Lobelia or Indian tobacco
add some to your mixes for lung problems coughing relaxing
put into capsules or drink in juice
is a flowering herb formerly used as a substance to aid in quitting smoking. Health benefits include: respiratory stimulant and antispasmodic, expectorant, muscle relaxant, seizure prevention.
The above ground parts are used to make medicine. Lobelia is used for breathing problems including asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough, and shortness of breath (apnea) in newborn infants. Some people take lobelia as a sedative to help them relax
Precautions – Lobelia can be toxic. Substances in the plant bind themselves to receptors for nicotine in the nervous system and cause symptoms like profuse sweating, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, tremors, mental confusion, rapid heartbeat, convulsions, hypothermia, coma and sometimes death.
Do not exceed a daily amount of 20 mg of this herb.
Excessive doses higher than 500 mg are extremely toxic and may be fatal.
If you have high blood pressure, heart disease, paralysis, seizure disorders, shortness of breath or a sensitivity to tobacco, do not take this herb. Pregnant and nursing women should not take this herb. There are no known interactions with medications. Because of certain chemicals in the herb, use caution if you take anti-depressants or other psychiatric medications.
Suggested – A standard dose of dried lobelia prepared in an infusion or decoction is ¼ to ½ teaspoon in 8 ounces of water.
You may want to mix other herbs for this recipe. Steep for 30 to 40 minutes before straining. This infusion can be taken 4 times per day.
For a liquid extract, 4 to 18 drops can be taken three times a day. For a tincture, 18 to 60 drops can be taken once per day. A vinegar tincture can be taken 3 times per day in a dose of 20 to 120 drops.