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Lobelia

Lobelia inflata

ELEMENT: water

PLANET: saturn

PARTS USED: aerial parts

FAMILY: bell flower

Lobelia

Native to Eastern North America, Lobelia inflata was commonly smoked by indigenous tribes to bring relief to asthma. Many people think Lobelia is poisoning due to a scandal in the 19th century. Medical practitioner, Samual Thomas, frequently used Lobelia with many of his patients, thinking it a “cure-all” medicine. When one of his patients died of unknown causes, Lobelia was blamed and Thomas was taken to trial. Although it has been proven wrong, the stigma remains. 

 

Lobelia is considered antispasmodic (meaning it calms spasms) and relaxing. It is commonly used for respiratory ailments as well as muscle tightness. When taken internally, lobelia can assist in warding off asthma attacks. Lobelia should only be taken in small doses because at larger doses it can induce vomiting. 

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Physical

  • alleviates bruising, sprains, & sore muscles

  • relaxes smooth muscle, such as in the lungs/coughing muscles

  • lessens tension in contained bronchial tubes

  • eases muscle tightness & spasms

  • assists those quitting tobacco

  • mitigates asthma symptoms

  • supports lungs during times of wildfire smoke

  • calms cough aggravated by cold temperatures and/or pollution

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Energetic

  • promotes openness physically, mentally, & emotionally

  • relaxes rigid ideas & thought patterns

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find lobelia in:

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ALCHEMIST
HERBAL SALVE

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THE MOUNTAINEER
LUNG STEAM