Tobacco Aztec

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  • Botanical: Nicotiana rustica
  • Family: Solanaceae
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Tobacco Aztec


Nicotiana rustica



Known as

tabak, lobelia, bladderpod, emetic herb, emetic weed, gagroot, vomitroot, vomitwort, pukeweed, wild tobacco, asthma weed, bladderpod, eyebright

Old Use

medicinal and spiritual

Collection Times


Parts Used

herb, leaves



Stomach & Intestinal



analgesic, antispasmodic, relaxant, sedative


Nicotiana rustica is a annual growing to 1.5 m (5ft). It is hardy to zone 8 and is frost tender. It is in flower from Jul to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs).

Flower petal is green to brown yellow; leaves are simple (lobed or unlobed but not separated into leaflets) arranged alternatively: there is one leaf per node along the stem. Its leaves are wider and rounder than some of our other tobacco species, and the tubular, yellowish flowers are shorter.

Leaf blade is entire (has no teeth or lobes) with flower symmetry. Fruit type is dry and splits open when ripe.

Properties & Uses

It can be smoked for weight loss, to relieve fatigue and stress.

A poultice of wet leaves can be applied to stings and to relieve itching and swelling. Nicotine can be absorbed into the skin.

Traditional Use

medicinal and spiritual use.



Use with great caution! Never eat it. It is highly addictive when smoked, chewed or sniffed and poisonous if eaten. They are highly addictive and regular use is linked to heart disease and cancer.

Consumption may produce nausea, vomiting, sweating, heart palpitation, hallucinations, death


South america



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