Lactuca serriola

Lactuca serriola L.

Asteraceae (Compositae)

  • Lactuca scariola L.
  • Prickly Lettuce
  • خس الحمار
  • خس الزيت
  • خس بري
  • خَس البقر
  • لبين
  • khas al-zait
  • khas barri
  • khas el-baqar
  • khas el-himar
  • lubbein
  • חַסַּת הַמַּצְפֵּן
  • khasat ha-matzpen

Annual

  • Disturbed habitats
  • Nutrient-rich soils
  • ruderal

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Medicinal Complaints / Uses

Lactuca serriola L.

System/StateTraditional
Complaint/Use
Activity / Interpretation Traditional
Preparation/Administration

Parts Used

Source
Dermatological

Antiseptic for skin lesions

Antiseptic

1. Use juice of the plant, as a salve
2. Decoct plant in water & use as a hot compress locally.

Aerial partsZ
Dermatological

Skin fungi, acne & scabies

Anti-acne, Anti-fungal, Scabicide

Apply milky juice of the plant to skin.

LeafB
Dermatological

Warts

Anti-Infective

Grind leaves & aerial parts & apply as poultice to affected area.

Aerial partsZ
Gastrointestinal

Haemorrhoids

Anti-haemorrhoidal

Grind leaves & aerial parts & apply as poultice to affected area.

Aerial partsZ
Mental health

Madness or black bile [/depression]

Anti-depressant, Anti-psychotic

Hang leaves on the patient as a good luck charm.

Aerial partsZ
Oral Health

Toothache

Analgesic

1.Cook raw leaves & rinse mouth out with the water.
2.Chew raw leaves.

LeafB
Ritual /Ceremonial

Against the evil eye

Ritual

Hang leaves on the patient as a good luck charm.

Aerial partsZ

The authors of the Flora Palaestina Ethnobotany (FPE) web site do not take responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of the plants described here. Always seek advice from a health professional before using a plant medicinally or for other purposes

Lactuca genus has some species which may contain sesquiterpenelactone which is allergenic. Contraindicated in benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) & glaucoma. Overdose can cause depressed respiration, dizziness, mydriasis, stupor, tachycardia, tinnitus & death. Grazing on immature wild lettuce by cattle & sheep etc. can cause sickness.