Indian Tobacco (Lobelia Inflata)
Also known as the asthma weed, Indian tobacco, gag root, eyebright, and puke weed, the Lobelia inflata is a native of Northern USA and Canada. It earned the nickname “Indian tobacco” from the taste and also from the fact that American Indians used to smoke it.
Medicinally it is known for its stimulant, nervine, expectorant, emetic, diaphoretic, aromatic, and anti-cancer properties. It is capable to relax muscles and relieving pain and at the same time, it is a good stimulant of the respiratory system. It has been used in the treatment of bronchitis, asthma, and other upper respiratory infections.
It has been used for treating tonsillitis, tetanus, diphtheria, and epilepsy. It is especially useful when quick relief is required from painful spasms. It can also be used as an enema. Lobelia inflata is also used effectively for minor bruises and sprains.
It is helpful in treating withdrawal symptoms of people who have quit smoking.
🡆This herbal remedy should only be consumed for a short period of time.
🡆It is also not recommended for pregnant women, children, and those having heart problems.
🡆If taken in excess, causes severe nausea and vomiting.
◉ 1-3 teaspoons of loose tea (or 3g up to 3 times) daily. If more than one herbal mixture is consumed at the same period of time, reduce the amount of tea accordingly.
◉ When herbs are used for an extended period of time, it is suggested to consume a herbal remedy with a ratio of 3 to 1. For example:
- If you choose to take it for 3 weeks, have a one-week pause.
- If it is taken for a 30-day period, have a 10-day pause.
That does not apply to herbs and fruits that have a laxative effect.
◉ Should be stored in airtight glass containers -in a cool, dark, and dry place- to preserve the flavor, texture, and properties.
◉ Before adding a new herbal remedy or supplement to your daily routine, you should consult with a medical doctor or holistic health practitioner.
Herbal Tea Brewing Instructions
- Heat the water to just the point when it starts to boil.
- Add 1 teaspoon of loose tea, to a tea infuser or tea bag, for every 180ml - 240ml of water.
- Pour the heated water (right off the boil) over the tea, cover your cup, and steep for 7-10 minutes or longer.
- Add honey or stevia for sweetness, if desired.
Follow these additional steps to make the perfect cup of tea!