People sometimes burn herbs for aromatherapy purposes. However, the burning process can release a number of unhealthy chemicals. A potentially better option is to use a handheld vaporizer. Vaporizers heat the herb to produce an inhalable vapor a person can breathe in without actually burning the herb so only the more beneficial compounds are released. This is the same principle used in e-cigarettes, just using a different herb instead of the tobacco.
Those who can legally use this herb for medicinal purposes may find that using a vaporizer is a better way to get the benefits. Be sure to use only medical cannabis and stick to the recommended temperature range. This will make it so no carcinogens or tars caused by burning the herb make it into the vapor. Potential benefits include reduced pain during cancer treatment and help with anxiety and depression symptoms.
People who want help getting to sleep but don’t want to risk waking up in the night to use the bathroom may want to try vaporizing their chamomile instead of drinking it in tea. This herb may also be helpful for limiting stress and anxiety and reducing problems with indigestion. The recommended temperature for vaporizing chamomile is 374 degrees.
As with chamomile, the benefits of green tea leaves can be received by using it in a vaporizer. It has a stimulant effect and can increase a person’s energy levels, as well as potentially minimizing aches and the symptoms of depression. A temperature around 352 degrees is recommended when using vaporizers with green tea.
People who need something to help calm them down can try vaporizing lavender, which may also help with pain and act as an antibacterial agent. As with chamomile, lavender may help limit insomnia symptoms. Use a temperature of about 266 degrees.
This pesto ingredient may be helpful for eliminating gas, but it isn’t a good idea for pregnant women to use basil in large amounts due to its potential for causing premature labor.
This herb can help minimize nausea and may help with asthma, muscle spasms, and allergies as well. Some people use it in combination with other herbs with an unpleasant taste to improve flavor. The optimal temperature for vaporizing peppermint is about 331 degrees.