The Effects of Smoking Chamomile

Herbal preparations have been used for health and enjoyment since the Neolithic times. While many herbal treatments are administered through means of food, drink or compresses, some components found in herbs are more accessible through smoking or vaporizing the herb. Chamomile has specific beneficial properties that are released through smoking or vaporization.

Chamomille flower. (Image: Péter Gudella/Hemera/Getty Images)

Medicinal Uses

There are a variety of medicinal uses of smoking mixtures. You can use chamomile to relax physically or mentally, according to "Dr. Andrew Weil's Guide to Optimum Health," or as an antispasmodic for stomach cramps and gas, says author Matthew Wood's "The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicine."

Transitional Help

You can smoke chamomile when making a transition from the harmful effects of smoking tobacco. Because chamomile is a buffer to stress and anxiety, the more nutritive effects of smoking medicinal herbs may reduce tobacco cravings until the behavioral patterns of smoking are able to cease, according to "The Book of Herbal Wisdom: Using Plants as Medicine."

Restful Sleep

Weil says chamomile has the ability to enhance ability to sleep whether consumed as a tincture, a tea, a nutritive food, or when smoked or vaporized. If you struggle with anxiety or stress related tension, chamomile may be helpful in promoting relaxation or sleep.

Considerations

Smoking any herb does elevate the risk of lung damage, which is why it may be advisable to locate a vaporizer as an alternative to smoking if you wish to use herbs in this manner. Vaporizers come in a variety of sizes, shapes and price ranges, and offer all the benefits of smoking chamomile or other medicinal herbs without any of the potential side effects.

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