Lobelia inflata


Lobelia inflata is an interesting herb that has unusual properties that are beneficial for the lungs. This herb has been called “Indian tobacco” in part because it can be used to replace tobacco and to overcome an addiction to nicotine and smoking. Lobelia tricks the body into believing that nicotine has been consumed. It works in this way because it has a similar molecular structure to nicotine so it can insert itself into the same receptors. But instead of causing harm in the body, Lobelia sets to work at cleaning and detoxifying lung tissues in smokers. And because it occupies the same receptors as nicotine, it makes smokers sensitive to the smell and taste of nicotine such that many people who use Lobelia no longer like the smell or taste. 


Lobelia can be combined with other herbs like Blue Vervain, Black Cohosh, Blue Cohosh, and Skullcap to make an antispasmodic formula that has the ability to relieve pain, heal nerves, and relieve spasms in the body, from abdominal spasms to bronchial spasms. Anything that has a pulsing, spasmodic quality to it can be relieved by the use of Lobelia combined with these other herbs including dental pain, ear pain, stomach pain, or pleurisy.


Lobelia inflata also works in the following medicinal contexts:


  • As a sedative (when it is taken orally)
  • As a stimulant (when it is injected–which should only be done under the guidance of a professional who works with this herb as an injectable substance).
  • Bronchitis
  • Apnea
  • Whooping Cough
  • Allergies
  • Spasmodic cough
  • Diphtheria
  • Tonsillitis
  • Congestion
  • Hypotension / Low Blood Pressure (Lobelia works to increase blood pressure)
  • Heat Stroke
  • Spasms
  • Convulsions – (especially when combined with capsicum)
  • Epilepsy – (especially when combined with capsicum)
  • Eclampsia – (especially when used in combination with capsicum)
  • Tetanus 

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Lobelia inflata is an extremely valuable herbal remedy for lung disease when it’s used in the right context. It can be given orally, or it can be injected by a qualified professional who has access to the proper tools for injection. Given orally, Lobelia acts as a sedative but when it is injected, it acts as a stimulant. It has been used to bring patients back from the brink of death when their bodies begin to get cold as the autonomic nervous system begins to shut down. There are a number of health practitioners who believe that most disease is caused by dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system and Lobelia inflata has the rare ability to either stimulate or sedate the autonomic nervous systems depending on whether it is taken internally or whether it is given as an injection. 


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