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SmokingBlends.com: List of the Top 10 Smokable Herbs

A Rolling Tray with Herbal Cigarettes and Smoking Herbs on It

Many people are exploring natural ways to relax and connect with nature, and smokable herbs stand out as a fascinating option. These herbs aren’t just about their unique flavors; they’re a bridge to wellness and tradition, offering a blend of therapeutic effects and sensory experiences. Here’s a closer look at some beloved smokable herbs, celebrated for their taste, versatility, and gentle effects:

  1. Damiana: A treasure from Central and South America, known for lifting spirits and soothing stress, perfect for unwinding.
  2. Mullein: Esteemed for its lung-supportive properties, mullein is a go-to for those seeking respiratory ease and deeper breaths of relaxation.
  3. Lavender: With its iconic fragrance, lavender soothes the senses, reducing anxiety and enveloping you in calm.
  4. Mugwort: Rooted in herbal tradition, mugwort is believed to encourage vivid dreams and relaxation, a gateway to introspective journeys.
  5. Blue Lotus: Sacred in ancient cultures, blue lotus is a symbol of tranquility, known for its serene effects and connection to spiritual well-being.
  6. Skullcap: A gentle herb for easing the mind, skullcap is ideal for those looking to relax without feeling drowsy.
  7. Wild Lettuce: Known for its calming properties, wild lettuce offers a peaceful pause, potentially easing mild discomfort.
  8. Rosemary: More than a culinary herb, rosemary can also be smoked for a refreshing experience, adding aromatic depth to blends.
  9. Passionflower: Celebrated for its soothing effects, passionflower may help alleviate anxiety and improve sleep, promoting a sense of well-being.
  10. Sage: A herb with deep cultural roots, sage is used for its grounding properties, often in spiritual practices for its purifying effects.

Exploring these herbs through smoking can be a rewarding way to engage with the natural world, offering a path to relaxation and mindful presence. As with any practice, approaching these herbs with respect and moderation ensures a beneficial and enjoyable experience.

More scientific research and study is needed to fully verify the effectiveness of any medicinal claims attributed to these herbs. Please also keep in mind that habitual smoking has been shown to be hazardous to your health.

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Nymphaea Caerulea the Sacred Blue Lotus of the Nile

Nymphaea Caerulea the Sacred Blue Lotus of the Nile

Introduction

Although Nymphaea Caerulea is commonly referred to as a blue lotus, it is actually a waterlily.

  • Family: Nymphaeaceae
  • Genus: Nymphaea
  • Species: Caerulea, Nouchaliivar. Var. Caerulea
  • Common Names: Egyptian Blue Lotus, Blue Water Lily, Sacred Lily of the Nile

This enchanting flower, the Blue Lotus, has captivated the human spirit across the annals of history, symbolizing everything from spiritual enlightenment to the sheer beauty that only nature can muster. Its story is woven through the fabric of ancient civilizations, leaving a legacy of mystery and admiration.

Ancient Origins

Rooted along the Nile, the blue lotus emerged as a spiritual icon in ancient Egypt, often linked to the sun god Ra. It was a symbol of enlightenment, adorning religious ceremonies with its presence and believed to unlock deeper meditation and joy.

Symbolism and Cultural Significance

The blue lotus represents a tapestry of meanings across different cultures, embodying purity, enlightenment, and the triumph of spirit in Hinduism and Buddhism. It’s a beacon of wisdom, knowledge, and divine beauty, deeply embedded in spiritual texts and art.

The Blue Lotus in Ancient Texts

Ancient scriptures like the Rigveda celebrate the lotus for its purity and enlightening essence, urging followers to rise above the material and seek spiritual clarity.

Influence on Art and Architecture

From ancient Egyptian artifacts to Indian temple carvings, the blue lotus has left its mark, inspiring generations with its divine grace and beauty.

Medicinal and Ritualistic Uses

Valued for its calming and aphrodisiac qualities, the blue lotus was a staple in ancient medicinal and ritualistic practices, cherished for its therapeutic benefits.

Identification

Distinguished by its vibrant blue or bluish-white petals and sweet fragrance, the blue lotus is a pollinator’s delight, with large, repellant leaves floating on water surfaces, connected to an underground rhizome teeming with nutrients.

Cultivation

Thriving in warm, sunlit conditions, the blue lotus flourishes in shallow waters, requiring regular pruning and harvesting to maintain its beauty and health.

Modern Use

Today, the blue lotus is experiencing a renaissance, celebrated in art and researched for its ancient medicinal qualities, from stress relief to enhancing memory and sexual experiences.

Herbal Medicine

As a natural remedy, the blue lotus is sought after for its ability to alleviate stress, anxiety, and promote a sense of well-being, though its most common use in Ayurveda involves a different species.

Aphrodisiac

Its reputation as an aphrodisiac persists, with some exploring its potential to enrich sexual health and increase libido.

Fragrance and Aromatherapy

The soothing aroma of blue lotus makes it a favorite in aromatherapy, lending its fragrance to candles, oils, and perfumes.

Skin Care

Packed with antioxidants, blue lotus is a boon for skincare, offering anti-aging, hydrating, and soothing benefits for a variety of skin conditions.

Teas and Infusions

The tranquil essence of blue lotus tea is cherished by many as a calming, bedtime beverage.

Smoking

Dried petals and leaves of the blue lotus are smoked or vaporized for relaxation, marking its versatility in usage.

Ceremonial Use

Still significant in spiritual practices, the blue lotus symbolizes a deep, ceremonial reverence for nature and the divine.

Conclusion

The blue lotus stands as a bridge between the natural world and humanity, a flower of profound beauty and deep symbolic meaning. It invites us to explore the spiritual, artistic, and medicinal richness of our heritage, continuing to inspire and intrigue as we delve into its mysteries. As with any traditional remedy, consulting healthcare professionals is advised to ensure its safe use.

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Natural Tobacco Smoking Cessation Program

Natural Tobacco Smoking Cessation Program

A simple and natural program that may help someone stop smoking tobacco habitually.

It only requires loose rolling tobacco (someone could gather this from their favorite brand of cigarettes), rolling papers, a cigarette rolling machine, lavender flowers, honeyweed leaf and lobelia leaf. Menthol smokers or some non-menthol smokers may also want to mix in some field mint leaf, as it has the strongest concentration of menthol among herbs in the mint family.

If you have never rolled your own cigarettes, don’t worry. You will get the hang of it quickly, or you may use cones if you are uncomfortable rolling them.

The purpose of this program is to assist someone in weaning off of tobacco and help minimize the eventual withdrawal symptoms.

Step One: Prepare yourself to start replacing tobacco.

The first part of the program will help the smoker become less familiar with the taste and flavor of smoking tobacco.

Start blending a small amount of lavender petals into your rolling tobacco. Lavender flowers are potent, so it requires very little to start with. As you become used to the flavor of lavender, start adding a little more. If lavender does not suit you, cornflowers can be used.

Step Two: Begin replacing the tobacco and weaning off of it.

Once you become accustomed to smoking the lavender-flavored tobacco, you can start adding in a small amount of honeyweed leaf. Honeyweed is a stimulant that may also aid in relaxation and has been used to help with symptoms of withdrawal. If honeyweed does not suit you, damiana may be used.

As you become more accustomed to smoking the mixture of tobacco, honeyweed and lavender, start adding in a higher percentage of honeyweed leaf.

There is no need to rush any of these steps. However, this is your program, and you control how fast or slowly it advances.

Step Three: Continue replacing the tobacco and begin getting accustomed to the herb that can help relive withdrawal symptoms.

Start adding a very small amount of lobelia leaf. Lobelia leaf contains lobeline which shares many characteristics with nicotine and has been shown to help with withdrawal symptoms from long-term habitual smoking. You must only add a very small amount because it can also dampen the effects of nicotine, which may increase your cravings for it.

Continue to reduce the percentage of tobacco and increase the amount of honeyweed leaf.

Step Four: Fully discontinue the use of tobacco.

When you feel ready, create a mixture of honeyweed leaf, lobelia leaf and a small amount of lavender petals. Slowly add in more lobelia leaf as you go forward.

If you are able to avoid smoking for intervals of a couple of hours, and you are feeling heavy cravings for tobacco, you can use a Step Three Mixture when things get bad. Adding a higher percentage of lobelia leaf to your non-tobacco mixture may also help. However, at this point, the goal is to completely quit smoking tobacco and not slip backwards. Most importantly, do not give up!

This is a very simple program because, in many cases, simplicity works best. The herbs in this program have no addictive qualities, so they will not aid in your dependency. You may choose to research and experiment with other herbs during the program or after to have something to smoke when you have a craving. Years of smoking can become habit-forming in more ways than one. It can also become a routine, having something you can go to that is not habit-forming can help fill that void.

There have been many testimonials online from people who claim to have been able to wean themselves off tobacco with the help of natural herbs. This program is intended to show someone without experience with herbs and natural remedies how they may go about doing it. 

You can rid yourself of tobacco addiction, and you will if you keep trying!

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Non-Addictive Herbal Alternatives to Tobacco

Non Addictive Herbal Alternatives to Tobacco

In doing research for this article, I discovered what I felt to be some interesting and widely disseminated misconceptions. The term “tobacco alternative” is most often used to describe another option to smoking or chewing tobacco. Yet, it is often assumed that it is describing a substitute for nicotine. Wouldn’t that be a “nicotine alternative”? For example, simply using the term “tobacco alternative” can be a violation of some search engines’ shopping category policies. When doing a search under the term “tobacco alternatives,” in the first 25 results, I found only one result that was a tobacco-free smoking or tea blend. The rest of the results led to information about tobacco, nicotine alternatives, or chewing tobacco alternatives. I found it odd because there are so many non-addictive natural herbal alternatives to smoking tobacco. Let’s talk a little bit about tobacco. Unburned tobacco leaf has been shown to contain 37 compounds classified as carcinogens. Tobacco smoke contains up to 80 compounds classified as carcinogens (1). Did you know that around 90 percent of people with oral cancer use tobacco, and 40% of all cancers diagnosed in the US can be linked to tobacco (2)? Smoking cigarettes can be linked to over 80% of lung cancer deaths. Not to mention, tobacco is much more addictive than almost any commonly used herb. Tobacco is widely used, but so are many other herbs. More people use other herbs for herbal tea, remedies and food dishes than use tobacco, and almost none have been cited as having the health risks associated with tobacco. There are some herbs that can be dangerous, but they are rarely used in herbal products or food and should never be. Smoking a hookah is said to be just as bad as smoking cigarettes because more smoke is inhaled. So wouldn’t smoking non-addictive herbs be less harmful than tobacco because someone would potentially smoke less? Putting herbs that can be smoked or chewed as an alternative to tobacco in the same category as tobacco has little basis in fact. Most are far less addictive and have nowhere near the potential negative side effects of tobacco. Some herbs can have side effects, exacerbate current medical conditions, or interfere with medications. Please fully research any herbs you plan on consuming. 

Many herbs can be chewed and smoked, tobacco is not the only option. Here is a list of some popular herbs that have a history of being used as alternatives to tobacco.

Coltsfoot Leaf and Flowers

Botanical Name: Tussilago Farfara
Plant Family: Asteraceae
Also Called: British Tobacco, Tash Plant, Ass’s Foot, Bull’s Foot, Coughwort, Farfara, Foal’s Foot, Foalswort and Horse Foot.

This is a great place to start. Not only has coltsfoot (British Tobacco) been used as a smoking herb for hundreds of years, but it is also used to reduce congestion from cold and flu symptoms. Coltsfoot is a slightly harsh smoke but has a pleasant, clean aftertaste, slightly resembling menthol.

However, like tobacco, coltsfoot has been shown to contain chemicals that can cause health issues, like pyrrolizidine alkaloids that can negatively affect the liver and may cause birth defects. The flowers are used in Chinese Medicine with clear warnings regarding use during pregnancy or for people who are on medications, drink alcohol or have liver problems.

Because of these concerns, many herbal practitioners recommend other options like Garlic (Allium Sativum), Slippery Elm (Ulmus Rubra), Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris) or Elderberry (Sambucus Nigra) to assist with congestion and other cold and flu symptoms (1).

It should be noted that there is not enough clinical evidence at this time to determine the potential side effects of inhaling coltsfoot.

Mullein Leaf

Botanical Name: Verbascum Thapsus
Plant Family: Scrophulariaceae
Also Called: Lungwort, Hedge Taper, Candlewick, Feltwort, Hare’s-Beard, Torches, Blanketleaf, Jacob’s, Jupiter’s,  or Peter’s Staff,  velvetplant,  Old Man’s Flannel and  Miner’s Candle.

Mullein (Lungwort) has been used for hundreds of years and has been shown to be quite safe. Most negative side effects from mullein are allergic reactions to the plant. It is mainly used to relieve inflammation and congestion from cold and flu symptoms.  Mullein leaves and flowers are also commonly smoked and used as tea.

When smoked, Mullein can be slightly harsh and does not have a great flavor, but it is not all that bad either. Many people do find it a relaxing smoke. The leaves of mullein are very fluffy and have fluffy little hairs on them that cause them to stick together, making it challenging to mix with other herbs.

Lobelia Leaf

Botanical name: Lobelia Inflata
Plant family: Campanulaceae
Also called: Indian Tobacco, Eyebright, Asthma Weed, Bladderpod, Puke Weed, Gagroot and Vomitroot.

Lobelia is a famous and widely used smoking herb also known as Indian tobacco that contains the active compound Lobeline. Lobeline and nicotine both agonistically activate nicotinic acetylcholine receptors. Meaning that in low doses they act as a stimulant, and in high doses they act as a depressant (1).

Both lobeline and tobacco will also induce vomiting if taken in larger doses.

Strangely, lobeline does not share the addictive qualities of nicotine. Lobelia is not a habit-forming herb like tobacco and is currently used in products that ease the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal.

It is believed that lobelia may lessen the effects of nicotine when smoked with tobacco, so mixing them may not be recommended. 

Lobelia would best be used as an alternative to smoking tobacco after someone has stopped smoking it and is dealing with withdrawal symptoms.

When smoked, lobelia leaf is mildly harsh and of average flavor, and it is often used in tobacco-free smoking mixtures.

Pregnant and breastfeeding women, people with high blood pressure, heart disease, liver disease, kidney disease, tobacco sensitivity, paralysis, seizure disorder, shortness of breath, and those recovering from shock should not take lobelia (2).

Mugwort Leaf

Botanical name: Artemisia Vulgaris
Plant family: Asteraceae
Also called: Sailor’s Tobacco, Mother of Herbs, Felon Herb, Sweet Wormwood and St. John’s plant.

Mugwort is called sailor’s tobacco because it was smoked by sailors in lieu of tobacco on long voyages. As documented in The Flora Altaica, 1829–33.

Mugwort is both a nervine sedative and a nervine stimulant, meaning it is said to calm the nerves while increasing energy (1). I often have mugwort tea, and it seems to wake me up while also making me feel a bit more at ease.

When smoked, mugwort has a strong flavor but is not harsh. Because of its fluffy consistency, it is best suited for a pipe or dry herb vaporizer. This also makes it difficult to blend with other herbs. It is a slightly bitter tea.

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How to Make Herbal Tea Without Bags

Making Herbal Tea

The following are instructions for making an individual cup of herbal tea without using tea bags.

  1. Fill a cup that is able to be placed in a microwave with water and add your herbal tea blend. Do not stir.
  2. Make sure the water level is 1 inch below the rim of the cup, and heat it in the microwave on high for one to two minutes (depending on the microwave). This should bring it to a full boil. Keep an eye on the cup. Different herbal tea mixtures can affect how the water boils.
  3. Carefully remove the cup and slowly stir the water. If you would like, you can add a little more water, so you have a full cup.
  4. In a short period of time (about the time it takes for the water to cool down enough to drink), the herbs will have settled at the bottom of the cup.
  5. If there are any left on top, slowly stir the top of the water. In most cases, it will sink to the bottom of the cup.
  6. Slowly sip the tea, tilting the cup just enough to be able to reach the tea.
  7. Almost all the herbs will remain on the bottom of the cup.
  8. If you would like to, when you reach the bottom of the cup, you can take a spoon and compress the herbs in the cup to release the remaining water.

For some medical tea blends or herbs, boiling the tea in water for a significant period of time or letting the herbs soak in water for a day or more is recommended.

We have been following these instructions and are surprised at how well they work. It takes a little practice, but eventually you are able to drink the tea without sipping up any of the blend. And you do not need to worry about tea bags. The amount of herbal tea you would use per cup may vary based on the type of herbs.

For most of our blends, we have found that a 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of herbal tea blend for every 1 cup of water works best.

These instructions can be easily adapted to make tea on the stove in larger quantities.

Of course, you can purchase empty tea bags or a reusable tea ball infuser and soak the herbal tea blend that way. There are also devises that will filter out the herbs when you poor the tea.

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Are Herbal Smoking Blends Safe?

Is Smoking Herbs Safe

In the case of responsibly and professionally blended “100% natural” herbal smoking mixtures, yes. Overall, the herbal smoking blend industry has a good track record for safety (other than the negative health effects known to be associated with smoking) when the products are used as directed by healthy adults. There are very few herbs that do not come with some warning for pregnant or nursing women and people with health problems. These people should consult their doctor before smoking any substance.

Safer than Tobacco?

It depends on how you look at it. The fact of the matter is that, although many people find herbal blends enjoyable and relaxing, they have (in most cases) not been shown to be habit-forming. So, in that respect, they are safer because it is less likely the act of smoking herbs will become habit-forming.

As far as smoking herbs being safer to smoke than tobacco, we simply do not have enough scientific evidence to be able to answer that. We have seen research that shows particular herbs and blends produce less tar than tobacco when burned and have fewer harmful compounds. We do know that, when smoked, herbs produce tar and carbon monoxide, which are known to have negative side effects. This leads to reason that the habitual smoking of any substance is likely to be unhealthy.