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small lobelia Lobelia
Lobelia inflata

This annual plant native to eastern North America is associated with the Element of Water and Neptune on account of its ability to facilitate a dreamy, relaxed state and because it is an expectorant. Its Neptune aspect is also shown in its involvement in storm magick. Its prominent ovaries (the "inflata") make it a very female plant, and it is often used in love magick. Curiously enough, in the language of flowers, this magick herb represents ill will.

In Herbalism

Lobelia has a long history of use by various peoples as a nervine, anti-asthematic, expectorant, emetic, and as a tobacco substitute (it actually works on nicotine receptors as a nicotine antagonist, although it contains no nicotine). Both Native Americans and Eclectic medicine recommended it be smoked for asthma, and it decreases nicotine cravings.


Indian tobacco is considered the most powerful of all the various types of lobelia and can be dangerous when used stupidly. It causes nausea when eaten. King's Dispensatory on lobelia. This plant is also known as Rapuntium inflatum, Pukeweed, Asthma Weed, Gagroot, Vomitwort, and Bladderpod.

Organic Lobelia, 1 oz.

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Uses in Witchcraft & Magic:

Storm Magic
Love Magic
Neptune/Water Herb

Grow your own lobelia

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