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Tara & Shane’s Herbal Smoking Blend

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Last night I got the pleasure of a visit from two lovely gypsy artists, musicians and cosmic healers, Tara & Shane, as they were passing through Pittsburgh on their way to Brooklyn ( from the West Coast).

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We met up at Cattivo, where my band Franny Moon and some friends bands(Robin Vote, Side Eye & Seasaw) had a show. It was a fun night; the air was filled with music and also one full of one of rock n roll’s favorite things, tobacco smoke.

The next morning as I got a whiff of my hair, we got to talking over coffee and tea. The two, who are full of positive NRG, told me about their favorite herbs to mix for smoking that can be smoked as an alternative to tobacco in such situations, adding some pleasant scents to the vicinity. They can also be mixed with a little traditional rolling tobacco to lighten the load and scent.

TARA & SHANE’S FAVORITE SMOKE-ABLE HERBS TO MIX:

PLEASE NOTE, THEY MENTIONED THAT ALL HERBS SHOULD BE SMOKED WITH THE RIGHT INTENTIONS FOR THE INDIVIDUAL/INTUITION SHOULD BE NOTICED/TRIAL AND ERROR TOO, TO PERFECT YOUR OWN FAVORITE MIX//NOTICE HOW YOU FEEL/TAKE NOTES/DO RESEARCH!

RASPBERRY LEAF– is a good base*

CALENDULA– also a good base*

YERBA SANTA– a good base*

ROSE PETALS– add a pinch

DAMIANA– a pinch can be added, has a more stimulant feel

MUGWORT– good for dream work, before sleeping

SAGE– add a sprinkle to a base mix

CEDAR– a pinch or sprinkle

LAVENDER– has calming properties

MULLEIN– very good for cleansing your lungs

*make your base mix with green herbs such as raspberry leaf & yerba santa

++SOME SMOKIN’ FACTS++

People have smoked throughout history for a wide variety of reasons. Recreation, medicine, and spiritual ceremonies have all shaped the history and ritual of smoking herbs.

Documented uses of smoking various herbs date back 2,000-5,000 years for the Native Americans, Ancient Sumerians, Chinese Dynasties, Egyptian Royalties, Indian Yogis and other indigenous cultures

Dhumapana (“drinking smoke”), has been practiced for at least 2,000 years in India.

Beedi, a type of handrolled herbal cigarette consisting of cloves, ground betel nut, and tobacco, usually with rather low proportion of tobacco, are a modern descendant of the historical dhumapana.

Kinnikinnick is a Native American herbal smoking mixture. It is made from a traditional combination of leaves or barks that are believed to have medicinal and spiritual qualities.

There are classes about this!

Smoking these herbs can help you quit smoking tobacco.

There are herbs to smoke that will calm you.

*make your base mix with green herbs such as raspberry leaf & yerba santa

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