What Types of Herbals Do People Put in Vaporizers?
There are plenty of reasons to favour vaporizing herbals over other more traditional methods. Vaporizers provide a gentler inhalation experience and are sleek, portable, concealable, and just generally more convenient.
There are also ongoing studies being conducted around the notion that vaporizing marijuana is a healthier alternative to smoking it. This is because many of the harmful substances you ingest from smoking are caused by the combustion process, rather than the herb itself. When you vaporize herbals, you are merely heating them to a certain temperature which activates its respective properties and releases them into an inhalable vapour – you are not actually burning the herbs themselves.
However, many people don’t realize that there is another major benefit to investing in a vaporizer: the fact that you can use them to enjoy a wide array of other dry herbals beyond marijuana!
Herbals that can help to aid several types of common health issues such as anxiety, depression, headaches, cold and flu symptoms, insomnia, and more. In fact, one brief look into the long list of herbs that can provide comfort and relief in these areas reveals that herbal medicine has been used for centuries and is still a useful practice in situations where natural remedies are preferred.
What hasn’t always been around is the option to vaporize herbals in order to reap their benefits. Which, in the same way vaporizers are a more convenient way to ingest marijuana, is both simpler and more enjoyable for many users.
Even if it feels a little counter-intuitive at first, discovering the realm of plant-based natural medicine and learning to vaporize herbals can be an extremely enlightening experience, especially for those who already appreciate the healing properties of marijuana. Rest assured, there is a lot to learn as there are plenty of other herbals that provide a wide range health and wellness benefits, whether they are more or less similar to marijuana. As with anything else, however, one of the most important recommendations made around the use of herbals in vaporizers is to do your homework, so you feel comfortable with what you’re consuming. We want to help you get started.
So, let’s talk about some of the different herbals people put in their vaporizers (besides our good friend Mary Jane), and why you might want to give them a try. Curated through our research, the list below includes some of the most popular herbals people vaporize, and what they’re commonly used for. If you’re looking for a more extensive list, check out one of the awesome sources we referred to here.
Disclaimer: Consult your doctor before using herbals medicinally to treat one or more of the common mental and physical ailments listed below.
Herbs for Relaxation
These are lots of herbal treatments that provide a calming effect and can help relieve anxiety and stress. Experiences may vary from person to person, but for centuries these herbals have done the trick for many when it comes to slowing down the mind and body.
- Lavender – This well-known botanical comfort and sleep aid is also used to treat symptoms of depression and provide headache relief. Lavender should be vaporized at a temperature of approximately 125°C, or 257°F.
- Chamomile – You may be a fan of using chamomile tea to unwind before bed. Just imagine how useful this herbal’s calming effects are when you vaporize it! Heat to a temperature of 125°C, or 257°F.
- Sweet Flag – Historically used for spiritual purposes, this herbal is known to relieve anxiety and calm the nerves when ingested. Vaporize it at a temperature of 175°C, or 347°F.
- Valerian – Most commonly used to help with insomnia, Valerian produces effects similar to Lavender. Give this herbal a try in your vaporizer at 150°C, or 302°F.
- Passion Flower – This herbal produces sedative-like effects that can assist with pain relief and symptoms of withdrawal. It can be vaporized at a temperature of 150°C, or 302°F.
- Papaver Somniferum – Also known as “poppy seed”, this herbal is often used as a muscle relaxant as well as for its relaxing properties. Vaporize at 175°C, or 347°F.
- Kanna – This South African herbal does have psychoactive effects, but is most popularly used for its ability to reduce anxiety. It should be vaporized at 188°C, or 370°F.
- Mulungu – Native to South America, this herbal is useful for anxiety, insomnia, and high blood pressure. Vaporize it at a temperature of around 200°C, or 392°F.
- Catnip – Yes, you read that right. Surprisingly, while it has uniquely stimulating effects on felines, it is actually great for the human immune system and also relaxes the mind, aiding conditions like anxiety and depression. If you’re interested in finding out for yourself, you can vaporize this herb at 150°C, or 302°F.
- Wild Lettuce – Heat this herbal at around 150°C, or 302°F to experience its pain relieving, sedative-like effects.
- Hops – This familiar herbal, which is used in the making of beer, can also be vaporized to provide the user with a light, euphoric feeling. Heat up your hops at a temperature of 200°C, or 392°F.
Herbs for Stimulation
These are common herbal treatments for elevating your energy levels, promote euphoria and psychoactive effects, and/or relieving some effects of depression.
- Green Tea – A classic drink enjoyed by many (sometimes even more than coffee), green tea in its dry herbal form can be vaporized and when it is, it actually releases more caffeine, providing a stimulating boost of energy. Vaporize this herbal at a temperature of 185°C, or 365°F.
- Ginseng – A common ingredient used in energy drinks, ginseng is a natural energy booster and can be vaporized at a temperature of 200°C, or 392°F.
- Wormwood – Known as the famous ingredient used to make absinthe, this herbal has both energy-boosting and psychoactive effects. It’s said to also help to relieve digestive issues. Vaporize your wormwood at 150°C, or 302°F.
- Jasmine – Historically used as a stimulating aphrodisiac, Jasmine flowers provide a number of benefits when vaporized, including stress relief and mood elevation, which is why it is also used to treat symptoms of anxiety and depression. Heat to a temperature of 212°C, or 302°F for best results.
- Damiana – Similar to Jasmine, this herbal is known to be an aphrodisiac in addition to the mild, psychoactive high it provides which isn’t unlike marijuana. Heat to a temperature of 175°C, or 347°F to enjoy.
- Yerba Mate – This herb’s popularity is on the rise particularly for brewing as a tea, but it is known to increase energy and your overall mood when vaporized at a temperature of 150°C, or 302°F.
- Salvia Divinorum – Definitely more of a psychoactive herbal, known to produce hallucinogenic effects when heated to a temperature of 230°C, or 446°F.
- Klip Dagga – Another South African herbal, vaporized for its mild psychoactive, elevating properties which is also used to treat “ailments from jaundice to paralysis” according to the article mentioned above.
- John’s Wort – This wild-growing herbal is a very popularly used to treat mild to moderate depression as it can improve your overall mood. To vaporize, heat to a temperature of 150°C, or 302°F.
Herbs for Headache Relief
These herbals are perfect for those days when you’re fighting off a migraine or are extra sensitive to loud noises or tension caused by changes in the weather. Oh, and let’s not forget about those nasty wine hangovers – you’re sure to be extra grateful for these natural aids on those days!
- Peppermint – A fantastic and popular herbal for any type of body pain, peppermint’s calming and cooling effects make it a great way to ease your aches and pains in a refreshing way. This herb should be vaporized at 170°C, or 338°F.
- Spearmint – While slightly less potent than peppermint, this herbal produces similar effects that help with headaches as well as sore throats and nausea. Vaporize at a temperature of 154°C, or 309°F.
- Rosemary – A popular and classic herbal, rosemary’s soothing effects are even more powerful when vaporized and can be effective in subsiding headaches, as well as various cold and flu symptoms. Heat to a temperature of 125°C, or 257°F.
- Lemon Balm – A natural remedy not only for headaches, but for gut problems and sore muscles as well. Heat to 142°C, or 288°F.
- Feverfew – This herbal is known for its anti-inflammatory properties, working wonders to relieve headaches. To vaporize, eat to a temperature of 125°C, or 257°F.
- Bearberry / Uva Ursi – Dually named for its popularity among bears, this herbal does the trick for relieving headaches and generally relaxing the body. Heat to a temperature of 150°C, or 302°F to vaporize.
Herbs for Cold and Flu Symptoms
Last but certainly not least, these herbals are ideal for alleviating some of the discomfort that comes from catching a cold or flu, or for pushing through allergy season!
- Eucalyptus – Possibly the most popular herb for treating cold and flu symptoms, eucalyptus is a natural tool used to strengthen the immune system and accelerate the healing process. Heat your vaporizer to exactly 130°C, or 266°F to enjoy.
- Thyme – This herb is very common and generally great for lung and chest ailments, perfect for treating cold and flu symptoms. Vaporize at a temperature of 150°C, or 302°F.
- Basil – Just as it boosts the flavour of many delicious dishes, basil can actually help to elevate your overall mood as well as to treat colds and digestive issues. Vaporize this herb at a temperature of 130°C, or 266°F.
- Anise – This herb is used not only to help aid cold and flu systems, but to ease the intensity of cramps as well. It can be vaporized at a temperature of 125°C, or 257°F to streamline effects.
- Mullein – This Australian herb is great for clearing up the lungs and subsiding other symptoms of the common cold. It should be vaporized at 150°C, or 302°F.
- Licorice – While this might not be your favourite sweet treat to eat, in its dry herb form it produces useful effects on the body that can help relieve cold and flu symptoms. Vaporize at a temperature of 200°C, or 392°F to see for yourself.
- Sage – Recognized by many for centuries as an herbal for spiritual cleansing, it is now often vaporized to provide an array of benefits which include relieving cold and clue symptoms, as well as improving overall brain function and the digestive system. Vaporize your sage at a temperature of 190°C, or 374°F.
- Marshmallow Herbs – As delightful as it sounds, the marshmallow herb is great for treating sore throats, coughs, and digestive issues. It can even help improve low blood sugar levels. Vaporize this herb at 200°C, or 392°F.
Again, there are plenty of other herbals you can put in your vaporizer and this list is just a start. Likewise, the four categories of uses we’ve included here provide only a glimpse into the many areas of health and wellness that herbals can help with – especially when they are vaporized.
Some other common uses of herbals include treating symptoms of menopausal conditions and painful menstruation, arthritis, high cholesterol and other various cardiovascular conditions, and more.
Needless to say, exploring these natural remedies and their many health and wellness benefits is invigorating and certainly pays off in a number of ways.
That said, one important thing to remember is that you must consider the quality of the herbals you purchase to vaporize. This is crucial to ensuring that the herbals you’re vaporizing are as good for your health as they appear to be. Do your best to find herbals certified to be as organic as possible. In doing so, you’ll be avoiding the risk of inhaling any pesticides that impure herbals may have been sprayed with, which could impose adverse effects on your health. This is easy to avoid, so long as you do your best to be a conscientious consumer of herbals.Also, here is your friendly reminder that a lot of these herbals pair quite nicely with one another and are often mixed together when vaporized to produce a multiplicity of effects. For obvious reasons, mixing these herbals with the right, complimentary strain of marijuana will almost always make your experience of them even more enjoyable!
We hope this article has been informative and that when it comes to getting the most use out of your vaporizer as possible, you’re feeling empowered, knowledgeable and open-minded. Keep doing your research and consider giving some of these herbals a try – you may be pleasantly surprised by how much you enjoy their effects.
Of course, if you have further questions about what types of herbals you can put in your vaporizer, contact a member of our team at Furna. We’re always here to help you maximize your vaporizing experience and find the information you’re looking for.