Introduction to Smoking Herbal Supplements
Welcome to the Herbal supplement page of our website. Here you will find pictures of the herbs we offer and their uses. When choosing to use these herbs for a healthier lifestyle, please make sure to talk to one of our specialists to ensure you're taking them in the right amount, and for the right reasons. One of the main things we try to condone is a more mindful cigarette. These herbs will help heal, wean, and recover from the chemicals and non-natural additives found in most other cigarettes. Below are some notes on herbs and how to use/keep them.
For the most part, you want these herbs to be kept moist, not dry and crispy. The majority are best picked fresh and not dried completely. Package in an airtight container. If you use herbs that are too dry, try spraying your mixture lightly with water. Mix it thoroughly and let sit in an airtight container to let the moisture travel throughout the herbs.
Some herbs are especially helpful to obtain the proper physical consistency of the mixture. By far the best physical base for a smoking mixture is Mullein. It is a good carrier of the other substances. You can also use finely shredded barks. Thin slices or inner barks of plants like dogwood and willow should be finely cut into long strips, much like fine Virginian Tobacco. Certain plants need to be rubbed before use. Mullein won’t become fluffy until you take the herbs in your hands and rub them.
Let’s face it, herbal smoking mixtures will not cause you to quit Tobacco. Only you can make the conscious decision to not smoke. Smoking mixtures can aid in the process if you are ready. At first, a thick bodied flavorful smoke (A flue & burley mix) with Lobelia and calming herbs is recommended. After the physical withdrawal is finished, drop the Lobelia and use a calming herbal mix of Mullein & Valerian with lots of astringent herbs for a heavy "Tobacco" smoke. In reality, no herbal smoking mixture tastes as "thick" as Tobacco. Be sure to add some expectorants to aid in the cleansing process. Finally, you may wish to cut the astringents and just go with the Mullein alone. Mullein is very light and will feel as if you aren’t really smoking anything, and you will eventually lose interest in it.
Other herbs, taken as tea or tincture, may be helpful during the withdrawal process. A liver stimulant like Oregon Grape Root or Goldenseal may help your body remove the nicotine quicker. This won’t make the withdrawal symptoms easier, but it will speed up the process. Salicylate herbs, like Willow and Oak, can help with headaches. Calming herbs like Skullcap, Valerian, and Parrot’s Beak, are definitely recommended. After the physical addiction is broken, it will be up to you to come to the conclusion that you are going to stop smoking.
Verbascum Thapsus - Mullein
Mullein is a fine medicine for the lungs, even when you smoke it. It soothes inflamed or infected lungs, and prevents coughing until infection or inflammation is broken. Then it aids in expectoration, helping to break up congestion and promote "effective" coughing.
It has almost no flavor and is a very light smoke. The average smoker would feel as if they’re smoking air.
Crispy dried crushed Mullein is a lousy smoke. Be sure to keep it ever so slightly moist. And it has no flavor!
Several modern scientific studies have been conducted on the usefulness of horehound, beginning to confirm what has long been folk knowledge. A 2011 study concluded that the essential oil of M. vulgare contains potent antimicrobial and anticancer properties, while a 2012 study found marrubiin, one of the primary active compounds found in horehound, to possess "antidiabetic, anti-atherogenic and anti-inflammatory properties"
This commonly used smoking ingredient is an expectorant. It promotes coughing and aid in the upward flow of mucus. Let me repeat this: This herb will make you cough. Coltsfoot was smoked by the Native Americans and Romans for centuries as a medical herb. If used properly, and in correct minute dosages, this herb is a very effective healthful herb.
The name "tussilago" itself means "cough suppressant." Coltsfoot has been used in herbal medicine. Tussilago farfara leaves have been used in the traditional Austrian medicine for treatment of disorders of the respiratory tract, skin, locomotor system, viral infections, flu, colds, fever, rheumatism and gout.
This commonly used smoking ingredient is an expectorant. They promote coughing and aid in the upward flow of mucus. Let me repeat this: these herbs will make you cough. This herb is ideal for a general lung cleanse, for the ending of respiratory flus and colds, when you’re quitting Tobacco, and to get the crud out of your lungs in general. Do not use them when you are coughing up blood or if it hurts when you breathe. See a qualified health professional if this is the case. Also, do not use them when you can not stop coughing. If this is the case, stick with Mullein.
Datura spp-Jimson Weed Seeds
Used in the proper dosages, Datura can be a very effective treatment for a variety of problems. Smoke the crushed seeds only. The seeds are the mildest part of the plant. Just a few micrograms will anesthetize your throat and lungs. This could be very helpful with some lung problems. You will not feel psychological effects from this small a dosage. This plant does not agree with some people. If you feel light headed or nauseous, then stop smoking it. No harm will be done.
In some oversea countries, you may find that the cigarettes still contain Datura leaf. Datura has been used as smoking mixtures in a variety of cultures.
Lobelia inflata - Lobelia
Native Americans used lobelia to treat respiratory and muscle disorders, and as a purgative. The species used most commonly in modern herbalism is Lobelia inflata (Indian tobacco). However, there are adverse effects that limit the use of lobelia.
Lobelia has been used as "asthmador" in Appalachian folk medicine.
Herbalist Samuel Thomson popularized medicinal use of lobelia in the United States in the early 19th century.
Lobelia is the herb for stopping smoking with its calming, expectorant, alterative, and nicotine mimicking effects. When making your mixture, add a pinch of Lobelia. If it’s not satisfying, add more.