Most of us have first-hand experience with the benefits the body, mind, and soul each receive from an inhalation of sweet cannabis. In fact, studies show that cannabis acts as a bronchodilator, opening the airway passages and aiding in respiratory health. But the proliferation of chemical-coated, cancer-causing tobacco cigarettes has created a stigma that smoking is bad for your health, period. But the truth is, humans have been inhaling herbs for their health benefits for centuries.
If smoking one herb (cannabis) can make us feel so good, logic dictates that there must be additional herbs that deliver similar relief, right? Right! We’re here today to talk about something even most naturopaths and herbalists shy away from.
First, we’re going to talk about some of the wonderful medicinal herbs you can smoke before walking you through how to make your own herbal smoking blend with some help from The Herbal Academy.
Smoking dried lavender by itself can be calming and has a pleasant taste. You will immensely enjoy using Lavender in your smoking blends, especially if you have trouble sleeping and your mind races as you lay there.Lavender melts all your troubles away.
Lavender is known throughout the world for its incredible aroma and therapeutic benefits.You ‘ll be hard pressed to not find lavender in many beauty products and relaxing tea blend.However, due to lavender calming effects, it’s also smoked before bed to fall asleep quickly.
Turns out that Lavender and Marijuana share vital terpene , Linalool. Both lavender and marijuana have linalool in abundance!
Terpene gives substances their pungent aroma, but Linalool is special when combined THC and CBD.
Smoking dried lavender, you can enjoy the countless benefits, peaceful sleep, Dried lavender flowers in you pillow case will help you to fall asleep.
Another is to tie a bundle of dried lavender to create a potent incense, which reduces stress and anxiety.
There is a lot more to lavender but I will leave it to you to discover it!
What is Lavender?
Lavender, which is scientifically known as Lavandula, is a flowering plant that’s part of the mint family.
Lavender typically grows into a small bush and contains highly aromatic purple flowers.
Usually, you can find Lavender in northern Africa and the Mediterranean mountains but nowadays it is grown in most countries in the world due to its widespread use.
This name has become so accustomed to various languages of the world that color is even named after it (one of the shades of purple).
While lavender oil is widely used in aromatherapy, the dried plant is an integral part of French cuisine.
It can be added to tea and used in seasonal herbal teas. Many perfumes and body care products contain lavender extract
But how did it happen that smoking lavender became popular among cannabis smokers and among those who seeking for tobacco substitutes that will help them to quit nicotine.
Let’s take a look at lavender medicinal properties.
Is Smoking Lavender Safe?
Although you can smoke lavender safely it is important that you understand that smoking anything is unhealthy.
Therefore, if you are a smoker stay with us and discover a nicotine-free smoking world based on herbs, but if you never smoked before, then stop reading this, and do not smoke!
If so, smoking lavender indeed provides an immense number of benefits.
The main reason why you would smoke lavender is to quit smoking or to smoke with other herbs, such as cannabis.
A Wide variety of herbal cigarettes and herbal smoking blends contain lavender because of its many benefits.
But the main benefit of smoking lavender is the ability to get rid of nicotine without experiencing a major part of the withdrawal symptoms.
Cannabis smokers have found interest in smoking lavender due to the common terpene it has with the cannabis plant.
The same terpene is responsible for enhancing the effects of cannabis, but at the same time, it is also the one that is behind quite a few health benefits of lavender.
Smoking Lavender Can Help You Sleep
When you decide to quit smoking, one of the most pronounced nicotine withdrawal symptoms is a lack of sleep- insomnia.
As your body begins to detox itself from nicotine, it becomes difficult to get a good night’s rest.
It is known that lack of sleep can lead to irritability and other unpleasant side effects.
Luckily for you, there is no need for medicine, but for the wonder plant lavender.
So let’s take a moment to explain why smoking lavender will help you fall asleep within seconds.
A primary reason behind this phenomenon is that lavender contains a large amount of linalool.
Linalool is a terpene that’s primarily known for its relaxing effects that help the mind and body slow down.
By smoking lavender, you can reduce the adverse side effects when you quit smoking.
Smoking lavender allows you to inhale the medicinal properties into your lungs which will then continue to flow in your bloodstream.
Herbs for Your Lungs
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. Since Mullein has no flavor, it makes a great base for an herbal smoking blend. Mullein that is too dry won’t smoke smoothly, so add a little moisture and rub the leaves together for the best result.
White Horehound: If you’re like me and the other 300 million people around the globe who suffer from asthma, white horehound is about to be your new best friend. A unique herb native to the Mediterranean, white horehound is a very potent anti-inflammatory, specifically regarding respiratory inflammation. In natural medicine practices, it is used to treat bronchitis, whooping cough, and asthma. White horehound is high in marrubiin, which is responsible for its expectorant properties and its ability to stimulate appetite. This useful herb is also analgesic which helps with general aches and pains, specifically headaches and toothaches. Fun fact: Marrob, the Hebrew name for white horehound, is one of the five sacred herbs traditionally served at Passover feasts.
Hyssop: Hyssop has been regarded as a holy herb for centuries, mentioned in the Bible as an herb used to cleanse and purge. Hyssop is often combined with white horehound to deliver powerful, penetrating healing to lung tissues. Hyssop is also used to treat emphysema and purify the lungs because it is such a powerful expectorant. Not only does hyssop clear all the gunk from your lungs, it also soothes irritated mucous membranes in the respiratory system. On top of lung and respiratory health, hyssop is used to relieve anxiety and stimulate focus. Warning, because of its powerful ability to cleanse the body, hyssop has been reported to make some people sweat as the herb initiates the body to detoxify itself through the skin.
Korean Ginseng: Popularly used in a tonic for restoring balance in the body, Korean ginseng also releases many medicinal properties when smoked. It dilates constricted vessels in the lungs allowing for deeper and more effective breathing. Korean ginseng also cleanses the adrenal glands and reduces the physical side-effects of stress in your body such as high cortisol levels in the bloodstream. As an added bonus, it also provides a refreshing boost of energy and optimism which in turn lessens fatigue and anxiety. Amazingly, Korean ginseng has been shown to decrease cancer development in lung tissue.
Herbs Used to Quit Cigarettes
Red Raspberry Leaf: Not only does Red Raspberry Leaf contain a wide variety of medicinal compounds, it is also a great tobacco alternative. Smoking Red Raspberry leaves even neutralizes nicotine poisoning. It also helps with easing menstrual pain, which is why it is a top ingredient in Whoopi & Maya’s PMS tincture. Red Raspberry is a sedative herb that produces a calming effect on the nervous system. Its fluffy texture makes Red Raspberry the perfect base for an herbal smoking blend.
Bergamot: A very strong lung antiseptic, bergamot is rich in oregano oil which has a plethora of healing properties. This powerful herb could easily be placed in the “herbs for your lungs” category because of its effective lung infection-fighting properties. Commonly used to help smokers quit cigarettes, bergamot significantly reduces nicotine cravings as both an herbal smoke and in its essential oil form. In fact, this unique herb has shown to help with dependency or compulsive disorders. Bergamot hails from the citrus family so it’s also known for its uplifting energy and immune-boosting properties.