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Wild Lettuce: A Comprehensive Guide To Natural Pain Relief
Wild lettuce has become a hallmark of the web’s holistic and prepper corners.
But what’s real here? Is wild lettuce as legit as people say? Does wild lettuce have any side effects? (yes, natural remedies often have side effects as well).
Over the years we have lost a ton of knowledge and traditional skills, like gardening and food preservation. These things are finally making headway, and everyone realizes how critical these skills are (hence, you read my prepper news site).
It is glorious that whether we survival garden or not, medicine is dropped off in our yards every day by wildlife flying through the air or rummaging on the ground to find their food and possibly leaving seeds of beneficial medicinal plants behind.
Hopefully, you don’t utilize a chemical company to spray your yard to make it greener, because this can kill these plants that grow freely.
Most everyone has dandelions in their yard, and these are great for making teas or capsules for liver cleansing purposes; however, there can be patches of 7 to 10 inch long thin green leaves that have ridges in them that are what we call, “wild lettuce.”
Wild lettuce plants almost look like an animal has taken 1-2 inch bites out along each grass green colored leaf, practically down to the stem.
Wild lettuce, in terms of skill or knowledge, is a great addition to your preppers list.
So let’s have a deeper look into this extraordinary plant.
What Is Wild Lettuce?
Wild opium lettuce is another name for wild lettuce.
But wild lettuce contains no opium at all.
Your property could potentially be growing wild lettuce. “Wild lettuce opiate” is a saying, not a reality (kind of). There is some validity to the wild opium lettuce label. But the “opiate effects” of wild lettuce are debatable, as you will see further down…
Wild lettuce has a number of scientific names including Acrid lettuce, Bitter lettuce, German Lactucarium, Green Endive, Lactuca Virosa, and Lactucarium. Many people call it wild opium lettuce, but that’s more slang than scientific.
For centuries, pain-relief ailments have used wild lettuce as their base. The effect may be similar to modern day Ibuprofen or Tylenol.
How To Identify Wild Lettuce
Wild lettuce takes about two years to reach its biological lifecycle. The plant is a cousin to the lettuce salads we consume and can potentially grow 80 inches tall and typically contains small yellow flowers. Along the jagged green long shoots, the leaves can become purple in color however; they are mostly grass to medium green in hue.
The lettuce you see in your yard or the woods near your property won’t be tall because of pesticides you may use or from other properties runoff. And if you regularly mow the grass they may only ever get from a few inches to a foot at most in length, and you will only see green leaves.
From July to early October is when the plant thrives in North America.
Wild lettuce produces sap. Wild lettuce sap is responsible for the pain killing effects. You can use wild lettuce sap topically for pain.
Some people may produce capsules from dried wild lettuce leaves, making ingestion easier. You can also make wild lettuce tinctures and put them under your tongue or in your water.
Where does Wild Lettuce grow?
Places such as North America, South America, India, Australia, and Central/Southern Europe can adequately support wild lettuce harvesting.
Native Americans have used it for a natural pain-killing remedy and other medicinal uses. Most of the northwestern part of the US, like Washington and Oregon, see wild lettuce in abundance.
The History Of Wild Lettuce (It Ain’t New, Folks)
Wild lettuce has a long history of medical use and goes back to ancient Egyptian times. Ancient Egyptian tombs display various drawings which feature wild lettuce. Also, during the Roman Empire apparently Emperor Augustus had an altar built for using the plant to recover from various medical conditions.
Holistic website use variations, such as “opium lettuce” or “wild opium lettuce” to often describe wild lettuce.
In recent years we have seen wild lettuce in the news as an alternative to painkillers and a potential resolution for our opiate use crisis in the United States; however, it doesn’t seem to have that level of painkilling ability.
Contrary to the name, wild lettuce contains no opiates in its sap or leaves. The only reason for this nickname is most likely due to the potential for pain-relieving success for a laundry list of common and some not so common medical problems.
Most of the information available to the public depicts this plant as a mild pain reliever. Everyone responds to pain differently and it might more significant to some people and not much help to others. It all depends on pain tolerance and medical conditions.
Wild Lettuce For Pain
Throughout history, there is evidence of people using wild lettuce to alleviate pain. You can use it for a variety of pain issues, as well as other disruptive issues in your life. Of course, you should also see a medical professional before trying wild lettuce for pain (because, that’s the smart thing to do).
Medical problems that may benefit from Wild Lettuce:
• Menstrual pain
• Rheumatoid arthritis & aching pains
• ADHD, ADD
• Flatulence, edema
• UTIs & kidney disorders
• Sleep issues / Insomnia
• Circulatory issues
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