Check out this summary of a scientific study of lettuce seed oil as a treatment for insomnia!
Pilot study of the efficacy and safety of lettuce seed oil in patients with sleep disorders.
Int J Gen Med. 2011;4:451-6. doi: 10.2147/IJGM.S21529. Epub 2011 Jun 10.
Yakoot M1, Helmy S, Fawal K.
Lactuca sativa (garden lettuce) is a popular salad herb. It has been in use in folk medicine since ancient times as both an appetite stimulant and as an aid to sleep. L. sativa seed oil (Sedan(®)) has demonstrated a pronounced sedative effect and potentiated the hypnotic effect of barbiturates in animal models. It also exhibited significant analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities. In this study, we evaluated the sedative and hypnotic effects of L. sativa in patients suffering from insomnia.
Sixty patients suffering from insomnia with or without anxiety were randomized to receive capsules containing L. sativa seed oil 1000 mg (n = 30) or placebo (n = 30). All patients were asked to complete a verbal questionnaire before the start of the trial and 1 week after starting treatment.
Improvements in the modified State-Trait Anxiety Inventory and the Sleep rating scale scores were significantly greater in patients receiving L. sativa seed oil compared with those on placebo (P < 0.05). No side effects were found to be attributable to L. sativa seed oil at the given dosage.
L. sativa seed oil was found to be a useful sleeping aid and may be a hazard-free line of treatment, especially in geriatric patients suffering from mild-to-moderate forms of anxiety and sleeping difficulties.
Lactuca sativa seed oil; anxiety; insomnia; sleeping disorder
Full list of properties:
Lettuce oil is useful for soothing tension and relaxing the body. It is said to have a balancing effect on hormones. It is also very good for the skin, hair, and nails. Lettuce seed oil has an excellent sedative and soporific effect. Recommended for patients with nervous exhaustion, depression, insomnia, and heart disease prevention. It helps with nervous stress, and well being during tough times or a with a degraded nervous system. Regulates cholesterol in the blood, helps to prevent atherosclerosis and hypertension. Regular consumption of lettuce oil regulates fat metabolism.
It is a natural sedative and helps to induce sleep. Can also be used as a mild pain killer.
It is a very fine oil which cleanses and give a smooth silky quality to the skin. It has also been used as a natural treatment against hair loss and acne.
Contains Lactucin and Lactucopicrin which are analgesic and sedative. Lettuce seed oil contains folic acid, which regulates digestion, strengthens the nervous system, and is necessary for normal functioning for female hormones and metabolism. It is also rich in the A,C, K, and B vitamin group, beta-carotene, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorous, magnesium, iron and iodine. Lettuce oil contains a large quantity of biotin which is healthy for the hair, skin, and nails.
One teaspoon in the morning and in the evening.
None of these statements have been evaluated by the FDA and this oil is sold as an edible oil.