Also known as Pokeweed, there are 415 different species of Lobelia, including many popular bedding plants. Lobelia inflata, the species commonly used in herbal medicine originates from North America. A respiratory stimulant, expectorant, emetic and diaphoretic, Lobelia is used for the treatment of asthma and bronchitis, pneumonia, and cough.
An active ingredient in the lobelia plant, lobeline, was thought to be similar to nicotine in its effect on the body. For this reason, lobeline was once used as a nicotine substitute in many antismoking products and preparations designed to break the smoking habit. Researchers now think that lobeline may actually reduce the effects of nicotine in the body, particularly the release of dopamine
Found in Potter’s Cough Remover and Potter’s Chest Mixture.