Prickle Poppy - Chicalote
Also known by Argemone mexicana and Chicotl / Chillazotl(Aztec).
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This Mexican desert poppy shares some properties with the Chinese opium
poppy. In Aztec traditions, some diseases were thought to be the result of angry
gods. This plant was sacred to Tlaloc, the Aztec god of rain and water, and
water related diseases such as rheumatism and palsy were treated with this herb
to appease him.
Sedative, Antispasmodic, analgesic, laxative.
Preparation: Seed to be eaten or mix with water as a laxative
drink, Infusion of the leaves as sedative, the sap as topical analgesic.
Indications: Skin Lesions, Burns, Cough,
Migraine, Generalized Aches and Pains. Side Effects: The
dried leaves are smoked as an aphrodisiac in Mexico, with possible risk of
side effects of vomiting and Diarrhea!
This presentation is not a guide to the identification of plants or their use
as a substitute for standard medical treatments.
Many plants with medicinal properties are also toxic and frequently
if taken at incorrect dosages or if not prepared in a specific fashion.
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