Why should you SMOKE and SIP and SOAK your Herbs?
Herbalism is a traditional medicinal practice based on the use of Plants and plant extracts. In 2001, researchers identified 122 compounds used in mainstream medicine that came from “ethnomedical” plants. This mainstream medicine was used in the same way as the traditional ethnomedical plant.¹ Plants are medicine.
Why Sip Your Herbs
Tea is literally Medicine in a Cup. Holding a steaming cup of medicinal tea is the most soothing of all medicines. All indigenous global cultures have plant knowledge of which herb to boil for different health conditios. The steam from a tea opens up pores in your skin and organs. The tea carries the medicinal property of the plant to your different organs.
Credited for the first “tea brew” is Emperor Shen Nung, from China, 5000 years ago. His men were boiling water one day and leaves from a nearby bush fell into the water. Making the first cup of tea.²
Why Smoke Your Herbs
Commercial cigarettes have given the act of smoking a bad reputation. However, for 3,000 years Ayurveda has prescribed “smoking rituals” for healing. Fumigation (dhupa), fire offerings (homa) and Dhumrapana, whose meaning is “drinking smoke”, has been practiced in India for over 2,000 years.³
Smoking carries the medicinal plant properties to your head cavity, lungs and bloodstream. Smoking herbs reacts with your body faster than sipping an herbal tea. Those suffering from anxiety or asthma benefit from using an herbal smoke blend or herbal head steam bath.
Why Soak in Your Herbs
If you can drink and smoke the herb, why not soak in it? Steam opens up the pores of the body. In a bath, your biggest organ, the skin, absorbs the medicinal plant properties. Herbal steam baths are based on Thai and Ayurvedic traditional medicine. It is prescribed for physical health and relaxes the mind.⁴
So go ahead and get into that herbal steam bath with a delicious cup of tea and smooth smoke, enjoy!