Wild Lettuce Pain Relieving Natural Medicine

Updated: Feb 5

*I am not a doctor or naturopath. Before ingesting anything speak to your health care provider.*

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Wild lettuce, bitter lettuce, strong scented lettuce, and opium lettuce are all names associated with this plant. This plant grows in Europe, the Middle East, and some parts of North America. During the Autumn months, the plant can begin to look like a dandelion however it grows to about 3-6 feet tall. (1) The stalk of the plant is soft and contains a milky substance. The leaves of this plant are serrated and have a hairy appearance. There are many ailments that it can help with a few are pain relief, cough, insomnia, and the prevention of Alzheimer's. (2)

There are two main components to wild lettuce that gives it the medicinal value it has. Lactucin and lactucopicirn. Wild lettuce has the highest concentration of lactucopicrin in nature right next to dandelion root and chicory root.


In a study, mice were given both ibuprofen and lactucin. It found that only half the dose of lactucin was needed compared to ibuprofen. (3)


lactucopicrin may have an amazing effect on the brain. When it was given to lab rats it increased neuritogenesis of the brain. This means that wild lettuce may be able to prevent Alzheimer's and Parkinson's in people by strengthening the transmission of nerve signals. (4)

How to use it

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Wild Lettuce

The recommended dose is 1-2tsp with 1 cup of water. Steep for 10-15 minutes. I would suggest adding some local honey, agave nectar, or your choice of sweetener.

My experience

When I have used wild lettuce in the past I add 1 tsp to 1 cup of boiling water. I steep it for about 10 minutes. I would, as others have, attribute the pain relief to ibuprofen. It has taken away my headaches and put an overall relaxing effect on my body. It is a very pleasant and relaxing experience. Affects last about 30 minutes. It does cause sleepiness so I would suggest drinking this tea in the afternoon.

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