Vaporizing Your Way to Health (With Herbs Other Than Cannabis)
Welcome to the wondrous world of vaping. A couple years ago, I had no idea there were so many herbs, flowers, and plants you could vaporize; my enlightenment on the subject was life-changing.
As someone who uses cannabis to treat my asthma, I was astounded to learn there were so many other herbs I could vaporize to help treat the same issue.
Since there is such a health stigma against smoking, many people don’t realize that there are a number of herbs that can help cleanse your lungs, alleviate digestion issues, and elevate your mood.
It’s important to remember that the quality of the herb is crucial for health — when choosing what to vaporize, try to find herbs certified as organic. No one wants to inhale vaporized or combusted pesticides. Vaporizing herbs that have been sprayed with certain pesticides can even reverse some of the health benefits you’d be receiving.
Before we get started, I want to give some proper love to my DaVinci Ascent Vaporizer, which is never less than 10 feet away from me at any given time. This vaporizer has allowed me to take my botanical vaporizations into the great outdoors and it has always put up with me vaping a wide range of herbs and flowers. Plus, it’s downright beautiful.
All of these botanicals have amazing medicinal qualities when vaporized on their own, but combining them with each other (or better yet, with cannabis) will enhance their healing properties.
A delicious, floral punch to the taste buds, Lavender eases stress, anxiety, and induces sleep. Vaporizing lavender acts as a quick mood elevator and can uplift those suffering from depression. It’s also antibacterial and helps cleanse the body. It’s recommended to vaporize lavender around 212°F – 257°F.
A surprising addition to the list, did you know basil can be vaporized to help alleviate gas, bloating, cramping, and other digestive discomforts? It relaxes the body, eases tension, and helps you fall asleep. Vaporize this healing powerhouse at around 266°F.
One of the most potent sedative herbs, this common flower is not only beneficial in tea but also when packed in your trusty vaporizer. Vaporizing chamomile relieves stress, headaches, depression, anxiety, and nausea. Producing similar sleepy effects as when steeped in tea, chamomile combined with peppermint makes for a blissful and calming vaporizing experience. The recommended temperature for vaporizing chamomile is 212°F – 302°F.
An invigorating breath of fresh air for your lungs, eucalyptus can help combat lung infections, the flu, severe colds, and sore throats. It has potent antibacterial, antibiotic, antifungal, and antiviral properties. This restorative herb helps ease anxiety as well as stress. Eucalyptus is best vaporized at 266°F.
The next time you’re getting ready to make some green tea, instead of steeping the tea bag in hot water, try throwing the plant material into your vaporizer. Vaporizing green tea provides mild pain relief, an energy boost, and relieves indigestion. These tea leaves are best vaporized at 374°F.
An excellent herb for vaporizing-beginners, peppermint has a delicious taste that makes it great for mixing and covering the flavor of some other less appealing herbs. Peppermint is beneficial for digestive issues, severe colds, and chronic pain. Peppermint’s refreshing terpenes help with allergies, asthma, and nausea. The stimulating terpenes can help you focus and stay alert. It’s recommended to vaporize peppermint at 320°F.
Long used to purify the air in hospitals and churches, rosemary has heavy antimicrobial properties that help alleviate respiratory ailments and bad coughs. Rosemary also has pain relieving abilities that can rid migraines, muscle cramps, and joint pain. Due to its volatile nature, you’ll want to vaporize rosemary at a low temperature, around 257°F.
An extremely beneficial herb for your brain, sage vapor can help improve mood, memory, focus, and attentiveness. It can also help relieve sore throats, digestive issues, and inflammation. Sage should be vaporized around 374°F.
A strong herb that exudes the profile of licorice, anise is a great herb to use to help alleviate asthma attacks and congestion. When vaporized, anise seeds can reduce nausea, cramps, and flatulence. Anise is best vaporized around 300°F.
Used throughout history as an aphrodisiac, jasmine flowers provide a myriad of benefits when vaporized. From anxiety to depression, jasmine is a great to use for mood elevation. Plus, it provides fantastic stress relief. Jasmine flowers taste best when vaporized at around 212° – 302° F.
Another cleansing herb for your lungs, thyme can help heal respiratory infections such as the flu, whooping cough, or bronchitis. It’s a strong antiseptic that also helps rid the body of parasites and improves overall digestive health. Vape thyme at around 212 – 302°F.
Surprisingly, rose petals provide abounding health benefits when vaporized. They are used to treat breathing issues such as asthma, bronchitis, or bad congestion. Throwing rose petals into your vape is also useful for treating high blood pressure, slow circulation, and stress. Rose is best vaporized around 212°F – 257°F.
A surprisingly potent flower, blue lotus contains a small amount of a psychoactive alkaloid called apomorphine, lending itself to providing a slight, not overpowering, blissful buzz. This herb’s sedative effects make it great for relaxing after a long day at work. It is also commonly vaporized to relieve anxiety, depression, and pain. The recommended temperature for vaping blue lotus is 212°F – 257°F.
Literally translated to the “The Dreaming Herb,” mugwort reportedly induces vivid and colorful dreams. Overall, it helps induce sleep and relaxation when vaporized, making it great for those who suffer from insomnia or restlessness. It’s also great for stimulating the digestive system, helping with issues such as constipation. Mugwort is best vaporized at 302°F – 347°F.
A common healing herb, passion flower is popular for sleep, treating mood disorders, and helping with opiate withdrawal. Vaporized, passionflower can alleviate anxiety, help treat nervous disorders, and even help with convulsions. The recommended vaping temperature for passion flower is 212°F – 302°F.
Not just for your cats anymore! There are actually a wide variety of health benefits to gain from vaporizing catnip. Surprisingly, it affects humans much differently than cats — it induces relaxation rather than excitement. Not only does it help induce sleep, it can also provide a gentle feeling of euphoria so that you fall asleep blissfully. It also has an antipyretic effect that can help prevent or fend off a cold or flu. Catnip is best vaporized around 212°F – 302°F.
An incredible healing herb, clove has effective pain-relieving properties that can help reduce aches and pains as well as treat an upset stomach. It is great for the respiratory system as it loosens and expels phlegm from the lungs, aiding in bronchitis issues. Clove keeps your mind sharp and helps prevent memory loss. It is recommended to vape clove at around 257°F – 302°F.
An herb commonly used in ancient Chinese herbal remedies, ginseng provides an invigorating boost of energy when vaped. It is used to help lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol. It’s even believed to help male erectile dysfunction. Ginseng is best vaporized at 392°F.
This innocent looking flower has surprisingly potent effects. It contains Lysergic Acid Amide (LSA) which is a psychoactive hallucinogen comparable to LSD. While it only provides mild euphoria, it does improve your mental and physical health in a variety of ways. It helps improve concentration and focus, helps ease anxiety and depression, and when used in meditation, helps to enhance spiritual knowledge. Morning Glory is best vaporized at 365 – 392°F.