Botanical name: Lactuca virosa
Other names: Bitter lettuce, Opium Lettuce, Poisonous Lettuce, Tall Lettuce, Great Lettuce
Wild Lettuce is a valuable remedy for insomnia and restlessness. As an antispasmodic, it can be applied as part of a holistic treatment for whooping cough and dry irritated coughs in general. It relieves colic pains in the intestines and uterus, and so may be used in dysmenorrhea (period pain). It also eases muscular pains related to rheumatism, and has been used as an anaphrodisiac.
Wild lettuce has been used since the 19th century for pain relief, to help induce sleep and as a tonic for the nervous system. It was traditionally used by native North Americans for lucid dreaming purposes.
This relaxing herb can be beneficial for people needing help to get to sleep, calm restlessness or anxiety, and even as an aid when overcoming tobacco and cannabis habits.
Preparation: Pour a cup of boiling water onto 1-2 teaspoons and steep for 10-15 minutes. Drink three times daily. Another method is to make an extract. Soak 100 grams of wild lettuce herb for 8 hours in warm but not boiling water.
Reference: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lactuca_virosa, http://www.anniesremedy.com/herb_detail364.php, David Hoffman (2003), Medical Herbalism, p.561, http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.2650060514/abstract
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