Make Lettuce Tea for Insomnia
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.
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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