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QUICK READ: Sweet dreams with lettuce seed oil

Are the summer temperatures affecting the sleep quality of your little one?  The use of lettuce seed oil for sleep disorders is well documented, but are you aware that it’s highly suitable for children?  

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Sleep disorders are one of the most common complaints in childhood, and sleep is vital for the child’s mental and physical development. Recommended hours of sleep are 11-12 hours a night for preschool ages, and 10 hours for pre-adolescents. It is during the period of sleep that their growth hormones are released, the body regenerates, and memories are sorted and either discarded or stored. Therefore a lack of sleep can negatively affect growth, memory retention and thus learning. Sleep deprivation can also cause irritability and depression, not to mention the impact that this can also have on the parent’s sleep and nerves, and even their relationship, especially if the child is constantly in and out of bed, demanding attention, or throwing tantrums due to a lack of quality sleep.

Lettuce seed oil has strong sedative qualities and is known to be a natural treatment for insomnia and other sleep disorders. Considering the possible side-effects and long-term affects of conventional treatments, a study focused on a group of 72 children aged 3-6 years old with sleep disorders, in a double-blind randomised trial. The result of the children taking lettuce seed oil showed significant improvement regarding bedtime issues, excessive daytime sleepiness, night awakenings, and problems in regularity and duration of sleep. 

Parents will also be in good hands with lettuce seed oil when stress levels are going through the roof, since it restores, supports and relaxes the nervous system (hence its ability to relieve sleeping disorders), and can help reduce anxiety and stress, and calm their nerves during this stressful time. It can also relieve nervous tics, spasms and cramps.

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Additional benefits include assisting in weight loss by promoting metabolism and eliminating toxins. Lettuce seed oil also improves heart health, reducing cholesterol and blood pressure, strengthening the arteries and reducing arterial stiffness, and protecting against the formation of plaque on the artery walls. Furthermore, lettuce possesses antioxidants with significant free radical-scavenging capabilities to protect the body from cell damage and chronic diseases including diabetes and certain cancers, and can also help to boost the immune system and help protect the body against infection. Rich amounts of vitamins A, C, K, folate, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and potassium enhance bone, eye and brain health. In folk medicine, lettuce seed oil was known to reduce osteodynia (pain in the bones) and inflammation, which was confirmed by a study in Iran, and further research demonstrated that it can help to control inflammation in the body such as arthritis and tissue damage. To use as a health tonic, simply take 1 teaspoon twice a day.

Meanwhile, applied topically, lettuce seed oil repairs, rejuvinates and rehydrates the skin, relieves irritation and inflammatory skin disorders, soothes skin lesions, reduces hyperpigmentation and balances skin colour. When applied to the hair it enriches hair follicles, enhances hair structure and strength, restores damaged hair, prevents hair loss and stimulates hair growth. Used as a massage oil it can relieve muscle spasms, cramps and tension.
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So the next time your child is having problems sleeping, whether due to the summer heat or another reason, reach for the lettuce seed oil. Topical application on the forehead and temporal areas is a safe and effective way to send them off to the land of nod. Better still, add it to their usual nightly bedtime routine. And don’t forget to take some yourself to settle your nerves and enhance your sleep. Sweet dreams…

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