Herbal Smoking Blends
Inspired by: The Herbal Academy's Post about "How to Craft Your Own Smoking Blends" by Agatha Noveille
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.
Base: light and fluffy herbs
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
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.
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).
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.
Lavender 266°F / 130°C
Chamomile 374 °F / 190°C
Peppermint 331°F / 166°C
Thyme 374°F / 190°C
Mullein 302°F / 150°C
Rosemary 257°F / 125°C
Rose 212°F / 100°C
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. To learn how to make your own tea or bath bag out of a coffee filter, check out this article!
Strengthening & Calming
Great for winding down after work!
2 tbsp mullein
1 tbsp rose
1/2 tbsp chamomile
Stimulating & Soothing
Great for taking a mental break!
2 tbsp mullein
1/2 tbsp peppermint
1/2 tbsp lavender
If the idea of making your own herbal smoking blend seems to overwhelming, check out our shop to browse our pre-made blends, or visit our Herbal Blends review to explore what blends may be best suited for your needs!