Lobelia Herb Powder, Wild Crafted

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Lobelia is a summer annual in the bellflower family grown as a garden border and edging plant due to its deep green foliage and remarkably vibrant dark purple flowers. Regrettably, however, despite the lure of its beauty, lobelia is considered a symbol of malice in the Victorian language of flowers.

Still, the powdered herb makes a fine salve, ointment, poultice or chest rub. The preferred methods of preparation include infusion and tincturing using vinegar instead of alcohol as the macerate.

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approximate cups to one pound4.5
active compoundsCarboxylic acids, piperidine alkaloids (lobeline)
plant part usedaerial parts
sustainabilitywild crafted

buying & keeping

general guidelines and tips

storage tipsKeep in an airtight container in a cool, dark place.
appearance & aromaFine powder without significant aroma.


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cosmeticApply moistened as a poultice. Powdered lobelia may also be incorporated into salves, ointments and other topical preparations.
householdReputed to repel mosquitoes when burned as incense over smoldering charcoal.
safetyLobelia has strong emetic properties. Do not take this herb internally without medical supervision.

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lobelia herb powder

Very bitter. Culinary use is not recommended.

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lobelia herb powder

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what else you should know

wild crafted
lobelia herb powder

Lobelia, also known as Indian tobacco, is an annual in the bellflower family that is native to eastern North America. Today it is grown as a garden edging and container plant because of its beautiful neon-like blue flowers. But as its common name suggests, the herb has a long history of use as a smoking herb by Native Americans.

The Eclectic Physicians of the early 19th century also valued lobelia for its affect on respiratory ailments. However, one of the most notable traditional uses of the herb is as a purgative and emetic. In fact, this is why lobelia is also known as pukeweed and vomitweed.

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This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

please be advised: 
Before making any changes to your diet you should always consult with your doctor,
especially if you are pregnant, nursing or have existing conditions.