Chamomile: Common, but Capable!
Common herbs are often overlooked. We tend to take it for granted that certain herbs are always available at the grocery store. You might think that since they're so readily available, they must not affect us that strongly, right?
We tend to believe that the new, exotic, trendy herb from some far-away land has magical properties, and that that must be the answer to my problems! Surely the way I’m feeling requires something strong, something powerful that I can’t get in the same old boring place that I live, right?
Turns out many of the most common herbs are powerful medicine, especially when smoked! One smokable herb that you can probably find in your kitchen cabinet right now is chamomile. I recently made an Instagram post about smokable herbs you can find in your kitchen and the response was super positive, so I thought I’d start expanding on things here!
When most people think of chamomile, they think “oh that’s for sleep!” Growing up, we always had a box of chamomile tea in the cupboard with a sleeping bear in pajamas on the front. This made it obvious that chamomile makes you sleepy, and to drink it at night.
And it’s true! Chamomile is probably my favorite herb for falling asleep and STAYING asleep, but it can do so much more than that. And despite the fact that chamomile is so common, it’s one of the strongest herbs I know.
So let’s start with sleep. Adding chamomile to your herbal smoke blend is a fantastic way to relax at night. It has a pretty strong anti-spasmodic action on your muscles, which means that any twitchiness or restlessness you may be feeling in your body is calmed down. You’ll feel comfortable just being still, which is key for falling asleep! This anti-spasmodic action affects your nervous system too. Do you feel like your mind is “buzzing” at night, and you can’t get it to stop? Chamomile in your smoke can quiet that right down.
What’s nice about smoking chamomile is that you’ll feel the effects almost instantly. I personally need at least a whole cup of chamomile tea to feel the same way, but then I’ll most likely have to wake up in the middle of the night to pee, which can kinda defeat the whole purpose. If you have bagged chamomile tea at home, you can just rip open a bag and sprinkle some of the flower onto other herbs and flowers (like hemp) that you’re smoking.
Chamomile isn’t only just for sleep though, and working with chamomile during the day won’t necessarily make you fall right asleep either (unless maybe you’re sleep-deprived). Chamomile’s anti-spasmodic action also has quite the affinity for the lower gut region of the body. This makes chamomile the perfect herbal ally in combating things like digestive upset and menstrual cramps. Whenever I have a painful upset stomach or am cramping up, I’m always AMAZED at how quickly and completely chamomile in my smoking blend relieves them.
Ever feel that you have a knot in your stomach, or that your stomach is tied up in knots? This is a common way that anxiety can manifest physically in the body, and chamomile can help! Chamomile relieves emotional upset and agitation that moves downward into the pit of your stomach. It’s anti-spasmodic action once again comes into play here as it unties the tension of those knots.
Chamomile is also helpful for picky-eaters and people that experience anxiety around food and eating. Mix chamomile in with your cannabis, and you’ll probably find yourself with the munchies in no time!
When mixing chamomile into your smoke, leave the flowers whole if they’re whole. If they’re already broken up (like how they are in most bagged chamomile tea), you can sprinkle the little bits in to make a blend (just be sure to use a filter if you’re rolling something). Chamomile should make up about a quarter of your herbal smoking blend.
After going to herb school and learning about so many different herbs from all over the world, chamomile is still one of my all-times favorites and one I reach for regularly. It’s common but it’s very, very capable.
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