You Can Smoke Lavender? (And Other Herbal Blends)

You Can Smoke Lavender? (And Other Herbal Blends)

Check out a few smokeable herbs that produce beneficial health effects.
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Whenever I’m tired or stressed after a long day, I like to relax with a big, comfy sweater and a cup of jasmine green tea. Comfort is key to relaxation; add some soft rain in the background, and I’d be all set for the perfect nap. Aside from tea and rain, there is also something a little different that you can add to your end-of-day rest: herbal blends.

Herbal blends are pretty similar to the herbs in your tea, or they actually are in your tea! But along with steeping in hot water and drinking them, smoking herbs can produce calming effects. A bonus of smoking herbs is they will also fill up a room with soothing scents, almost like incense! Ever heard of people burning sage to get rid of nasty smells in their house? Or maybe to get rid of spooky, evil energy floating around? Herbs are known for instilling tranquility and providing a sense of “it’s all good, you can breathe.”

Below are a few quick descriptions of the types of herbs you can easily get and smoke:

Passion Flower: Besides sounding like something you’d find at Starbucks or Urban Outfitters, it’s been known to help you battle your inner demons of anxiety, shoo away some restlessness or insomnia you may have been experiencing, and may even lower high blood pressure that’s been bopping it's way to the top.


St. Johns Wort: My personal favorite, this one also has anxiety-healing powers. It also comes in pill form, but I think combining it with some lavender really helps it settle in. Did you know St. Johns Wort is one of the most used herbal medicines in the country? It loves to thrive and grow in dry climates, and can be a savior when it comes to mood disorders. If you were to research this plant, you would find everyone has been a fan for years and years.

Lavender: Ah yes, good old lavender. Whenever I come across some in a garden (among the bees I have to fight off), I can’t help but smell, smell, smell. I love to smoke this calming herb because it is one of the best ones for de-stressing and leaving behind a wondrous smell. Not only does lavender also help with nervousness and insomnia, it can relieve painful headaches, muscle sores and intestinal gas.

Worm Wood: This one is for the ladies. Wormwood is great for helping ease the pain of menstrual cramps, but can also be used for the common cold.


Raspberry Leaf: This one can especially be used as an alternative to smoking tobacco, but it also contains a few vitamins that will boost your immune system (Vitamin C, A, phosphorus and others). It can also relieve diarrhea.

Another cool thing about these herbs is that you can mix them with tobacco. It will make the cigarette taste and smell better. Roll your own by just mixing the two substances together and do as you normally would. Otherwise, these herbs are fun and beneficial to smoke on their own, without the use of tobacco.

They are all available for order via Amazon and other herbal websites you can find on the Internet. And they aren’t expensive!

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It's OK To Be Your Family's "Emily" This Christmas

Your greatest accomplishment may be learning how to cook something other than ramen noodles and oatmeal and that's okay.
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We all know the feeling, one sibling is getting married, another landed their dream job, someone got a promotion, someone bought a house, and another one has a baby on the way.

Everyone has exciting news to share or something to brag to the relatives about, and then there's you.

You’re just a typical college student with absolutely no idea what you want to do in life.

You didn't make a 4.0 this semester or land an internship at some big name company. You aren't dating anyone, expecting a ring, or having a baby anytime soon.

You may not have anything special for your mom to brag about on this years Christmas card, yet you are still content. Your greatest accomplishment may be learning how to cook something other than ramen noodles and oatmeal and that’s okay.

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There are years of simply just finding yourself. Years of figuring out what it is you want out of life or searching for something that will finally “fuel your fire.”

Everyone’s path is different, some have more bumps, roadblocks, and flat tires than others, yet despite all of that, we all still get there.

As one of my favorite quotes states, “Don’t compare your life to others. There’s no comparison between the sun and the moon, they shine when it’s their time”

So, no matter how old you are or what stage of life you are in, it is okay to be your family’s Emily this year.

Embrace it, throw your excitement at everyone else’s accomplishments, and be thankful for where you are at.

Your time will come.

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Lessons Learned From Writing

What's better way to show my love for writing than by writing about it?

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I fell in love with writing like you fall in love with a really good dream. You want to replay the dream over and over in your head. You try your best not to move out of your position. You lay your head on your pillow at the exact angle it was in when you woke up. You try to remember details, a valiant effort to recreate the image in your head, but the lingering joy dissipates and you are once again left in reality.

Writing is the same way. Sometimes you sit down to work, and you feel stuck. You have set up your environment: water, snacks, your laptop or pen and paper, but the inspiration you seek escapes you. You have the ideas in your head and you struggle to form the perfect sentence to express them. Or you have no ideas, just fragments of potentially strong sentences. It's frustrating. Sometimes, you find your flow. The words appear on the paper describing the scene or explaining a concept in the way it looks in your mind. Sometimes, brilliance strikes at 3 am when you can't sleep. Just like a dream, you hurry to grab it and trap on paper. Ideas are wild animals and words tame them.

I can't imagine what my life would be like if I did not have words to articulate what was going on in my mind. To not be able to write and save your thoughts and look at them, is amazing. Before writing, oral tradition transferred stories and ideas from generation to generation. I love hearing a good story, but reading one over and over is a different experience. You can read it on your own time, at your own pace, rather than wait for another person to say it. Being able to hold a book and see the words between your fingers is better than replaying a sentence in your head.

Writing has taught me patience and perseverance. Like anything involving the creation, it requires time and effort. At one point, I rarely reread my writing. I did not want to view it as a draft. Once it was down on paper, it would largely stay the same way. Editing and revising helped me accept that I could always improve. Good could become great, great could become better, and better would hopefully become best. Writing cannot always be forced out, you need the patient to coax out the right words. You need the patience to reread the same awkward sentence repeatedly to finally find what word is making the sentence get stuck in your throat. You need patience to not give up after getting writer's block after one sentence.

As I write this, I am glad I never gave up on writing when I was younger. Some people are dedicated to practicing instruments. Some commit to a sport. I decided to continue writing, even when it feels like I have no time.

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