Herbal smoke blend
A Herbal smoke blend is an excellent solution for many who are struggling daily to consume less tobacco.
It’s also an option for those who are trying to treat an ailment or disease.
Throughout history, dried herbs have been used to make incense, smudges, and herbal smoking blends.
Quite a few plants may be safely, and pleasurable, lit up in a pipe or rolling papers. Those listed below are legal, unregulated, and totally safe to use. They are also non-hallucinogenic and non-addictive.
While they won’t get you high, when blended according to the instructions below, these herbs produce a smooth, tasty smoke and some even give a gentle, relaxing buzz.
There’s something fascinating about the alchemy of herbs and smoke. Part of it is visual. We can see the plants undergoing a violent physical change as they are transformed into smoke and ash. It’s also something that we can experience as we breathe in. The smoke has a taste and a texture, and it resonates with us at an emotional and physical level. We resonate with it as well.
Some people may find it helpful to use herbal smoking blends when they are lessening their dependence on tobacco. The blend of herbs can be customized by combining ingredients such as lobelia and calming herbs, incorporating expectorants and mullein to support the lungs, and eventually transitioning to using mullein only.
The Anatomy of creating a Herbal Smoke Blend
It can be helpful to think of herbal smoking blends as three parts:
- the carrier or base herbs
- herbs with a specific supportive role
- herbs used for flavouring.
1. Choose Your Base
Your base should be something that is smooth, has body, and burns well. There are a few different bases I would suggest, depending on your desired flavour and effect.
Raspberry Leaf: A nice fluffy base for every day smoking blends. I suggest blending Raspberry and Mullein together for a nice base. You can play with the ratios and find your favourite! Re-mist lightly with water to freshen up the leaves and make a nicer, smoother smoke.
Mullein: Mullein has a lot of body and burns well, but has no relaxing effect. This is good if you’re just looking for an every day kind of smoke. Mullein also cleanses the lungs and brings up congestion, so if you are quitting smoking or have quit already, Mullein is a good lung restorative. *TIP: Make sure the mullein isn’t too dry, because this causes the smoke to be more harsh. You can always re-mist lightly with a little bit of water. Also, rub the mullein between your fingertips to fluff it up.
2. Choose Your Modifiers
Your modifiers will be the second largest quantity in your mix after the base. They will augment and enhance the effect of your base. So, depending on your desired effect, choose 2-4 modifiers to add to your base. Be creative!
Some popular examples of Modifiers are: Passionflower, Wild Dagga, Uva Ursi, Mugwort, Skullcap, Hops, Catnip, Chamomile, Thyme, Lobelia, Marigold, Coltsfoot, Marshmallow leaves, Marjoram, and Rose petals.
3. Add a Flavour Twist
Some examples are:
This herb will should be used in a smaller amount as they have a stronger taste, and they will finish off your blend with a unique flavour! Be careful with herbs like Clove which have a strong taste and medicinal effect. Peppermint too is quite strong so use sparingly or opt for Spearmint instead. If you’re not fond of mint flavours then consider Liquorice Root or Stevia.
4. Put it together!
Now you’re ready for the final step. Take all your dried herbs (make sure to pick out any stems) and put them together in this ratio:
3 parts Base Herb
For example, you’ve decided to make a relaxing herbal smoke mix.
Your base is a mix of Mullein flowers and Raspberry leaves.
Place 1.5 handfuls of both Mullein flowers and Raspberry leaves in a bowl.
You’ve chosen modifiers like Mugwort and Wild Dagga. Mix these together first in equal parts, then place 2 handfuls of your modifiers in the bowl.
Your flavour twist is Spearmint. You just want a subtle flavour Take a 1 very small handful of Spearmint and place it in the bowl.
Mix it all together, and you’re done! Now for the fun part. Try it out!
Use a nice pinch of your natural herbal smoking mix in a rolling paper, pipe, or vaporizer.
Below are some herbs and effects.
Hyssop on top of lung and respiratory health, hyssop is used to relieve anxiety and stimulate focus.
Thyme another cleansing herb for your lungs, thyme can help heal respiratory infections such as the flu, whooping cough, or bronchitis.
Mullein: A tasteless light smoke, Mullein is revered as a highly medicinal herb that cleanses lung infections and inflammation. It’s an expectorant, meaning that it helps in breaking up respiratory congestion and promotes productive coughing.
Calendula has a smooth floral citrus taste that increases your positive mood.
Wormwood releases mild effects that help reduce pain, headaches, and even rheumatism.
Red Raspberry is a sedative herb that produces a calming effect on the nervous system and even neutralizes nicotine poisoning.
Pregnant women should avoid using some herbs outlined above. Always do your research.