Wild Lettuce


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An annual containing alkaloids, bitter latex, iron, triterpenes, and vitamins A, B1, B2, and C; it is antitussive and sedative, and has been used for anxiety, insomnia, and whooping cough. It has mild psychotropic (hypnotic/sedative) effects described as similar to opium
Toxicity Wild lettuce may be toxic in large doses
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Try valerian tea or supplements, camomile, kava kava, passionflower or wild lettuce herb tea.
The specimen was found under a log on the bank of the Cave Branch of the West Branch of Dolet Bayou, surrounded by sloping hills with timber, wild lettuce, and Jack-in-the-pulpit.
This blend of herbs, traditionally used for their sedative action, including passion flower, hops and wild lettuce, will soon help you drop off to sleep and without causing drowsiness the next day.
OUR humble lettuce, Lactuca sativa is now so diverse, that it is difficult to imagine a clump of wild lettuce growing on a rocky hillside in the Mediterranean.