Wild Lettuce is not a garden vegetable but actually a woodland member of the sunflower family Asteraceae/Compositae).
Wild lettuce is a traditional herb used for treating problems such as insomnia, dry coughs, and dysmenorrhea. Also referred to as lettuce opium.
One of the traditional uses of Wild Lettuce is for pain relief. It can be used for muscle spasms, muscular pain due to rheumatism, and painful periods. It can be blended with passion flower for a calming, soothing, pain-relieving herbal tea. It is also useful for cooling down anxiety and strong emotions.
Wild Lettuce helps to promote and increase urine flow and may be helpful in cases of urinary tract infections and edema which is the accumulation of fluid in tissues (swelling) or body cavities.
Wild Lettuce is a common plant found all over Europe. it can also be found locally in the south east and east of England. In the rest of Great Britain it is very rare, and in Ireland it is absent.
It is a very bitter, sedative herb that continued to be an opium substitute into the nineteenth century and was sometimes called a “poor man’s opium” with mild psychotropic effects. Although it is extremely bitter with an unpleasant smell, Wild Lettuce is loved by horses
This herb is commonly recommended for treating insomnia, but it is also beneficial for anxiety.
Methods of use :
The herb is usually consumed by tea or by chewing some leaves.
Used in a herbal bath.
It can be taken by chewing some leaves.
Diffusion: Turns dried Wild Lettuce into a mist that can be inhaled.
Steam Inhalation: Put some leaves together in a medium-sized bowl. Bring water to a boil then pour the steaming water over the herbs. Cover your head with a large towel to capture the steam for 10-15 minutes.
Note: This information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgement of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare provider.
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