Wild lettuce is a herb that has been usually mistaken for thistle and dandelion. It has been long used in the treatment of insomnia, anxiety, restlessness and muscular arthritis and it can also act as a powerful natural pain-reliever.
What’s more, it has been also used for alleviating the symptoms of cough and pertussis.
According to Iranian researchers, wild lettuce was used in the treatment of pain, insomnia, nervousness even before the Victorian age. So considering this finding, it can be assumed that the herb has been used for centuries.
Specifically, the herb was used as an excellent natural substitution for opium in the 1800s. In addition, nowadays, the water distilled from this herb is also being used in a form of mild sedative. In other words, although this herb offers similar effects as opium, but it acts slightly milder.
Furthermore, it possesses a solid amount of opiates present in the resinous milky sap offering quick pain relief thanks to their strong analgesic properties that can be compared to those of ibuprofen. However, it does not actually trigger any side effects like those of opium and other similar medications.
The Therapeutic Effects of Opium Lettuce:
As previously mentioned, wild lettuce can reduce anxiety symptoms, so it can help in decreasing the terrible symptoms as well as the frequency of asthma attacks.
As a result of its mild sedative effect on the body, wild lettuce can also be used to lower anxiety and improve sleep patterns. Moreover, the herb offers extraordinary relaxing and calming effects, thus enhancing the sleep and treating any sleep disorders.
– Tension and Pain
It possess opiate and analgesic properties that can help in pain alleviation, making it extremely powerful natural remedy for decreasing various types of tension and pain.
Headaches and migraines are commonly experienced nowadays, but the frequency and severity of their symptoms can be relieved thanks to wild lettuce.
– Mild Euophoric
As a result of its effects similar to opiate, the herb cab lead to a feeling of mild euphoria. As mentioned above, unlike opiates, wild lettuce is a much safer natural alternative that doesn’t result in any adverse side effects.
Take wild lettuce and then consider cutting its stem or leaf to release the milky sap. Additionally, it can be actually made into an alcohol tincture.
That’s not all, you can also dry the wild lettuce leaves and prepare tea. You should use 1.5 grams of the dried leaves to prepare the tea. Or if you want to intensify the effect, consider smoking it in a pipe.
Caution: Use it in moderation since excessive wild lettuce intake could lead to dizziness, nausea, and anxiety.
- Christopher, John. ”School of Natural Healing”;
- Gladstar, Rosemary. ”Medicinal Herbs”;