Lobelia inflata

origin : India


The Lobelia inflata, is named after the botanist Matthias de Lobel, and is an erect annual or biennial herb, growing one to two feet high. The stalks of the lower leaves and flower are pale violet-blue in color and tinted pale yellow within. Several species of the Lobelia inflata are grown throughout English gardens for the splendor of its flowers, coming in every shade of scarlet, purple, and blue.

Lobelia Herb is a yellowish green with an irritating odor. The taste of the herb is very similar to that of tobacco, sharing almost identical burning and acrid qualities. Lobelia Herb is sometimes referred to as Indian tobacco, asthma weed, Indian pink, pukeweed an/or vomit weed and was commonly prescribed by early North American doctors for a variety of complaints.



  • aids with asthma, bronchitis, whooping cough and apnea in newborn infants
  • sedative
  • relaxant
  • diaphoretic



  • bitter + cool


Warning : Not to be used during pregnancy. May cause nausea and vomiting if ingested; not to be taken in large doses.


  • This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is for educational purposes only. This information is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease or condition.

    In addition, many herbs are not safe in pregnancy, lactation, children, and in certain health conditions.

    When using plants medicinally, please check with your licensed healthcare provider. In addition, strongly consider working with a trained herbalist.