Rooted Apothecary

High Alpine Smoke

Briana Wiles

It was simple, like most good things are.  It was just a dinner, cooked over a wood fire for a couple friends, high up in the woods on another Friday night. 

 

But in my personal opinion, most good things involve wood fires.

 

What made it special were the people and the place.  We sat in the grass and on camping pads, surrounded by tall pines and wild blueberries.  The late evening sun was sinking over the dramatic cuts of rock in the surrounding mountains, making the forest turn a glowy-gold. 

 

We chatted about anything that struck our minds—without the distraction of wifi and whistling phones, we were fully present, and didn’t feel bad striking up conversations. 

 

We were camping in a place that’s not easy to get to, high up in the Rocky Mountains.  There was a lake near by, and plenty of dense forest, riddled with fallen pine trees.  Wilderness surrounded us, and we felt a bit more electric just by being in it.  And we were together in the most authentic way possible, which made it feel like coming home.

 

osha (Ligusticum porteri)

osha (Ligusticum porteri)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)

In the chilly, mid-September evening, we sat around the campfire and watched the sun disappear.  And in that moment, we felt inspired to roll up a cigarette made with a smoking blend of the finest foraged plants—osha (Ligusticum porteri), pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea), elephantella (Pedicularis groenlandica), bracted lousewort (Pedicularis bracteosa), curly lousewort (Pedicularis racemosa) and fireweed (Chamerion angustifolium).

elephantella (Pedicularis groenlandica)

elephantella (Pedicularis groenlandica)

curly lousewort (Pedicularis racemosa)

curly lousewort (Pedicularis racemosa)

The smoking blend is a beauty—almost too pretty to light up.  But we ground up the flowers and leaves anyways, and rolled it into a paper, and passed it around the fire.  And just like the sun eased into sunset, we relaxed into the night as we passed the cigarette around.

 

The blend is meant to be relaxing, no matter where you smoke it.  But I can say for certain, a campfire with friends in the woods makes it all the more enjoyable. 

 

Try your hand at foraging for your own wild smoking blend, or you can purchase the blend directly from Rooted Apothecary this Fall!

 

 

--Article written by Cayla Vidmar