Make Lettuce Tea for Insomnia

Romaine Lettuce

How to Make Lettuce Leaf Tea

If you are wondering what else to do with all that lettuce laying around the house - try making a great cup of tea for insomnia. This simple recipe for lettuce tea will help you with insomnia and also acts as a mild sedative. The recipe was found in a 40 year old herbal medicine book - and I have tried it. It works ever so gently.

After the basic recipe there is more information about the particular lettuce that I chose, romaine, which is by far more nutritious than iceberg. I always recommend that lettuce be bought organic only.

Recipe for Lettuce Leaf Tea:

- 2 outer leaves of organic romaine lettuce

- 8 ounces of water

Thoroughly wash the leaves and then simmer for 20 minutes in the 1/2 pint of water.

Strain and drink before bedtime

How does it taste? - I found it to be very light, mild, refreshing and surprisingly good.

Does it work? - I don't have insomnia but other than stir-frying leftover lettuce, I didn't know what else to do with it. But yes, even though I didn't feel tired, my eyelids insisted upon fluttering, ultimately closing - and quite soon I drifted off to sleep - and had quite a good rest.

How often should I drink it? - While it is recommended as a nightly drink - I'd suggest trying it first on the weekend when you don't have to get up for work and see how you feel. It is supposed to have sedative effects and I found the next day that I wanted to lay around and read a book. I didn't feel tired but wanted to lay around - it felt quite good. Perhaps that is the sedative effect.

What about the leaves that remain? - I poured the tea into my favorite teacup from Harrod's, and a couple tiny bits of the lettuce went in the cup. I liked the way it looked so I left it like that. The leaves in the pot tasted like very mild cabbage so I ate it. Tasty.

What are the health benefits of romaine lettuce? - Different lettuces have different benefits. Romaine lettuce is highly recommended for blood type A people and I do find I prefer it.

Benefits:

Romaine lettuce, also known as Cos lettuce, has 8 calories per cup and has:

- Vitamin A - important for teeth, bones, tissues, eyesight and the respiratory system - it has 82% of the Daily Value (DV)

- Vitamin C - offers immune system protection, repair and growth of cells and is a powerful antioxidant - has 19% of the DV

- Vitamin K - helps clot blood and is good for healthy bones and the proper growth and protection of cells - 60% of the DV

- B Vitamins - the main B vitamin is folate which helps prevent anemia and is beneficial for healthy fetal development. One cup has 16% of the DV. Other B vitamins are in trace amounts.

Romaine also contains - protein, calcium, omega-3, fiber and iron.

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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

This is different! I do not like tea but I love lettuce so maybe I never found the right tea enhancement until now! What a cool hub, BK! You are true to your name...creative!


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GreenGardenGuy 6 years ago from Fort Myers, FL

This works great, I do that sometimes. If you need something a little stronger, use wild lettuce.


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HappyHer 6 years ago from Cleveland, OH

I had never heard of using lettuce this way but I'll definitely give it a try next time I'm struggling with insomnia. Thank you!


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Wanderlust 6 years ago from New York City

Very creative :) Sounds good, have to try it!


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

I never heard about this what a great idea, thank you , this is awesome. Thumbs up...


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theherbivorehippi 6 years ago from Holly, MI

Now THIS is valuable information!!! What a fabulous idea!!! I will definitely try it. Thanks so much for a hub I can use!!! Rated up. :)


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lmmartin 6 years ago from Alberta and Florida

Who knew? Well judging by the comments, some did, but I am not one of them. I'll have to try this -- and can you use any kind of lettuce?


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Paradise7 6 years ago from Upstate New York

Very different. Lettuce tea. Not something I would have thought to do with lettuce.


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Enlydia Listener 6 years ago from trailer in the country

good hub...I almost bought lettuce seeds yesterday...now I will for sure.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you for an interesting advice. I never knew about it.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Note: I must say too - that is seems to have a bit of an aphrodisiac effect - at least I think that is what was happening. I'll try again tonight!

Hello Ann Nonymous - I'd love to hear what you think of it - as a lettuce lover I think you will be pleasantly surprised!

Yes, yes, yes, GreenGardenGuy! - indeed, I did the research on the wild lettuce thanks to theherbivorehippi, commenting below - and we both agreed we will one day grow it. It was described as a lettuce opium. Imagine - everything we need - it's already there. Thanks for that input.

Hello HappyHer - it was a bit of a surprise - I was going through this old herbal medicine book looking for some hub ideas and there it was - so I decided to try. I'm going to have some more later! Mmmm.

Hello Wanderlust - I hope you like it - it is nice and mild.

Thanks Darlene Sabella, for the thumbs up. Hope you like it. And...I think it also has aphrodisiac properties. Hmmmm.

Well, the herbivorehippi, I just told GreenGardenGuy above that you were researching wild lettuce and told me about it! I hope you will try this tea and let us know. I really think you will be pleasantly surprised. Oh, and thanks so much for your thumbs up and such a nice compliment. Yay!

Hello lmmartin - You know, the recipe simply said 2-3 outer lettuce leaves and I am thinking since it is from a 40 year old book it is probably iceberg because that was pretty much all we knew back then. I plan to try it with whatever lettuce I have on hand, even Bibb and the red ones. But I can say it has been effective with romaine.

I'm thinking Paradise7 - we can probably make tea from everything. It is certainly one way to get out the nutrients. I'm going to have to give that more thought.

Enlydia Listener - how great that you will be able to grow your lettuce - and then make tea. It has to be the best!

You're welcome Hello, hello. It was so much fun coming across this and then trying it - and finding it works. Wow!

Thanks so much for the wonderful comments and the great input!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

I need this soooooo bad. I suffer from insomnia every night. I will be going to the store tonight and getting the ingredients. Thank you BkCreative. I have bookmarked this one, and I can't wait to try it out. If it works for me, I'll let my mom know as well. She suffers from insomnia too!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You make me so happy Veronica Allen! I think insomnia goes with motherhood. As a child I swore my mother never slept. Even if she appeared to be in a deep sleep if we spoke to her she always answered. Sometimes we tested her (simple kids).

I hope you and your mother enjoy this. It is such a nice pleasant smooth drink.


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itakins 6 years ago from Irl

I love this-it's on the cards for tomorrow night-would be tonight but I've just had my nutmeg nightcap!Bookmarked and on to do urgently list.


PWalker281 6 years ago

Cool! I'm definitely going to try it.


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Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

Sounds interesting, I will have to try it.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hello itakins - I would love to hear about that nutmeg nightcap. Maybe you will do a hub. We are all so ready to go natural and healthy all the way! I'm simmering some lettuce leaf right now. Have a 6am wake up which is not the norm which means insomnia - I need to go to sleep tonight.

Hope you like it PWalker. It's such a nice drink. For some reason I feel important when I drink it.

Hello Coolmon2009 - I think you may like it. Enjoy!

Thanks for the comments. Enjoy your teas!


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lctodd1947 6 years ago from USA

My husband has terrible insomnia and I do not have the romaine lettuce but I am going to try with just the other and see if it works for he and I.

Very interesting...thank you for sharing this with us. Great hub.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'd love to hear how another lettuce works lctodd1947. It's almost 10 pm and I just had a delightful cup and I think it is already working. I need to get up sooooo early - which is when I can't sleep.

Thanks so much for writing!


Yangtze river cruises 6 years ago

lettuce is good for our health, really good~and delicious


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you so much for commenting. It does have so many benefits.


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Feline Prophet 6 years ago from India

Thanks for the tip - I always seem to have more lettuce than I know what to do with and it ends up all wilted and sad!


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

We eat salads, especially romaine, almost every day. I hadn't heard of the tea possibility either. I might try this.

I usually toss a few romaine ribs to our dog who thinks they are a special treat. (Dogs like to eat a little grass to help their digestion, but the wild grass we have here in the woods, is a little rough for a small-dog tummy.)


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VioletSun 6 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

Thanks for this tip! I had no idea lettuce was good for insomnia. Sometimes I discard leftover lettuce as I don't get a chance to eat it all. Have bookmarked this hub and giving it a thumbs up!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Feline Prophet! Another thing you can do with left over lettuce even as it wilts is to stirfry in a little olive oil - quite tasty!

It's great Rochelle Frank that you know to give your doggie some lettuce. We have been taught that only commercial dog food will do and our dogs are becoming just as unhealthy as we are. I've given my cats grass and they love it!

Last night VioletSun had another cup of the tea and yes, I began to settle down and soon had a good night's sleep. I'm up at 6am now - and this is when I usually have insomnia when I have to get up really early. Thanks for the thumbs up!

Thanks for the great comments!


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

Whatever next. I have never heard of this but it sounds interesting. I shall give it a go


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HealthyHanna 6 years ago from Utah

I have never heard of this, but because lots of my kids have insomnia, we are going to try it, nothing else has worked.


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Hummingbird5356 6 years ago

I have never heard of this before but I may try it. An interesting hub.


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Mystique1957 6 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

Wow, Carolyn...

This is truly a blessing! Being able to withdraw from artificial sleep inducers is a wonderful thing, and we get nourished in the process! Great Hub, dear!

Bookmarked, Rated up, and in my way to Stumble it!

warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,

Al


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

I have insomnia so I will try this. I haven't heard of this before but I am willing to try anything to help. Great hub.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Don't you love it ethel smith - all these wonderful old things that have been around forever - are all brand new! This is from a 40 year old book - and everyone seems to know lettuce. I had some more last night - it works!

I hope your children like it HealthyHanna. It gently put me to sleep again last night and I will do it again tonight because I must get up at dawn again. Again, it did not make me feel weary but my eyelids insisted upon closing.

Hope you try it and like it Hummingbird5356. And we know romaine has some nutritional benefits as well - I'm sold.

Thank you Al. I wonder just how many other wonderful very cheap and safe and natural sleep aids are out there. We have been so blinded by the marketing of everything including toxic sleep aids. And yes, we get nourished in the process - can any chemical make that claim? Thanks so much for bookmarking, and rating and stumbling. It is appreciated.

Hope it works for you Pamela99. I'm totally sold. It just surprises me when something is so easy to do and so accessible - and has existed all along!

Thanks for the wonderful comments and I sincerely hope you all try it and like it. Even try other lettuces and let us know the results!


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creativelycc 6 years ago from Maine

This is great. I can't wait to try this, I knew lettuce had great nutritional value. My husband will be surprised too, he always insists lettuce has no nutritional value, wait until I show this to him.


Jo 6 years ago

I have always suffered from insomnia, it is a family trait,

I remember my grandmother saving the juice from vegetables,

such as kale,turnip greens, etc. to drink before bedtime, I remembered the bitter taste, but she assured us it would make us sleepy, not sure if it did, my brother, sister and I spent most of the night trying to get rid of the taste in our mouth's, but we were very healthy, sleepless kids.

Not sure if I want to try ' lettuce tea '.

I have to get back to you on this one...


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Very interesting - I learn something new everyday. I will give it a try but might add some honey to it.

Best Wishes.


dreamreachout 6 years ago

I thought lettuce is best for salad garnishing .. Thanks for the new idea!!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It'll be fun creativelycc - when you show your loving husband just how naturally beneficial lettuce can be. And then have a pleasant night's sleep too!

I bet Jo, you are one of those people doing 10,000 things. I'm not surprised so many Americans have such a hard time getting to sleep - we have so much on our minds. Ah, and how well I remember about collard greens - and all the juice remaining after it was cooked (pot likker) - it was never ever thrown out. It was filled with nutrients. To get us kids to try it, we had corn bread with it - great for dipping. I really, really hope you try the lettuce tea - and at least get one good night's sleep

I wonder how it might taste with honey, Lady E. It is very mild - but then the recipe calls for the outer leaves because the inner leaves may be a bit bitter.

You're welcome dreamreachout - I'm glad you like the idea. Seems more and more - what's old is new again.

Thanks for the great comments.


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jayjay40 6 years ago from Bristol England

I didn't know you could make tea from lettuce. I do get trouble sleeping so I will bookmark this hub


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hope you try it and like it jayjay40. Thanks so much for commenting!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I haven't had insomnia in years, and really I discovered that was too much caffeine but I will try this, I did make lettuce soup this paste winter and I had no idea you could do that, but it was good, and this should be too, thx.


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Shalini Kagal 6 years ago from India

I've never heard of this before - your hubs are so enlightening, BkCreative! I usually fall asleep the moment my head touches the pillow but I have so many friends who have such a problem sleeping so I'm sure this will come as a welcome aid! And I love the bit in your comments about stir frying it with a bit of olive oil when it's wilted. Love lettuce, love olive oil - I can see it's going to be a winner in our house!


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tony0724 6 years ago from san diego calif

BK thank you for the tip. I seem to take Excedrin PM far more then I should and sometimes my brain can be quite busy. I will definitely have to try this.


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Rochelle Frank 6 years ago from California Gold Country

I don't have trouble sleeping but I tried it and it tastes good. I'm thinking that if you simmer fresh vegetables of any kind, the leftover 'broth' from greens, carrots, asparagus,-- almost any vegetable -- could be a very nutritious "tea". Adding a dash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar could also make it very tasty and good for you.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Well, Pollyannalana - the lettuce soup is a new one to me. It would be great if you do such a hub. I'm a follower and will get the recipe - and try it!

Thank you for the enlightening compliment Shalini Kagal. You are such a peaceful person - I'm not surprised that you rest well at night. I hope your friends try the tea and like it.

You're welcome tony0724. I know so many that use the Excedrin and other sleep aids because they just have to get some sleep - maybe this will work for you. It is also kind of pleasant to sit around with that nice warm cup and sip.

So true Rochelle Frank - didn't all our mothers and grandmothers know the benefits of using all the broth they cooked vegetables in. They were the true nutritionists because they knew how each vegetable would benefit us. I'm just surprised that something we usually think of as cold also can be stir-fried, used as a sleep aid/sedative - and then as Pollyannalana above says - she makes a soup.

Thanks for all the comments and input!


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Home Boy 6 years ago from Florida

Lettuce Tea... never in my life I would have imagined it. I'm trying it this weekend.


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

How interesting - I never knew! Will have to check that out.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I hope you like it Home Boy! I never would have imagined it. Especially, the fact that it actually works.

Please do check it out akirchner. I'm going to have to go through this old book once again and see if I can find anything else of interest. So people knew this 40 years ago and then we just moved away from all things natural.

Thanks for the comments!


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

excellent information Carolyn and I salute you for this hub again. Thumbs up, I always find pleasure and great learning when I read your hub, natural way is the best! Maita


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So true Maita - natural is the best - and it is there, already, existing in nature! And always has been. It is lovely to see us returning to the healthy, glowing people we used to be. Thanks for coming back with a thumbs up! Carolyn


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

The first night I tried this, I burned the lettuce - I forget it was on the stove :). I tried it the next night and did feel relaxed. It took me about half the time to fall asleep! My mother hasn't tried it yet so I will have to wait and see what she says. Thank you once again for this information.


sord87 6 years ago

I never heard of lettuce can get us to sleep!It was a good information,a good solution precisely!thank you for useful information!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're very welcome Veronica Allen - I'm so glad this worked for you and hope your mom likes it too. And things on the stove, ah, it is why I boil an egg by bringing the water to the boil and shutting it off - the egg then cooks in the standing hot water - because if I had to time it - I forget about it - every time!

Welcome to the club sord87 - seems this lettuce tea is a surprise to all of us. I must revisit this old herbal book and see what else is in it.

Thanks for the comments!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I put up the lettuce hub, thank you. I was wondering if your lettuce tea might help with blood pressure? I am going to try it and see.I am always looking for alternatives for that. I bet it might.


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

Also in my soup I use iceberg lettuce which I have since heard has no nutritious value so I will use the romaine in it next time instead, probably need to cook longer though.But may be as beneficial as the tea and could use all the lettuce wouldn't you think having flavors to cover any bitterness?


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I don't know Pollyannalana, if it works for blood pressure - it does have sedative properties and that should help - I think. I've read that dark chocolate helps high blood pressure, if it is over 70% - hope you let us know if the tea helps.

I want to try it in soup and think I will over the next few days. Never, ever thought about doing this - and I have some leftover romaine. Sounds great!

Thanks so much for checking back!


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Amber Allen 6 years ago

Hi BKC

I would have never thought about using lettuce to make a tea. I will have to try this. I was really interested by your comment that Romaine lettuce is good for those with blood type A as this is my blood type but I've also just written a hub on The Blood Type Diet. Where do you get your information about the food for your blood type?

Amber:)


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hello there Amber Allen - You are very observant about the Blood type A comment - isn't it surprising that overwhelmingly, Americans do not know their blood type - how can it not matter. I had to ask my doctor about 15-20 years ago to do a typing when I had a blood test. I've read the D'Adamo book and found the diet to suit just exactly what I preferred to eat which is no meat or chicken - and other foods.

I'm going to check your hub!


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msorensson 6 years ago

Hi, BkCreative,

Thanks, very informative hub!

I have heard the same thing with carrot tops, but this is the first time with lettuce.

I myself have no trouble falling asleep, but I do have a friend who is unable to get a full night's sleep.

I will suggest this to him.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

The carrot tops sound very interesting msorensson and I will try it. I believe we waste too much food - and really no part of it should be thrown away - we just need to learn what to do with it. If I make soup I will put in the carrot tops - but a carrot top tea sounds quite appealing. Hmmmmm.

Thanks for the idea!


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Eileen Hughes 6 years ago from Northam Western Australia

thats incredible, who would have thought of using a lettuce, definitely not me. Thanks so much for sharing that.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're very welcome Eileen Hughes. And it works for me - and some of the comments above show that others have used it and are satisfied too. Thanks for writing. This simple one ingredient tea that does so much - is quite a surprise!


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Susan Carter 6 years ago

Thanks for this great tea idea. I have to drink caffeine free tea because otherwise the caffeine keeps me up at night. The problem is finding this kind of tea in bulk. Since I love "green" tea, this lettuce idea might be a great substitute, plus I sometimes cannot get to sleep and this would be a healthy alternative to drinking a glass of wine which leaves you foggy the next day. I also love the organic idea.


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luvintkandtj 6 years ago from USA

I love this hub. so many of my friends suffer from insomnia. my own mother has to take medication. I posted this on my facebook for everyone to come a read. great hub


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm so happy Susan Carter, to say, that this does work. I've used it a couple times with perfect results both times. I went off to a gentle sleep and even felt relaxed the next day. Some hubbers have come back to comment here to say they have tried it with nice gentle results as well. Simple lettuce - it can probably do much more than we think.

Thanks for the loving, luvintkandtj! So many folks are affected by insomnia it seems. It's understandable because we are under so much stress. Thanks for posting it and sharing it. I'm hoping we all go as natural as possible and eliminate so much of our health problems caused by the unsafe toxic drugs we use for everything.

I hope you like it prowork. I recommend organic romaine and I can vouch for it.

Thanks for the comments!


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Pollyannalana 6 years ago from US

I put this lettuce in my kale smoothie and in a day or two I will put in soup, maybe tea tonight,but I'm so sleepy already..if not tonight, soon, I got Dole this time because of that Romaine warning and it is the best I ever had, even my husband is eating it....and he hates everything.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much for the input Pollyannalana! I always recommend organic and whole forms of the lettuce to cut down on handling. Ah, soon I will have a garden and grow my own. Romaine is so tasty!

Glad you and your loved on are having big lettuce fun!


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Lgali 6 years ago

Very interesting hub useful too


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much Lgali - glad you found the hub useful!


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nadp 6 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

I'm going to try this - it sounds great. Do you know what it is in the lettuce that has this effect?

Being a statistician, though, I have to ask - do you think you could be experiencing a placebo effect?


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Perhaps it is something in the vitamin A - because it has such a high vitamin A content.

I'm not one to go to sleep too easily - I never have. Bed to me meant at least one hour of reading or even a video. But when I drink this tea my eyelids flutter and gently close - I'm having a physical reaction. A placebo effect? If it does, it is safe and gentle - I can live with a nutritional placebo.


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GreenThumbLady 6 years ago from The Beautiful Earth

Oh my gosh! I have read about this but was so skeptical...I mean who has heard of such a thing? I'm so glad I found this hub! Now maybe I will try it!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I certainly hope you will try it - and like it GreenThumbLady. So nice to meet you by the way, and I look forward to reading all your hubs!


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

Tea is one of my favorite drink. And I found great recipes from you. With some benefit inside this tea. Actually I never knew about "lettuce leaf tea", but now I really understand about this tea. Thumbs Up for you and Let me rate this hub. Awesome, my friend!

Prasetio


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks for the many lovely comments prasetio30. Actually, it is the great comments that inspire me to search for unique ideas. Well, just like you. Your ratings are much appreciated! I think most of us have been surprised about something as simple as lettuce leaf tea.


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TINA V 6 years ago

I find this hub useful to me. I usually add lettuce to my vegatable salad. It works as a fiber supplement. But this tea sounds great to try because I sometimes have sleeping problems. Thanks for sharing it. Have a great week!


publisher72 6 years ago from philippines

thank you for that information i will try it for my insomia thank again.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome! I hope you like the tea TINA V - I have been amazed that it works so pleasantly and so gently. Thanks for writing!

Hope it works for you publisher72. Thanks for commenting.


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DeBorrah K. Ogans 6 years ago

BK Creative, Great hub! As always you have the "Best" informative healthy suggestions! I must try this! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So glad you came and took a look DeBorrah K. Ogans. I'm so pleased this works - and so safely and gently. Thanks for the compliment.


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Moon Daisy 6 years ago from London

Wow, great hub! We often have lettuce left over, and it just sits in the fridge for a while and goes off. And as a big tea fan who has just got really into finding random things and making tea out of them, this tea sounds like the perfect thing for me to try next.

Plus I am a bit of an insomniac, so I will definitely be giving this one a go! Thanks, big thumbs up. (Or whatever it's called now...)


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I can't wait for you to try this Moon Daisy. I bet there are so many things we can do with lettuce! This tea has worked for me - and for some reason I feel so very happy when I make this. Maybe because I am not wasting lettuce.

You're right we can probably make tea with everything. I'm looking forward to your herbal hubs - and I'm going to look for more herbal ideas. This was so satisfying.

Thanks again for writing!


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KoffeeKlatch Gals 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

This is definitely a creative way to use lettuce. I love this hub. Since I have insomnia myself I will definitely be trying your recipe for lettuce leaf tea.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hope it works for you KoffeeKlatch Gals. It is such a lovely tea. Thanks for commenting!


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Veronica Allen 6 years ago from Georgia

I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you .... my mother has been trying this for several weeks now and loves it! It has been very effective. It used to take her 40 minutes to 2 hours sometimes to go to sleep, but when she drinks this tea as soon as she hits the bed, five to ten minutes later she is in dreamland.

Plus it is safe and she does not have to worry about how it may interact with any of the medications she takes.

She wanted me to extend her thanks to you. This information has been a Godsend. Thank BkCreative.:)


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Veronica Allen, I cannot thank you, and your mother, enough for coming back here and leaving a first hand experience. This will also be appreciated by others who read this.

It takes me forever to go to sleep too, about the same time as your mother. I just never think about it because I can sleep kind of late. But those mornings when I had to get up at 6am (and just thinking about that gave me insomnia) - well, this tea worked. I felt so calm as I dozed off to sleep. My eyelids would flutter and I'd be gone. No drowsiness or weird feeling. I'd just go to sleep. And I like the aroma and the taste.

So glad this is safe and working for your mother. Many thanks again for the update.


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fastfreta 6 years ago from Southern California

Home run Bk. Lettuce tea, who knew. And besides that I've never heard of cooking lettuce, that I must try too. I've just got to Digg this one. Again another very good hub.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks so much for the Digg fastfreta! I'm getting such great feedback from this and I can attest to the fact that it works!


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RunAbstract 6 years ago from USA

Who'd a thunk it? Nice tip.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I so agree RunAbstract! What else is out there awaiting us? Yay!


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Chris Crow 6 years ago

Wow--I'm going to try this. Sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm still so pleasantly surprise by it Chris Crow. I hope it works for you too! Thanks for writing!


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

Hhhmmm, I usually have a little trouble sleeping away from home. The next time I'm traveling I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing this info. :)


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I think you may like it Money Glitch. I have found it to work each time. It's certainly something to do with all that lettuce.

Thanks for writing!


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khristal23 6 years ago from GA

I never would have thought of using lettuce as a way to help with sleeping. You learn something new every day. I enjoy tea immensely, and will be sure to try this the next time I'm having trouble getting tired.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hope it works for you. I found this tip in an herbal book almost 40 years old. So I am going through it now to find out what else was natural and worked. This is so safe and even healthy.

Thanks for your comment. I think we are all surprised - and people are commenting to let me know it worked for them too. Wow! Lettuce.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Thanks! I'm gonna give this a try the next night I can't fall asleep because hubpages keeps trotting through my head! lol


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You know habee I even dreamed that I completed some great hubs and then woke up thinking I had actually done them.

I'm happy to say that lettuce tea has worked for me and I'm getting great feedback. Maybe it will release you from the hold of hub pages. If not, well we get to enjoy more of your hubs. Love those food hubs!


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Loren's Gem 6 years ago from Istanbul, Turkey

Great hub! Honestly, I have never known or even heard about a lettuce tea until I read this. Thumbs up! Thanks for sharing! :-)


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome Loren's Gem - the idea of lettuce tea seems to be new to so many of us - myself included. But I can say it works - ever so pleasantly.

So nice to know there is a food for everything! Thanks for commenting!


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Dolores Monet 6 years ago from East Coast, United States

BK - what a great natural sleep aid! And everyone has some lettuce. Going to share this with my son who has some trouble with insomnia.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

And it works so pleasantly Delores Monet. I hope it works for your son. And yes, it's natural - you don't have to wonder what is in that mystery pill.


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twogroce 6 years ago

I have never heard of such a thing. Wow, it's very interesting and worth trying. THanks for providing the information. Good job!

God bless!!!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hope you like it twogroce - I am still so amazed by the effectiveness of such a simple tea.

Thanks for commenting!


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LivingFood 6 years ago

Thanks for this recipe, I love tea and this is something new that I can try!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It's a great, soothing tea, that works. I love it.

Hope it works for you. Wish I had some right now.


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sweetie1 6 years ago from India

Hi BK this lettuice tea is so easy to make and has so many health benefits.. thanks for sharing it and hey can i put little sugar or sweetner in it? Would putting sugar reduce or finish them?


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You can probably sweeten it sweetie1, but it is so mild and gentle you may not want to. It's such a mellow tea. It's so surprising that it works.

Thanks for writing!


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BennyTheWriter 6 years ago from Northeastern U.S.A.

Awesome stuff. I HAVE to try this. You see, I don't sleep at night, as I come from a long line of vampires. Or something like that.

Maybe this will help me and a few of my family members out!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Love meeting you BennyTheWriter/vampire. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. And I hope you let us know your happy results. I'm getting such positive feedback - and I can personally recommend it. It's just so wonderful!


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Lita C. Malicdem 6 years ago from Philippines

I eat Romain Lettuce for its crunchy feel in the palate. I'm at times sleepless. Now I know what to do with the stock that I leave untouched in the ref because it has become limp. I'll try this tea variation. Thanks!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

It makes sense Lita C. Malicdem - as you say for that bit left over and there always seems to be a bit left over. And you're welcome. Thanks for writing!


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Freya Cesare 6 years ago from Borneo Island, Indonesia

Wow, great advice! Thank you very much. I need this. :)

Rate up and bookmarking.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you Freya Cesare - it works so nicely. Thanks for the rating and bookmarking!


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NeonGekko 6 years ago

Wow, I never heard of that!!! I can't wait to try it out. :]


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hope you like it NeonGekko!


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pager7 6 years ago from Kampala-Uganda

Some awesome ways to make beneficial use of lettuce!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

So true pager7 - we can probably do so much more with what we have. I must look into that.

Thanks for writing!


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mulberry1 6 years ago

I may give this a try. I sleep like a log 3 or 4 nights a week. The other nights I'm up half of the time. I'll just wait and after a few nights of good sleep I'll give it try. The only bad part is I won't get any of those late night Hubs done.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

This is so funny mulberry1 - because here it is after 1:22am and I am on hub pages - when I really should have gone to be at least 2 hours ago. And if I'm not online I'm watching home shows on HGTV well into the night/morning. Ah, well if we can, why not.

Hope you try it and like it. The taste is so...well, it's a happy taste.

Thanks for writing!


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ron turn 6 years ago from Melbourne

Interesting that the west are just catching on now, Chinese have been making SOUP out of lettuce since I don't know how long, but along with the lettuce, crushed garlic and a few drops of sesame oil before serving.

Actually lettuce soup or sheng cai tang (BtCreative this should be of interest to you as in Chinese lettuce has a "lucky" sound to it similar to the number 8 - should make another interesting hub) anyway lettuce soup can be ordered just about anywhere in China but you need to ask for it as it wont be on the menu

This is an easy dish for traveling vegetarians in any country, just make sure the stock is not from any animals or request just plain water


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

What a great bit of information ron turn. I'm so glad you shared this. Yes, the West is so far behind in natural healing and prevention. The objective here of course is to discount the wisdom of mothers, and push the multibillion dollar pharmaceutical industry and industrialized food. And our health is paying dearly for it.

Another thing is the sesame oil. When I lived in S. Korea it was real sesame oil - here is it so processed it has no nutritional value.

It would have been nice to know about sheng cai tang when I was in Beijing as I am not a meat eater. Perhaps I can find it in the authentic restaurants here in Chinatown - when I go to a local one - I'm still going to ask about it.

Fortunately, we have a forum like this where we can spread the word.

Thanks a million!


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Ben Zoltak 6 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

Craziness, love it, and I do have occaisional insomnia so thanks Brooklyn Creative for this, who knew? Funny, I've never used left over lettuce for stir fry, I'll try that. Might I suggest using it for homemade stews and soups, also you can use small minced amounts in homemade salsa.

Thanks for the heads up, what a great organic thing.

Ben


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

In homemade stews - great! And it will give salsa that bit of color. I have become less wasteful. Everything will be used up - entirely.

Thanks Ben Zoltak - as a new dad there may be a time when you just have to get a good night's sleep - with no side effects. You'll go to sleep calmly and wake up calmly.

Thanks for commenting and passing on those tips.


Jules 6 years ago

Oh you're a SAINT! I have been suffering from insomnia ever sence the death of my mother and I have been diying to try hot tea you are so wicked great thank you so much!


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

What a lovely email Jules.

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I understand what you mean about not being able to sleep while you are grieving, I've recently gone through this - it takes time and it should. If you have the time and check back I hope you'll let us know the lettuce tea worked for you in a nice gentle way.

Relax and a few deep breaths and wrap up warmly. Take care of yourself.


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billrobinson 6 years ago from CA, USA

I like this post. Thanks.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome billrobinson!


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Seafarer Mama 6 years ago from New England

Thank you for this wonderful hub, BkCreative. I have also seen recipes for lettuce soup and will try them.

Funny that I suffered from insomnia for several nights, both at my Mom's during Thanksgiving vacation and at home the first few nights after we returned. Last night, my family and I ate a big salad with very green lettuce (not sure what kind), and I slept soundly the night through. So the two events are likely to be related! I also sipped a cup of "lemon zinger" tea with honey (a personal favorite as sedatives go). Another benefit - my coughing attacks have been quelled, so I have more relief and energy from that, too.

I am doing a bit of food shopping today, so I will make sure I buy some Romaine lettuce.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

And thank you for your kind comment Seafarer Mom. This is such a delightful tea and so calming. I just feel so good when I drink it. I made some of it very weak a few weeks ago and I think that was just enough for me to enjoy its sedative benefits without going to sleep - just so lovely. I felt happy!

Love that lemon zinger tea too, or even ginger and then with a bit of honey. Another calming soothing drink. Maybe I will have some tonight.

Thanks for such a lovely comment. Yay!


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What's News 5 years ago

I never heard of this one. I'm going to give it a try the next time I find myself needing a good nights sleep. Thanks for the info.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome What's News! Hope it works for you!


scheng1 5 years ago

I am very curious about the 40 years old book. I think the author is very knowledgeable about herbal and plants usage. Hope you can share more.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thank you scheng1 - I am going to dig out the book and see what else I can share. I remember reading something about onions. I'm putting this on my writing list! Yay!


Curious 5 years ago

This sounds awesome. I was actually searching for lettuce soup because I have a huge amount from my CSA. Can you share the name of the book? Thanks!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

The book was "Herbs in Daily Living" - I think. Long gone because all the other information was pretty commonplace - like the benefits or garlic and onions and so on. But the lettuce tea I had never heard of and decided to try.

Thanks for commenting!


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travel_man1971 5 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

I thought lettuce is only for salads or 'greens'.

What a short but concise hub! Thanks Ms. BkCreative for this.

I munch lettuce (organic one) once in a while. There's a local market (every Saturday) that sells organic product in the city (here in Naga City, Bicol, Philippines just along Magsaysay strip). It's always a successful event every weekend.

Thank you so much, for this!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome travel-man1971! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub. We can probably do so many things with our organic fresh vegetables. I wonder what else I can make tea with - probably nice fruits too.

That market sounds so fabulous. Thanks for writing!


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ravenblueu 5 years ago from Somewhere Tropical

This is a must try, i always had problems with sleeping hope this works. And sometimes you just don't know what to do with the extra lettuces in the fridge. This is a good idea, didn't know that the recipe existed a long time ago.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hello ravenblueu! As I do more research about nutrition - and different lettuces - it seems lettuce has been used since ancient times as a sedative. Wow! Hope it works for you - it is such a peaceful type of nodding off.

Nice to meet you by the way!


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RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

Thanks bunches for the heads up on this hub so I can link it to mine on insomnia. I also want to try out the recipe soon so I can have personal experience to share when I tell others about it.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome - and great RTalloni! Like you I like to write from experience. This tea is just sooooo delightful.


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Sarzn 5 years ago

Thank You for The information, I will have to try this sometime...If this doesn't work for You's, I have a Hub on how to improve Sleep...


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Thanks Sarzn I will check out your hub too!


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wmseo 5 years ago from Canada

wow, never knew that we can do a tea from Lettuce :)

thanks for info


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Yes, now you got me wondering wmseo - what else we can brew as a tea. This is a good hub idea. Thanks a lot!


leann2800 5 years ago

Wow! I have never heard of this. I will definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

You're welcome leann2800. I'm amazed at how gently and effectively this works! Hope you like it!


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Jyoti Patil 5 years ago from Mumbai

This is very interesting and useful too. Im sch an Insomniac and i hope this works for me. grt grt hub!


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BkCreative 5 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

Hope you like it Jyoti Patil. It is just so delightful!


Rosie.R. 4 years ago

A very valuable information, thank you!!!


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Glenn Stok 4 years ago from Long Island, NY

This is a very original idea that I never heard of before. I definitely have to give it a try. It seems easy enough - as you said, you just basically boil the lettuce in water. Sometimes I have insomnia so this is worthwhile giving a try. Thanks for writing about it.


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Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

Wow! I love lettuce, but on salads. I have never heard of this lettuce tea before. I´ll definitely try it next time I have lettuce at home. Thanks for this useful information. Voted up and useful;-)


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BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City Author

I'm glad you found the article useful Rosie.R

Glen Stok - I was so surprised when I tried this and it worked - so nicely and gently. Next think I knew I was asleep. Recently I found out that dark cherries have more melatonin than other fruits - and of course are safer than synthetic melatonin.

Thelma Alberts - Hope you do try it and like it. And thanks for the votes - yay!


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mruduveni jones 2 years ago from Denver

Great news! Will try it.

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