If you’re a smoker, you know how hard it is to give up. What can I say? It sucks! I totally feel ya. But there are ways to make the process a bit easier on both your body and mind.
Some people turn to food, chewing gum, nicotine patches, vaping, laser therapy, hypnotism, acupuncture, going cold turkey, you name it. And to that I say- Good for you! I have tried all of the aforementioned and some have worked for me personally, some might work for others, but not all were not my easiest paths. Always worth a try though!
After talking with some people and answering questions multiple times to friends, I figured that I would go ahead and write down some ways that I found to be extremely beneficial for myself. You are welcome to pick and choose as your heart desires, and by all means get creative and try a multitude of things!
I’ll quickly give you a peek into my little repertoire of things I really like. I’ll post the links to products I have bought that I enjoy for smoking cessation and then some things that I make at our own farm which help as well. Herego!
I love these little guys by Woodland Herbals! I dont use them up my nose, (you totally can though) but I pull through my mouth and it’s soooo relaxing. I got tired of sitting next to my essential oil diffuser, so these are convenient, and make you feel like you’re having a smokey smoke. OoooOoooh, so cool.
I bought the whole set at a discount and I have Zero Regrets there! They help with the action of hand to mouth, as well as the deep breath, but instead of smoke it’s just deliciousness. Yum! As I like to say at home, “Amy Approved.” (I’m Amy, lol.)
For the Vape Fans! Omg, I will never buy anything outside of Kai’s Virgin Vapor, like ever, I’m so spoiled with them. I’m not even judging other companies, I am just in love with Kai’s products and trust their quality, their business ethics, their organic products, and their bangin’ choice of amazing flavors! I have gotten ones with a nicotine content and then I get the smaller sample ones which have no nicotine but all the flavors as well that I like to mix.
Some days I want a little nicotine in it, others, I want zero, so it’s smart to give yourself options, hey? (Yep! It makes us feel like we are in control when we have options, doesn’t it?? Humans are so predictable- remember that, lol.) Play on Kai’s website! You might find a new love, who knows. I definitely approve again!
We have a hemp farm at our home as well as our own organic apothecary, so it makes it very easy for us to have all the herbal ingredients on hand, but dont be discouraged if you don’t have all the herbs, start off small if you need!
As Bill Murray used to say in What About Bob, “Baby Steps.”
Let’s talk Smoke Blends! I have also become a really nice alternative for me and they can be as simple or complex as you choose! I chose to transition slowly and play with my ratios, going from mostly tobacco and minimal herbs, to mainly herbs and little tobacco, to no tobacco at all or a pinch here and there. That is totally up to the person. Some people never want to smoke again, other people are fine with a tiny pinch in a spliff. Whatever works for ya!
Quick side note- if you smoke regular boxed cigarettes, I highly suggest you switch to rolling your own. We only smoke American Spirits organic tobacco, and it is night and Day from regular smokes! No Joke! I was a Marlboro Light Menthol 100’s smoker for a decade and then a friend taught me how to roll my own with his tobacco and it was a game changer! (You definitely save money from buying bags so it’s worth it to get the good stuff in my opinion.)
My buddy told me that everytime you roll a cigarette, you think about it. And you really do. So even if you chain smoke at times, you are way more aware of it when you roll it! Might take a little practice but I Promise You it is worth it! Now I usually can’t even touch a regular smoke because all I taste is chemicals, it’s wild. Well, unless I’m desperate, lol, but I usually have a bag of American Spirits (which now is the majority of herbs, I still like me a pinchy pinch of the ol’ backy but it’s very limited! And I smoked a Lot of tobacco before!)
Let’s Talk Blends!
Sometimes I just want to feel like I’m having just a regular ol’ cigarette, so I’ll pick something really nice and earthy, like a mix of mullein, plantain, and tobacco, maybe even a wee pinch of lemon balm or spearmint for flavor. To each their own! I like using herbs that specifically help to naturally heal my lungs- I mean, might as well after I beat the heck out of them for years, amirite?! 😉
Other times I want to relax, so I pull out the big guns and go for the Chill Blend I make with all organic hemp, sage, chamomile, lavender, calendula, passionflower, mullein, plantain, mugwort, catnip, & I’ll throw a few more fun things in sometimes.
I also use certain smoking herbs for ailments. Having trouble breathing? Up your mullein ratio and toss in some peppermint, oregano skullcap, coltsfoot, marshmallow, etc. There are so many recipes I can get into and will at another time for sure!
I have added a list at the bottom of plant species you can smoke and I’m sure there’s more. If you are blending them on your own, be sure to look into how much you should have of each. Certain herbs shouldn’t be smoked in excess, so I like to keep those for certain times or ailments.
They are wonderful tools and to be respected, you don’t want to make yourself sick by ingesting too much so just get a feel for what you like, and go from there in researching. You can always start with pre-made blends too which many people prefer! One would hope that the person blending them took those ratios and precautions into account- Fingers crossed, lol. But it really is a fun hobby to get into as well if you’d like to try it on your own!
I am happy to add more blends in later and do another blog on ratios and health benefits behind each one but I figured that it’d be good to just cover some basics and hopefully it can help a few folks! By all means feel free to reach out with any questions.
We also make our own Personal Blends for people who aren’t sure if they want to make it on their own and we just ask you a few questions about what you’re hoping for, (energizing, relaxing, overall health, flavors, allergies etc.) and we can send you a blend of whatever you’d like to try. We use all organic herbs from across the world and try to get our bodies back on track without all the tobacc’….. (did that rhyme work??? LOL)
It’s a $25 flat fee for the first personalized bag which comes with free shipping and a free pack of hemp papers for you to get started.
All orders afterwards are $20 free shipping & hemp papers
Also all orders of our premade blends are $20 free shipping & hemp papers
Wishing you the very best of luck on your adventures of quitting smoking or at least lessening it. Remember, don’t be too hard on yourself, it’s all a process, and the more you stress, the harder it is. So chill, breathe, and remember- tobacco is just a plant too, and not a terrible one! We grow our own tobacco as well and it has wonderful purposes, just remove the addiction part from it so you can appreciate it again as one of nature’s awesome plants! Woohoo!
Here’s some herbs you can look into to see what you’d like to learn more about. I will further categorize them in an update, but I was just trying to get them put on. If you do not know what something is, I do not suggest just smoking it. I feel like that should go without saying? Haha.
Some of these are used in traditions for vivid dreams and all sorts of things, so know your plants first please. 🙂 And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but maybe smoking a natural psychoactive instead of tobacco before work might not be the best idea, idk, lol. I just listed safe plants to smoke, but it’s important to know how, when, or what ratios you do smoke.
Stay tuned until the next time when we talk ratios and health benefits! Toot Tooooot! Enjoy!
Plants Thou Can Smoketh:
Althaea officinalis – Marshmallow
Amaranthus dubius – Red Spinach/ spleen amaranth
Arctostaphylos uva-ursi- Bearberry
Argemone mexicana- Mexican Prickly Poppy
Arnica- Mountain Tobacco
Artemisia vulgaris -Mugwort
Asteraceae species – Chamomile
Cabbage – Brassica Oleracea
Calea zacatechichi- Bittergrass/ Dream Herb
Canavalia maritima -Baybean
Cannabis THC and CBD
Cecropia mexicana -Guamura
Cestrum nocturnum – Hasana
Cynoglossum virginianum L. – Wild comfrey
Cytisus scoparius – Scotch Broom
Turnera diffusa- Damiana
Entada rheedii- Dream Herb/ Snuff box sea bean
Eschscholzia californica- California Poppy
Fittonia albivenis – Nerve Plant
Hippobroma longiflora – Star of Bethlehem / madamfate
Humulus japonica – Japanese Hops
Humulus lupulus – Hops
Lavandula species – Lavender
Lactuca virosa – Lettuce Opium
Laggera alata – Winged Stem Laggera
Lamiaceae species – Mint
Leonotis leonurus – Lion’s tail or Wild dagga
Leonurus cardiaca – Motherwort
Leonurus sibiricus – Honeyweed
Lobelia cardinalis – Cardinal Flower
Lobelia inflata – Indian-tobacco / pukeweed
Lobelia siphilitica – Blue Cardinal Flower
Nepeta cataria – Catnip
Nicotiana species – Tobacco
Nymphaea alba – White Lily
Nymphaea caerulea – Blue Lily
Origanum majorana – Marjoram
Origanum vulgare – Oregano
Papaver somniferum- Opium poppy
Passiflora incarnata – Passionflower
Pedicularis densiflora – Indian Warrior
Pedicularis groenlandica – Elephant’s Head
Rubus idaeus- Red raspberry leaf
Rubus occidentalis- Black Raspberry / bear’s eye blackberry
Salvia divinorum- Diviner’s Sage
Salvia dorrii – Tobacco Sage”
Salvia species – Sage, etc.
Scutellaria galericulata –
Scutellaria species – Skullcap
Sida acuta – Wireweed
Sida rhombifolia – Wireweed
Silene capensis- Dream Root / Xhosa plant
Syzygium aromaticum – Clove
Tagetes lucida – Mexican Tarragon
Tarchonanthus camphoratus – Camphor bush / leleshwa
Turnera diffusa – Damiana
Tussilago farfara – Coltsfoot
Verbascum species – Mullein
Zornia latifolia – Maconha Brava