Chamomile is a popular ingredient in herbal tea for its calming effects. The herb’s sedative properties can help with insomnia and anxiety, among other conditions. Some people have wondered whether camomile can be smoked for the same benefits. However, this practice is not without risks and it’s important to consider the health implications before trying it out.
It’s essential to consult with a healthcare professional before incorporating chamomile into your smoking routine. They can provide valuable insights and guidance based on your unique needs.
The Herbalists’ Association of Canada advises against smoking any herb, including chamomile, for health purposes. This is because inhaling smoke introduces particulate matter and irritants into the lungs. Over time, this can cause respiratory issues and compromise overall lung function. Additionally, it can increase your risk of cancer and other illnesses associated with tobacco use.
Moreover, it is also recommended to avoid chamomile if you are pregnant or breastfeeding as the herb could stimulate the uterus. It’s also a good idea to avoid chamomile if you have allergies to plants in the daisy family such as ragweed and marigolds as it may trigger allergic reactions.
If you decide to smoke chamomile, it’s best to add it to a smoking blend and not make it the primary herb in your mix. This is because the herb can be quite harsh if smoked on its own. Start with a small amount of the herb and gradually increase it to see how you like the effect.