Can You Smoke Thyme

What Is Thyme Thyme VarietiesBest VarietyQuitting SmokingPros & Cons SafetyHealth BenefitsConclusion

Using thyme to smoke isn’t perhaps the most common practice among those who use herbal cigarettes. But thyme has a rather long history surrounding it where it has been used for smoking quite frequently. Often in ceremonies where the aim was to clear rooms from spirits and purify it.

But nowadays smoking thyme would be done for the aroma and the flavor it would offer in a herbal cigarette. There is still research to be published on the topic of smoking herbs, but the proposal is that you are able to get a lot of the benefits in thyme for example when you ignite it and inhale the smoke.

Flowering Thyme
Flowering Thyme

What Is Thyme

Thyme is a widely cultivated herb that is native to Eurasia. The latin name for the plant is Thymus vulgaris. It’s a very popular herb in the Mediterranean and has been for centuries. Here it was used as a flavoring in food but also for burning and smoking sometimes.

Thyme is in the same family as mint where spearmint and peppermint are also members. It’s a perennial and it can manage really rough periods with drought and a lot of sunlight. There are about 350 different varieties of the plant worldwide. Just like the peppermint, the thyme plant is also known to be able to purify the air around it from harmful bacteria and microbes.

What Types Of Thyme Can You Smoke

There are over 350 different varieties of thyme out there, but there are some that are a lot more common than others and more widely available. They all offer slightly different flavors and benefits. Below is a short list of some of our favorites and accessible varieties:

  • Common Thyme
  • Lemon Thyme
  • Wolly Thyme
  • Creeping Thyme
  • Wild Thyme

Common Thyme

The most common and widely used thyme variety is the common thyme. It can range slightly in color depending on the environment it’s growing in. In a more humid and well watered soil the leaves will be more green and fragrant. In dryer climates the plant instead has a more yellow color to it.

Lemon Thyme

Lemon thyme might be even better than the common thyme. With the same look to it, this one instead has a very pleasant fragrance of lemon and citrus. It’s wonderful to use raw in salads and as a topping. It grows well in most envpiremtns.

Wolly Thyme

Slightly less fragrant than the other two. It has larger leaves and a thicker stem. Often used more for decoration rather than for cooking.

Creeping Thyme

This very common plant is often used to cover areas where it’s difficult to grow grass instead on a lawn. Thyme can handle router environments. It grows pretty slowly and is rarely used in cooking.

Wild Thyme

Wild thyme is probably the most difficult one to get a hold of from this list. It has beautiful red and purple flowers. Very fragrant with large and green leaves.

Thyme Plant
Thyme Plant

Which Thyme Variety Is Best To Smoke

The best variety of thyme to smoke is probably the lemon thyme one. It has a very fragrant smell that more or less everyone will enjoy. It’s pretty easy to come across and use. But it can also be pretty intense to smoke it.

Since it’s very fragrant, using it as more of a flavoring instead of simply just smoking it solely on its own. Lemon thyme could make up about 10 – 20 % of the total blend when using it for flavoring instead. If you are not into the citrusy aroma of lemon thyme then go for the common thyme instead. It will be slightly sweeter.

Can Thyme Help You Quit Smoking Cigarettes

Cigarettes are known to be very addictive because of the nicotine that is in there. Just like caffeine and sugar can be addictive as well. Where these new herbal cigarettes really excell is getting people to stop smoking cigarettes. They won’t contain any of the harmful additives and chemicals found in commercial cigarettes.

The act of lighting a cigarette and smoking it will be the same and can give off some of the same pleasures. There hasn’t been a lot of research surrounding the benefits of smoking herbal cigarettes. But one thing that has been discovered is that they do in fact help people get rid of a nicotine cigarette addiction pretty effectively.

Pros And Cons Of Smoking Thyme

There are some pros and cons to smoking them of course. In all honesty there are probably more positives than negatives. There is yet to be research published on the topic of smoking herbal cigarettes. It’s still not really known about whether or not you are able to take in the nutrients present in the herbs by inhaling the smoke.

The argument is that smoking the herbs is a more effective way of activating the essential oils in them and inhaling them via the smoke. There are however some negatives to this proposition. You are with every smoke you are inhaling also getting carbon monoxide. It’s a by-product when something is combusting.

Carbon monoxide is known to increase the risk of lung cancer and respiratory issues. But at least with herbal cigarettes you are not inhaling any of those nasty chemicals and nicotine found in the mainstream cigarette brands.

Is It Safe To Smoke Thyme

Smoking anything is bad for the body like we have mentioned previously. Whenever you are getting carbon monoxide into your body you are increasing the risk for both cancer and respiratory issues. 

But smoking a herbal cigarette with almost 100 % thyme will give you a cooling feeling which can help with a flu or even a fever sometimes. The reason you are getting that feeling is because the thyme plant is in the mint family.

Thyme Sprigs
Thyme Sprigs

The Health Benefits Of Smoking Thyme

Eating thyme by itself in its raw form will help give your body some essential oils and nutrition. But when smoked, the research is yet to be published whether you are able to still take up the nutrients. But a short list of some of the supposed benefits are as following:

  • Improves eyesight
  • Helps with coughs, colds and sore throat
  • Cures acne and scar issues
  • Promotes hair growth
  • Can treat respiratory issues
  • Helps with muscle cramps
  • Rich in antibacterial properties

Now it should be mentioned that smoking anything and inhaling the smoke can be harmful to the body. The particles in the smoke stay in the lungs and can create long term problems.

Conclusion And Summary

Let’s conclude the topic of smoking thyme. It’s something that has been done for many centuries. Burning thyme was perhaps the more common practice instead. Used often to help clear rooms and cleanse them before spiritual ceremonies. 

Nowadays smoking is often done with herbal cigarettes. These have become rather popular in recent decades and are a great means to stop smoking nicotine cigarettes instead. The flavor and aroma of thyme really comes forth when you ignite the herb in a cigarette.

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