Herbal Tobacco

Making homemade herbal tobacco may be a good idea these days with cigarette taxes going through the roof and people trying to quit. Herbal tobacco is not as addictive as leaf tobacco and can be used to help wean the habit off of cigarettes and then easily just stop. In my next post, I am going to address herbs that can be used to help with nicotine withdrawal. If you combine herbal tobacco as a substitute for commercial cigarettes and also use the right herbs to help ease the pains of withdrawal, you might be able to quit painlessly And, as a bonus, herbal tobacco is lot less expensive and nobody’s taxing herbs right now.

So if you’d like to take a stab at making some herbal tobacco and rolling up your own smokes, then I have a few recipes for you to try. Do not be fooled into thinking that smoking herbs is going to be any better for you in the long run because drawing smoke into your lungs on a consistent basis is bad no matter what. So you should stop doing it as soon as you get off the hard stuff. Try to use the most natural rolling papers you can find or smoke the stuff in pipes. You could make cigars out of herbs but it would be a tricky thing, drying out leaves in a consistent manner, curing them and then rolling them into logs. It’s possible but it takes talent.

And remember that tobacco is actually a herb, as well. It has been used throughout history in many a manner, even as a healing property. So it is not inherently evil. However, the addictive properties of many herbs, which include poppies, datura (jimson weed), marijuana, salvia, naked ladies and deadly nightshade (belladonna) as well as tobacco, should be fair warning to treat them with respect and not abuse. They can do wonderful things under the right conditions and for the right reasons, but they all have the ability to turn you into a slave. So treat herbs with care and these herbs, in particular, with a lot of care. Do not overdo.

So if you are ready to take a shot at herbal tobacco, then here are the recipes. And next week I promise to post the herbs you can take at the same time to help quell the nicotine cravings.

Aromatic Tobacco

Ingredients:

Coltsfoot
Lavender
Mallow
Thyme
Licorice Root
Saltpeter
Sugar

Method:

Obtain the herbs fresh if you can. Dried herbs have lost a lot of their properties. If you get the herbs fresh, then dry them slowly in a warm, dark place. DO NOT PLACE IN SUNLIGHT. Separate out the Licorice Root and set aside. Then only allow the herbs to dry to the point that they are sort of leathery and not crisp yet. Once they are at the leathery stage, douse them with the saltpeter and leave in the dark place for 24 hours. The next day, they will be drier and more crisp. Remove from the dark place and dust them with sugar. Grate the Licorice Root and crumble the dried herbs and mix altogether. Take pinches to roll or put in a pipe.

Note: You will save tons of time and trouble if you buy the herbs already dried. They won’t smoke as evenly or last as long as they would if you dried them yourself in the dark. However, either way will work.

Spicy Tobacco

Ingredients:

Coltsfoot
Betony
Licorice Root
Rosemary
Yarrow
Salt
Sugar

Method:

Get the herbs fresh if you can. If you get them fresh, then spread them out on a glass pan in a warm, dry place. Separate out the Licorice Root and set aside. DO NOT PUT IN THE SUNLIGHT. Allow the herbs to dry to the point where they are leathery but not crisp. They should still be moist in the center. When they are leathery, douse them with salt and leave in the same dark place overnight. In the morning, they should be crisp and thick. Dust with sugar and crumble them up. Grate the Licorice Root and toss it into the crumbled herbs. Take pinches to roll up in paper or smoke in a pipe.

Calming Tobacco

Ingredients:

Coltsfoot
Chamomile
Eyebright
Mugwort
Thyme
Saltpeter
Sugar

Method:

Get the herbs fresh if you can. If you must use dried, then you may smoke them immediately but the effect will be diminished and you will have to smoke more often. If you dry them yourself, they will burn slower, too. So if you can get fresh herbs, then lay them out in a pile on a plate and put in a warm, dark place. DO NOT PUT IN THE SUN. Allow to dry slowly in the warm, dark place until they are leathery. Not crispy, but leathery and still moist on the inside. When the herbs are leathery, then dust them with saltpeter and leave again overnight. In the morning, they should be totally dry. Dust with sugar and roll in paper or smoke in a pipe.

Gentle Tobacco

Ingredients:

Eyebright
Coltsfoot
Betony
Buckbean (Bogbean)
Licorice Root
Salt
Sugar

Method:

Get the herbs fresh if you can. If you do get fresh herbs, then lay them out on a plate and place them in a cool, dark place. Separate out the Licorice Root and set aside. DO NOT PLACE IN SUNLIGHT. Allow the herbs to dry until they are leathery in texture, still moist on the inside layer. When they are at that stage, then smother them in salt and leave again for about 24 hours or until they are crisp. When they are crisp, douse with sugar and crumble. Grate the Licorice Root and add to the crumbled herbs. Take pinches to roll into a cigarette or smoke in a pipe. If you get the herbs dried, then you can roll them up immediately. They won’t burn as long or be as strong, but they will do the trick.

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6 Responses so far

  1. 1

    willow said,

    I would like to know why you use salt?

    • 2

      spacecoaststargirl said,

      Salt is used in regular cigarette making as well. It dries the herbs and keeps them dry, faciliates the burning and improves the flavor.

  2. 3

    Great article and so full of idea. Just keep write.

  3. 4

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  4. 5

    GoogleGuy said,

    Your site has been a great inspiration and the knowledge gained has gotten me past the obstacle blocking my way.

  5. 6

    Such a great idea!
    <3 Lindsay


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