Lobelia, also called asthma weed, Indian tobacco, and bladderpod among many other names, is a type of herb native to North America. It’s characterized by pale blue spiky flowers, oval-shaped fruit, and an angle branched stem with yellowish or green leaves. It’s covered in hair and can grow as an annual or biennial plant. Native Americans were known to smoke the herb to treat various lung conditions. The American herbalist Samuel Thomson believed lobelia to be a cure-all. The leaves and seeds are commonly used in herbal medicine, and they can be burned and inhaled or used in herbal tea.1,2,3
Lobelia Uses and Health Benefits
Lobelia has long been used in herbal medicine for treating a variety of conditions, from respiratory problems to inflammatory conditions. Lobelia has a similar effect on the body as nicotine and can be used to support smoking cessation. It’s also been used to assist in vomiting in people who have ingested poisonous substances. Lobelia contains a chemical called
Lobelia Side Effects and Precautions
Lobelia has many health benefits, but it’s important to use cautiously.
Do not use lobelia for more than one month straight.6 Avoid if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, and do not administer to children. Talk to your doctor before starting on any herbal remedy to ensure it’s safe for you. Tell your doctor about any other herbs or medications you’re using to ensure they won’t interact with lobelia home remedies.