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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.



LOBELIA INFLATA
a.k.a Indian tobacco
(Lobelia inflata)
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CAUTION! Lobelia can be dangerous to self administer. Use only professionally prepared formulas under a professional's advice. POISONINGS have been recorded.

A wild plant whose cultivation is not recommended. However, seeds must be sprinkled on ashes for good germination.

HARVEST: August through September. Collect the entire plant and hang upside down to dry. The seeds and roots are the most powerful.

MEDICINAL USES:
Said to be useful in overcoming nicotine addiction.



LOBELIA, GREAT BLUE
(Lobelia syphilitica)
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PROPAGATION: By division. Perennial. Striking garden plant.
NEEDS: Rich, moist soil. Full to part sun.

COMMENTS:
Was used by Native Americans to treat venereal disease. An excellent ornamental plant.




©2001 by Ernestina Parziale, CH

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