Lobelia (lobelia inflata) is a pretty blue-violet plant is also known as Indian Tobacco. That name was given to lobelia because Native Americans would smoke and burn it for ceremonial use and health purposes. Lobelia is also very good for acute anxiety.
Helps symptoms of acute anxiety
Lobelia relaxes the muscles of the body, calms a racing heart, and opens the breathing passages. Since muscle spasms, racing heart, and shortness of breath are all symptoms of acute anxiety, it makes sense that Lobelia would help.
Not just for acute anxiety
There have been some studies done on Lobelia that show it may help with depression and ADHD too. Native Americans used Lobelia to treat respiratory issues like asthma and bronchitis. It’s good for helping to expel mucus from the lungs and relaxing the airways. Whenever someone in my house has a bad cough, I add Lobelia to a cough syrup I make at home.
Is lobelia safe to use for acute anxiety?
Lobelia is safe and I used it in my panic attack formula. My son has very bad allergies and I give him a lung formula that contains Lobelia. No one in my family has ever had a bad reaction to this herb. However, in very large doses, it can cause nausea and vomiting. This is why Lobelia was also known as Pukeweed. But, a few dropperfuls should not cause any problems. Just remember, we are all different and you may be more sensitive to a certain herb than I am. As always, pay attention to your body and stop taking it if you become nauseous.
My dosage: 4 dropperfuls – A dropperful is whatever amount comes up into the dropper when you squeeze the top. This is less than what I took for panic attacks. I take this amount as needed throughout the day with no problems.
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Where to get lobelia and what I use
As always, I prefer the Herb Pharm brand of tinctures. There are others, including some that are alcohol-free. If you can’t handle the taste of a tincture, there are capsules available too. My favorite brand of liquid-filled capsules, Gaia, does not have a Lobelia only capsule. However, they do have other herbs that are good for anxiety.
My preferred brand of tea, Buddha, does not make a Lobelia tea. Starwest Botanicals has the dried herb form of Lobelia. I like their products as their herbs are usually organic and reasonably priced. You could make a tea from the dried herb by placing 1 tablespoon in a cup of boiling water and letting it steep for 10 minutes.
Don’t let fear stop you from using Lobelia. It is a safe very effective treatment for acute anxiety when used properly and especially when combined with other herbs that are good for anxiety.
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