Why should you SIP, SMOKE and SOAK? Herbalism is a traditional medicinal or folk medicine practice based on the use of plants and plant extracts. In 2001, researchers identified 122 compounds used in mainstream medicine which were derived from “ethnomedical” plant sources; 80% of these compounds were used in the same or related manner as the traditional ethnomedical use.¹
Tea is literally medicine in a cup. When you’re sick, holding a steaming cup of fragrant tea is the most soothing of all medicines available. Thx to Emperor Shen Nung, who ruled over China 5000 years ago when his men were boiling water one day, leaves from a nearby bush fell into the water – and just like that, the first cup of tea had been brewed.²
Even though smoking has a bad rep thanks to commercial cigarettes, fumigation (dhupa) and fire offerings (homa) are prescribed in the Ayurveda for medical purposes and have been practiced for at least 3,000 years while smoking, dhumrapana (literally “drinking smoke”), has been practiced for at least 2,000 years.³
So if you can drink it and smoke it, why not soak in it? Steam opens the pores of the body and the herbal blend is quickly absorbed properly into the body. Herbal steam bath is based on the Thai and ayurvedic traditional medicine and it is used for physical health and for relaxing the mind.⁴
So go ahead and get into that herbal steam bath with a delicious cup of tea and smooth smoke, enjoy!