Lobelia inflata is a nervine, antispasmodic, expectorant, anti-asthmatic, diuretic, diaphoretic and emetic and is used in helping treat allergies, whooping cough, bronchitis, asthma, bronchitis, colds, tobacco withdrawal and in pain relief including menstrual cramps.

Lobelia inflata is called Indian tobacco as it contains lobeline, a piperidine alkaloid that has a chemical makeup similar to nicotine, and was used as an alternative to tobacco. It has been used to help people quit smoking as it fits into nicotine receptors and helps to sooth nicotine cravings.

This plant is also called “puke weed” because if too much is ingested it can cause a purging effect on the body. It was used to cleanse the body and induce vomiting by 19th century doctors, and Native Americans used it for purification purposes. Additionally it is known to clear mucus from the respiratory system. Caution should be exercised when taking this herb to prevent sickness.

To learn some additional practical uses of Lobelia, check out the article How to Use Lobelia by Jo Francks, M.H.  Jo Francks easily outlines ways she’s helped her family with coughs, menstrual cramps and asthma attacks.

You will find Lobelia in our Breathe Easy Tincture, which may assist with a wide range of respiratory issues and seasonal allergy symptoms, and our No More Aches Tincture which may assist in reducing inflammation, increasing circulation, and providing relief from aches, pain, spasms, numbness and digestive imbalances.

For additional information about Lobelia, check out the articles below.

Lobelia Inflata - Herb Wisdom
How to Use Lobelia by Jo Francks, M.H.
Lobelia inflata - Indian Tobacco - Keith Cleversley
Lobelia inflata - Indian Tobacco (Alchemy Works)

Laurie Love
Laurie Love


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