Prickly Poppy is one of our absolute favorite Chihuahuan Desert blooms. This beautiful blossom is heavily guarded by sharp "pricks" on its leaves and stem that give it its name. The stems of the plant emit a vivid yellow sap when broken or cut that has been said by herbalists such as Michael Moore to have potent pain relieving qualities. We have found that when out gathering the plant, those very qualities of the sap make harvesting bare-handed an almost painless experience!
Our Prickly Poppy Salve is made with the whole plant - flower, leaf, and stem. We love to work with this salve for muscle + joint aches, painful cuts + scrapes, and softening the sting of mild sunburns. Massage it into stiff shoulders, cactus pricks, or post-hike sunburn for swift relief.