Lettuce oil is extracted from the seeds of the lettuce plant (Lactuca sativa), and has a long history of use in Egypt for its amazing medicinal properties. This oil has a mild, nutty scent with a cooling effect on the body and can be used internally and topically.
Lettuce oil contains a variety of nutrients such as vitamins A, B, C and K, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium, iron and folic acid, which make it an excellent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory skin and hair oil. It also contains compounds called lactucin and lactucopicrin which give it sedative and pain-relieving properties that make it useful to treat insomnia and anxiety.
This oil may also help to regulate cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Directions for use
For internal use, take 1 teaspoon per day as a supplement.
Use lettuce oil on the skin to reduce the signs of aging, treat dry skin and skin inflammation and irritation by massaging a few drops into the affected areas. Massage the oil into the hair and scalp to treat dry scalp and damaged hair. It can also be used as a moisturizing bath oil by adding a few drops into a warm bath.
This oil can be used on its own as a massage oil, or as a carrier oil to dilute other essential oils.
Disclaimer: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as medical advice to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. The International Federation of Aromatherapists does not recommend that essential oils be taken internally unless under the supervision of a medical doctor who is also qualified in clinical Aromatherapy. All cautions, listed or not, for individual oils do not include those cautions from ingestion. Unless otherwise specified, all essential oils should be diluted with a carrier oil when used externally. If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have an existing health condition please consult your doctor before attempting to use a new essential oil.