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Lobelia Herb C/S, Organic, 1/2 lb.

Lobelia inflata  |  Origin: United States
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Lobelia is one of the most relaxing herbs known, and is commonly used for the respiratory system as a tea or tincture. The stem appears quite hairy while the flowers are violet in color on the outside, and a pale yellow inside.

The relaxing effects of lobelia can be felt over the entire body, and can be used both internally and externally to help relieve, soothe and calm the system. Lobelia contains properties that may help to relax the stomach (a common problem in asthmatic children) and dilate the bronchial passages.

Common Names: Lobelia, indian tobacco, pukeweed, emetic week, asthma weed, gagroot, vomitwort, eyebright

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 in 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.
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