Medicinal Uses Herbs for the Lungs
Mullein, Verbascum thapsus
Mullein is a fine medicinal for the lungs, even when you smoke it. It soothes inflamed or infected lungs,
and prevents coughing until infection or inflammation is broken. Then it aids in expectoration, helping to
break up congestion and promote "effective" coughing. It was smoked to stop the coughing of
tuberculosis years ago. It is wonderful for any kind of lung cleansing. Very gentle and non-toxic,
you can use it anytime. If you are a smoker, and you are sick and can't stop coughing from a cold,
you can smoke some Mullein instead of Tobacco. It may help you to stop coughing, and you will
have smoked one less cigarette. If you are not a smoker, stick with tincture (extract) or Mullein tea.
After all, there's no need to smoke when you're sick in your lungs.
It also has almost no flavor and is a very light smoke.
Crispy dried crushed Mullein is a lousy smoke. Be sure to keep it ever so slightly moist.
Dried Mullein should be rubbed for the best results. It will become very fluffy and puffy.
This fuzzy rubbed Mullein will burn evenly when smoked in a paper or pipe.
It will hold other herbs that are in the form of small pieces and powder, and keep them evenly distributed.
And it has no flavor! Ideal for a smoking base; I use it in almost every smoking mixture.
I like the light green baby leaves found in the center of the first year basal rosette, but it's a
matter of personal choice. Any leaf will work.
Horehound, Marrubium vulgare, and Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara
These commonly used smoking ingredients are expectorants.
They promote coughing and aid in the upward flow of mucus.
Let me relate to you a story I have heard more times than I can count on my hands and my feet.
The person hears that Coltsfoot was smoked by the Native Americans.
They run to the health food store, roll up a cigarette of dried raspy Coltsfoot, and proceed to
smoke it as if it was marijuana. After they cough a piece of their brains out, they decide that
perhaps this wasn't such a good idea. However, the difference between poison and medicine is dosage.
If used properly, these herbs are very effective healthful herbs.
Mix these herbs in medium amounts with other herbs.
If the mixture makes you cough too much, use less of the expectorant.
They are ideal for a general lung cleanse, for the ending of respiratory flus and colds,
when you're quitting Tobacco, and to get the crud out of you lungs in general.
Do not use them when you are coughing up blood or if it hurts when you breathe.
See a qualified health professional if this is the case. Also, do not use them when you can not stop
coughing. If this is the case, stick with Mullein. Ideally theses mixtures should not make you
cough incessantly, but just cough effectively once in a while, bringing up some of that excess phlegm.
Jimson Weed Seeds, Datura
One good reason to smoke an herb as a preferred method of ingestion is regulation of dosage.
You can smoke an herb that is very strong and regulate the dosage safety.
The difference between medicine and poison is dosage.
Many plants are too strong to take internally safely. If you take a tea, it may take half an hour or
more before you can tell how strong of a dosage you took. At that point it is too late to take less.
When you smoke an herb the effects or side effects become
apparent quickly. If the herb doesn't agree with you, you can stop before overdosing.
Jimson weed is definitely a strong hallucinogen, poison, medicine any way you look at it.
The dosage is all important. I do not recommend internal use of Datura without guidance.
The use of Datura for a high by pimply adolescents looking for some fireworks is deplorable.
Too many of them end up as newspaper reports. People have landed in the
hospital for extended stays because of this plant.
Used in the proper dosages, Datura can be a very effective treatment for a variety of problems.
Smoke the crushed seeds only. The seeds are the mildest part of the plant. Just a few puffs will
anesthetize your throat and lungs. This could be very helpful with some lung problems.
You will not feel psychological effects from this small a dosage. I have used this method of
taking this herb and will guarantee that you will not get high from two puffs. This plant does
not agree with some people. If you feel light headed or nauseous, then stop smoking it.
In some oversea countries, you may find that the cigarettes still contain Datura leaf.
Datura has been used as smoking mixtures in a variety of cultures.
Generally this is for their hallucinogenic effect and doesn't concern us in this book.
Herbs to Quit Smoking Tobacco
Let's face it, herbal smoking mixtures will not cause you to quit Tobacco.
Only you can cause you to stop. Smoking mixtures can aid in the process if you are ready.
A variety of mixtures can be helpful.
At first, a thick bodied flavorful smoke with Lobelia and calming herbs is indicated.
After the physical withdrawal is finished with, drop the Lobelia smoke and use a calming smoke
with lots of astringent herbs for a heavy "Tobacco" smoke. In reality, no herbal smoking mixture
tastes as "thick" as Tobacco. Be sure to add some Mullein and possibly some expectorants to
aid in the cleansing process. Finally, you may wish to cut the astringents and just go with the very
light Mullein alone. Mullein is so light it will feel as you aren't really smoking anything, and you will
eventually lose interest in it. This regimen is an example, and can be modified to your own personal
needs. Other herbs, taken as tea or tincture, may be helpful during the withdrawal process.
A liver stimulant like Oregon Grape Root or Goldenseal may help your body remove the nicotine quicker.
This won't make the withdrawal symptoms easier, but it will just speed it up.
Salicylate herbs, like Willow and Oak, can help with headaches. Calming herbs like Skullcap,
Valerian, and Parrot's Beak, are definitely indicated. After the physical addiction is broken, it's
up to you to break the psychological addiction.
Lobelia, Lobelia inflata
Lobelia is another example of a strong herb whose dosage can be regulated by smoking.
It is a very strong muscle relaxant and tranquilizer that should not be mixed with any other
pharmaceutical tranquilizers or alcohol. It also is an expectorant. As an added bonus it is
an alterative that increases your body's own natural defense mechanisms. All this makes it ideal as
an herb to stop smoking with.
Your body sees Lobelia's main ingredient, lobeline, as nicotine.
Certain receptors in your body are waiting to be filled with nicotine and so you feel nicotine fits.
Lobeline is the same shape as nicotine and fits into these receptor sites, fooling your body into
thinking you've been smoking Tobacco. Lobeline, however, is not addictive when used properly
for the short term.
The prescription chewing gums that doctors prescribe to quit smoking have lobeline as the main ingredient.
One day I had a wicked headache and took some Lobelia. It was a good solid dose;
I had to sit down but my headache was gone. I went to light a cigarette, but after one
puff I could not smoke any more. My body felt as if I had smoked too many cigarettes already.
It was just the Lobelia.
The important thing to remember about Lobelia is that it is so strong.
When making tea, use a teaspoon per 1/2 gallon of water mixed with other herbs.
For a smoking mixture add a pinch to a bag of other herbs. If you do take too much
Lobelia will make you throw up over 90% of the time. Unfortunately, if you do not throw up,
you can have respiratory failure from the sedative effects. This is a very difficult thing to do
because you'll feel so wretched long before it's dangerous.
In the United States Lobelia is illegal to sell for internal consumption. Certainly official reasons
include the possibility of poisoning. Strangely enough Lobelia is extremely effective for a significant
amount of asthmatics. For some people the tincture is useful in place of inhalers. I am sure that
the powerful pharmaceutical companies losing a significant percentage of inhaler business has
nothing to do with this law. When I was a pimply adolescent looking for psychic pyrotechnics,
I found this ad in the back of High Times for legal highs. My friends and I purchased some
Lobelia touted as a mild LSD type feeling.
Leaving our parents and going on a camping trip, we promptly rolled thick joints of Lobelia
which we smoked endlessly. After puking our guts out, we were left with headaches and not
so vague feelings of depression. We were so bummed out we canceled the camping trip.
The difference between poison and medicine is dosage. Personal note: almost all of the 15 or
so herbs we tried during that time period had similar results.
Lobelia is the herb for stopping smoking with its calming, expectorant, alterative, and nicotine
mimicking effects. When making your mixture, add a pinch of Lobelia. If it's not satisfying, add more.
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