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Wild Lettuce Herb Uses, Benefits, Cures, Side Effects, Nutrients

General Name
Wild Lettuce
Glycemic Index / Load
Wild Lettuce, Bitter Lettuce
Botanical Name
Lactuca Virosa
Homeopathic Name
Lactuca Virosa   -   Mother Tincture

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Wild Lettuce Cures


Action of Wild Lettuce

Nutrients in Wild Lettuce

Taste of
Wild Lettuce

Parts Used

Leaves, Latex, Sap, Seed

Side Effects, Risk Factors of, and Cautions for Wild Lettuce

Overdoses may cause restlessness, drowsiness.
It causes temporary reduction in sexual desire and performance.
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Wild Lettuce is a plant.
It may be annual, biennial.
It grows in warm, temperate climate.
It grows up to 2 M.
Best used for Insomnia, Anxiety.



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Materia Medica for Wild Lettuce

Wild Lettuce General

Wild Lettuce is a mild sedative. The leaves and stem of the plant contains a milky substance called lactucarium or Lettuce Opium. It is a sedative. It has similar effects as Opium. Dried leaves and stem of the plant are used for Tea. It possesses pain relieving, Antispasmodic, Diuretic and Euphoric properties.
It treats a number of diseases including Asthma, Cough, Insomnia, Headache, Pain, Sore Muscles and Menstrual problems.
Wild Lettuce has a mild sedative effect. It is good for Anxiety. It relaxes the nervous tension and excitement in kids.
It is an Expectorant. It is a good cure for less severe Asthma related problems and Bronchitis. it help to loosen and expel Phlegm from the Respiratory Tract.
It is a mild euphoric. It is a good remedy for Insomnia. The herb helps to sleep easier.
It is a Diuretic. It is used to treat Dry Skin.
It enhances lactation in nursing mothers.
It relieves Muscle Tension and Pain caused by Arthritis.
It reduces the frequency and severeness of Migraine Headaches. It is taken in tincture form for Headaches.
It can be used in diffused form, as a Tea, as a smoking blend and in Tincture form.
Single Herb

Wild lettuce for Insomnia

Prepare tincture of Wild Lettuce plant ( see glossary for preparing a tincture ). Take one teaspoon twice a day.
It is a very good remedy for restless children. Give 2 drops twice a day to the child.

Wild Lettuce ( Kahu ) for Warts

Take out the juice from the leaves of Wild Lettuce. Apply it over the warts.

Wild Lettuce as an Aphrodisiac

Dried Sap of Wild Lettuce when smoked acts as a sexual stimulator.
Put a tablespoon of dried Wild Lettuce sap in the fire and inhale it smoke.
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Herbal Treatment For Insomnia 2

Make a decoction of Valerian, Wild Lettuce and Wind Flower. Take it twice a day.
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Sherry Devine ( United States )
14 Apr 2017
Hi please just tell me in english how to use the leaves and when to pick thanks
19 Apr 2017
You can use in the salad. If you wish to cure a particular disease, then you need to mention the name of the disease, so that I can tell you the method of using it.
Ben ( United States )
15 May 2017
How many mg is safe to use at a time? Using for pain management. Thanks.
Elly Wathy ( CA )
03 Nov 2019
I have arthritis in my joints had one knee replacement. I am allergic to anything with codeine or morphine in it am also allergic to CBD and THC oil . I am on Previcid , Bisaporol and Xaralto so would this be a conflict to my meds and will it help me ?
Herbpathy Research Team
05 Nov 2019
Dear Elly Please elaborate on your question. Do you want to consume Wild Lettuce along with your medication? Which herbal medication do you wish to take and for what?
This advice is for educational purpose only. It is not intended to replace a doctor. Please consult your doctor before taking any herb.
Jim Wunderly ( Florida )
11 Aug 2020
I have heard that men with prostate problems can not use wild lettuce. I would like to know what it does and if there were any dosage I could use without causing any problems
Rebecca ( Nigeria )
30 Sep 2020
How do I use to to cure ascites for someone with ovarian cancer. I will like to know the dosage and how to make it
12 Dec 2020
I am wondering if you're in a survival situation and get badly wounded could you apply the raw sap from Wild Lettuce directly around the wound (not inside the open wound) to relieve some pain? I'm only finding about making a tea or tincture.
Toyin joshua
13 Aug 2021
this is called Efo yanrin amongst the Yoruba (South West ) of Nigeria. Most Nigerians call it Nigearian Dandelion
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