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Quitting Tobacco: Medicinal Herbs an Attractive Alternative

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Quitting tobacco altogether sounds incredibly difficult, yet replacing the behavior, with herbs less harmful, is easier. Vaporizing medicinal herbs is an attractive and healthy alternative to smoking cigarettes. Read why.

Damiana

Native to Mexico, Damiana offers a mild buzz, strengthens the nervous system, addresses urinary infection, reduces cramps, and alleviates depression. Additionally, sometimes used as an aphrodisiac, Damiana increases one’s sexual appetite.

Peppermint

Found throughout Europe, Peppermint offers a unique and refreshing taste, while alleviating muscle spasms and serving as an antiseptic. Used often in cooking, the herb is also consumed raw, but it’s quickly growing popular with smokers.

Thyme

Thyme’s great taste makes it popular with smokers all over the world and offers a light buzz. Traditionally, medicine men used the herb to alleviate hypertensive patients and those complaining of stomach and gastric pain.

Passion Flower

Found growing wild in parts of North America, Passion Flower works as a sedative. When vaporized, users report a tranquil and peaceful sensation.

Lavender

Among the most-popular herbs and known for its aroma, Lavender hosts positives aside from taste and smell. Stimulating blood flow, acting as an antidepressant, and relieving muscles, users often include lavender in their mixes.

Lemon Balm

Known for its great taste, smell, and calming effect, Lemon Balm relaxes the nervous system and promotes a good night’s rest. Furthermore, smoking relieves headaches and increases blood circulation. Mixing it with other herbs, such as Hops, Valerian, and Chamomile, unlocks its calming effect.

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s anti-depressant nature is no surprise to those who have used the herb for years, yet, recently, smokers have begun vaporizing it for its positive effects, unlocking additional sedative qualities.

Chamomile

Growing wild in Asia and prevalent in Europe, Chamomile is easy to digest and used in teas. When vaporized, it acts as a stress reliever. Additionally, regular vaporization boosts the immune system and serves as a perfect complement to other calming and healing herbs.

Valerian

An herb acting as a sedative, Valerian promotes good rest and vaporization promotes its potency. Complement the herb with Lemon Balm, Hops, Passion Flower, and Skullcap.

Hops

A common ingredient in most beers, Hops is growing popular with smokers who prefer vaporizers. As reported, the herb induces euphoria, offering a sedative effect. Earthy, with a bite of sweet and spice, Hops is used in many blends, if only for the flavor alone.

Green Tea

Creating a buzz, Green Tea mimics the effects of caffeine. As anecdotes provide, lowering the temperature of your vaporizer produces a subtler experience and milder herb effect.

Sage

Sage offers a minty flavor and antiseptic and estrogenic effects. Often used to treat colds and sore throats, Sage has been a staple within medicinal mixes for years. Read vaporizerblog articles for additional information on vaporizing the herb.

Yerba Mate

Best smoked at 190 degrees Celsius, like Green Tea, Yerba Mate can be used as a stimulant and packs an energizing buzz.

Rosemary

Rosemary’s oils, used for centuries to address the respiratory system, grows in popularity. Vaporizing the herb sends antimicrobial elements to the lungs. However, like Thyme, Rosemary is volatile, so avoid accidental combustion when using a vaporizer.

Eucalyptus

Delivering antibacterial effects and gentle enough for children and pregnant women, the sweet-smelling plant helps fight colds, the flu, and lung infections.

Medical Cannabis

Vaporizing medical cannabis is a safer way to experience its euphoric effects and helps those suffering from PTSD, depression, anxiety, auto-immune disorders, chronic pain, etc. Legal in many states (for those who qualify) vaporization is a much safer option versus smoking the herb.

Basil

Basil helps an upset and ‘gassy’ stomach. Offering a soothing scent, Basil, often used in cooking, elicits feelings of well being when vaporized. However, due to its relation to premature contractions, Basil should not be smoked or vaporized by pregnant users.

Portability

Lastly, the need to purchase large-sized vaporizer machines and smoke in isolation or at home, becomes common ‘excuses’ as to why cigarette smokers prefer to maintain their habit. It’s inconvenient to vaporize, but no longer due to a large production of vaporizer ‘pens’ and other devices.

Be sure to understand local laws regarding where and when it’s safe to smoke in public. Furthermore, don’t assume people will dismiss second-hand smoke because you’re not smoking tobacco. Be respectful of those who do not like to smoke or smell any herbs, regardless of positive effects the plants may offer.

Smoking cigarettes is a habit, and much of the habit is an addiction to the act of smoking. Rather harmful and cancer-causing tobacco, there are alternatives for those who want to quit a ‘bad habit.’

Mathilda Marks is a holistic health practitioner of many years. She likes to provide information to help others live better. You can find her informative articles on many health and alternative health blogs and websites.