Wild Lettuce (Lactuca virosa) – Dried Herb, Organic


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Wild Lettuce is a member of the Asteraceae family. It is a biennial herb and is cultivated in Europe and now is naturalized  in North America. Wild Lettuce has been used for hundreds of years in traditional herbalism and although is not a vegetable, it is related to common lettuce. 

Wild Lettuce has bright green leaves which sprout from a green stem that is occasionally spotted with purple. This herb thrives in sunny locations along roadsides or riverbanks and may grow up to six feet in height. 

When scratched the plant secretes a milky, white substance known as lactucarium.  Lactucarium may deliver milder and similar effects and properties as opium but with fewer side effects.  The prepared latex resin is not chemically related to opium.

Historically doctors used wild lettuce as a pain reliever and for conditions like whooping cough, with research on its use dating back to 1815. It was reported to support the nerves and to promote restful sleep.


In Traditional Chinese medicine, Wild Lettuce has an affinity with the Liver and Lungs. It has bitter and cooling energy.

Wild Lettuce is commonly used as a pain reliever but has been used traditionally to relax respiratory conditions, like allergies or cough. Wild Lettuce is claimed to have sedative effects on issues like anxiety and hyperactivity.

For irritable coughs use Wild lettuce with Wild Cherry Bark and Licorice.
For insomnia combine with Valerian and Passionflower or Chamomile, Lavender and Peppermint.

How to use:

Take 1 to 2 teaspoons per one cup of boiling water. Infuse for 15 minutes. May be drunk up to 3 times per day.

Cautionary note:

Do not use if pregnant or breastfeeding. Do not take with pharmaceutical drugs without consulting your health practitioner. Stop using Wild Lettuce for at least two weeks before surgery.

For people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family Wild Lettuce may cause an allergic reaction.

This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or illness. Please consult your healthcare provider before the use of this product if you are pregnant, nursing, taking medications or have a medical condition. Individual results may vary.

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