IAHAS Poppy seeds

Poppy Seeds (Ahiphena)

Herbs, Spices

Poppy Seed Scientific Name

Papaver somniferum

Poppy Seed Other Names

English: Opium poppy, Garden poppy
Hindi: Aphim posta, Khuskhus, Posta
French: Pavot somnifère, Pavot à opium, Pavot des jardins
German: Mohn, Schlafmohn, Gartenmohn, Ölmohn, Opiummohn
Latin: Papaver
Spanish: Ababa, Adormidera (soporifera), Amapola, Amapola real, Semillas de Amapola
Sanskrit: Ahiphena

What is Poppy Seed?

Poppy seed is obtained from the poppy plant and known for it’s opoid content. It is also called as Khus-Khus in ayurveda and is used for it’s anti-inflammtory property. These are tiny kidney shaped seeds have a sweet nutty flavout and used to add texture and flavour to foods. Poppy seeds have high content of dietart fiber and minerals like iron and calcium.
It acts as magic in treating sleep disorders like insomnia, especially the ones caused by distress. Poppy seeds are used as pain reliever and immune-boosters. It contributes to bone and hair heath owing to it’s high calcium content.

Common forms of Poppy Seed


Poppy Seed is commonly used for:

  • Treating insomnia
  • Promoting bone strength
  • Improving digestion
  • Treating mouth ulcers
  • Regulating of blood pressure
  • Improving vision
  • Treating kidney stones
  • Improving thyroid function
  • Managing diabetes
  • Natural Analgesic activity
  • Treating dandruff

Poppy Seed Dosage

No significant scientific data for dosage is available yet

Poppy Seed Side-effects and Warnings

Common side-effects: Drinking poppy seed tea is considered unsafe as it is made by soaking seeds in water and the outer surface of it can contain morphine and other opiates.
Not so common side-effects: Constipation.
Pregnant or Nursing Mothers: Not known. However, avoid use.
Children: Not known.

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