Herbal smoking blends are typically made of three parts.

There are many herbs that can be used for these three categories, but we have listed where our collection of 8 herbs falls below. Click here to learn more about the therapeutic benefits of each of these herbs.

    • Base: light and fluffy herbs
      • mullein, cannabis
    • Supportive: specific to the purpose for making the blend
      • thyme, rose, rosemary
    • Flavor: adds flavor to the blend
      • lavender, peppermint, chamomile

          The ratios of each herb you use is up to you, but below are guidelines to get you started. Don't be afraid to experiment in smaller quantities (like tsp instead of tbsp) to find ratios that work best for you!

          • Base: 2 tbsp.
          • Supportive: 1 tbsp.
          • Flavor: 1/2 tbsp.

          Remember!

          The quality of your herbs is important, especially if you’re smoking them! Check out our article on Healing Herbs to learn how to find quality herbs. This article also lists the therapeutic benefits of each of the 8 herbs listed above. 

          PAX dry herb vaporizer with DIY herbal smoking blend

          Vaporizing your Herbal Blend

          As we all know, smoking anything — whether it be tobacco, cigarettes, cannabis, or herbs — can be damaging to our lungs. When plant material is ignited or lit, a combustion takes place that produces tar and other toxic chemicals that can cause harm to our bodies. Vaporizing, on the other hand, warms plant material enough to release its beneficial compounds without creating a harmful combustion. 

          When it comes to smoking cannabis, a study showed that 88% of the smoke has non-beneficial cannabinoids and terpenes — meaning only 12% of what was inhaled had helpful compounds.* When the cannabis was vaporized instead, 95% of vapor produced had beneficial compounds. While there aren't specific studies done on vaporizing vs smoking other herbs, we can only assume that the concept carries over. 

          *Please note that while smoking cannabis is less beneficial than vaporizing it, smoking cannabis is less harmful than smoking tobacco (NCBI). Click here to learn more about the differences in smoking vs vaporizing.

          Vaporizing Temperatures

          The thing about vaporizing is that every herb combusts at a different temperature, so it can be tricky to figure out what temperature to vaporize your blend at. Below is a list the combustion temperature of each herb so that you can experiment with vaporization temperatures and find what feels best for you. 

          Cannabis 347-455°F 175-235°C
          Chamomile 374-400°F 190-204°C
          Lavender 266-390°F 130-198°C
          Mullein 302-450°F 150-232°C
          Peppermint 331-450°F 166-232°C
          Rose 212-450°F 100-232°C
          Rosemary 257-350°F 125-176°C
          Thyme 374-410°F 190-210°C

           

          Rose and chamomile herbal smoking blend with joint cones

          Tried & True Blends

          Below are a couple of our favorite smoking blends, but these are also great blends to make into tea or throw into a bath. Click here to learn how to make your own tea or bath bag out of a coffee filter.

          Strengthening & Calming

          Great for winding down after work! 
          • 2 tbsp mullein

          • 1 tbsp rose

          • 1/2 tbsp chamomile

          Rose, mullein, and chamomile next to herbal joint cones

          Stimulating & Soothing

          Great for taking a mental break! 
          • 2 tbsp mullein

          • 1/2 tbsp peppermint

          • 1/2 tbsp lavender

          Lavender, peppermint, mullein next to herbal blend joint cones

          Woman holding spoon pipe with herbal smoking blend made at home

          This post was inspired by The Herbal Academy's Post about "How to Craft Your Own Smoking Blends" by Agatha Noveille

          Kristen Williams
          Tags: DIY Wellness