Substances & Homeopatic Remedies

Lobelia inflata

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lobelia inflata L.


named after the botanist Matthias de Lobel


Traditional name

Indian Tobacco
Pukeweed. Asthma Weed. Gagroot. Vomitwort. Bladderpod. Eyebright.

Used parts

Tincture of fresh plant when in flower and seed. Trituration of dried leaves. Acetum.


Plantae; Spermatophyta, Angiospermae - Flowering Plants; Dicotyledonae; Asteridae / Synandrae; Campanulales; Lobeliaceae


Original proving

proving by Noack & Trinks

Description of the substance

Lob.    Lobelia inflata. Indian Tobacco. Fields and roadsides from Canada to Southern U.S.A. N.O. Lobeliacee. Tincture of fresh plant when in flower and seed. Trituration of dried leaves. Acetum.

Botanical: Lobelia inflata (LINN.) Family: N.O. Lobeliaceae
---Synonyms---Rapuntium inflatum. Indian-Tobacco. .
 ---Parts Used---The dried flowering herb, and seeds.
---Habitat---Dry places in the northern United States, Canada and Kamchatka. Grown in English gardens.

 ---Description---The herb is named after the botanist Matthias de Lobel, a native of Lille, who died in London in 1616. It is an erect annual or biennial herb, 1 to 2 feet high; lower leaves and also flower are stalked, the latter being pale violet-blue in colour, tinted pale yellow within. Commercially, it is usually prepared in compressed, oblong packages, by the Shakers of New Lebanon for importation into England. The colour is a yellowish green, the odour irritating, the taste, after chewing, very like that of tobacco, burning and acrid, causing a flow of saliva. The powder has a greenish colour, but that of the seeds is brown, and stains paper with grease. Several species are cultivated in English gardens for the splendour of their flowers, in every shade of scarlet, purple, and blue. Lobelia Dortmanna and L. Urens are British. The fixed oil, with constituents rather like that of linseed oil, possesses the drying qualities common to the fixed oils together with all the medicinal properties of the seed. The plant was known to the Penobscot Indians and was widely used in New England long before the time of Samuel Thomson, who is credited with its discovery. It was brought into general professional use by Cutler of Massachusetts.