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EXTRA STRONG TINCTURE OF LACTUCARIUM
Tincture of lactucarium has been shown to be an all natural cold and pain remedy.
Our tincture of lactucarium is extra strong. It contains about 10 grams of lactucarium per 100ml, in a 40% alcohol solution. Also available in non-alcohol glycerin base. We made this product easy to measure. Unlike our syrup, this tincture contains no other ingredients. Lactucarium is the pure extract from wild lettuce!
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Available in 100ml and 200ml
Our extra strong tincture of lactucarium comes in two sizes
The smaller size is 100ml, or about 3.38 fluid ounces. The larger size is 200ml, or about 6.78 fluid ounces. It can be taken several times a day if needed. There are about 10 grams of lactucarium per 100ml. In the old days
What to know about our extra strong tincture?
The best way to use lactucarium is in warm tea. When diluted the flavor is mild and pleasing. It can of course also be taken straight but it is quite bitter on its own. Our extra strong tincture is mixed so that a half of a teaspoon contains about one old fashioned dose of lactucarium. It is best not to mix lactucarium with boiling water in order to preserve the active components.
Ingredients: Contains +- 10 grams pure wild lettuce extract per 100ml of 40% alcohol, or glycerin and water. All natural.
Traditional directions of use: Our extra strong tincture contains about 10 grams of lactucarium per 100ml. According to the classical literature, a dose of lactucarium, is 3-15 grains, or .194 - .972 grams. So basically the classical dose is .2 – 1 gram. One teaspoonful of our extra strong tincture contains about 0.5 grams of Lactucarium.
In an essay published in 1846, by Emile Muchon, in a book of pharmacy entitled The Chemist, the total daily amount should not to exceed 15 grams.
What is lactucarium?
Lactucarium has been used since the time of the ancient Egyptians as an analgesic and calmative. According to the scientific literature, it has pain killing properties and a relaxing effect on the body, due to the nervine properties of lactucopicrin and other sesquiterpene lactones in its sap. We make our extract from the whole plant. The entire extraction process is carried out at a lower temperature and reduced under a vacuum to preserve the medicinal qualities.
What's special about wild lettuce?
All lettuces contain a milky white juice that flows from the stem when cut. Common salad lettuce as well bas a bitter milky center. The bitter substances in lettuce are called sesquiterpene lactones. Garden lettuce does not contain a high enough concentration of these lactones to be useful for making lactucarium, which is why it is palatable for eating. The two most useful varieties of wild lettuce are Lactuca virosa and Lactuca serriola. In the picture above you can see L. virosa altissima in flower. Altissima is a larger variety of virosa, cultivated by the French pharmacist H. Aubergier in the 1900's.
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Our work with wild lettuces
Our project is coming along. We are working on cultivating several species of wild lettuce. You can follow along on our journey in the blog and resource area! Wild lettuces are notoriously tricky to cultivate in a controlled environment. Wild lettuce takes an entire year to grow and produce seeds. It can be found in the wild, but wild-harvesting reduces the next year's growth as it relies on the many seeds it produces in order to sprout the following season.