Few herbs native to the Americas have made such a huge impact in the world of herbology as Lobelia. It is reported that Penobscot Indians and other eastern tribes used it on a regular basis. It was highly valued for its power as an emetic. Lobelia was referred to by nicknames like Asthma Weed and Indian Tobacco. The latter nickname refers to the fact that it was sometimes smoked by Native Americans. It also earned itself other more graphic yet accurate alternate names that include Vomitwort and Pukeweed.
One of the most potent of single herbs, it has been used as a powerful relaxant . The relaxing effects of Lobelia can be felt all over the whole body. Small amounts of Lobelia have been historically reported to act as a relaxant and large amounts act as an emetic.
Note: some people who are very sensitive or very weakened become very relaxed and sleepy when using Lobelia.
We use it tea and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies.
We have found Lobelia to be one of the most fast-acting herbs that delivers noticeable results.
As is the case with most herbs, Lobelia should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.
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Uses: We use Lobelia in teas, tinctures, massage oils, salves, capsules, etc. It can be used to benefit men, women (should not be used in pregnancy) and children. It can be used as often as you would like.
Voice of Experience: We have found Lobelia to be one of the most fast acting herbs that delivers noticeable results.
Storage: It should be kept in an airtight container and stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.
Caution: Lobelia is not suggested for use during pregnancy. Please check with your doctor before using if nursing as well as if you are taking any medications to insure there are no interactions.
This is a great herb IF you are knowledgeable and careful. Please do your research before using and if you can, speak to natural healthcare provider before using.
Lobelia’s antispasmodic/relaxing, stimulating (respiratory), emetic/expectorant action makes it valuable for asthma and bronchitis etc. It relaxes the muscles of the smaller bronchial tubes, thus opening the airways, stimulating breathing, and promoting the coughing up of phlegm, helping prevent spasmodic, nonproductive coughing.
Lobelia’s actions differ according to the dose used. Small doses tend to have a relaxing effect and large doses a stimulating effect. In moderate doses lobelia stimulates the central nervous system to dilate the bronchioles, increasing respiration. The likelihood that the initial bronchial dilation will be followed by respiratory depression is increased with large doses. The circulation is likewise enfeebled by large doses but strengthened by small doses. Lobelia also affects the vagus nerve which controls the stomach. A small amount of lobelia has the effect of calming the stomach, decreasing nausea, and relieving stomach cramps. Large amounts of lobelia can act as a purgative instead of an emetic, but the end result is the same; emptying the stomach of its contents.