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Best Dry Herb: Vaporizer Tips, Recipes & Blends

Dry herb vaporizing is fast becoming an enjoyable, safe pastime for many. Not least of all, because a dry herb vaporizer produces no carcinogenic smoke or other toxic chemicals. Heat dry herb to its recommended vaping temperature to release the active ingredients as a vapor rather than setting it on fire.

Each dry herb, including the cannabis plant, has its own vaporizing temperature range. The minimum temperature determines when the dry herb begins to vaporize. Once the dry herb is heated beyond the maximum temperature, it begins to combust and produce harmful smoke and toxins. Don’t do this!

Flavor, effects and smoothness can also vary according to temperature, so most dry herb vaporizers come with temperature controls to allow you to experiment.

Benefits Of Dry Herb Vaporizing

Unlike vaping concentrated oils, vaping dry herb means you can use any flower that you’d normally smoke. This makes dry herb vaporizers much more flexible. With an oil concentrate vaporizer, you need to have the right cartridge, and those cartridges are often pre-filled. You also cannot make your own oil concentrates without special equipment and know-how. Dry herb also doesn’t require as much heat as oil concentrates do, which means you don’t have to wait as long for your vaping device to heat up.

75 Best Dry Herbs (That Aren't Cannabis)

A variety of herbs

Knowing which dry herbs to vaporize can be daunting when you first buy your device. There’s a lot of choice out there. The following, however, is an alphabetical list of 76 of the best dry herbs to vaporize for a great experience.

1. Aloe Vera (347°F to 392°F)

2. Anise (302°F to 347°F)

3. Aphrodite Mix (302°F to 347°F)

4. Basil (266ºF)

5. Bearberry (Uva Ursi) (212°F to 302°F)

6. Betel Nut (365°F to 392°F)

7. Blue Lotus (212°F to 257°F)

8. Calea Zacatechichi (365°F to 392°F)

9. Catnip (257°F to 302°F)

10. Chamomile (212°F to 257°F)

11. Clavo Huasca (347°F to 392°F)

12. Clove (257°F to 302°F)

13. Coffee Beans (302°F to 347°F)

14. Comfrey (302°F to 347°F)

15. Damiana (302°F to 347°F)

16. Ephedra (257°F to 347°F)

17. Eucalyptus (266°F)

18. Fennel (302°F to 347°F)

19. Feverfew (257°F to 347°F)

20. Galangal (302°F to 392°F)

21. Garlic (347°F to 392°F)

22. Ginger (347°F to 392°F)

23. Ginkgo (257°F to 347°F)

24. Ginseng (347°F to 392°F)

25. Gotu Kola (212°F to 302°F)

26. Green Tea (347°F to 365°F)

27. Green Tea Gunpowder (347°F to 365°F)

28. Guarana (257°F to 347°F)

29. Hops (347°F to 392°F)

30. Inebriating Mint (212°F to 302°F)

31. Kanna (370°F)

32. Kava Kava (347°F to 392°F)

33. Klip Dagga (302°F to 347°F)

34. Kola Nut (365°F to 392°F)

35. Kra Thorn Khok (347°F to 365°F)

36. Kratom (347°F to 392°F)

37. Lavender (212°F to 257°F)

38. Lemon Balm (288°F)

39. Lemongrass (257°F to 302°F)

40. Licorice (347°F to 392°F)

41. Lobelia (300°F)

42. Maca Root (302°F to 392°F)

43. Maconha Brava (347°F to 392°F)

44. Marihuanilla (302°F to 347°F)

45. Marshmallow (302°F to 392°F)

46. Mexican Tarragon (302°F to 347°F)

47. Mimosa hostillis (338°F to 374°F)

48. Morning Glory (365°F to 392°F)

49. Muira Puama (347°F to 392°F)

50. Mullein (309°F)

51. Mulungu (347°F to 392°F)

52. Papaver Somniferum (257°F to 347°F)

53. Passion Flower (212°F to 302°F)

54. Peppermint (212°F to 302°F)

55. Pink Lotus Stamens (212°F to 257°F)

56. Red Clover (374°F)

57. Rosemary (257°F)

58. Sage (257°F to 302°F)

59. Sakae Naa (347°F to 365°F)

60. Salvia Divinorum (410°F to 446°F)

61. Sinicuichi (Mayan Sun Opener) (347°F to 392°F)

62. Spearmint (309°F)

63. St John’s Wort (212°F to 302°F)

64. Sweet Flag (302°F to 347°F)

65. Syrian Rue (212°F to 302°F)

66. Thyme (212°F to 302°F)

68. Tranquilitea (347°F to 392°F)

69. Valerian (212°F to 302°F)

70. White Lilly (257°F to 347°F)

71. Wild Dagga (Lion’s Tail) (302°F to 347°F)

72. Wild Lettuce (257°F to 302°F)

73. Wormwood (212°F to 302°F)

74. Yerba Mate (212°F to 302°F)

75. Yohimbe (365°F to 392°F)

Therapeutic Benefits


Many of the dry herbs listed above not only deliver great flavor but offer therapeutic benefits as well. Chamomile, for example, can help relieve anxiety and insomnia. Lavender is safe to use for all ages and has a calming effect. Basil can settle an upset stomach, as well as help treat colds.

Some excellent dry herbs to try for their sedative effect are: 

  • Valerian
  • Passion Flower
  • Blue Lotus
  • Catnip

If you’re looking for a stimulating buzz, then try vaporizing these:

  • Damiana
  • Green Tea
  • Yerba Mate
  • Thyme

For headache relief, vaporize:

  • Lemon Balm
  • Burberry
  • Lavender
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Green Tea

And banish depression with these herbs:

  • Damiana
  • St. John’s Wort
  • Lemongrass
  • Valerian

Let’s not forget the misery of cold and flu symptoms. These can be alleviated by using:

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Eucalyptus
  • Sage
  • Marshmallow
  • Peppermint

Finally, it’s worth taking a close look at Calea Zacatechichi, known as the ‘Dream Herb’, often used as an aid for inducing lucid dreams. It can also be used as a sedative, an anti-inflammatory and an appetite stimulant. Note, however, that it’s occasional hallucinogenic effects caused it to be banned in Poland in 2009.

Organic Herbs

Watering plants

Organic herbs don’t contain pesticides and other chemicals, which are hazardous to your health. Source your herbs organically. If you’re not sure where your herbs have come from, don’t risk your health by vaping them regardless.

Never heat your dry herb above its maximum temperature. This will cause it to burn, releasing dangerous toxins that might be inhaled.

Herbal Recipes

Herbs and Spices on a Table

You’re not limited to vaping one dry herb at a time. There are plenty of recipes you can try in order to enjoy an enhanced dry herb vaporizing experience!

These recipes usually have a structure.

  • First, there’s a base: this is your dry herb, which has body and heats through well. Your base herb will ordinarily be the largest quantity in the blend.
  • Next, you need your modifier herbs. These will comprise the second largest quantity in your blend. You might have two to four modifying herbs, which add to and enhance the flavor of your base herb.
  • Finally, you add a flavor twist! This will be a small quantity of a strong tasting herb like lavender or spearmint. The flavor twist gives your recipe its unique flavor.

As a general rule of herb, you’re looking for a ratio of “base: modifier: flavor twist” to be about “3: 2: 1.” Mix your herbs well to make your special recipe, and make sure to get rid of any stems.

Here are four popular recipes or blends for you to try if you don’t feel confident enough to invent your own yet.

1. Mullein for base, Lemon Balm, Raspberry Leaf, and Mint as modifiers.

This is a great recipe for bringing relaxation and relief to migraines, insomnia, anxiety. It’s recommended that you set the temperature of your dry herb vaporizer between 347°F and 374°F.

2. Ginseng for base, Green Tea and Maca Root as modifiers.

This recipe is designed to give you an energy boost. It also increases vitality and stamina. The dry herb vaporizing temperature is between 347°F and 385°F.

3. Rosemary base, Eucalyptus, Thyme, Basil, Peppermint as modifiers, with Clove as the flavor twist.

This blend is your perfect choice for fighting cold symptoms. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent and expectorant as well. The dry herb vaporizing temperature is between 280°F and 315°F.

4. Damiana base, Blue Lotus, Calea, as mofifiers, and Mint for flavor

Here’s a recipe for opening your consciousness.  Get dreamy! The dry herb vaporizing temperature for this blend is between 356°F and 381°F.’

Remember to always vape with caution. Consult your physician before use if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffer from allergies or are taking prescription medicines.

You’re all set to try some new herbs and maybe experiment with a new recipe? Enjoy your dry herb vaporizing!