Wild Lettuce Cough Syrup

Discussion in 'Health & Medicine' started by camo2460, May 17, 2014.

  1. camo2460

    camo2460 Supporting Member

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    Well, I made my first batch of Wild Lettuce Cough Syrup. I don't have a Cough right now, so I wanted to test the sedative, pain relieving abilities of this syrup.

    First, let me say that it is as awful tasting as described, even though I mixed two cups of Sugar with it to make a light syrup. After it had cooled I bottled it, and about 9:00 PM I took about 1/2 of a shot glass as a dose.

    I don't remember going to sleep, and woke to my wife shaking me awake at
    10:30 this morning. I suffered no Knee or leg pains, which often keep me awake, or wake me during the night. There also no side effects, or after effects.

    All in all I think this is a good Medicine, easy to make, and effective.
     
  2. bugoutbob

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    Recipe?


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  3. camo2460

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    Here you go bugoutbob, however this is not my recipe, I think the credit goes to Davarm.

    Wild Lettuce Syrup

    Gather enough of the plant to fill the largest cooking pot in your
    kitchen, stalk, stems, leaves and all ariel parts of the plant.

    Chop the material up into pieces or run it through a food processor,
    keep in mind that if the plant is very big it may be tough and
    fiberous. The importand thing is just to get as much if it into
    the pot as will fit.

    Add enough water to completely cover the lettuce.

    Bring the pot to a boil and allow it to simmer for 2 to 3 hours
    or until the material is soft and well cooked. The better it is
    cooked, the more sap will be boiled out.

    Allow to cool and remove the cooked lettuce taking care to squeeze
    out as much of the liquid as possible.

    When the majority of the solids are removed, strain out any remaining
    particles with the goal being to end up with a liquid free of any
    solids.

    Boil the liquid down until only a thick black bubbleing syrup remains.
    Be careful not to burn it, that will only make it taste worse.

    This is the "Medicine" and it taste pretty foul, similar to the old
    "CreoMultion Cough Syrup" that was popular in the 50's and 60's, If
    you ever had to take it you will never forget it.

    To make it more paletable it can be boiled with sugar just like
    you make an ordinary sugar syrup.

    A good dose is about a tablespoon, but it can be adjusted to suit
    your needs. Just remembber the warning..."Don't drive or operate
    heavy equipment while taking this medacine".

    The effects can be likened to drinking a glass of wine without
    geting the buzz. It relaxes muscles, eases coughs, helps
    with insomnia, eases anxiety and my daughters tell me that it is
    the best treatment they have ever had for menstral cramps.
     
  4. bugoutbob

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    Thanks to you for posting it for and to whoever posted it to begin with.
     
  5. Davarm

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    Well Camo, I'm glad someone made a batch and had the same opinion of its value and effectiveness, thanks for the "Review". The Wild Lettuce is, IMO, a must for every First Aid/Medical kit - just too bennificial to ignore or be without.

    That taste does kinda take you by surprise, doesn't it, just dont scorch/burn it when boiling it down or the sugar wont even help!!! lol
     
  6. lilmissy0740

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    Never heard of this. So I looked up pics of wild lettuce and a lot of different pictures came up. Is there a certain variety that you use? Do you have to be careful of a poisonous type?



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  7. Davarm

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    I looked up some pics and saved a few that are characteristic of the average plants you may find in your yard.

    I only know of 1 verity and it isn't poisonous, dont know of any "look-alikes" that would be harmful either.
     

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  8. camo2460

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    There are a number of different Species, most have to do with how deep the leaves are lobed, or whether the leaves are "pointy" on the ends or are rounded. What you are most likely to run in to is Blue Lettuce (Lactuca Floridana, and Lactuca Pulchella). There is also an un-lobed variety, Villosa. If you think giant Dandelion you won't go wrong, all are edible with no poisonous look alikes. I have several Species growing on my property, and used them all in the Cough Syrup.
     
  9. camo2460

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    The next batch I make, I'm going to mix in some Glycerin as a preservative. we'll how this works out.
     
  10. lilmissy0740

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    So this plant looks more like dandelion without the flower? And it isn't jaggy or have spikes? Will be looking for some tomorrow.


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  11. camo2460

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    Yes it should be about a foot tall by now, and shouldn't have any flowers yet. Be aware though that you may come across some that are "hairy" or "prickly", but that's okay, it's all the same stuff.
     
  12. mamamouse

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    I've tried wild lettuce for cough and pain. My suggestion, grow poppies and make a tincture from the pods. A little goes a long way and poppies are prolific self seeders.
     
  13. Davarm

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    When I make it(with sugar) I can it as I would fruit preserves or jelly, it keeps just fine with only sugar as the preservative. I just pour the boiling syrup into the jars, put the lids on and let them seal.

    When I just make the "black stuff" without sugar I can(pressure) it in pint jars for 75 minutes at 5psi, it keeps well and the heat doesn't seem to bother the effectiveness.

    I've kept unsealed jars of it(with and without sugar) in the fridge for up to a year and it was still good, still tasted like crap but it worked.
     
  14. ras1219como

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    I've never tried this stuff so I'm interested. What does the taste compare to? I'm assuming it's worse than store bought.


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  15. Davarm

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    I think it taste like the old "Creomulsion" cough syrup(burnt electrical wires) that was popular in the 50's and 60's.
     
  16. camo2460

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    Dave I was trying to find a description suitable for the forum, but burnt electrical wires is about right, and that's being nice. It's so bad that I just toss it back like cheap Whiskey, and then take a drink of water.

    I tried some again last night, and got the same results, out like a light, no pain.

    mamamouse, if you want to go to prison for the possession of Opium, go ahead and grow it, and if you do escape the legal implications, you now have to deal with a highly addictive substance. In a SHTF situation, and for severe pain, a "small controlled dose" might be called for. Right now though, Ill stick with the Wild Lettuce Syrup.
     
  17. mamamouse

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    its not illegal to grow, or have growing. It's illegal to harvest and process/imbibe. If SHTF you won't have to worry about coppers. IMO it's a good plant to have in the backyard
     
  18. camo2460

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    Coppers? LOL I haven't heard that term in a long time. Yes Ma'am you are correct about growing them, but I would hate to have the attention, and questions they would produce.
     
  19. Davarm

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    Maybe you should toss a dose back and chase it with cheap whiskey! lol

    I've seen poppies that were the most incredible blue, would love to have those growing in my yard but wouldn't want the possible attention they would draw, seems to me you would have to go onto some kind of a "Watch List" if you ordered seeds(even though it may be legal).
     
  20. mamamouse

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    you can plant the seeds you buy in the spice aisle at the grocery store. The poppy seeds used in baking are viable, and of the papaver somniferum variety, which is the opium poppy. I wouldn't worry about watch lists