Nature has provided us with cures for all health problems, and one of them grows near you and can be found even in your backyard. This plant will help you with insomnia, nervousness, pain and so on. It is, believe it or not, the wild lettuce(Lactuca virosa).

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Wild Lettuce Health Benefits

Wild lettuce was known by the Greeks and Romans and it was used to treat various anxiety disorders instead of opium. It has a sedative effect and acts as a powerful painkiller.

Here some of the properties that this plant possesses:

  • Enhances serotonin secretion in depressed individuals (alternative antidepressant)
  • Acts as a natural sedative and has anti-stress properties
  • Fights against aging
  • Relax your muscles and helps with spasms and cramps
  • Have anti-septic properties
  • Helps in the treatment of depression and neurosis, (especially in the elderly people)
  • Calms the spirit and body
  • Sooth cough

The young wild lettuce leaves are an excellent salad in the early spring. They contain plenty of vitamins C, A and minerals, even up to 10 times more than a regular green salad. But, be careful and eat it in smaller quantities because this plant can cause various side effects.

You can find this plant in the market as a tincture or tea. However, you can also make your own tincture at home. What you will need is:

  • 100 g of fresh chopped wild lettuce leaves
  • 1 liter brandy


Put the chopped leaves into the brandy bottle and close it. Keep it closed for 30 days in a warm shady place. You should occasionally shake it.


Since there isn’t adequate research that’s done on the plant to determine the safe dosage, you shouldn’t take more than 40 drops daily. Also, you should dilute the tincture in a glass of water or unsweetened tea.

You shouldn’t use wild lettuce if you are:

  • Allergic to pollen
  • Suffering from enlarged prostate
  • Pregnant
  • Experiencing glaucoma

For more info on how to use plant watch the video down below:

Reference: The Strongest Natural Painkiller That Grows Everywhere, Including Your Backyard
Picture by: Wikimedia

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