Smoking Chamomile, The Benefits And Risks

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Roman chamomile is one of the lesser known options for using as a substitute for smoking. The roman chamomile (Chamaemelmum nobile) has a reputation for being used in teas instead. It provides a calming effect that has made it into the popular tea herb it is today.

But smoking the plant will provide a similar effect as well. There are a variety of different effects that will be experienced with smoking chamomile. Some of what we appreciate is the calming effect it has, just like making tea from it. But it also has a slight anti-sporadic and sedative effect on you.

Smoking the chamomile buds in herbal cigarettes will give you a smooth and mild flavor with some nice fruitiness to it as well. The chamomile has a closely related plant called pineapple weed, which, like the name suggests, has an almost pineapple flavor. This can be experienced in the regular chamomile as well.

Chamomile Flowers
Chamomile Flowers

What Even Is Chamomile

Chamomile is a herb that can grow both wild and in the garden being cultivated. It has a very pleasant smell and will eventually start producing these nice petite white flowers.

The herb has seen a long history of being used in teas for the calming effect it provides when consumed. It’s often called a weed when growing wild or in the garden, but has long been appreciated by those who are keen on harvesting and using the nature around them. Drying the small bulbs before they begin flowering is the best way of preserving the plant.

The season for chamomile is during the summer to fall. That’s when the plant has matured enough that the flower buds can be harvested and dried. It can grow in almost any condition, and even though there might have been a very harsh and warm summer, the chamomile will still be there flourishing.

Growing it at home you should try and find a slightly shady area where the sun won’t be shining on it all the time. That will help preserve some of the aroma of the plant still. Let the soil really dry out before adding more water however, that will concentrate the flavor of the plant even more actually.

What Actually Happens When You Smoke Chamomile

When you are adding chamomile to a herb blend for smoking you are adding in the beneficial properties that it has. The chamomile has a slight sedative effect on the body. When you are making tea from chamomile, the wish or the aim is to have something that will make you fall asleep more quickly, but also make you stay asleep too.

So the thing that happens when you smoke chamomile can be described as relaxing the body and removing any stress that you might otherwise have. It will calm your muscles and take away any twitchiness too.

If you are feeling like your mind is just racing when lying down to sleep, then adding chamomile to your herb blend should be considered. Smoking chamomile has a tendency to also calm the nerves pretty efficiently.

Lastly we want to mention the opportunity of using chamomile for calming an upset stomach. The calming effect it can have on the mind can also be applied to the gut. For women, smoking it in any way digesting chamomile can also help with menstrual discomfort. 

The Health Benefits On Smoking Chamomile

There are actually a pretty good amount of benefits that come with smoking chamomile. But let’s talk about the negative first. SMoking anything will have a harmful effect on the lungs. 

When you are inhaling smoke, you are letting carbon monoxide enter your body. That will stick in your lungs and small particles in the smoke will scratch the lungs. The carbon monoxide will increase the risk for respiratory issues and also lung or mouth cancer.

Now let’s talk about the positives instead. Smoking chamomile is the second most popular use for this plant, it comes after making tea from it of course. Using the plant in herbal blends has long been used for alleviating any anxiety or calming your stomach. It can even help with inflammation in your throat.

There hasn’t been a lot of research around the beneficial properties that are produced when igniting chamomile, or any herb for that matter. But going off of what people are reporting when they are smoking the plant then we can conclude that it can certainly calm the nerves a bit and also help with headaches and nerves.

Chamomile Flowers
Chamomile Flowers

Can Smoking Chamomile Be Dangerous

Smoking anything can definitely be dangerous. Once you are starting to inhale carbon monoxide from the smoke being produced then you will begin deteriorating the health of your lungs.

The smoke will harm them by bringing in small particles that will stick. After smoking for many many years this will begin scaring the lungs and increase the risk for cancer too.


As with smoking anything it will be harmful to the body. We have already covered that and discussed the issues that come along with smoking. What using chamomile cna instead help with is to be a replacement for smoking cigarettes or using tobacco.

Herbal blends won’t really offer any new benefits compared to cigarettes, except for maybe the anxiety reduction. But what it does not contain is all the harmful additives and chemicals that are in cigarettes. That makes herbal cigarettes a much better option for people instead. 

Cigarettes can be addicting, and it’s often described that the action of smoking something or holding the cigarette is what makes for that addictive feeling. Herbal cigarettes have the look and feel to them, but without all the extra harmful effects. 

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