- Alternative & Natural Medicine
The Amazing Pain Reliever And Sleep Aid That Is Actually Free!
Wild Lettuce, images from plant growing wild in my yard
Natures Pain Reliever And Sleep Aid, Still Free.
. I suffer from Fibromyalgia, which comes with its own troubles and some added on. Two of my main problems are chronic pain and chronic insomnia. I have spent years trying to find treatments for both issues, with little success. For pain relief, the best was oxycodone...but not only did it have side effects, it was expensive, and then our local doctors decided too many people were abusing narcotic pain pills and stopped writing scripts for all narcotics. Cannabis is not yet legal in my state, but hemp CBD oil is...however, that can cost upwards of seventy dollars for just a few ounces. I was forced to take over the counter pain medication, namely Tylenol and Ibuprofen. Each night, I would take 3 Tylenol and 4 Ibuprofen. Since I didn't want to overdose, I had to decide what time of day I needed it most, and do without the rest of the time.
My insomnia has been a constant companion from my youth. I also have epilepsy, and if I do not get the required amount of sleep, it can trigger a seizure. No doctor has offered to treat my insomnia, indeed, seemed reluctant to deal with it at all. Again, searching for relief, I stumbled on a product called Dream Water. It worked..sporadically.
A couple of weeks ago, I saw an ad on facebook about a pain reliever that grew in backyards. I didn't care to watch the ad, but I was curious, so I turned to trusty old YouTube. I was intrigued as I watched the videos....then I realized...I had seen that plant in my own yard! I ran outside and sure enough, right at the end of my wheelchair ramp, several plants stood proud. After checking and double checking to make sure it really was wild lettuce, I went back to the videos to see how to use it. I admit, I was skeptical, but I did want to at least try it.
I went out and picked about eight leaves and brought them in and washed them off good, then put them in about 2 cups of water, brought them to a boil and let them boil for 10 to 15 minutes. I tend to prefer iced tea over hot tea, so I put ice in a coffee mug and poured about half a cup of the tea. I honestly expected it to be bitter, but it wasn't, it was actually pleasant. I drank this about 20 minutes before I went to bed. The first thing I noticed was a dramatic decrease in the level of pain and stiffness in my arthritic hands. I became aware of a significant drop in pain body wide. Sweet relief. And fast to. I soon became too sleepy to remain awake, so let myself drift off to sleep..and slept soundly all night long.
As far as a sleep aid, it is the most reliable..but it doesn't always work. The next day, I was still so tired I ended up sleeping all day long as well...that night, I again couldn't sleep even with the wild lettuce tea. I have since come to understand when to expect it to work. If I need sleep, it works...if I am caught up on sleep, it doesn't work.
The plants medicinal properties are supposed to become more potent if dried first. My mother and I make a tea daily from fresh picked leaves. We haven't tried drying any yet. I did order a wild lettuce tincture online, but it was so strong of alcohol that I quit using it. You can also order already prepared tea bags online, which I am planning to stock up on to take us through the winter months. The medicinal properties actually come, I believe, from the sap or resin, the white stuff you can see when you break off any part of the plant.
The wild lettuce is a member of the dandelion family, and I think it is because the flowers are like miniature dandelions, and when they go to seed, the seeds are carried off on feathery puffs. The wild lettuce is considered to be like an opioid, even though it is not one. It's pain relieving ability is compared to that of morphine, without the risk of hallucinations. I, nor my mom, have experienced any side effects at all, nor have we experienced any kind of high at all. I have heard some people might experience a very mild high...and one man actually killed himself overdosing on it trying to achieve a high.
All in all, the wild lettuce works for pain relief and insomnia (and many other ailments which I can't remember at the moment), and the most amazing part is, even though you can buy products made from it...you can also step outside and pick some absolutely free. I believe it grows nearly everywhere. Like any medicine, treat it with caution and respect. I would recommend, if you plan on trying it, try only a small amount first, like one or two swallows, just to make sure you do not have any allergies to it. Once you determine it is safe, then you can drink enough to work. I drink about ten swallows each evening. Unfortunately, I can only take it in the evening, or it will put me to sleep during the day. I also recommend trying your first full dose in the evening...and don't plan to drive or operate machinery.
If you do try it, I would be interested to know what you used it for and how well it worked. As I say, it has many more uses than just pain relief and insomnia. So please leave your experiences in the comment section below. Thank you.
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