Lobelia† Lobelia inflata† Organic† liquid extract.
Lobelia has been used as a respiratory stimulant for chronic bronchitis and spasmodic asthma. It is also used as a blood cleanser and has been used to lessen the effects of epilepsy, diphtheria, and tonsillitis. The oil of Lobelia has been a valuable resource in treating tetanus. Lobelia is also used as a sedative. Externally, an infusion of Lobelia can be used to treat ophthalmic disorders, and the tincture is used as a topical for sprains, bruises, or skin diseases. It has also been suggested that Lobelia may reduce cravings and nervousness associated with smoking withdrawal.
Tincture, especially the acid tincture made with vinegar is the very best way to use lobelia. It is safer and more effective this way than any other form. The acid tincture is extremely versatile, and with a little creativity is appropriate for most if not all of the conditions that lobelia can be used for. The tincture is especially valuable for croup, asthma, lockjaw, and ringworm. The tincture can be made from the green or dried herb. A tincture made of the seeds is much more potent.
In addition to internal uses the acid tincture and even the alcohol tincture can be used externally as a rub for relaxation, rubbed on the neck and chest and between the shoulders to break up congestion. This is especially good for babies with mucus and spasmodic congestion problems as some feel it is better not to give lobelia internally to infants. Itís relaxing effect can be balanced with cayenne, peppermint or other stimulants if desired. Combined with Cayenne or another stimulant it is great for a chest or sinus rub. One other external use is for earache. Place a few drops of warm lobelia tincture in the ear and plug with cotton.