Lobelia has health benefits that include: Respiratory System Known as a powerful anti-spasmodic, lobelia is particularly effective for treating problems in the respiratory system. If you suffer from regular asthma attacks, drinking a tea made from this herb can soothe that inflammation and suppress the desire to cough, as well as problems with breathing. Expectorant Not only can it help to suppress inflammation in the respiratory tracts, but it can also help to expel mucus and phlegm from the sinuses and respiratory tracts, which is where pathogens and other foreign particles can become lodged. Ringworm This herb is often used for its topical benefits, and when made into a salve or poultice, it can be applied to the site of a ringworm infection. Applying regularly for a week or so can clear up the infection very effectively. Muscle Relaxant There are certain muscle-relaxing qualities of this herb, so when topically applied or internally consumed, lobelia can help ease muscle strain and tension, which can aid those who have sleep problems. Smoking Cessation There is a key chemical in lobelia, known as lobeline, that has a similar effect on the body to nicotine. It can occupy the same chemical receptors in the brain and body but is not known as an addictive substance. As a result, moderate and careful use of this herb is commonly prescribed for people who want to quit smoking. Side Effects While this herb can be very helpful for health, there are also some well-documented side effects, including gastrointestinal problems, profuse sweating, and complications with heart disease, among others. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid the use of this powerful herbal substance. Some of the other common side effects include:
- Respiratory distress
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