Vaporizing: A Guide

Vaporizing: A Guide

Vaporizers are devices used to heat various herbs, oils and extracts to a temperature which is high enough to release their active therapeutic components, but is just below the point at which such substances burn. Therefore, using a vaporizer instead of traditional oil or incense burners, users can inhale the vapours of their chosen material without inhaling smoke.

Vaporizers can be used to vaporize any number of different materials and have numerous applications in aromatherapy and homeopathy, and are even used to produce aromatic vapours in high-class cookery. Vaporization is also a far more efficient way of releasing vapours from herbs, oils and extracts, allowing for more economic use of their preferred material as it can be re-used several times.

Vaporizers are only to be used by, in the presence of, or with the advice and assistance of someone knowledgeable in the field of aromatherapy. Since many plants, botanicals and oils are toxic or poisonous, only legal, safe, known, identifiable and commercially developed and marketed essential oils, or botanicals should be used in any device purchased form this website. Keep these devices and all aromatherapy products out of the reach of children. Study this information, the product instructions, and all of the accompanying literature before using a Vaporizer or any oil or botanical. Likewise, always keep in mind that this device is extremely efficient in extracting the bioactive ingredients from any oil or botanical. Therefore, only use a very small amount (a pinch) of vegetable material (the equivalent of a children’s aspirin) or a micro drop of essential oil.

The information contained in this disclaimer and any other cautionary instructions, and all of the documents and literature included with any Vaporizer was developed for informational purposes only. In no way is any of the information contained in these documents intended to be a medical or prescriptive guide or to be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or disease. No oil, or botanical should take the place of any prescribed medication. Neither the manufacturer nor the seller, or their respective affiliates, directors, officers or shareholders, of any aromatherapy products on this website shall be held responsible for the misuse of the same or the misuse of any oil or botanical. You, the purchaser and/or user of this device, are responsible for your own use of such products.
 
If pregnant, nursing or diagnosed with epilepsy, a heart condition, allergies or other medical conditions, seek the advice and assistance of a physician or trained health professional before using any Vaporizer or any oil or botanical. If you believe or suspect that you have a medical problem, promptly contact your doctor or health care provider. Please note, vaporizers are not medical devices.

 

Some suggested vaporization materials

 

This list of vaporization materials compiles some of the properties and potential therapeutic uses which others have found by vaporizing those herbs- of course everyone is different, so some may discover different effects from others, but it’s intended as a guide for those new to using aromatherapy vaporizers. Vaporization of these substances should not be considered an alternative to medical treatment. Always consult your doctor if in need of advice or unsure of medical implications of use of these materials.
 

Chamomile (Chamomilla recutita)
Temperature: Volcano Classic Mark 6 / 190°C (374°F)
Main Properties: Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, relaxant, carminative, bitter, nervine.

Chamomile grows wild in Europe and west Asia. Related species are found in North America and Africa. Its flowers help to ease indigestion, nervousness, depressions and headaches, being ideal for emotion related problems such as peptic ulcers, colitis, spastic colon and nervous indigestion. Chamomile's essential oil have anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-microbial activity. It is an excellent herb for many digestive disorders and for nervous tension and irritability.
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Damiana (Turnera diffusa)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 6 / 190°C (374°F)
Main Properties: Nerve tonic, antidepressant, urinary antiseptic.

Native from the Gulf of Mexico, Damiana has an ancient reputation as an aphrodisiac and is an excellent remedy for the nervous system acting as a stimulant and tonic in cases of mild depression. Damiana has a strongly aromatic, slightly bitter taste.
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Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnate)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 3 / 154°C (309°F)
Main Properties:Anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic, hypotensive sedative, tranquilizing.

Passiflora is natural from the north America. The herb has valuable sedative and tranquilizing properties and has a long use as a medicine in Central and North American herbal traditions, being taken in Mexico for insomnia epilepsy and hysteria. The leaves are an ingredient in many pharmaceutical products to treat nervous disorders such as heart palpitations, anxiety, convulsions and sometimes high blood pressure. It is also used to prevent spasms from whooping cough, asthma and other diseases.
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Green Tea (Camellia Sinensis)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 6 / 190 C (374 F)
Main Properties: Anti-irritant, soothing, anti-ache, aid in digestion and depression.

According to Chinese legend, tea was discovered accidentally by an emperor 4,000 years ago. Since then, traditional Chinese medicine has recommended green tea for headaches, body aches and pains, digestion, depression, immune enhancement, detoxification, as an energizer, and to prolong life.
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Peppermint (Mentha piperita)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 4 / 166°C (331°F)
Main Properties: Carminative, relieves muscle spasms, increases sweating, antiseptic.

Peppermint's origin is a mystery, but it has been in existence for a long time - dried leaves were found in Egyptian pyramids dating from around 1000 BC. It was highly valued by the Greeks and Romans, but only became popular in Western Europe in the 18th Century. Peppermint tea helps with indigestion and relaxes the muscles of the digestive tract. Peppermint's chief therapeutic value lies in its ability to relieve wind, flatulence, bloating and colic, though it has many other applications. Studies have shown that it relieves colon spasms and helps to cure ulcers. Peppermint also eases nervous headaches. Menthol, its main constituent, has antibacterial properties.
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Spearmint (Mentha Spicata)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 3 / 154 C (309 F)
Main Properties: Anti septic, anti inflammatory, fabulous for digestive concerns (upset stomach, nausea, morning sickness, flatulence, indigestion, colic, etc.). Deodorant, uplifting, revitalizing, cooling, and a wonderful pick me up, great stress reliever, for respiratory issues (bronchitis, asthma, sinusitis, etc.), colds, flus and fevers.

Widely used in the food and drink industry as well as in cosmetics, tooth care products, etc. However, Peppermint is more often used as a flavoring agent. Spearmint is a popular culinary herb and was a favorite at bath time with the ancient Greeks.
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Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 6 / 190 C (374 F)
Main Properties: In pregnant women it has been found to help with nausea, ease of labor and delivery and post partum recovery. But also is used widely with colds, sore throats and upset stomach.

Raspberry bushes are native to North America but are cultivated in other countries including Canada. Although it is best known for its delicious red berries, raspberry leaves have a number of medical applications. They have been used in connection with the common cold, sore throats, diarrhea, pregnancy, and postpartum support.
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Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus Globulus)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 1 / 130°C (266°F)
Main Properties: Antiseptic, expectorant, stimulates local blood flow, anti-fungal.

Eucalyptus is native from Australia, where it comprises more than 75% of all trees. A traditional aboriginal remedy, eucalyptus is a powerful antiseptic used all over the world for relieving coughs and colds, s ore throats and other infections. The leaves cool the body and relive fever. Eucalyptol, one of the substances found in the essential oil, is one of the main constituents of the many existing commercial formulas of chest rubs for colds. The essential oil has also strong anti-biotic, anti-viral and anti-fungal action. Eucalyptus is a common ingredient in many over-the-counter cold remedies.
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Lavender (Lavandula officinalis)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 1 / 130°C (266°F)
Main Properties: Carminative, relieves muscle spasms, antidepressant, antiseptic and antibacterial, stimulates blood flow.

Lavender is native to the Mediterranean region and is cultivated in France, Spain and elsewhere. It has been used for aromatic purposes by the Romans in washing water and baths. This herb has uses in culinary, cosmetics and medicine. It is effective to cure headaches, especially when related to stress, to clear depression associated with weakness and depression. Externally, lavender oil has been used as a stimulating liniment to help ease aches and pains of rheumatism.
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Thyme (Thymus Vulgaris)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 6 / 190°C (374°F)
Main Properties: Antiseptic, tonic, relieves muscle spasm, expectorant.

Thyme occurs in the west Mediterranean to the southwest Italy. The herb was known to the Sumerians, used by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans. Thyme was praised by the herbalist Nicholas Culpeper (1616-1654) as "a notable strengthener of the lungs". Its main medicinal application is in treating coughs and clearing congestion. Many current formulas for mouth washes and vapor rubs contain thymol, one of the constituents found in thyme. It also improves digestion, destroys intestinal parasites and is an excellent antiseptic and tonic.
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Sage (Salvia officinalis)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 6 / 190°C (374°F)
Main Properties: Astringent, antiseptic, aromatic, carminative, estrogenic, reduces sweating, tonic.

Sage grows from north to central Spain to the west of Balkans and Asia Minor. It was used in Crete in 1600 AD to clear throat inflammation, one of its most popular uses today. Its leaves are a well-known cold germ and flu fighter. It has been found to be very effective to reduce many physical emissions like sweating and is an excellent remedy for sore throats, poor digestion and irregular periods. It is also taken as a gently stimulating tonic. It has a slightly warm, noticeably bitter and astringent taste.
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Lemon Balm (Melissa Officinalis)
Temperature: Volcano Classic/PLENTY Mark 2 / 142°C (288°F)
Main Properties:

Lemon balm relaxes the nervous system producing sleep. It is used for epilepsy, nerve disorders, insomnia, fainting, hysteria, migraine headaches, hypochondria and vertigo. It works simultaneously on the digestive system for intestinal maladies like stomach afflictions or flatulence. Lemon balm is also used for heat palpitations and has been found to increase blood circulation.

 

More Vaporization Temperatures

LOW TEMPERATURE: up to 150C (302F)
- Recommended: Volcano, Launch Box, PLENTY

Angelica: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Black Horehound: 100C to 125C (212F to 257F)
Blue Lotus: 100C to 125C (212F to 257F)
Calea: 100C to 125C (212F to 257F)
Clove: 125C to 150C (257F to 302F)
Corn Silk: 100C to 125C (212F to 257F)
Dandelion: 125C to 150C (257F to 302F)
Goldenrod: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Gotu Kola: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Horsetail: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Hyssop: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Meadowsweet: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Motherwort: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Purslane: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Rue : 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Saint John’s Wort: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Tobacco: 125C to 150C (257F to 302F)
Wormwood: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Yarrow: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)
Yerba Mate: 100C to 150C (212F to 302F)


MEDIUM TEMPERATURE: up to 170C (347F)
- Recommended: Volcano, Launch Box, PLENTY

Anise: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)
Caraway: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)
Cat's Claw: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)
Coffee: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)
Comfrey: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)
Ephedra: 125C to 170C (257F to 347F) *use sparingly / increases heart rate*
Fennel: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)
Feverfew: 125C to 170C (257F to 347F)
Hawthorn: 125C to 170C (257F to 347F)
Ginkgo: 125C to 170C (257F to 347F)
Guarana: 125C to 170C (257F to 347F)
Lion's Tail: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)
Milk Thistle: 125C to 170C (257F to 347F)
Mugwort: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)
Prickly Poppy: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)
Red Poppy: 125C to 170C (257F to 347F)
Saw Palmetto: 125C to 170C (257F to 347F)
Sweet Flag: 150C to 170C (302F to 347F)


HIGH TEMPERATURE: up to 185C (365F)
- Recommended: Volcano, iolite, WISPR, Launch Box, PLENTY

Amanita Muscaria: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F) *purity important*
Barberry: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Burdock: 150C to 185C (302F to 365F)
Couch Grass: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Evening Primrose: 150C to 185C (302F to 365F)
Fringe Tree: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Garlic: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Ginger 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Ginseng: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Hops: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Kava Kava: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F) *use sparingly*
Kola Nut: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Kratom : 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Licorice: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Maca Root: 150C to 185C (302F to 365F)
Marshmallow: 150C to 185C (302F to 365F)
Sida Cordifolia: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Sinichuichi (Mayan Sun Opener): 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Turmeric: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Valerian: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Wattle Gum Leaf: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Wild Yam: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)
Yohimbe: 170C to 185C (338F to 365F)

ALWAYS start at the lower end of the temperature range and move up from there IF necessary. Most of the time, you can successfully vaporize at the lowest temp in the range.