her lover Adonis.
Flower essences are subtle yet powerful preparations which harness the vibrational quality of a plant’s flowers. Similar to homeopathy, whereby minute dosing of a natural substance are used, flower essences capture the pure life force of a plant through pure water and prana.
EntheoBotanica’s flower essences focus on capturing the tone and vitality of entheogenic plants by using alive water, pure ethanol, & crystal glassware with a high refractive index to bend and capture light. All together this aims to remove interference between you and plant, allowing the water to be a clear interface for the an unobstructed vegetal-human relation.
This product is prepared from wyld harvested flora, prepared from sunlight, local Cooroy Mountain spring water, and preserved in 15% pure ethanol.
Suggested dosage: 7 drops morning & night for enhanced communication with the plant spirit
Please store in a cool dark place, out of sunlight, heat & air exposure.
As an empowered and sovereign being, please conduct your own research, or consult your health practitioner, before deciding whether a herb is the right plant for you right now, and ensure there will be no interactions with any medications you may be using. If you are self-medicating, and have any worsening of symptoms, please stop use of the herb and seek the advice of a qualified professional.