Tobacco Smoking is injurious to health, However smoking other natural herbs is thought to be beneficial to overall health and vitality. For example Lobelia, commonly known as Indian tobacco, is very effective for quitting your smoking habit, because it is very much like real nicotine, without its addictive properties.
Here are some others
California Poppy along with its other purposes, can be used as a relaxing herbal smoke. It’s mild, but don’t under estimate it – do not drive after use. California Poppy is a non-addictive alternative to the opium poppy, though it is less powerful. California Poppy can also be used as a nice relaxing tea.
Calamus Root AKA: “Sweet Rush”
Calamus is a very pleasantly fragrant plant that is traditionally smoked or chewed. Some say it makes a nice tea.
Catnip Leaf & Flower
( Nepata Cataria )
Cats yes, but you’ll like it too! Catnip makes a nice relaxing herbal smoke! Smoking Catnip and Damiana is said to give a feeling of euphoria when blended together.
Chamomile is smoked in herbal blends or by itself for a relaxing effect. The smell of Chamomile is absolutely wonderful! It has a sweet, fruity smell that is very rejuvenating and mind cleansing. Egyptian Chamomile has a very high content of essential oils. Chamomile tea is a favorite of many for a soothing, cleansing and relaxing feeling.
( Tussilago farfara Compositae ) Coltsfoot will make you cough, as it’s an expectorant used to help detoxify the lungs, great for cigarette smokers to make their smoker’s cough more productive. It’s actually used as a tobacco substitute in the United Kingdom. Makes for some pretty good tea too.
The alluring Damiana is known for its relaxing impact that dates as far back as the Maya culture. Damiana as a smoke produces a mild euphoric type of ”high” that can last for 1 to 1 1/2 hours. It has also been used as an aphrodisiac. Damiana can be made into a tea as well.
(Humulus lupulus Cannabaceae)
Many people love smoking Hops! Hops plants are usually tall and can grow as much as 22 feet! As everyone pretty much knows Hops is primarily used in the production of alcoholic beverages. As well as a great smoke, Hops can also be made into a tea.
(Lavandula officinalis Labiatae)
If you’re looking for an herb that smells good, this is it! Lavender flower has sort of a “blueberry” aroma.This beautiful herb is commonly used to help soothe the body and mind. No doubt, Lavender Flower makes a great smoke, especially when blended with other herbs.
(Lobelia inflata Campanulaceae) Lobelia is also known as Indiana Tobacco. This herb is a Native American substitute for tobacco and the addictive qualities that come with it. Lobelia’s chemical structure is very similar to tobacco, therefore some are finding it helpful as a quit smoking aide.
You should not use Lobelia in any way during pregnancy.
(Origanum Majorana Labiatae) Majoram AKA “Sweet Majoram” is a smooth tranquil type of herb. People who smoke Majoram by itself are more than likely doing so for relaxation, as Majoram has been reported to have a very calming effect.
Marshmallow Root is used for many different purposes. Some grind it into a tea when sick, namely to treat the symptoms of bronchitis. Back in the day, Marshmallow Root was used to make a lozenge that tasted similar to today’s Marshmallow. This herb is used for many reasons, including mixing with other herbs to make fantastic herbal smokes!
(Leonurus Cardiaca Labiatae) Motherwort is an antispasmodic that can help to aid sleep and cause the body to relax. When smoked, Motherwort has been said to give a great sense of well being.
(Artemesia Vulgaris Compositae)
Mugwort – aka The Dreaming Herb has been reported to have a calming effect. It is used in meditation and is sometimes used as a tonic herb.
Muira Puama (Ptychopetalun Olacoides) is a very stimulating smoke. It has the appearance of wood chips, and if you are wanting to grind it, you’ll have a chore on your hands unless you have a nice hand held manual grinder. For the record though, you won’t need to grind it. It’s fine smoked as is. You can also mix it with other herbs, the most popular being Damiana.
(Verbascum Thapsus Scrophulariaceae)
Mullein Leaf is a very smooth smoke, probably the smoothest going down of all of the loose herbs on this page. Its appearance is nice and fluffy. Mullein is known to help treat coughs and chest conjestion. Some people smoke Mullein to help kick the tobacco habit, and some even smoke it to aid in the quitting of Marijuana.
(Urtica Dioica Urticaceae) Nettle Leaf is a part of the stinging nettle plant and amongst its many uses, smoking Nettle Leaf has become popular in the herbal smoke community.
(Passiflora Incarnate Passifloraceae)
Passion Flower derives its name from religious symbolism and beliefs. The way the plant looks is thought to be symbolic of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.Passion Flower has been reported to relax the body and induce sleep. Along with mixing it with other herbs, such as Damiana and Skullcap, Passion Flower also makes a great solo smoke.
Red Raspberry Leaf
If you’re looking for fluffy, this ranks right up there with Mugwort and Mullein. Red Raspberry Leaf has been widely recommended for a long time as a uterine relaxant, and there are no reports in medical literature of any problems with it. However, we recommend you consult your doctor if you are pregnant before using Red Raspberry Leaf. It’s simply the safe and right thing to do.
There are many smoking blends out there that contain Raspberry Leaf. Its texture is similar to Mugwort, nice and fluffy. It makes a good stand alone smoke, and a fantastic addition to herbal blend mixtures!
Root Of Licorice
(Glycyrrhiza Glabra Leguminosae)
Talk about a sweet smoke! Enjoy the great smooth flavor of Licorice Root. The Licorice plant can grow every bit of 6′ high! When it does it blooms purple flowers. After about 4 years the plant is pulled up and the root becomes a fine herbal smoke! Licorice root can also be a great sweetener for tea.
St. Johns Wort
(Hypericum perforatum Guttiferae)
St. Johns Wort was once thought to be a magical plant during medieval times. Modern research has shown what many people have already experienced with St. John’s Wort – that it is a powerful antidepressant. When smoked, people have reported an uplifting feeling
The following legal psychedelics can be safely consumed having minimal effect on waking consciousness, and will only exhibit their effects when you fall into a natural state of sleep.
1. Calea Zacatechichi (Mexican Dream Herb) ~ Clearer Dreams
Calea is perhaps the best known of all Dream herbs. The Chontal Indians of Mexico used this shrub traditionally for lucid dreaming. I personally prefer growing mine as the fresher the herb is, the better. Calea can be consumed in tea (the flavor is pungent and bitter) or by smoking the dried leaves. A combination of smoking and drinking an infusion of the herb before bed, setting intention and focusing on one’s heartbeat creates the ideal conditions for dream-time spiritual journeying.
Effects: Apart from the intensification of visual imagery during sleep, you may find yourself feeling a sense of well-being, light-headedness and clarity the day after.
Use: Taking at least five grams of this herb is required to be really effective for most people. Drink the herb before bed, keep an intent in mind before falling asleep (e.g. “I want to meet my Spirit Guide“) and repeat for several nights until lucid dreaming occurs.
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2. Artemisa Vulgaris (Mugwort) ~ Astral Work
Mugwort has long been used by many cultures for prophetic dreaming and astral traveling (its Paiute name translates literally to “Dream Plant”). Smoking the herb directly into the lungs, or burning it as incense in the afternoon, assists with lucid dreaming. Drinking the calming, liver cleansing tea before sleep may also keep you longer in a conscious dream state (REM sleep). This herb often helps one heal while dreaming. Some users report having darker dreams that reveal hidden insights and core wounds, helping them to find closure.
Caution: Avoid this herb if you are pregnant. Mugwort relaxes the uterus in women and should never be drunk, smoked or even touched by expectant mothers. Mugwort is also potentially allergenic to people sensitive to plants in the Asteraceae (daisy) family.
Effects: Apart from the intensification of prophetic visual imagery during sleep, this herb magnifies the brilliance of your dreams and overall duration of your sleep. It is also popular among herbalists to aid in relieving menstrual pains, joint pains and headaches.
Use: 1 teaspoon per cup. Pour boiling water over the herb, cover, and steep for 10 minutes. Drink or smoke before going to bed (Mugwort has a floral taste when smoked).
3. Heimia Salicifolia (Sun Opener) ~ Memory Travelling
This plant was called Sinicuichi (or Sun Opener) by the Aztecs and is still used by Mexican shamans as a trance divination catalyst. This herb is regarded as sacred in that it enables vivid recollection of past distant events. Some users I have worked with have even reported the remembrance of pre-birth events!
Effects: Apart from the intensification of prophetic visual imagery during sleep, Sun Opener causes a yellowing of the vision and altered acoustic perception.
Use: Traditionally, fresh leaves are collected and allowed to wilt. The leaves are then put into a cup or jar, cool water is added, and the mixture is placed in the sun to brew and ferment for at least 24 hours. It is said that during the fermentation process, the knowledge of the sun is embedded into the potion, creating the “elixir of the sun” (hence the name).
4. Celastrus Paniculatus (Intellect Tree) ~ Sharper Thoughts
Celastrus paniculatus is a shrub used in Ayurvedic medicine in India. Celastrus seeds and oil have long been regarded in India as beneficial to the intellect and memory which makes it a wonderful supplement in dream recollection. Apart from its effectiveness as a dream enhancer, Celastrus is a great mental stimulant, or nootropic, that increases your mental “sharpness.”
Effects: Apart from the intensification of visual imagery during sleep, Celastrus is an effective brain tonic.
Use: Take 5-10 seeds one hour before bedtime for 3 to 5 days until vivid dreaming occurs.
5. Silene Capensis (Xhosa Dream Root) ~ Prophetic Dreams
Silene is regarded by the Xhosa people of Africa as a sacred plant. Its roots are traditionally used by shamans to promote lucid dream states in healers and other shamans during initiation ceremonies. It is noted as a “teaching plant” that is considered highly sacred.
Effects: Intensification of visual imagery during sleep.
Use: Mix this herb in small amounts in water and consume prior to sleeping. Silene also makes an interesting tasting tea but it can be bitter, so the extracted “shot” form is recommended.
6. Nymphaea Caerulea (Blue Lotus) ~ Deeper Sleep
Although it is nicknamed the Blue Egyptian Lotus, the Nymphaea Caerulea herb is actually a Water Lilly that shares no connection to the actual lotus flower. Nymphaea was used as a sacrament in ancient Egypt as a mild sedative. Today, the herb is used by herbalists to treat insomnia, but it has also been reported to induce lucid dreaming.
Effects: Improves quality of sleep and may intensify visual imagery.
Use: This herb is typically consumed in teas, elixir extracts, or by smoking it. If you have trouble dreaming or if you find yourself frequently waking up during dreams, blue lotus is a great supplement to use alongside one of the other substances mentioned in this article.
7. Asparagus Racemosus (Tian Men Dong) ~ Spirit Alignment
Tian Men Dong is one of the world’s top adaptogens and is also know as the “Wild Asparagus Root” in English, and “Shatawari” in Ayurvedic medicine. The Chinese word for wild asparagus root is Tian Men Dong, or “heavenly spirit herb,” as it was cherished by shamans, monks, and yogis for its heart-opening effects. Chinese Taoist monks placed much value on dream work, nicknaming Wild Aspagarus as “The Flying Herb”; they found it effective to help one fly through the universe at night, achieving magnificent dreams and moving in alignment with the spirit.
Effects: Improves quality of sleep, induces relaxation and stress relief, serves as a good anti-depressant and stimulates “flying dreams.”
Use: 1 to 3 grams per day in a concentrated form.
8. Entada Rheedii (African Dream Bean) ~ Spirit Communications
Traditionally used in African medicine to induce vivid dreams and enable communication with the spirit world, Entada facilitates entry into the dream world, and promotes increased REM awareness. This makes it easier for the sleeper to realize that they are dreaming and thus gives them an edge in achieving lucidity. Entada contains several active compounds, essential oils and alkaloids.
Effects: Improves sleeping states by increasing depth, length and awareness.
Use: The inner meat of the seed is consumed directly, or the meat is chopped, dried, mixed with other herbs and smoked just before sleep to induce the desired dreams.