Lobelia Herb - Herbal Tea
Lobelia, also known as Indian Tobacco, is a large genus of flowering plant found through out the warm temperate regions of the world.
Native Americans traditionally smoked Lobelia to help treat asthma and clear the lungs. Today it is still being considered for a treatment for asthma and clearing mucus from the respiratory tract. Lobelia is available in tincture, dried herb, capsules and extract forms.
An active ingredient of Lobelia is similar to Nicotine and is said to stimulate the nervous system and was used as a Nicotine alternative to help break the smoking habit. Other uses include inducing vomiting and were used to help treat food poisoning to rid the stomach of its toxins.
Lobelia is considered a toxic plant; however, it is used in holistic treatments in small doses and controlled measures.
Herbal Tea Recipe
Lobelia tea is prepared by steeping ¼ - ½ teaspoon dried herb in 8 ounces of boiling water for 30 minutes; take 2 ounces at a time for up to 4 times a day. It is suggested to use Lobelia in combination with other herbs.
Lobelia Uses & Herbal Remedies
Lobelia Tea Benefits
Lobelia has been used to help break the smoking habit and was smoked instead of nicotine; however there is little study to support this.
Lobelia was smoked by Native Americans to treat asthma and bronchitis and is still believed to be a natural treatment for these conditions when smoked or ingested in small amounts.
Lobelia in higher doses can induce vomiting to clear the stomach of toxins such as food poisoning or excessive alcohol consumption.
An active chemical in Lobelia is similar to Nicotine and should not be used by children or during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
High doses of Lobelia can cause nausea, vomiting, convulsions or coma.
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