Lobelia Inflata Flower
Butt it Out capsules contain 130 mg. of lobelia
inflata leaf in a base of certified organic brown
The Butt it Out Plus oral spray contains lobelia
inflata leaf in a botanical extract combined with
extra ingredients added to combat nicotine addiction:
John's Wort (anxiety, stress, depression, coughs,
colds), Liquorice Root (supports respiratory
system,nausea, insomnia), Echinacea Purpurea
(immune enhancer, natural antibiotic), Kelp
(rich in nutrients containing 30 minerals), Dandelion
Root (purifies blood, tones liver, diuretic,
weight loss aid) Burdock Root (powerful blood
purifier, aids digestion) and Bilberry (high
nutritive value, anti-oxidant, improves vision).
from Health Canada's Database
Common Names for Lobelia Inflata: Lobelia,
Indian tobacco, asthma weed.
is found in drier areas of America and Canada.
Description: This herb is named after Mattias
de Lobel, a botanist who lived in the 17th century.
This herb is 30-60cm high and with sparsely leaved
stems; Lobelia is an annual or sometimes biennial
plant. The delicate flowers stem from a central stalk
and are pale blue to violet in colour with a yellow
tinge within, making this herb a popular flowering
garden plant. The partial explanation why this herb
is being compared to tobacco could be that when chewed,
this herb tastes similar to tobacco.
Parts Used: Flowering parts, leaf and seeds
Therapeutic Uses and Claims of Lobelia Inflata
inflata was used in the 19th century as a medicinal
herb to induce vomiting as a means to remove harmful
toxins from the body.
is a piperidine alkaloid found in lobelia and gives
rise to the therapeutic claims surrounding this
herb. It is though to stimulate the the respiratory
center of the brain resulting in deeper and stronger
breathing At a non toxic dose, lobelia is thought
to be of value as an herbal remedy for treating
bronchitis and whooping cough. Lobelia inflata is
a bronchodilator and antispasmodic which explains
its popularity as a medicinal herb for asthma, spasmodic
croup and pneumonia.
is often considered a herb that is useful for tobacco
withdrawal and as an herbal remedy to quit smoking.
Historically, lobelia has been used as an alternative
to tobacco. Lobeline is also believed to have a
similar chemical action to nicotine and this to
could give reasoning behind its use in tobacco withdrawal.