Tobacco has been referred to as “the intelligent herb”, because it seems to do whatever is needed in the body to promote healing. The principle alkaloid is lobeline, which is similar to nicotine in chemical structure, but has the opposite effect: it relaxes muscles and decreases blood pressure. Tobacco can grow as tall as 3 feet, and it has a fragile flower that ranges
in color from blue to violet, with a hint of yellow. Other common names include puke weed, bladder pod, Indian tobacco, asthma weed, and gagroot.
WHERE IT CAN BE FOUND:
Eastern North America from Southeastern Canada through the Eastern US to Alabama, and west to Kansas
PROPERTIES AND USE:
Hypotensive, antispasmodic, emetic (in large doses), and reduces nausea, muscle pain, and heart rate. It is used to treat PMS, poor digestion, whooping cough, respiratory infections, bronchitis, poor lymphatic flow, asthma
The parts above ground can be used for medicinal purposes, and generally the root is not used. The seeds are the most potent part of the plant. Tobacco is considered a “toxic” herb, and so it is best to start with smaller doses, and increase the dosage as needed. It can be found in various forms, including extract, tincture, capsules, or as a dried herb. When using the dried herb, pour 1 cup boiling water over
1 teaspoon dried leaves. Steep for 10 minutes, and strain before drinking.