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Tree TobaccoTree Tobacco (Nicotiana glauca) Info

Both in North America and South Africa, people learned how to make a poultice of this tobacco to ease the pain of rheumatoid arthritis, and the Cahuilla shamans used it ritually to control rain, increase crops, tell the future, and generally improve the health of the community.  Exactly how they used it is not clear, but a number of deaths are recorded from people ingesting this plant just in the past couple of years. It contains high enough levels of alkaloids that drinking a tea made from it can cause death from respiratory paralysis. This type of tobacco contains little of the nicotine that so characterizes the rest of the tobacco family. Instead, it has mostly another dangerous alkaloid, anabasine, which is sometimes used as a pesticide.  An essence of the flowers of this Saturn plant has been used to help people stop smoking tobacco or marijuana (how to make a flower essence). Tree tobacco teaches us to know our boundaries, and it reinforces the importance of boundaries by tending to be invasive itself; in warm areas it can crowd out other plants. It blooms year round where it's warm and is pollinated by hummingbirds and moths.

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