Lactuca virosa or wild lettuce is a natural remedy that grows throughout North America and England, making it an accessible painkiller to substitute the chemicals often advertised.
Wild lettuce is an herbal remedy with some evidence of being a sedative and #painkiller, and adding it to your garden provides a series of benefits.
Wild Lettuce has been associated with fighting insomnia and relaxing the body from anxiety and spasms. The herb is known to calm the nervous system, relaxing muscles to help with several different issues such as:
Restlessness, Insomnia, Stress-induced indigestion, Coughs (by relaxing the respiratory system), Spasms and cramps
Adding wild lettuce to your daily routine by drinking it as a tea can help limit these problems for you.
Wild Lettuce has also been associated with lessening pain from menstrual cramps, muscle pains, and other tissues that have been irritated. There’s a reason it has earned the name opium lettuce, as it has numbing effects like opiates with the advantage of not being as addictive or dangerous. Therefore, consuming the properties of these leaves can safely give you pain reducing benefits.
When using #wildlettuce, you should use dried leaves to get the medicinal benefits. These leaves should be plucked in July and August when they are at their best for harvesting.
A safe dose is about a 2-4ml tincture about three times a day, or 1-2 teaspoons of the dried leaves steeped in boiling water for 10-15 minutes to infuse the nutrients in the water. Drink this about three times a day.
There can be an irritation if you apply it directly to your skin, so be careful when using it as a topical remedy. Always do a small patch test before using.[vi] In addition, don’t use wild lettuce if you:
Have an enlarged prostate
Are allergic to ragweed and similar plants,
Are going into surgery. #uglybynature