When most people think of lavender, they picture fields of lush purple buds gently rustling in the wind. Lavender is well-known for its soothing properties and relaxing aroma, which have been shown to reduce anxiety and depression. As such, aromatherapy practitioners frequently incorporate it into treatments while essential oil users often incorporate lavender as well. Many also enjoy smoking it; however it should be done carefully if this option is chosen.
Smoke from any source, even natural plants like lavender, can be irritating to both lungs and respiratory tract. Although no scientific evidence supports claims that smoking lavender provides any therapeutic benefits, anecdotal reports and traditional uses suggest lavender may promote relaxation, alleviate stress and anxiety or offer antimicrobial properties.
Smoking lavender alone or combined with other smokable herbs such as spearmint, mugwort and lungwort is possible; just ensure the dried lavender buds have been ground into a fine texture prior to storage in an airtight container until ready for consumption. Be wary when selecting other herbs to mix with lavender as some may interfere with its calming qualities or have contradictory effects.
Lavender can add a smooth, floral flavor to tobacco cigarettes, but it should be remembered that nicotine is an addictive stimulant and smoking any form can be dangerous for individuals with cardiovascular conditions or those already struggling with addiction.