The occurrence of injuries leads to great pain and in order to soothe it we very much depend on the chemical substances. No matter how strong you are, pain can break you and the use of some drug will become inevitable. For that reason, many people become dependent on the use of some drugs. The sad part in this matter is that we do not solve the root of the problem which is the cause of pain, but we are only masking it up.
Unfortunately, the situation of consuming pain killers is becoming very frequent and medical personnel are turning down people who are in real need of them, and label them as “seekers”. Because of that they are trying to find out some alternative and go to the black market which will eventually make them addicts. Therefore, pain centers and rehabilitations are all around the country where people are trying to fight the addiction.
However, there are natural ways of solving this issue, and one of which is wild lettuce.
Wild Lettuce or otherwise known as Lactuca Virosa is a healthy alternative to the chemical pain killers. It is actually a leafy and high plant, with little yellow buds, which can be grown in front of your own door. Its indigenous place is in North America and England, and it belongs to the lettuce family which we commonly see at the grocery store. Some call it bitter lettuce, or to be more precise, opium lettuce.
It is considered opium lettuce because of the ability to relive pain and having great sedative impacts which are obtained through a white substance found in the stem and leaves.
This milky substance is called lactucarium. It does not contain any opiates, but it acts as an opiate by directly affecting the central nervous system (CNS) in order to reduce the feeling of pain, very much similar to morphine.
This ability of wild lettuce is not widely spread; in fact it appears that it is kept very much as a secret, but it has a long history as a pain reliever.
In the 19th century, wild lettuce was frequently used as a replacement to opium. Yet, in the 70’s of the past century wild lettuce received its domain as a natural remedy. In those days people were using it as a pain reliever and as well as for recreational purposes.
In the past people prepare it in a couple of different ways. The first one was cooking the plant in a pan of water and sugar, and then mixing till it lowered to a thick syrup-like consistency. This was an effective kind, but it tasted bitter even with the added sugar. The second one and the most common kind is drying the stem and leaves to use it as an herbal tea.
Drinking this tea still remains popular, but it is also being dried for smoking, or vaporizing. If you do not wish to grow the plant by yourself and dry it out, it is also available in the stories as a dried herb, extract, or resin substance.
Health Benefits of Wild Lettuce
Aside the fact that it is effective natural pain killer, it offers many other health advantages hence becoming very popular among people.
Persons suffering from painful migraines claim that they experience less migraine since they have started the use of this herb.
- Asthma and Cough
This plant incorporates antitussive properties, which soothes or subdues a cough. Likewise, asthmatic patients who have before used opiates reported more asthma attacks when they went through opiate withdrawal. Therefore, the use of wild lettuce is much better option to these patients than the prescribed opiates.
Wild lettuce is very beneficial for people experiencing sleeping issues. Thanks to the use of this plant they experience a relaxed and euphoric feeling which aids them in easily falling asleep without the addictive side effects of frequent prescribed sleeping aids.
Wild lettuce acts as a mild sedative thereby successfully soothing the anxiety people fell from stressful work or from their surroundings.