Before you rush to the drugstore to buy an over-the-counter (OTC) sleep medication, try one of the following natural sleep remedies. Over the next few days we will be bringing you natural remedies for sleep deprivation. Many of these remedies can not only help you fall asleep and stay asleep, but they may also promote muscle relaxation.
Today we will begin with WILD LETTUCE, also known as Acrid Lettuce, Bitter Lettuce, German Lactucarium, Green Endive, Lactuca virosa, Lactucarium, Laitue Amère, Laitue à Opium, Laitue Sauvage, Laitue Scariole, Laitue Serriole, Laitue Vireuse, Lechuga Silvestre, Lettuce Opium, Poison Lettuce, Strong-Scented Lettuce. Wild lettuce is a plant. The leaves, sap (latex), and seed are used to make medicine. It has calming, relaxing, and pain relieving effects.
If you’ve suffered anxiety, headaches, muscle or joint pain, you might already be familiar with wild lettuce, because it helps with these symptoms. It’s also effective at calming restlessness and reducing anxiety—and may even suppress restless legs syndrome. When using a wild-lettuce supplements, take 30 to 120 milligrams before bed.
Wild lettuce can also be used to treat whooping cough, asthma, urinary tract problems, coughs, excitability in children, painful menstrual periods, excessive sex drive in women (nymphomania), poor circulation, swollen genitals in men (priapism). The seed oil is used for “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis) and as a substitute for wheat germ oil. However, more evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of wild lettuce for these uses. Some people apply wild lettuce latex directly to the skin to kill germs.
Wild lettuce seems safe for most people in small amounts. But because of the calming and relaxing effect of it, large amounts can cause sweating, fast heartbeat, pupil dilation, dizziness, ringing in the ears, vision changes, sedation, breathing difficulty, and even death. Therefore, when using it, be careful of the amount you take. Not enough is known about the use of wild lettuce during pregnancy and/or breast-feeding. So, if you are pregnant and/or breast feeding stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Individuals with enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia, BPH) should not use wild lettuce. It contains a chemical that can harm people who have trouble urinating. It may also cause an allergic reaction in people who are sensitive to the Asteraceae/Compositae family. Members of this family include ragweed, chrysanthemums, marigolds, daisies, and many others. If you have allergies, be sure to check with your healthcare provider, pharmacist, or Doctor before taking wild lettuce. Do not use wild lettuce is you have the eye condition called narrow-angle glaucoma. It contains a chemical that might make glaucoma worse.
Again, because of its calming and relaxing effect, wild lettuce can affect the central nervous system. There is a concern that it might cause too much sleepiness if it is taken along with anesthesia and other nerve-numbing medications used during and after surgery. Stop using wild lettuce at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Wild lettuce might cause sleepiness and drowsiness. Medications that cause sleepiness are called sedatives. Taking wild lettuce along with other sedative medications might cause too much sleepiness. Sedative medications such as clonazepam (Klonopin), lorazepam (Ativan), phenobarbital (Donnatal), zolpidem (Ambien), and others.
The appropriate dose of wild lettuce depends on several factors such as the user’s age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for wild lettuce. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist, Doctor or other healthcare professional before using.
If you’re having trouble sleeping, wild lettuce could be a natural remedy for you.