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Lobelia (Lobelia inflata)


Lobelia is a kind of herbal medicine that is used in curing so many ailments in the world today. Its scientific name is Lobelia inflata but the other name is asthma weed.  It is an annual or on some circumstances a biennial plant which tends to grow up to 3 feet tall. It is characterized with pale green or at times yellowish leaves. It is important to note that only the above ground parts of the plant are mainly used and that is, the leaves and the seeds. In order to flourish, the herb requires sun to even light shade along with moist soil.  It is important to note that the height of lobelia tends to vary from six inches to three feet tall. As such, it is important to first of all identify with the kind of Lobelia inflata that you have on hand before you can proceed using it for any medicinal purposes. Read on to learn more about the herbal plant.

Medicinal Uses

It is important to note that a majority of the names for various lobelia plants stem tend to come from their medicinal uses in the world today. All you need to do is to keep reading through the article in order to learn more about the medicinal uses of this plant. Here we go:-

  1. It is used in the treatment of various respiratory problems and perfect examples include asthma, pneumonia and bronchitis among others.
  2. There comes a time when one feels nauseous due to various reasons. If this is not controlled, an individual may end up vomiting bringing damages to one’s upper body.  The good news is that lobelia can be used in inducing vomiting to such people.
  3. Lobelia contains an active ingredient called lobeline which has been used as an anti-smoking aid.
  4. It helps in strengthening weak bodies by relaxing their muscles.
  5. It helps in curing mucus especially in the respiratory tract, throat, lungs and bronchial tubes.
  6. It is used in the treatment of coughs, flu and colds by inducing the reactions that are associated with them.


Dosage and Administration

When it comes to dosage and administration of lobelia, it is important to be very careful. It means that you need to consult your physician first before you can take any dosage. Keep reading to learn more about dosage and administration.

  1. Firstly, lobelia can be administered to an individual in various mediums such as tinctures, lozenges, teas, capsules and infusions among others.
  2. As such, it means that the dosage provided by your doctor will tend to differ and it is the reason why it is imperative to consult a professional for advice.
  3. It is imperative to note that the doses provided will solely be determined by the body weight which is usually on the basis of a 150 lb. for an adult.
  4. It is important to follow the instructions provided by your practitioner in order to achieve the best results in the long run.

Parts Used

There are various parts of the lobelia inflata that are used when it comes to medicinal uses. It is therefore important to ensure that you have mastered each part and what it has to offer in terms of properties.  Here we go with the parts used.

  1. Leaves are some of the parts used in lobelia. Leaves are harvested, cleaned and boiled and then used like tea. There are others that are made and used as capsules.
  2. The lobelia seeds can be crashed and made extracts that can be taken directly in small doses to cure certain conditions.


There are a plethora of benefits that come with lobelia and some of them include the following:

  1. It is used as a topical treatment for ailments such as sprains, bruises, muscle pain, insect bites and poisoning among others.
  2. It plays a major role in treating various addictions which require medical supervision.
  3. It helps in relaxing muscles that have been tense due to one reason or the other.

Side Effects

It is important to note that, even though lobelia is used for treating several ailments and conditions, it is classified among the poisonous plants. If the plant in eaten without proper consultations, there are some negative side effects bound to be experienced. Some of them include the following:

  1. Nausea and diarrhea
  2. Uncontrollable vomiting which can result to one being in a state of coma.
  3. Can result to mental confusion.
  4. An individual may have rapid heartbeat, profuse sweating and convulsions which can lead to death.


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