Lobelia Herb - Cut

Herbs: Lobelia Herb - Cut, Organic

Common Names: Lobelia, indian tobacco, pukeweed, emetic week, asthma weed, gagroot, vomitwort, eyebright
Latin Name: Lobelia inflata
Origin: USA

Excerpts from The ABC Herbal

Lobelia is a strong relaxant and deobstruent (meaning it opens obstructions). It relaxes the stomach (a common problem in asthmatic children) and dilates the bronchial passages.

Excerpts from The How to Herb Book

  • One of the most potent single herbs, a powerful relaxant. The relaxing effects of lobelia can be felt all over the whole body; they work very quickly and have a good influence on the body. Small doses of lobelia act as a relaxant and large doses act as an emetic. Note: some people who are very sensitive or very weakened become very relaxed and sleepy by lobelia. Lobelia can be balanced by taking it with Cayenne. There are no harmful effects. Lobelia is a marvelous herb; it is the rare person who is so sensitive to it.
  • Relieves spasms. Keep tincture on hand for use in convulsions. Can be rubbed on the body or drops can be put in the mouth and the body will immediately absorb it.
  • Rubbing lobelia tincture or extract on the shoulders of a restless child is an excellent way to help him go to sleep.
  • Especially good for croup and respiratory problems.
  • Extract is good to rub on gums of teething baby.
  • Encourages the flow of oxygenized blood.
  • Poultice for ringworm, bruises and insect bites, etc.

Excerpts from Practical Herbalism

Few herbs native to the Americas have had such an impact on the field of botanical medicine as Lobelia. Central to the Thomsonian healing system that swept America in the early 1800's, the Emetic Weed was claimed to have been discovered by Samuel Thomson, himself. While there is little doubt that the plant was in use by the Penobscot Indians and other eastern tribes well before Thomson's time, it is also true that it had never before been applied to so many conditions and uses as Thomson outlines. It was highly valued for its power as an emetic, a key form of therapy in those days as well as a dependable anti-spasmodic and near panacea for respiratory complaints.

So much has been written about Lobelia in the two centuries of its recognized life in domestic medicine that the interested student might focus on the dedicated study for some months. One of the better contemporary summaries available may be found in Dr. John Christopher's School of Natural Healing. Lobelia is the only herb in this substantial tome to which he dedicates an entire chapter.

Special Considerations:

Lobelia can be an aggressive emetic, even in relatively small doses if the system is highly toxic. While the resulting nausea and vomiting can be alarming, it has and will always be proven to be beneficial to the patient.


Lobeline, a primary active alkaloid in Lobelia is chemically and physiologically similar to nicotine, without nicotine's addictive properties. It has been used to Stop Smoking formulas for many years, as it reduces the cravings associated with nicotine withdrawal.

Excerpts from Nutritional Herbology

Lobelia has traditionally been used as an antispasmodic, antiasthmatic, diaphoretic, expectorant, emetic and sedative.

Lobeline salts are commonly used as a tobacco substitute in many over-the-counter stop smoking preparations. Lobelia and its extracts are used as ingredients in cough preparations and in counter-irritant preparations. In large doses it acts as a purgative and a diuretic.

From Our Reading and/or Experience...

  • We use it tea and tincture combinations. Of course, it can be used in many other types of remedies. For instance, it can easily be ground up, and used in capsules.
  • We have found Lobelia to be one of the most fast acting herbs that delivers noticeable results.
  • Lobelia can be used to benefit anyone: men, women (including before, during or after pregnancy, and nursing), children and animals.
  • It can be used as often as you would like, and in any way you choose.
  • As is the case with most herbs, Lobelia should be stored in a dark, dry, and cool place.

Customer Reviews

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Lobelia is wonderful
by Shirley on May 22, 2014

I have asthma, hay fever, allergies... I mix in equal parts lobelia, mullein and red clover then use as tea, tincture and smoke as a rolled cigarette. I haven't used an inhaler since using these herbs. My horrible and painful coughing spells are resolved. In the tincture I used apple cider vinegar and this is the usual method I take but at a significant tightness in my lungs I smoke the mixture and the relief is immediate.

I would never be without this mixture.

epilepsy, insomnia, sprain, congestion, sciatica
by Bea on Dec 13, 2013

I am pleasantly discovering that lobelia is helping me deal with my old injury to my sacrum and L-5 vertebra as well as sensitive nerves (this latter due to too many years exposure to gluten. I have severe gluten sensitivity that degraded my ability to absorb essential nutrients). All of these factors have added up to creating disruptive epileptic episodes I often have at night.

The lobelia I took last night gave me a good nights sleep!! Something I have struggled with ever since my accident as a 6 year old. It is now nearly 60 years later. The lobelia also amazingly clearing up my sinuses so I can actually breathe through both nostrils.

How I came to use it last night was due to re-spraining my old injury after too vigorous leg exercises. I am using ice which is good. But my old muscle spasms came back in force. I was worried whether I would get a good nights sleep without taking drugs--which usually make me very groggy and simply are not worth it IMHO.

I made a decoction of the tea just using 1/4 tsp. of lobelia with 1 tsp. of hops and slept like a baby.

Amazingly today I woke up feeling more clear in my head than I have in years and my body feeling very smooth and relaxed while alert. It usually takes me several hours before I have this kind of energy and clarity.

Now I just read of a new study on Pub Med at: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3609340/
that says lobelia clears epileptic seizures of whatever cause in animals and actually improves learning with no negative side effects. How about that!!

Good stuff!
by Karen on Jun 24, 2013

I take a mix of lobelia and mullein in capsules and it relaxes my body of graves disease.. I have never had a problem with it and would recommend it to anyone!

by Kelly on Nov 29, 2012

I have moderate-severe asthma and Lobelia is a critical herb for me to have. I purchased it from BHS and have made my own tincture. I take it when my chest tightens in an asthma attack and within 15 minutes my lungs cease their spasms and my chest loosens. Unlike, my rescue inhaler or my nebulizer, the Lobelia causes no jitters and no rebound symptoms. Thanks be to God for His provision of this herb! Now, my asthma is far better controlled and I am not continually suffering side effects from prescription drugs!

Thanks so much
by Ann B. on Jan 28, 2011

I recently purchased this lobelia herb from you and have made my own tincture in alcohol for the upcoming cold and flu season. A daughter of mine has suffered terribly with stuffy sinuses during “cold” season. We used to go through benadryl like water and tried every over the counter decongestant on the market. Nothing brought her relief!

Four years ago an older woman in our church told me to try a lobelia tincture 4x a day. So I began to research the herb and was astonished at the miraculous effects it had on my 5 year old daughter! All of my kids understand and use this tincture as the slightest tinge of a stuffy nose. The teenagers even recommend it to their friends!

I decided to make my own this year, because I was spending $6.00 each for 12 one ounce bottles. I couldn’t afford to give those away! I made my tincture with about a quart of Vodka and let it sit for 3-4 weeks. It made about 26 ounces of Lobelia Tincture which I bottled and labeled.

Now my older teenagers can share their knowledge and supply with others!

Thank you for teaching others how to make tinctures, salves, poultices, and more. Your book recommendations have been awesome! People always ask me where I got that book or how I learned to make something. I hope to begin teaching a few other willing souls how to do a few of the things I have learned from you.

For Coughing
by Lisa S. on Nov 26, 2010

We have made a "cough" tincture with this herb and I cannot say enough about it. I have one child who wakes up with croup usually twice a year. The first time it happened, I had no idea what was going on. He was barking like a seal and couldn't catch his breath. It was a little scary. I called my husband at work who worked nights as a nurse at the time. He immediately heard the croup cough and told him all I could do was take him outside or run the shower and create steam. As I was talking on the phone I frantically pulled out my "cough" tincture that I had made and gave it to him out of desperation. I had made it just for when the children ever had normal coughs. Anyway, before I had hung up the phone, my 2 year old son had stopped coughing and asked if he could go back to bed! We never leave home without this tincture because it's always seems to be we're out of town when he gets it.

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