History has it that the Roman emperor Augustus built a statue to the physician who had prescribed wild lettuce for him, as he believed that the plant had cured him of a serious disease. No doubt it was ‘prickly lettuce.’ This ancestor of all lettuce plants was valued as a sedative and pain reliever. It was considered an opium substitute into the 19th century. Once known as ‘poor man’s opium.’ It is also called 'compass plant' because its leaves turn to follow the sun during the day. Prickly lettuce is bitter to people but horses delight in it. It is used effectively against whooping cough and brings relief to those suffering from bronchitis. It increases urine flow and soothes sore inflamed mucus membrane and chapped skin. The leaves contain sedative properties that act like morphine, only milder. It exhibits a mild sedative effect that relieves pain, insomnia, cramps, urinary tract infections and bronchitis.
Wild Lettuce Leaf (Lactuca spp.,)
- Primary Uses: Here are a few of the ailments Wild Lettuce Leaf can provide relief for: • Bronchitis • Cramps • Nervous Disorders • Pain (chronic) • Whooping Cough