When someone speaks of smoking, most likely the mind goes to one of two places. They are either talking about tobacco or marijuana. But there is a world of other plants that can be consumed and they hold a huge amount of healing benefit.
There has been evidence of humans using plants for healing purposes since the start of their existence. That is 60,000 years of evidence, within different cultures around the world.
Why shouldn’t the practice continue today?
Find out what herbs to smoke when things go wrong and how to make an herbal mixture that not only heals but tastes great.
Top Selections for Herbs to Smoke
Varying herbs are used for all parts of the body. The most common ailments addressed fall under a few specific categories:
Anxiety and Calm
Arguably these two concerns are the ones most commonly treated and that have the most options available to them. Many of these options also work as the perfect base for the mixture.
A very popular choice that is commonly used as a base in many herbal mixtures. This light herb is known for several of its wellness benefits.
Damiana has been used for nervous system support as well as menstrual pain recovery. In addition to these, there has been some success with treating depression as well.
2. Sweet Flag
Also known as Calamus Root is referred to as a “balancing herb”. This is because it energizes while, at the same time, reduces anxiety.
Aside from the treatment of the mind, it has strong physical effects that it can treat. These primarily concern the retention of fluids and the effects of constipation.
Of all of the herbs mentioned today Mugwort has some of the most complex, and the longest list of, benefits. It has been used to help with serious neurological issues like epilepsy and cerebral palsy.
Mugwort is also very effective in helping with digestive issues, asthma, chronic pain, and cardiovascular problems.
The herb will put the body at ease and into a relaxed state. It is said to help with dreams.
This amazing plant has a bounty of uses, making it one of the best “all-around” herbs to add into a mixture.
Most know of its ability to help with insomnia and anxiety but the uses do not stop there. It boosts the general health of the CNS, central nervous system as a whole, is known to relieve both stress and migraine headaches.
Dealing with depression is often a holistic battle, the different systems of the body all suffer when depression hits. These natural remedies not only aid the mind but will aid the body at the same time.
5. St. John’s Wort
Often considered another “all-around” improvement option, St John’s stands as one of the most commonly used plants in herbal remedy all around the world. It will not only establish a base but
Aside from these St John’s Wort has been shown to relieve problems related to Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and overall tension/stress.
6. Rose Petal
Aside from looking and smelling beautiful, Roses are another great option when it comes to addressing depression in a blend.
Their light flavor also makes it so that the mix will not be overly jarring when consumed. In addition to helping with depression, Rose petal has been shown to help with fighting bacteria.
At first many may think that smoking a substance would do more harm to the lungs and throat, but in fact, when done properly these are all effective ways to clear out the chest and head.
A herb was popular throughout history even as far back as biblical times! It has mentioned in the Bible as a “holy herb”. It is used as a method to clear the lungs and sinuses. It can be used to ease the discomfort of irritated membranes as well.
On top of its detoxifying effects, Hyssop is known to relieve anxiety and act as a mild stimulant
This is one of the go-to choices for a base in herbal blends for many. It is a light herb that burns relatively slowly and has a neutral taste. There is no chance of it overpowering the rest of the mix.
Mullein’s primary use is for cleansing infection and helping with inflammation.
9. White Horehound
While many consume White Horehound for its capabilities in helping sinuses and breathing, it has also been shown to be an effective appetite stimulant.
The compound, Marubiin, is found in high levels and is to blame for the expectorant abilities of the herb. It can treat a wide range of pain but is most effective with head and throat.
Most herbal remedies can be used to help with pain on some level but there are a select few that stand out for these reasons.
Most people will recognize the name from its association with Absinthe. However, Wormwood has plenty of therapeutic applications that remain relatively unknown because of that.
It works as a pain reliever, aiding in muscle cramps, headaches, and even some aspects of arthritis. Wormwood also works particularly well in dealing with menstrual cramping.
These choices will change with what compliments your mixture best. The most popular for these are:
11. Spearmint and/or Peppermint
Both of these common plants are a very popular addition to blends of herbs to smoke. They have a very appealing flavor and complement many other herbs very well, making them easy to work with.
Both spearmint and peppermint have also been found to have respiratory health benefits.
Also known as Bee Balm, is interestingly enough often mixed with honey in healing tinctures. Monarda is a relative of spearmint and as part of that same mint family, it shares many of spearmint’s, and other mints, therapeutic uses.
Mostly used for aiding with colds and to strengthen the body’s immune system. It also has been shown to detoxify in the same way that Hyssop can.
13. CBD Flower
The well-known cure-all, CBD, can be consumed in more forms than simply being eaten. It can be argued that smoking the flower is an even more effective way of treatment with CBD.
CBD has been used to treat many problems, the most common being:
- Depression and Anxiety
- Seizure disorders
- High Blood Pressure
- Acne and other skin concerns
But there is a major factor that changes when someone decides to smoke CBD as opposed to other routes of consumption. The bioavailability from the smoked flower is much higher.
Because smoked CBD travels directly to the bloodstream rather than being processed in the digestive system, far less of the compound is lost.
Edible routes provide for 6-19% whereas smoking allows for somewhere around 31% on average. The half-life, or the time it takes for half of the substance to leave the body, of smoked CBD vs edible shows a large gap as well.
The half-life of smoked CBD is 30 hours whereas edible sits around 10 – 17.
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Creating an Herbal Cigarette or Smoke Blend
You begin by creating a base for the rest of the herbs. This is something that is a nice subtle and light herb. It shouldn’t overpower the rest of the mixture but still needs to form a good base. (Mullein, Red Raspberry, Damiana)
Next, determine what the intended goal is or what problem you are looking to treat. This is where the bulk of the work is, figuring out what will work best for your problem while complementing the rest of the mixture.
Finally finishing off the mixture by adding accent herbs for flavoring. These herbs can still serve to heal but their primary function is to make the mixture more enjoyable.
Some add “body” in an additional step. This is to make a fuller smoke with a little more weight to it. This is usually achieved by the addition of barks, such as willow bark or blackberry root.
A good ratio to keep when measuring out a new mixture is:
- Base Herb-Two Tablespoons
- Healing or Supportive Herb-One tablespoon
- Accent Herb(s)-1/2 tablespoon.
Keeping to these makes the mixture easy to scale up when making larger amounts.
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Hopefully, this has given you a better insight of choices to make when gathering herbs to smoke.
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