Lettuce and Its legend.
Applications and Properties:
Nutritional Value:lettuce rich in Protein,Carbohydrate,Fibre,
Effects:Lettuce has acquired a folk reputation as an anaphrodisiac,
anodyne, carminative, diuretic, emollient,
narcotic, parasiticide and sedative.
Warts:lettuce sap has also been applied externally in the treatment of warts.
Witchcraft:Since the Middle Ages, lettuce (L. virosa) has been an ingredient in Witches' Ointments.
Wild Lettuce, also known as Lactucarium, Green Endive, and Lettuce Opium, is the precursor to the common forms of cultivated lettuce. Wild Lettuce probably originated in Central Asia, but it is now grown throughout the world. Lettuce was cultivated as a food crop by the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and Chinese. Lettuce was brought to the New World very early; so early in fact, that the Hopi tribe incorporated it into their religious rituals. They smoked the resin of Wild Lettuce Leaf to induce dream states. In spite of this, and the alternate name of lettuce Opium? the narcotic effects of Wild Lettuce Leaf are negligible. Wild Lettuce Leaf is a good source of Vitamin A, fiber, and many other vitamins and nutrients. Medicinally, Wild Lettuce Leaf is used as a mild sedative, with the added benefit of being easy on the digestive system. It has been used to treat dropsy, colic, and cough, and is also a mild diuretic and diaphoretic. Some people use Wild Lettuce Leaf as a sleep aid.
Safety and Toxicity:
The plant should be used with caution, and never without the supervision of a skilled practitioner. Even normal doses can cause drowsiness whilst excess causes restlessness and overdoses can cause death through cardiac paralysis.
- 1.Lettuce and Its legend.
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