Since ancient times, people have used herbal remedies and natural ingredients as a treatment of various illnesses and ailments. Many scientists and medical experts explain that the natural remedies improve the natural healing processes of the human organism, while the commercial drugs only soothe the pain.

According to the Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine, the natural healing ability of the human body requires the joined work of organs and tissues, and the natural ingredients, including herbs support this system. Namely, herbs are extremely powerful and possess the ability to address the underlying issue and don’t cause any side-effects.

Wild lettuce also known as Lactuca virosa is a plant that grows throughout North America, England, India and Australia and it is known due to its psychotropic (or more precisely hypnotic or sedative) effects. This plain is one of the most efficient natural medicinal miracles and one of the most powerful accessible painkillers.

Wild lettuce is a biennial plant that looks different in different seasons, and it has yellow flowers or mature leaves. This plant can grow really tall, up to 200 cm or almost 7 feet.

It is scientifically proved that this herbal remedy possesses powerful sedative and pain-relieving properties.

When is used as a sedative, this plant can be used as a treatment of insomnia and to relax the body, but also has the ability to soothe spasms and anxiety. This plant calms the nervous system, and relaxes the muscles, and often is used for:

  • Insomnia
  • Spasms and cramps
  • Restlessness
  • Stress-induced indigestion
  • Coughs

In addition to that, this plant efficiently relieves muscle pain, menstrual cramps and other irritated tissues, as well.

This plant also is called opium lettuce due to its numbing effects. According to scientists, this plant is not addictive or harmful. Another use of wild lettuce is as a natural antiseptic.

When it comes to using Lactuca virosa for its medicinal effects, you should use its dry leaves, plucked in July and August. If you cannot find dry leaves, it is highly advisable to use supplements.

For medicinal purposes you should use a 2-4ml tincture maximum 3 times per a day; also you can add 1-2 teaspoons of the dried leaves steeped in boiling water and leave them for 10-15 minutes in order to infuse the nutrients in the water.

Sometimes, when is applied directly to the skin it might cause an irritation, so before use you should do a small patch test.

Pregnant women, patients who have glaucoma, enlarged prostate, allergy to ragweed and similar plants as well as patients who are preparing for a surgery should not use wild lettuce.

When it comes to treatment of some health issue, it is advisable to use natural remedies whenever you can. The natural ingredients are safe and efficient ways to improve your health condition.

It is important to mention that the commercial painkillers contain chemicals that may cause numerous side-effects. Moreover, these pills are highly addictive which may lead to an increased risk of overdose. There are scientific studies which have proved that use of certain drugs, including opioids causes memory loss, which actually is caused by the brain damage in the struggle to soothe the pain. In addition to that, prolonged use of painkillers and drugs quadruples the risk of ulcers.

Instead of painkillers, you can try natural remedies or some form of alternative medicine such as acupuncture and treat pain on a completely natural way.

One such natural remedy is Lactuca virosa: this plant quickly soothes the pain, its use doesn’t cause any side-effects and you probably already have it in your yard.