Is poppy tea good for you?

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  1. Nutmeg

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    I'm not sure if this is the place to ask... But my daughter Emmie is now 16, has been told of something called poppy tea at school. Supposedly it helps relax you? We have many California and Icelandic poppies around here, all just starting to bloom, but I'm pretty stumped at making tea from them. Should I dry them?

    Em is now 16 and a wonderful child. She has a 4.5 gpa, takes all AP classes, and we are very close. We are dealing with abuse issues from her birth father. He has also basically stolen her inheritance from her great grandmother, causing a court battle. I know we are in the right and will win, he is seriously deluded. Anyway, I just discovered the abuse part which makes me feel like the world's worst mama, but I'm not sure this is the place to share that.

    She's having issues around trust and letting down her 'shields' to allow people to get close to her. She is too afraid to get close to anyone outside of me, my dh (her stepfather but she calls him daddy and he really is the child of his heart) and our younger girls (Mary is 6 and Melissa 4). It has made me so sad for her.

    She is VERY attached to us and really too scared to put herself 'out' there. She'd rather hang out with us than her friends. She can't get it together to apply for a job. We have her in some counseling, but her bio dad is such a pita I don't know if she's ready to admit what he's done to her. She has major social anxiety, but I'm not willing to put her on any medications at this young age.

    Someone at her school mentioned poppy or poppy seed tea. I haven't seen it at the store, but maybe I can use the seeds I have in the cupboard? Or should I use the California or Icelandic poppies?

    Thanks mamas. I know I'm not around a ton but I appreciate the fact I can come here and ask for help :help:
  2. Jayne

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    I would really investigate a tea made from poppy if teenagers are promoting it because opium is derived from certain poppy seeds/flowers.

    Can you talk to someone at a local health food store?

    I really have no information but thought I'd put it out there about the opium connection.
  3. Gypsylily

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    Oh, Meg. :eyes: I am so devastated to hear this.

    I don't know about the tea, but wanted to send some support and hugs. :hug:

    What a beautiful girl she is and I am shocked that she is already 16 -wow.
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    :hug:

    I wouldn't touch poppy tea with a 10ft pole after reading this. Maybe St. John's Wort or Kava Kava...whether in tea or capsules??
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    Ahhhh, well I'll move this to the Sister's Forum, thanks! No, we don't need opium around here LOL
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    I just heard about this from a teen at work last week (she's a bit troubled but I've known her almost her whole life due to her underlying health issues and we talk a lot when she's in) - anyway, I was asking one of the specialists about it in toxicology and he said to summerize, it's one step from opium and in most cases would be considered illegal here and using a uncontrolled drug. (he said a whole lot more about it but I won't go on and on). He did mention that he's seeing a lot of teens using "teas" and "natural highs" lately - there is a misconception that it's just an herb and not dangerous if it's natural.
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    I have a wonderful friend who uses Poppy Tea because of excruciating back issues. He is very careful about the amount he drinks, because it can make him very ill (vomit) if he drinks too much. Even though he takes it, he certainly doesn't advocate others to do it. It's my understanding it can be addictive and it worries me(although doesn't surprise me) that kids in high school are using this.

    Personally, if this was me and my daughter, I would find something else to give her.

    Good luck!

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