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Lobelia

Lobelia

LOBELIA

Common Name: Lobelia

Other Common Names: Asthma Weed, Indian Pink, Indian Tobacco, Pukeweed, Vomit Weed 2

Latin Name: Lobelia inflata

Native to: eastern North America, southeastern Canada, south through the eastern United States 1

Plant Family: Campanulaceae (Bellflower family)

Primary Use in Herbal Blends: Used as a modifier for lung health. 3

Benefits: Lobelia, commonly known as Indian Tobacco, contains lobeline, an alkaloid that can reproduce the feeling of smoking tobacco. Lobeline actually attaches to the same receptors in the body as nicotine does. Even though lobelia is less potent than nicotine, lobelia can fool your body into thinking it has absorbed nicotine.

PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS

Type: Herbaceous annual or biennial 1

Height: Grows to around 5.9 to 39.4 inches tall. 1

Leaves: Long, ovate, toothed leaves around 3.1 inches long. 1

Flowers: Asymmetric flowers that are violet and fade to yellow towards their centers. 1

Fruit: Extremely small, dark brown seeds.

REFERENCES

1 Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lobelia_inflata 2 Starwest Botanicals, https://www.starwest-botanicals.com/category/lobelia-leaf 3 The Herbal Academy, https://theherbalacademy.com/herbal-smoking-blends 4 The Health Wyze Report, https://healthwyze.org/reports/313-smoking-to-cure-lung-infections-and-for-good-lung-health

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