Lettuce, usually served in starters or as garnish, is also frequently used in soups and other dishes. It has a general stimulating effect on the activity of digestive glands and contains a significant amount of minerals (iron, calcium, phosphorus, iodine, magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium) and vitamins. But it really reveals its healing properties when consumed as a juice, being especially beneficial for those suffering from liver and spleen diseases. In combination with carrot juice, it augments the latter’s medicinal properties and helps restore and maintain the health of skin, hair and muscles.
Most significant therapeutic effects of lettuce juice
- Facilitates the elimination of different toxins, including uric acid and urates
- Stimulates renal epithelium, thus increasing urine volume
- Stimulates salivary, gastrointestinal and biliary secretion
- Prevents and treats intestinal muscles spasms
- Decreases blood glucose levels
- Anti-inflammatory, accelerates the maturation of boils and facilitates their drainage
- Regulates menstrual cycle and reduces excessive menstrual bleeding
Other uses of lettuce leaves and seeds
- For asthmatic or spasmodic cough, add 1 teaspoon of lettuce seeds in a cup of hot boiled water and let steep for 15-20 minutes. Drink 2-3 cups a day.
- For chilblains, add 30 g of dried leaves and 2 tablespoons of seeds in 4 l of water and boil the mixture for at least 40 minutes. Let it cool off a little, pour it into a wash basin and keep your feet or hands in this decoction for at least 15 minutes.
- For boils, make poultices from boiled leaves.
- For blepharitis and conjunctivitis, add 1 teaspoon of dried leaves in 300 ml of water and boil for at least 30 minutes. Dab the affected areas with this decoction using a cotton ball.