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Wild, Bitter Lettuce ~ Painkiller?

Published April 16, 2017 by tindertender

From injury to disease, pain is a very common ailment or symptom that can take down the toughest of the tough. It’s so prevalent that we are seeing a major epidemic with opiate dependency. Unfortunately, with so many needing to find relief, it’s leading to a large portion of our population becoming dependent on a chemical bandage, often just masking the problem, rather than fixing the cause.

Unfortunately, it’s getting so widespread that the medical field view many of those in real need as “seekers”. So, instead of getting relief from tangible pain, people are being turned away. As a result, they are finding it illegally, and pain clinics and rehabs are popping up all over, trying to combat the addiction.

Wild Lettuce as a Healthy Alternative


Lactuca Virosa (Wild Lettuce)

Lactuca Virosa is the scientific term for it, and many people have used it in place of addictive prescription pain medicine. It’s a leafy and tall plant, with small yellow buds, and could be grown right out your door. More commonly found in North America and England, it’s a cousin to the lettuce we typically see at the grocery store. It’s also referred to as bitter lettuce, or more appropriately for the purpose discussed here, opium lettuce.

The reason it’s referred to as opium lettuce, is due to the pain relieving and sedative effects that it has been known to produce through a white substance found in the stem and leaves.



This milky substance is called lactucarium. And, while it doesn’t contain any opiates, it has similar side effects when used – it acts directly on the central nervous system (CNS) to lessen the feeling of pain, just like morphine.

Even though it seems to be the best kept secret, it has a history of being used as an alternative to pain relief.

Historical Use

Back in the 19th century, wild lettuce was already being used by some as a substitute to opium. But, it was in the 70’s that it started to gain significant popularity by those wanting a more natural remedy. Individuals were starting to use it for both pain relief, as well as recreational purpose.

In the earlier days, people using wild lettuce prepared it a couple different ways. One way was to cook the plant in a pan of water and sugar mix, until it reduced to a thick syrup-like consistency. While this was an effective form, it was quite bitter even with the sugar added. The most common form however, was drying the stem and leaves to use as an herbal tea.

The tea remains popular today. But, it’s also being dried for smoking, or vaporizing. If you don’t care to grow it yourself, it can also be purchased as a dried herb, extract, or resin substance.

Other Benefits

Here are the more popular reasons people are gravitating towards this natural pain killer and medicinal plant:

  • Migraines – People who use it for this purpose claim that they experience fewer migraines than they did prior to starting the herb.
  • Insomnia – A frequent use of wild lettuce is by people who have trouble sleeping. It produces a relaxed and euphoric feeling, helping a person fall asleep easier, without the addictive qualities of commonly prescribed sleeping aids.
  • Anxiety – Wild lettuce can act as a mild sedative, allowing people with anxiety to find a reprieve from the stress it causes.
  • Asthma and Cough – Wild lettuce has antitussive properties, which alleviates or suppresses a cough. Also, asthmatic patients who have used opiates notice more episodes if they go through opiate withdrawal. So, the use of wild lettuce instead of prescription opiates, could be a better option for them.

In addition to the above benefits, wild lettuce produces a euphoric state, similar to opiates, even though it does not contain any actual opiate… so it’s perfectly legal.

Heart open, the gap so wide it can encompass the world.

Published February 10, 2017 by tindertender

I saw a man. He was surprised with the gift of becoming a father, he cried. I cried. It was beautiful to see this man so astounded and happy for this opportunity.

Tears.jpgOften, there is the opposite reaction.  I know this to be true, and I cry. Pain from long ago creeps into my mind and heart, and it will never end, only buried beneath current days tasks and occupation.

Manipulation, selfishness, the endless pursuit of “passion”, hurting others in narrow-mindedness  … this must end.

Grief, anger, loss of trust, and a knowledge that love is lacking can cause a woman to lose herself, her mind, and become someone she despises.

I have travelled the path. It is an ongoing journey to find forgiveness in the heart for self … and for others … patience, understanding, and a love that continues on.

Heart open, the gap so wide it can encompass the world.

Love lost is another opportunity … an opportunity to widen the possibilities, to love harder, to love more … Fierce love that refuses coercion and manipulation, standing firm in truth and honor, steadfast with the integrity that has always been inside, refusing to let anyone ever again cause doubt, or a folding and submission of what is known to be right and good.

Yes, the time has come to end the puppet show, having strings pulled by those who believe themselves to be wiser.

Ferociously I rise and I say, YOU WILL NOT have your way with my mind and my heart any longer … I know I am not alone with this vow.

Bless us, who have found our way back to love after having trod the path of pain, sorrow, anger and self destruction. May experiences had be used to uncover and assist others who are currently on the path we once travelled.


Sorrow … It Has Been, Will It End?

Published January 26, 2017 by tindertender

Throughout time we have experienced much sorrow.

I am reminded of getting a scraped knee as a child, and my mother putting that orange methiolate on it, blowing on it to take away the burn as it dried.

Life has been like that.

It burns like the dickens for a time, sears right into our minds, our very core, and then … someone blows on it for awhile to take away the burn. Then right back at it again, searing away the virus, the possible infection, then release for a time.

Much sorrow has indeed come about, much of it man-made. It may seem intentional, and a lot of it is (my personal belief). We are told of course that these ‘happenings’ are for our own good, the good of the country. But we all know who the decision makers serve, and it is not We The People.

When will We The People stand up and say, “You are finished killing us. We have had all we are going to take, and you are not allowed to harm one single more person, or being of any kind. We are finished with your poisons, and allowing you to poison the earth and waters and skies.”

A very small percentage of folks make decisions, and then a larger percentage of folks carry out those decisions. Some do so blindly, believing the lies that the action is for the betterment of the whole. Some do so knowing the lie, yet continue out of a need to inflict harm. And others do so, knowing the lie, yet feel to be a victim without resource, or recourse for any other action, trapped by the loop which involves child care, health care, overall personal safety and safety for family.

When we open our eyes and see the BIG picture, we understand that the smallness of the medical insurance coverage, the benefit payments, do not do anything for the future generations. No, it may assist in the present, but while we are focused there, the future possibilities are stripped from mankind.

Sorrow will continue to be inflicted upon the people, in all nations, until the people rise and say No More.

I believe the majority of people in the world all want the same things.

We want to be recognized as a valuable portion of the whole.
We have something that can benefit life, for ourselves, for others.
We want to love, and to be loved in return.
We want to be free.
We want to work for that which is good.
We want compassion, care, and kindness in the world.
We want fresh waters, clean soils, air unpolluted.

The appreciation we all deserve for our contributions to every single situation we find ourselves in that does indeed benefit the whole, and not harm in any way, is lacking. We are not seeing fully the reality, we are, and have been, programmed by the media and the controls that have been imposed, behind the scenes, and now, blatantly before our very eyes.

We must have courage, and be willing to walk away from comfort. These comforts we rely on can be taken from us at any time, and we could be forced from them. It would be painful, and much easier to simply release them.

It will come to this. I hope you are mentally preparing.

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