(Lobelia inflate) aka - Bladderpod, Indian Tobacco, Asthma Weed, Pukeweed
Many authorities consider Lobelia to be the most important of all the herbs. Lobelia is one of the most powerful relaxant herbs in the plant kingdom. Medically, Lobelia is used in the treatment of bronchitis and asthma. It is a powerful anti-spasmodic, causing immediate relaxation and expansion of the contracted parts of the respiratory system. This allows the breath of life to flow freely to the exhausted tissues. In the digestive tract, Lobelia has a role as a gastrointestinal inhibitor/stimulant and appetite suppressant. Lobelia will generally induce vomiting when taken in very large does over a very short period of time. Lobelia is known to be a powerful relaxant, affecting the nervous system. Lobelia helps to relax a woman during childbirth and speeds up delivery of the placenta. A poultice of Lobelia is very soothing for inflammations, rheumatism and boils.
Primary uses: Here are just a few of the maladies Lobelia may provide relief from:
• Asthma (acute)
• Lung Problems
• Nerve Relaxant
- Properties: Analgesic, Anodyne, Anti-asthmatic, Anti-catarrhal, Anti-spasmodic, Astringent, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Diuretic, Emetic (small doses), Emmenagogue, Expectorant, Nervine, Purgative (mild), Sedative Primary Nutrients: Cobalt, copper, iron, lead, selenium, sodium, sulfur