… without Tobacco” * is the title of a small book (138 pages in 12°) by Juliette de BAÏRACLI LEVY (1912-2009) (no Ger. wiki article; Eng.; small Ger. page with photos; Eng. bio and further materials). Those of you who live with dogs may have seen or even used one of her writings like f.e. The Complete Herbal Book for the Dog (London 1955) or others.
de BAÏRACLI LEVY was born into a wealthy family in Manchester as daughter of an Egyptian mother and a Turkish father. She later took up the study of veterinary medicine, but left the university after two years and turned towards natural herbal medicine. She travelled a lot in Europe and around the Mediterranean collecting herbal knowledge. She also bread successfully Afghans under the kennel name Turkuman. She spent her last years partly in Germany and Switzerland, where she died peacefully 2009.
de BAÏRACLI LEVY says in her booklet clearly that smoking generally should be avoided. But if the habit can not (yet) be abandoned, one should at least use not poisonous tobacco but healthy spices. She developed two smokable mixtures of spices (“Wanderer” for cooler and “Nomade” for warmer climates), describes how to collect, dry and cut the herbs and of course shares her two recipes. Traders and producers in Austria are named (the seemingly one man publishing house for this book is located in Wallingwinkl somewhere in the Salzburg area), but more than 30 years later they are all out of business.
For 400 g of “Wanderer” she uses 228 g Holunderblätter (elder leaves, sambucus; Ger., Eng.), 7 g Holunderblüten (blossoms of elderflower), 85 g Weißkleeblüten (blossoms of white clover, trifolium repens; Ger., Eng.), 29 g of Klebkraut (robin-run-in-the-hedge, all of it; galium aparine; Ger., Eng.), 29 g Kleie (bran or chaff (Spreu) – I am not sure what she means), 22 g Salbeiblätter (leaves of sage, salvia; Ger., Eng.), 24 Gewürznelken (crushed cloves, Ger., Eng.), and a spoon of hops (humulus lupulus; Ger., Eng.). The basis for “Nomade” is wine leaves, she uses Alant (horseheal, inula; Ger., Eng.) and citron leaves instead of Klebkraut and Kleie. In the text she mentions other spices and herbs she found useful and smokable, small illustrations show the mentioned plants.
The crushed cloves remind me of the Indonesian Kretek (Ger., Eng.), but these are made from flavoured tobacco.
* de Baïracli Levy, Juliette: Besser Rauchen ohne Tabak und eine Warnung vor dem Gebrauch von Kräutern, denen die Verführungskraft zu immer erneuter Verwendung innewohnt. Übersetzt, überarbeitet und herausgegeben von Holger Ising Fassunge, 2.verbesserte Auflage, Wallingwinkl 1980