(Herbs Knowledge) Common Lettuce

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Common Lettuce Scientific Names and Common Names,Common Lettuce Biochemical Information,Uses,Warning,Where Found,Parts Usually Used,Common Lettuce Description of Plant(s) and Culture,Medicinal Properties.

(Herbs Knowledge) Common Lettuce


Common Names | Parts Usually Used | Plant(s) & Culture | Where Found | Medicinal Properties
Uses | Formulas or Dosages | Nutrient Content | Bibliography

Scientific Names

Lactuca sativa L. Compositae Composite family

Common Names

Garden lettuce
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Parts Usually Used

Juice, leaves
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Description of Plant(s) and Culture

Everyone is familiar with common lettuce as it is available in the supermarket, but this is the plant picked before it is fully grown. When allowed to mature, lettuce develops a tall stem with alternate leaves and panicled heads of yellow flowers. Flowering time is June to August.Other varieties: Poison lettuce (L. virosa)(also known as “the poor man’s opium); Wild lettuce (L. canadensis); Prickly lettuce (L. scariola); another type of Wild lettuce (L. biennis)
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Where Found

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Medicinal Properties

Anodyne, antispasmodic, expectorant, sedative
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When allowed to go to seed, garden lettuce and several other varieties contain a milky juice that has narcotic effects. In common lettuce, it is a harmless substance which can be used as a calming agent for insomnia and various nervous conditions, coughs, asthma, and cramps. Although salad lettuce is picked before the juice develops, eating a few leaves before bedtime may be helpful for insomnia. A decoction of the leaves makes a good skin wash. The juice of lettuce mixed or boiled with Oil of Roses, applied to the forehead and temples eases headaches. Being eaten boiled, it helps digestion, quenches thirst, increases milk in nursing mothers, eases griping pains in the bowels.

Culpeper states that lettuce is forbidden to those that are short-winded, or have any imperfection in the lungs, or spit blood.
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Formulas or Dosages

Since lettuce loses its medicinal value rapidly after being picked, use it as fresh as possible.
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Nutrient Content

Chlorine, potassium, calcium, iron, vitamins B2, C, E, and K.

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, by Penelope Ody, Dorling Kindersley, Inc, 232 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10016, First American Edition, copyright 1993

, by Nicholas Culpeper, Meyerbooks, publisher, PO Box 427, Glenwood, Illinois 60425, 1990, (reprint of 1814)

, by Steven Foster and James A. Duke., Houghton Mifflin Company, 215 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10000

, by John Lust, Bantam Books, 666 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. copyright 1974.

, by Frances Densmore, Dover Publications, Inc., 180 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014, first printed by the United States Government Printing Office, Washington, in 1928, this Dover edition 1974

, by Richard Lucas, Parker Publishing Co. (1988).

, by Dr. H.C.A. Vogel; Keats Publishing, Inc., 27 Pine Street (Box 876) New Canaan, CT. 06840-0876. Copyright Verlag A. Vogel, Teufen (AR) Switzerland 1952, 1991

, Third College Edition, Victoria Neufeldt, Editor in Chief, New World Dictionaries: A Division of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 15 Columbus Circle, New York, NY 10023, 1984

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