British Herb Tobacco

British Herb Tobacco


I was intrigued when reading this reference to "Herbal Tobacco" in M. Grieve's A Modern Herbal She prescribed this smoking mixture for "asthma, catarrh and the difficult breathing of old bronchitis.", and went on to say that "The use of Herbal Tobacco does not entail and of the injurious effects of ordinary tobacco". She did not dispense the exact recipe to which she was referring, but I found this one in "Mrs. Lavender's Herbal Book", which was published in the same year, 1930. The benefits of smoking herbs is not widely accepted in modern western herbalism, though is stands in good regard in many other traditions. I have enjoyed smoking this myself on occasion, adjusting the herbs to suit what I have on hand,(Buckbean and Betony can be hard to find). So as they say, if you like it,put it in your pipe and smoke it!

Bogbean * Chamomile * Colt's Foot * Eyebright * Lavender * Rosemary * Thyme * Wood Betony *
Recipe Instructions: Smoke/Smudge :Coltsfoot is the basis for all smoking mixtures. Take equal part of the following: Eyebright, Buckbean, Betony, Rosemary, Thyme, Lavender, Chamomile. These are dried and chopped fine, then an amount of Coltsfoot equal to all the rest is added and the "tobacco" is complete
Source: Mrs Lavender. "Mrs. Lavender's Herbal Book", Mellifont Press (1930)

Tags and Uses for this Remedy

  • Archaic :Many early herbal remedies are culled from books in the public domain and continue to be of great interest to modern herbalists and others interested in the history and practice of botanical medicine. They are presented here for informational purposes only, and are not meant to be taken without the knowledge required to adapt them to modern herbal practices.
  • Stop Smoking :Lobelia and other herbs can help you to ease off nicotine and stop smoking tobacco.
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