Lobelia tea is extracted from the lobelia plant and is best known as an antispasmodic. Taken in massive doses, it will act as a very effective purgative for every eliminative channel in the body. It is used as a safe herb to control seizures, fits, convulsions, asthma and bronchial conditions. Lobelia is so free from any destructive side effect that it can also be used successfully on newborn children. Lobelia will also benefit someone with cramps, nervousness, sleeplessness and general restlessness.
The herb relaxes both the body and mind, easing tension and stress. Lobelia is considered to be one of the most important herbs to have in one’s medicine chest in times of crisis. Lobeline is a powerful respiratory stimulant and isolobelanine is an emetic and respiratory relaxant, stimulating catarrhal secretion and expectoration while relaxing the muscles of the respiratory system. Lobelia is an excellent remedy for both preventing and treating infectious diseases. It has been used successfully in scarlet fever, measles, mumps and even mononucleosis.
Lobelia tea has long been used to help quit smoking. After drinking a cup of lobelia tea many feel the same satisfaction that is encountered from smoking a cigarette. As an expectorant, lobeline helps break down congestion and thin mucus. That, combined with its bronchodilating effects, helps to open the airway and encourage deeper, stronger breathing.
Because lobelia is a potent herb, it should be used in combination with other herbs. Sweeten the tea with honey or sugar to improve the taste. If you have a difficult time ingesting the tea, try a liquid extract or tincture. Ingesting too much can cause vomiting or other serious health risks, such as nausea, sweating, dizziness and seizures, so, before using any herb, consult a health care provider before use.