Bronchitis Care And Tobacco Substitutes
Posted by thesustainablehome on October 6, 2013
From a website that is no longer in existance.
Again…know what you are doing with these herbs before messing with them…some of these deserve due respect…Alternate among several of the following herbs to get all oftheir medicinal benefits.
* Lobelia is a very effective expectorant and is used in the treatment of bronchitis.
* Hollyhock, marsh mallow and pleurisy root are good for irritated conditions of the mucous membranes, especially bronchitis.
* Inhaling the vapors of eucalyptus oil from a vaporizer produces a stimulating expectorant and helps to relieve chronic bronchitis.
* Other herbs that may help relieve bronchitis include cinnamon, thyme, wall germander, ginger, rosemary, and cloves.
* Alcohol-free echinacea and goldenseal extract helps to fight viruses and bacteria and enhance the immune system. Goldenseal relieves congestion and is soothing to inflamed mucous membranes of the bronchial tubes, throat, nasal passages, and sinuses. Caution: Do not take goldenseal on a daily basis for more than a week at a time, and do not use during pregnancy. Do not give goldenseal to children under two. Do not use goldenseal without consulting a physician if you have had heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, a stroke, or high blood pressure.
* Grindelia, yerba santa, fenugreek tea and horehound are all good expectorants relieving mucous congestion of the lungs and bronchia.
* St. John’s wort is a good expectorant and has a calming effect on the body.
* Catnip may help relieve bronchitis.
* Mullein reduces irritation due to bronchitis.
* Astragalus strengthens the body’s resistance to disease. Caution: Do not use astragalus in the presence of a fever.
* Boneset is good for inflammation of the mucous membranes. Drink it hot and mix with brown sugar to make it palatable. Caution: Do not use boneset on a daily basis for more than one week, as long-term use can lead to toxicity.
* Licorice is an excellent demulcent and is soothing to the mucous membranes and respiratory passages. Licorice also has immune-enhancing and anti-viral properties. Caution: Do not use licorice on a daily basis for more than seven days in a row, and avoid it completely if you have high blood pressure.
* Slippery elm bark lozenges or raspberry tea may help to soothe a scratchy throat.
* For a sore and irritated throat, gargle with tea tree oil or fenugreek.
* Drink lots of fluids. This helps loosen up any mucus in your lungs and helps you to breathe easier.
* Chicken soup can help clear airways
* Chew on a chili pepper or eat a spicy Mexican meal. Do so three times a week if breathing problems are chronic.
* Sprinkle ten to twenty drops of Tobasco sauce in a glass of water and drink it or gargle with it.
* Add whole peeled garlic cloves to your soup. Heating the garlic in a microwave oven first helps preserve alliin, the primary therapeutic substance.
* Decrease your salt intake
* Vitamin C: 200 milligrams
A well balanced diet is a more natural source of nutrients and it is best to get as much as possible from food. If you are not eating a varied mixture of the main food groups or foods high in a certain nutrient needed for your health situation then make up the remaining through vitamin and mineral supplementation.
NON DIETARY TIPS
* Blowing up balloons could help you relieve some of your symptoms.
* Take a hot shower. The steam helps loosen up mucus in your lungs.
* Do not smoke, smoking irritates the bronchiole tubes and causes vessels to constrict.
* Try to exercise daily.
In some cases, herbal products can interact negatively with other medications. Such interactions can be dangerous. Herbal remedies are not regulated and their quality is not controlled. Moreover, while there is an abundant supply of information circulating about herbs, not much of it has been scientifically proven. Consult your physician.
Informing your doctor and pharmacist of what herbal products you are using is just as important as letting them know what drugs you are taking. Your physician and the pharmacist on duty at your pharmacy can assist you in deciding which herbs are safe.
Edible Wild Kitchen
These blends came from a website that is no longer in existence.
Herbal Medicine Formulas and Recipes
Make sure you know what the herbs are you are taking…some of these I have never heard of myself…like what is Althea? Time to break out my books I think…
* Althea leaves (1 part)
* High mallow (1 part)
* Licorice root (1 part)
* Flax seed (2 parts)
Bring 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup water to a boil. Sweeten with honey; take 1/2 cup, 2 or 3 times a day, as hot as possible.
* Licorice root
* Lance-leaf plantain leaves
* Fennel seed
* Coltsfoot leaves
Mix in equal parts. Bring 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup water to a boil. Sweeten with honey or brown sugar; take 1/2 cup, 3 times a day, as not as possible.
* Mallow leaves and flowers
* Mullein leaves and flowers
* Coltsfoot leaves
Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Sweeten with honey; take 1/2 cup, 3 or 4 times a day, hot.
* Althea root
* Althea herb
* Coltsfoot leaves
Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1/2 cup hot, sweetened with honey, 3 or 4 times a day.
* Elecampane root
* Nettle leaves
Mix in equal parts. Steep 1 tsp. in 1/2 cup boiling water. Take 1/2 cup hot, sweetened with honey, 3 or 4 times a day.
Edible Wild Kitchen
Herbal Smoking Mixtures
by Howie Brounstein
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People often ask me how smoking herbs can possibly be good for your lungs. I tell them the peanut butter story. Is peanut butter good for you? If you wake up to coffee and a maple bar (it has the sugar I need to get up and go in the morning), a quick coffee and some sugary lunch snack bar, followed by a processed dinner with an extra serving of tensions, then replacing the lunch with a peanut butter sandwich will be healthy. If you’re on a strict vegan diet of raw fruit only, a peanut butter sandwich will clog your digestive tract like super- glue. Peanut butter is bad. It all depends where your body is.
It is the same with smoking herbs. If you have never smoked and your lungs are healthy and clean, then smoking anything will not be healthy. On the other hand, if your lungs are filled with crud that won’t come out from cigarettes and a mild respiratory cold, smoking some lung herbs will help your body’s natural expectoration. Smoking will be good for your lungs. It all depends on where your body is.
Herbs for the Lungs
Mullein, Verbascum thapsus
Mullein is a fine medicinal for the lungs, even when you smoke it. It soothes inflamed or infected lungs, and prevents coughing until infection or inflammation is broken. Then it aids in expectoration, helping to break up congestion and promote “effective” coughing. It was smoked to stop the coughing of tuberculosis years ago. It is wonderful for any kind of lung cleansing. Very gentle and non-toxic, you can use it anytime. If you are a smoker, and you are sick and can’t stop coughing from a cold, you can smoke some Mullein instead of Tobacco. It may help you to stop coughing, and you will have smoked one less cigarette. If you are not a smoker, stick with tincture (extract) or Mullein tea. After all, there’s no need to smoke when you’re sick in your lungs.
It also has almost no flavor and is a very light smoke. I have never seen anyone become addicted to smoking Mullein, as after a while it is very unsatisfying. The average smoker would feel as if they’re smoking air.
Crispy dried crushed Mullein is a lousy smoke. Be sure to keep it ever so slightly moist. Dried Mullein should be rubbed for the best results. It will become very fluffy and puffy. This fuzzy rubbed Mullein will burn evenly when smoked in a paper or pipe. It will hold other herbs that are in the form of small pieces and powder, and keep them evenly distributed. And it has no flavor! Ideal for a smoking base; I use it in almost
every smoking mixture.
I like the light green baby leaves found in the center of the first year basal rosette, but it’s a matter of personal choice. Any leaf will work.
Horehound, Marrubium vulgare, and Coltsfoot, Tussilago farfara
These commonly used smoking ingredients are expectorants. They promote coughing and aid in the upward flow of mucus. Let me repeat this: these herbs will make you cough. Let me relate to you a story I have heard more times than I can count on my hands and my feet. The person hears that Coltsfoot was smoked by the Native Americans. They run to the health food store, roll up a cigarette of dried raspy Coltsfoot, and proceed to smoke it as if it was marijuana. After they cough a piece of their brains out, they decide that perhaps this wasn’t such a good idea. However, the difference between poison and medicine is dosage. If used properly, these herbs are very effective healthful herbs.
Mix these herbs in medium amounts with other herbs. If the mixture makes you cough too much, use less of the expectorant. They are ideal for a general lung cleanse, for the ending of respiratory flus and colds, when you’re quitting Tobacco, and to get the crud out of you lungs in general. Do not use them when you are coughing up blood or if it hurts when you breathe. See a qualified health professional if this is the case. Also, do not use them when you can not stop coughing. If this is the case, stick with Mullein. Ideally theses mixtures should not make you cough incessantly, but just cough effectively once in a while, bringing up some of that excess phlegm.
Jimson Weed Seeds, Datura sp.
One good reason to smoke an herb as a preferred method of ingestion is regulation of dosage. You can smoke an herb that is very strong and regulate the dosage safety. The difference between medicine and poison is dosage. Many plants are too strong to take internally safely. If you take a tea, it may take half an hour or more before you can tell how strong of a dosage you took. At that point it is too late to take less. When you smoke an herb the effects or side effects become apparent quickly. If the herb doesn’t agree with you, you can stop before overdosing.
Jimson weed is definitely a strong hallucinogen, poison, medicine any way you look at it. The dosage is all important. I do not recommend internal use of Datura without the guidance of a shaman. The use of Datura for a high by pimply adolescents looking for some fireworks is deplorable. Too many of them end up as newspaper reports. I personally know of people who have landed in the hospital for extended stays because of this plant.
Used in the proper dosages, Datura can be a very effective treatment for a variety of problems. Smoke the crushed seeds only. The seeds are the mildest part of the plant. Just a few puffs will anesthetize your throat and lungs. This could be very helpful with some lung problems. You will not feel psychological effects from this small a dosage. I have used this method of taking this herb and will guarantee that you will not get high from two puffs. This plant does not agree with some people. If you feel light headed or nauseous, then stop smoking it. No harm will be done.
In some oversea countries, you may find that the cigarettes still contain Datura leaf. Datura has been used as smoking mixtures in a variety of cultures. Generally this is for their hallucinogenic effect and doesn’t concern us in this book.
Herbs to Quit Smoking Tobacco
Let’s face it, herbal smoking mixtures will not cause you to quit Tobacco. Only you can cause you to stop. Smoking mixtures can aid in the process if you are ready. A variety of mixtures can be helpful. At first, a thick bodied flavorful smoke with Lobelia and calming herbs is indicated. After the physical withdrawal is finished with, drop the Lobelia smoke and use a calming smoke with lots of astringent herbs for a heavy “Tobacco” smoke. In reality, no herbal smoking mixture tastes as “thick” as Tobacco. Be sure to add some Mullein and possibly some expectorants to aid in the cleansing process. Finally, you may wish to cut the astringents and just go with the very light Mullein alone. Mullein is so light it will feel as you aren’t really smoking anything, and you
will eventually lose interest in it. This regimen is an example, and can be modified to your own personal needs. Some examples of these mixtures are found in the recipe section.
Other herbs, taken as tea or tincture, may be helpful during the withdrawal process. A liver stimulant like Oregon Grape Root or Goldenseal may help your body remove the nicotine quicker. This won’t make the withdrawal symptoms easier, but it will just speed it up. Salicylate herbs, like Willow and Oak, can help with headaches. Calming herbs like Skullcap, Valerian, and Parrot’s Beak, are definitely indicated. After the physical addiction is broken, it’s up to you to break the psychological addiction.
Lobelia, Lobelia inflata
Lobelia is another example of a strong herb whose dosage can be regulated by smoking. It is a very strong muscle relaxant and tranquilizer that should not be mixed with any other pharmaceutical tranquilizers or alcohol. It also is an expectorant. As an added bonus it is an alterative that increases your body’s own natural defense mechanisms. All this makes it ideal as an herb to stop smoking with.
Your body sees Lobelia’s main ingredient, lobeline, as nicotine. Certain receptors in your body are waiting to be filled with nicotine and so you feel nicotine fits. Lobeline is the same shape as nicotine and fits into these receptor sites, fooling your body into thinking you’ve been smoking Tobacco. Lobeline, however, is not addictive when used properly for the short term. The prescription chewing gums that doctors prescribe to quit smoking have lobeline as the main ingredient.
Years ago I had a booth at a weekly fair where I sold my herbal products. Eventually I got very tired of this. Towards the end I could no longer stand being available for questions for eight hour stretches. One day I had a wicked headache and took some Lobelia. It was a good solid dose; I had to sit down but my headache was gone. I went to light a cigarette, but after one puff I could not smoke any more. My body felt as if I had smoked too many cigarettes already. It was just the Lobelia.
The important thing to remember about Lobelia is that it is so strong. When making tea, use a teaspoon per 1/2 gallon of water mixed with other herbs. For a smoking mixture add a pinch to a bag of other herbs. If you do take too much Lobelia will make you throw up over 90% of the time. Unfortunately, if you do not throw up, you can have respiratory failure from the sedative effects. This is a very difficult thing to do because you’ll feel so wretched long before it’s dangerous. Unfortunately, Jethro Kloss in Back to Eden recommends an insane fasting regime that includes using Lobelia every day to throw up.
This recommendation has sent a few alternative minded folks to the hospital. My suggestion: don’t use Lobelia as an emetic (causes vomiting), use something that is safe and effective like syrup of ipecac.
In the United States Lobelia is illegal to sell for internal consumption. Certainly official reasons include the possibility of poisoning. Strangely enough Lobelia is extremely effective for a significant amount of asthmatics. For some people the tincture is useful in place of inhalers. I am sure that the powerful pharmaceutical companies losing a significant percentage of inhaler business has nothing to do with this law.
When I was a pimply adolescent looking for psychic pyrotechnics, I found this ad in the back of High Times for legal highs. My friends and I purchased some Lobelia touted as a mild LSD type feeling. Leaving our parents and going on a camping trip, we promptly rolled thick joints of Lobelia which we smoked endlessly. After puking our guts out, we were left with headaches and not so vague feelings of depression. We were so bummed out we canceled the camping trip. The difference between poison and medicine is dosage. Personal note: almost all of the 15 or so herbs we tried during that time period had similar results.
Lobelia is the herb for stopping smoking with its calming, expectorant, alterative, and nicotine mimicking effects. When making your mixture, add a pinch of Lobelia. If it’s not satisfying, add more. I once tried to quit smoking. It was very difficult for me, so I smoked a too strong Lobelia cigarette. It made me dizzy, light headed, and nauseous. However, when I smoked my first cigarette after quitting Tobacco, it made me dizzy, light headed and nauseous. These herbs are very similar in some ways.
Melana’s Smoking Blends
My smoking mixture is pretty easy to do and never quite the same each time since I am always learning something new. Generally I collect and dry all my herbs for teas and such later on so when I need a blend I hit those containers and see what I have around.
My basic blend foundation is Mullein and coltsfoot. Mullein helps expel junk in your lungs and coltsfoot helps suppress coughs…sort of a balance beam here…anyway…to this I add yarrow, mugwort, red raspberry leaf, blackberry leaf and plantain. From there I can add mints for flavoring if I want. (Any mints or sages will work good in smoke blends–pennyroyal I don’t know about…never messed with it myself).
Generally the measurements run into one part each herb I want to use. There are others you can add as well…sages, catnip…this one is great if you have cats and want to make them crazy…not that I would do that…here kitty, kitty, kitty…I stay clear of heavier herbs meant to alter your attention level. This blend does have a calming effect though..just mild…same sort of effect you would get sipping a good relaxing tea blend.
I almost always add a bit of commercial tobacco to my blends…just maybe 1/4 part to 1/2 part. This seems to feed the bodies cravings a bit and helps out as well. Cathy gave me some tobacco plant leaves I plan to add to my next blend I make…ought to be interesting to say the least.
The plantain as I said before is a good smoking suppressant…I have a friend in Montreal and her hubby is an even heavier smoker than I am…we got him to try a plantain smoke blend first thing in the morning without telling him much of anything and he didn’t smoke all day…just totally forgot about it. Granted the teas we gave him through the day probably helped as well…but he was floored at the end of the day when he realized he hadn’t smoked all day….keeping him busy and distracted helped to. Just an evil woman experiment…hehehe
Okay…so you have your dry herbs all blended and in a jar…now…if you where to smoke this your left lung would come unglued and land about a mile away from you in the ditch. Dry herbs are harsh to smoke so you will need to add a bit of moisture to the blend without making it to damp to work with or smoke. Good way to do this is tape a piece of gauze to the lid of your jar and get it wet…not soaking…just damp…as well I always toss a piece of apple into the mixture and let it set.
Seal up your jar and set it out of the sun for a few days…3-5….When you open the jar and feel the blend it would be pliable and not brittle in the least.
British Herbal Tobacco
This is a pleasant tasting and aromatic mixture which I can heartily recommend for anyone anxious to find a less noxious substitute for tobacco. It can be smoked in a pipe or rolled into cigarettes. Pipe smoking, however, precludes the direct (and harmful) inhalation of saltpeter from the papers.
* 16 part dried coltsfoot leaves
* 2 part dried rosemarry leaves
* 8 part eyebright leaves (Euphrasia officinalis)
* 1.5 part dried thyme
* 1 part dried lavender flowers
* 8 part buckbean leaves
* 1 part rose petals
* 4 part wood betony leaves
* 1 part chamomile flowers (optional)
Although they do form part of the recipe, I usually omit the rose and chamomile as I find they distract from rather than add to the flavor. The herbs should be rubbed to a coarse powder through the fingers or the wire mess of a sieve. Make sure they get a good mixing too. If you prefer a milder blend, increase the proportion of coltsfoot leaves. Any of the aromatic smoking herbs can, of course also be incorporated to give your blend extra distinction.
Basic Smoking Herbs
Tuesday, April 30, 2002
I copied and pasted this article and since it could be freely reproduced and distributed here is it is. The permission is at the bottom of the page. This artice does not mention mullien but it can be smoked I hope this has helped. However some of these mixtures I would used at my own risk, some can cause side effects. I also found that one can smoke hops, marshmallow, red clover, catnip , mugwort.
Here’s a rundown on herbs you can use as tobacco substitutes:
* Bearberry leaves (Uva-ursi)
* Buckbean leaves (Menyanthes trifoliata)
* Chervil leaves (choerophyllum sativum)
* Coltsfoot leaves (Tussilago farfara)
* Corn Silk (Stigneta maidis)
* Dittany leaves (Cunila mariana)
* Eyebright leaves (Euphrasia officinalis)
* Life everlasting leaves (Antennaria dioicia)
* Marjoram leaves (Origanum marjorana)
* Mullien leaves (Verbascum thaspus; said to give relief from asthma.)
* Raspberry leaves (Rubus strigosus)
* Rosemary leaves (Rosmarinus officinals; mixed w/ coltsfoot to relieve asthma
* Sage leaves (Salvia officinalis; said to give relief from asthma.)
* Wood betony leaves (Betonica officinalis)
* Yerba santa (Eriodictyon californicum)
* Aromatic Smoking Herbs
Try adding any of these herbs and spices to your herbal tobacco to give it added aroma:
* Allspice berries (spicy aroma)
* Licorice root (sweet)
* Cascarilla bark (musky)
* Melilot flowers (vanilla aroma)
* Cubeb berries (spicy aroma)
* Sassafras bark (sweet)
* Deers tongue leaves (vanilla aroma)
* Thyme leaves (incenselike)
* Eucalyptus leave (menthol aroma)
* Tonka beans (vanilla aroma)
* Lavender flowers (very fragrant)
* Woodruff leaves (vanilla aroma)
* Intoxicating Smoking Herbs
Finally here is a list of some of the common herbs that are being used today to give herbal tobacco that something extra. Unlike cannabis, all these are legally obtainable (as of the time of this writing), but some of them at least could be harmful taken to excess. As with all powerful herbs an spices ,any good thing can be overdone.
* Boldo leaves (rather harsh on the throat)
* Broom tops (be careful with these; they can be dangerous)
* Catnip leaves
* Damiana leaves
* Ginseng leaves
* Hydrocotyle asiatica minor (stimulant in small doses, but narcotic in large)
* Lobelia leaves (herbalists use these in asthma preparations; I wouldn’t recommend them because, like broom tops, they can be dangerous.)
* Passionflower leaves
* Poppyheads and leaves (if they’re whit poppies, then they’re opium and very illegal; however, legal red poppies also have a mild effect)
* Wild lettuce juice (also known as lettuce opium; need i say more?)
* Yarrow leaves
This concludes this excerpt. I hope it proves useful or interesting to you.
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