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Make Lettuce Tea for Insomnia

Romaine Lettuce


How to Make Lettuce Leaf Tea

If you are wondering what else to do with all that lettuce laying around the house - try making a great cup of tea for insomnia. This simple recipe for lettuce tea will help you with insomnia and also acts as a mild sedative. The recipe was found in a 40 year old herbal medicine book - and I have tried it. It works ever so gently.

After the basic recipe there is more information about the particular lettuce that I chose, romaine, which is by far more nutritious than iceberg. I always recommend that lettuce be bought organic only.

Recipe for Lettuce Leaf Tea:

- 2 outer leaves of organic romaine lettuce

- 8 ounces of water

Thoroughly wash the leaves and then simmer for 20 minutes in the 1/2 pint of water.

Strain and drink before bedtime

How does it taste? - I found it to be very light, mild, refreshing and surprisingly good.

Does it work? - I don't have insomnia but other than stir-frying leftover lettuce, I didn't know what else to do with it. But yes, even though I didn't feel tired, my eyelids insisted upon fluttering, ultimately closing - and quite soon I drifted off to sleep - and had quite a good rest.

How often should I drink it? - While it is recommended as a nightly drink - I'd suggest trying it first on the weekend when you don't have to get up for work and see how you feel. It is supposed to have sedative effects and I found the next day that I wanted to lay around and read a book. I didn't feel tired but wanted to lay around - it felt quite good. Perhaps that is the sedative effect.

What about the leaves that remain? - I poured the tea into my favorite teacup from Harrod's, and a couple tiny bits of the lettuce went in the cup. I liked the way it looked so I left it like that. The leaves in the pot tasted like very mild cabbage so I ate it. Tasty.

What are the health benefits of romaine lettuce? - Different lettuces have different benefits. Romaine lettuce is highly recommended for blood type A people and I do find I prefer it.


Romaine lettuce, also known as Cos lettuce, has 8 calories per cup and has:

- Vitamin A - important for teeth, bones, tissues, eyesight and the respiratory system - it has 82% of the Daily Value (DV)

- Vitamin C - offers immune system protection, repair and growth of cells and is a powerful antioxidant - has 19% of the DV

- Vitamin K - helps clot blood and is good for healthy bones and the proper growth and protection of cells - 60% of the DV

- B Vitamins - the main B vitamin is folate which helps prevent anemia and is beneficial for healthy fetal development. One cup has 16% of the DV. Other B vitamins are in trace amounts.

Romaine also contains - protein, calcium, omega-3, fiber and iron.

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mruduveni jones from Denver on November 12, 2014:

Great news! Will try it.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on January 29, 2013:

I'm glad you found the article useful Rosie.R

Glen Stok - I was so surprised when I tried this and it worked - so nicely and gently. Next think I knew I was asleep. Recently I found out that dark cherries have more melatonin than other fruits - and of course are safer than synthetic melatonin.

Thelma Alberts - Hope you do try it and like it. And thanks for the votes - yay!

Thelma Alberts from Germany on November 15, 2012:

Wow! I love lettuce, but on salads. I have never heard of this lettuce tea before. I´ll definitely try it next time I have lettuce at home. Thanks for this useful information. Voted up and useful;-)

Glenn Stok from Long Island, NY on October 15, 2012:

This is a very original idea that I never heard of before. I definitely have to give it a try. It seems easy enough - as you said, you just basically boil the lettuce in water. Sometimes I have insomnia so this is worthwhile giving a try. Thanks for writing about it.

Rosie.R. on August 03, 2012:

A very valuable information, thank you!!!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 29, 2011:

Hope you like it Jyoti Patil. It is just so delightful!

Jyoti Patil from Mumbai on September 29, 2011:

This is very interesting and useful too. Im sch an Insomniac and i hope this works for me. grt grt hub!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 28, 2011:

You're welcome leann2800. I'm amazed at how gently and effectively this works! Hope you like it!

leann2800 on September 27, 2011:

Wow! I have never heard of this. I will definitely have to check it out. Thanks for sharing.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 25, 2011:

Yes, now you got me wondering wmseo - what else we can brew as a tea. This is a good hub idea. Thanks a lot!

wmseo from Canada on September 24, 2011:

wow, never knew that we can do a tea from Lettuce :)

thanks for info

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 24, 2011:

Thanks Sarzn I will check out your hub too!

Sarzn on September 23, 2011:

Thank You for The information, I will have to try this sometime...If this doesn't work for You's, I have a Hub on how to improve Sleep...

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 25, 2011:

You're welcome - and great RTalloni! Like you I like to write from experience. This tea is just sooooo delightful.

RTalloni on June 25, 2011:

Thanks bunches for the heads up on this hub so I can link it to mine on insomnia. I also want to try out the recipe soon so I can have personal experience to share when I tell others about it.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 15, 2011:

Hello ravenblueu! As I do more research about nutrition - and different lettuces - it seems lettuce has been used since ancient times as a sedative. Wow! Hope it works for you - it is such a peaceful type of nodding off.

Nice to meet you by the way!

ravenblueu from Somewhere Tropical on June 15, 2011:

This is a must try, i always had problems with sleeping hope this works. And sometimes you just don't know what to do with the extra lettuces in the fridge. This is a good idea, didn't know that the recipe existed a long time ago.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 02, 2011:

You're welcome travel-man1971! I'm so glad you enjoyed the hub. We can probably do so many things with our organic fresh vegetables. I wonder what else I can make tea with - probably nice fruits too.

That market sounds so fabulous. Thanks for writing!

Ireno Alcala from Bicol, Philippines on June 02, 2011:

I thought lettuce is only for salads or 'greens'.

What a short but concise hub! Thanks Ms. BkCreative for this.

I munch lettuce (organic one) once in a while. There's a local market (every Saturday) that sells organic product in the city (here in Naga City, Bicol, Philippines just along Magsaysay strip). It's always a successful event every weekend.

Thank you so much, for this!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on March 07, 2011:

The book was "Herbs in Daily Living" - I think. Long gone because all the other information was pretty commonplace - like the benefits or garlic and onions and so on. But the lettuce tea I had never heard of and decided to try.

Thanks for commenting!

Curious on March 07, 2011:

This sounds awesome. I was actually searching for lettuce soup because I have a huge amount from my CSA. Can you share the name of the book? Thanks!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on February 06, 2011:

Thank you scheng1 - I am going to dig out the book and see what else I can share. I remember reading something about onions. I'm putting this on my writing list! Yay!

scheng1 on February 06, 2011:

I am very curious about the 40 years old book. I think the author is very knowledgeable about herbal and plants usage. Hope you can share more.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 16, 2010:

You're welcome What's News! Hope it works for you!

What's News on December 15, 2010:

I never heard of this one. I'm going to give it a try the next time I find myself needing a good nights sleep. Thanks for the info.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 04, 2010:

And thank you for your kind comment Seafarer Mom. This is such a delightful tea and so calming. I just feel so good when I drink it. I made some of it very weak a few weeks ago and I think that was just enough for me to enjoy its sedative benefits without going to sleep - just so lovely. I felt happy!

Love that lemon zinger tea too, or even ginger and then with a bit of honey. Another calming soothing drink. Maybe I will have some tonight.

Thanks for such a lovely comment. Yay!

Karen A Szklany from New England on December 04, 2010:

Thank you for this wonderful hub, BkCreative. I have also seen recipes for lettuce soup and will try them.

Funny that I suffered from insomnia for several nights, both at my Mom's during Thanksgiving vacation and at home the first few nights after we returned. Last night, my family and I ate a big salad with very green lettuce (not sure what kind), and I slept soundly the night through. So the two events are likely to be related! I also sipped a cup of "lemon zinger" tea with honey (a personal favorite as sedatives go). Another benefit - my coughing attacks have been quelled, so I have more relief and energy from that, too.

I am doing a bit of food shopping today, so I will make sure I buy some Romaine lettuce.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on December 02, 2010:

You're welcome billrobinson!

billrobinson from CA, USA on December 01, 2010:

I like this post. Thanks.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on November 04, 2010:

What a lovely email Jules.

Thanks so much for taking the time to comment. I understand what you mean about not being able to sleep while you are grieving, I've recently gone through this - it takes time and it should. If you have the time and check back I hope you'll let us know the lettuce tea worked for you in a nice gentle way.

Relax and a few deep breaths and wrap up warmly. Take care of yourself.

Jules on November 03, 2010:

Oh you're a SAINT! I have been suffering from insomnia ever sence the death of my mother and I have been diying to try hot tea you are so wicked great thank you so much!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on October 05, 2010:

In homemade stews - great! And it will give salsa that bit of color. I have become less wasteful. Everything will be used up - entirely.

Thanks Ben Zoltak - as a new dad there may be a time when you just have to get a good night's sleep - with no side effects. You'll go to sleep calmly and wake up calmly.

Thanks for commenting and passing on those tips.

Ben Zoltak from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA on October 04, 2010:

Craziness, love it, and I do have occaisional insomnia so thanks Brooklyn Creative for this, who knew? Funny, I've never used left over lettuce for stir fry, I'll try that. Might I suggest using it for homemade stews and soups, also you can use small minced amounts in homemade salsa.

Thanks for the heads up, what a great organic thing.


BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 25, 2010:

What a great bit of information ron turn. I'm so glad you shared this. Yes, the West is so far behind in natural healing and prevention. The objective here of course is to discount the wisdom of mothers, and push the multibillion dollar pharmaceutical industry and industrialized food. And our health is paying dearly for it.

Another thing is the sesame oil. When I lived in S. Korea it was real sesame oil - here is it so processed it has no nutritional value.

It would have been nice to know about sheng cai tang when I was in Beijing as I am not a meat eater. Perhaps I can find it in the authentic restaurants here in Chinatown - when I go to a local one - I'm still going to ask about it.

Fortunately, we have a forum like this where we can spread the word.

Thanks a million!

ron turn from Melbourne on September 24, 2010:

Interesting that the west are just catching on now, Chinese have been making SOUP out of lettuce since I don't know how long, but along with the lettuce, crushed garlic and a few drops of sesame oil before serving.

Actually lettuce soup or sheng cai tang (BtCreative this should be of interest to you as in Chinese lettuce has a "lucky" sound to it similar to the number 8 - should make another interesting hub) anyway lettuce soup can be ordered just about anywhere in China but you need to ask for it as it wont be on the menu

This is an easy dish for traveling vegetarians in any country, just make sure the stock is not from any animals or request just plain water

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on September 14, 2010:

This is so funny mulberry1 - because here it is after 1:22am and I am on hub pages - when I really should have gone to be at least 2 hours ago. And if I'm not online I'm watching home shows on HGTV well into the night/morning. Ah, well if we can, why not.

Hope you try it and like it. The taste is so...well, it's a happy taste.

Thanks for writing!

Christine Mulberry on September 14, 2010:

I may give this a try. I sleep like a log 3 or 4 nights a week. The other nights I'm up half of the time. I'll just wait and after a few nights of good sleep I'll give it try. The only bad part is I won't get any of those late night Hubs done.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 20, 2010:

So true pager7 - we can probably do so much more with what we have. I must look into that.

Thanks for writing!

pager7 from Kampala-Uganda on August 20, 2010:

Some awesome ways to make beneficial use of lettuce!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 18, 2010:

Hope you like it NeonGekko!

NeonGekko on August 18, 2010:

Wow, I never heard of that!!! I can't wait to try it out. :]

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 14, 2010:

Thank you Freya Cesare - it works so nicely. Thanks for the rating and bookmarking!

Freya Cesare from Borneo Island, Indonesia on August 14, 2010:

Wow, great advice! Thank you very much. I need this. :)

Rate up and bookmarking.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on August 04, 2010:

It makes sense Lita C. Malicdem - as you say for that bit left over and there always seems to be a bit left over. And you're welcome. Thanks for writing!

Lita C. Malicdem from Philippines on August 04, 2010:

I eat Romain Lettuce for its crunchy feel in the palate. I'm at times sleepless. Now I know what to do with the stock that I leave untouched in the ref because it has become limp. I'll try this tea variation. Thanks!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 28, 2010:

Love meeting you BennyTheWriter/vampire. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. And I hope you let us know your happy results. I'm getting such positive feedback - and I can personally recommend it. It's just so wonderful!

BennyTheWriter from Northeastern U.S.A. on July 28, 2010:

Awesome stuff. I HAVE to try this. You see, I don't sleep at night, as I come from a long line of vampires. Or something like that.

Maybe this will help me and a few of my family members out!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 26, 2010:

You can probably sweeten it sweetie1, but it is so mild and gentle you may not want to. It's such a mellow tea. It's so surprising that it works.

Thanks for writing!

sweetie1 from India on July 25, 2010:

Hi BK this lettuice tea is so easy to make and has so many health benefits.. thanks for sharing it and hey can i put little sugar or sweetner in it? Would putting sugar reduce or finish them?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 22, 2010:

It's a great, soothing tea, that works. I love it.

Hope it works for you. Wish I had some right now.

LivingFood on July 22, 2010:

Thanks for this recipe, I love tea and this is something new that I can try!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 17, 2010:

Hope you like it twogroce - I am still so amazed by the effectiveness of such a simple tea.

Thanks for commenting!

twogroce on July 17, 2010:

I have never heard of such a thing. Wow, it's very interesting and worth trying. THanks for providing the information. Good job!

God bless!!!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on July 15, 2010:

And it works so pleasantly Delores Monet. I hope it works for your son. And yes, it's natural - you don't have to wonder what is in that mystery pill.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on July 15, 2010:

BK - what a great natural sleep aid! And everyone has some lettuce. Going to share this with my son who has some trouble with insomnia.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 29, 2010:

You're welcome Loren's Gem - the idea of lettuce tea seems to be new to so many of us - myself included. But I can say it works - ever so pleasantly.

So nice to know there is a food for everything! Thanks for commenting!

Loren's Gem from Istanbul, Turkey on June 29, 2010:

Great hub! Honestly, I have never known or even heard about a lettuce tea until I read this. Thumbs up! Thanks for sharing! :-)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 29, 2010:

You know habee I even dreamed that I completed some great hubs and then woke up thinking I had actually done them.

I'm happy to say that lettuce tea has worked for me and I'm getting great feedback. Maybe it will release you from the hold of hub pages. If not, well we get to enjoy more of your hubs. Love those food hubs!

Holle Abee from Georgia on June 28, 2010:

Thanks! I'm gonna give this a try the next night I can't fall asleep because hubpages keeps trotting through my head! lol

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 28, 2010:

Hope it works for you. I found this tip in an herbal book almost 40 years old. So I am going through it now to find out what else was natural and worked. This is so safe and even healthy.

Thanks for your comment. I think we are all surprised - and people are commenting to let me know it worked for them too. Wow! Lettuce.

khristal23 from GA on June 27, 2010:

I never would have thought of using lettuce as a way to help with sleeping. You learn something new every day. I enjoy tea immensely, and will be sure to try this the next time I'm having trouble getting tired.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 27, 2010:

I think you may like it Money Glitch. I have found it to work each time. It's certainly something to do with all that lettuce.

Thanks for writing!

Money Glitch from Texas on June 27, 2010:

Hhhmmm, I usually have a little trouble sleeping away from home. The next time I'm traveling I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing this info. :)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 27, 2010:

I'm still so pleasantly surprise by it Chris Crow. I hope it works for you too! Thanks for writing!

Chris Crow on June 26, 2010:

Wow--I'm going to try this. Sometimes I have a hard time falling asleep.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 21, 2010:

I so agree RunAbstract! What else is out there awaiting us? Yay!

RunAbstract from USA on June 20, 2010:

Who'd a thunk it? Nice tip.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 17, 2010:

Thanks so much for the Digg fastfreta! I'm getting such great feedback from this and I can attest to the fact that it works!

Alfreta Sailor from Southern California on June 16, 2010:

Home run Bk. Lettuce tea, who knew. And besides that I've never heard of cooking lettuce, that I must try too. I've just got to Digg this one. Again another very good hub.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 16, 2010:

Veronica Allen, I cannot thank you, and your mother, enough for coming back here and leaving a first hand experience. This will also be appreciated by others who read this.

It takes me forever to go to sleep too, about the same time as your mother. I just never think about it because I can sleep kind of late. But those mornings when I had to get up at 6am (and just thinking about that gave me insomnia) - well, this tea worked. I felt so calm as I dozed off to sleep. My eyelids would flutter and I'd be gone. No drowsiness or weird feeling. I'd just go to sleep. And I like the aroma and the taste.

So glad this is safe and working for your mother. Many thanks again for the update.

Veronica Allen from Georgia on June 16, 2010:

I am sorry it has taken me so long to get back to you .... my mother has been trying this for several weeks now and loves it! It has been very effective. It used to take her 40 minutes to 2 hours sometimes to go to sleep, but when she drinks this tea as soon as she hits the bed, five to ten minutes later she is in dreamland.

Plus it is safe and she does not have to worry about how it may interact with any of the medications she takes.

She wanted me to extend her thanks to you. This information has been a Godsend. Thank BkCreative.:)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 04, 2010:

Hope it works for you KoffeeKlatch Gals. It is such a lovely tea. Thanks for commenting!

Susan Hazelton from Northern New York on June 04, 2010:

This is definitely a creative way to use lettuce. I love this hub. Since I have insomnia myself I will definitely be trying your recipe for lettuce leaf tea.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 04, 2010:

I can't wait for you to try this Moon Daisy. I bet there are so many things we can do with lettuce! This tea has worked for me - and for some reason I feel so very happy when I make this. Maybe because I am not wasting lettuce.

You're right we can probably make tea with everything. I'm looking forward to your herbal hubs - and I'm going to look for more herbal ideas. This was so satisfying.

Thanks again for writing!

Moon Daisy from London on June 04, 2010:

Wow, great hub! We often have lettuce left over, and it just sits in the fridge for a while and goes off. And as a big tea fan who has just got really into finding random things and making tea out of them, this tea sounds like the perfect thing for me to try next.

Plus I am a bit of an insomniac, so I will definitely be giving this one a go! Thanks, big thumbs up. (Or whatever it's called now...)

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on June 01, 2010:

So glad you came and took a look DeBorrah K. Ogans. I'm so pleased this works - and so safely and gently. Thanks for the compliment.

Elder DeBorrah K Ogans on May 31, 2010:

BK Creative, Great hub! As always you have the "Best" informative healthy suggestions! I must try this! Thank you for sharing, Peace & Blessings!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 26, 2010:

You're welcome! I hope you like the tea TINA V - I have been amazed that it works so pleasantly and so gently. Thanks for writing!

Hope it works for you publisher72. Thanks for commenting.

publisher72 from philippines on May 26, 2010:

thank you for that information i will try it for my insomia thank again.

TINA V on May 26, 2010:

I find this hub useful to me. I usually add lettuce to my vegatable salad. It works as a fiber supplement. But this tea sounds great to try because I sometimes have sleeping problems. Thanks for sharing it. Have a great week!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 24, 2010:

Thanks for the many lovely comments prasetio30. Actually, it is the great comments that inspire me to search for unique ideas. Well, just like you. Your ratings are much appreciated! I think most of us have been surprised about something as simple as lettuce leaf tea.

prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on May 24, 2010:

Tea is one of my favorite drink. And I found great recipes from you. With some benefit inside this tea. Actually I never knew about "lettuce leaf tea", but now I really understand about this tea. Thumbs Up for you and Let me rate this hub. Awesome, my friend!


BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 23, 2010:

I certainly hope you will try it - and like it GreenThumbLady. So nice to meet you by the way, and I look forward to reading all your hubs!

GreenThumbLady from The Beautiful Earth on May 23, 2010:

Oh my gosh! I have read about this but was so skeptical...I mean who has heard of such a thing? I'm so glad I found this hub! Now maybe I will try it!

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 23, 2010:

Perhaps it is something in the vitamin A - because it has such a high vitamin A content.

I'm not one to go to sleep too easily - I never have. Bed to me meant at least one hour of reading or even a video. But when I drink this tea my eyelids flutter and gently close - I'm having a physical reaction. A placebo effect? If it does, it is safe and gentle - I can live with a nutritional placebo.

nadp from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA on May 22, 2010:

I'm going to try this - it sounds great. Do you know what it is in the lettuce that has this effect?

Being a statistician, though, I have to ask - do you think you could be experiencing a placebo effect?

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 19, 2010:

Thanks so much Lgali - glad you found the hub useful!

Lgali on May 19, 2010:

Very interesting hub useful too

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 14, 2010:

Thanks so much for the input Pollyannalana! I always recommend organic and whole forms of the lettuce to cut down on handling. Ah, soon I will have a garden and grow my own. Romaine is so tasty!

Glad you and your loved on are having big lettuce fun!

Pollyannalana from US on May 13, 2010:

I put this lettuce in my kale smoothie and in a day or two I will put in soup, maybe tea tonight,but I'm so sleepy already..if not tonight, soon, I got Dole this time because of that Romaine warning and it is the best I ever had, even my husband is eating it....and he hates everything.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 10, 2010:

I'm so happy Susan Carter, to say, that this does work. I've used it a couple times with perfect results both times. I went off to a gentle sleep and even felt relaxed the next day. Some hubbers have come back to comment here to say they have tried it with nice gentle results as well. Simple lettuce - it can probably do much more than we think.

Thanks for the loving, luvintkandtj! So many folks are affected by insomnia it seems. It's understandable because we are under so much stress. Thanks for posting it and sharing it. I'm hoping we all go as natural as possible and eliminate so much of our health problems caused by the unsafe toxic drugs we use for everything.

I hope you like it prowork. I recommend organic romaine and I can vouch for it.

Thanks for the comments!

prowork from Marietta , Ohio USA on May 09, 2010:

I have to try this .

luvintkandtj from USA on May 09, 2010:

I love this hub. so many of my friends suffer from insomnia. my own mother has to take medication. I posted this on my facebook for everyone to come a read. great hub

Susan Carter on May 09, 2010:

Thanks for this great tea idea. I have to drink caffeine free tea because otherwise the caffeine keeps me up at night. The problem is finding this kind of tea in bulk. Since I love "green" tea, this lettuce idea might be a great substitute, plus I sometimes cannot get to sleep and this would be a healthy alternative to drinking a glass of wine which leaves you foggy the next day. I also love the organic idea.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 07, 2010:

You're very welcome Eileen Hughes. And it works for me - and some of the comments above show that others have used it and are satisfied too. Thanks for writing. This simple one ingredient tea that does so much - is quite a surprise!

Eileen Hughes from Northam Western Australia on May 07, 2010:

thats incredible, who would have thought of using a lettuce, definitely not me. Thanks so much for sharing that.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 07, 2010:

The carrot tops sound very interesting msorensson and I will try it. I believe we waste too much food - and really no part of it should be thrown away - we just need to learn what to do with it. If I make soup I will put in the carrot tops - but a carrot top tea sounds quite appealing. Hmmmmm.

Thanks for the idea!

msorensson on May 07, 2010:

Hi, BkCreative,

Thanks, very informative hub!

I have heard the same thing with carrot tops, but this is the first time with lettuce.

I myself have no trouble falling asleep, but I do have a friend who is unable to get a full night's sleep.

I will suggest this to him.

BkCreative (author) from Brooklyn, New York City on May 03, 2010:

Hello there Amber Allen - You are very observant about the Blood type A comment - isn't it surprising that overwhelmingly, Americans do not know their blood type - how can it not matter. I had to ask my doctor about 15-20 years ago to do a typing when I had a blood test. I've read the D'Adamo book and found the diet to suit just exactly what I preferred to eat which is no meat or chicken - and other foods.

I'm going to check your hub!

Amber Allen on May 03, 2010:


I would have never thought about using lettuce to make a tea. I will have to try this. I was really interested by your comment that Romaine lettuce is good for those with blood type A as this is my blood type but I've also just written a hub on The Blood Type Diet. Where do you get your information about the food for your blood type?


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