Someone near and dear to me started chewing tobacco. He used it to stay awake while driving vehicles across the country, two trips in one month! To help my loved one, I concocted a fake snuff using plants from the garden. He likes the taste and simply swallows it when he’s done – no spittin’ in a bottle. And the ingredients are good for him!
Most deaths from smokeless tobacco are a result of heart failure, not cancer. Each year, hundreds of thousands of people worldwide succumb to diseases caused by chewing tobacco.
Do you know someone who wants to stop dippin’? Think about how you might combine herbs and other foods to create a DIY dip that gets him closer to quitting. I want to share my best recipe with you so you can help someone you care about. Please share.
Herbal Apple Chew/Nature Dip with NO TOBACCO
- 12 medium borage leaves plus 6-8 flowers (No borage? Use another herb like parsley. With parsley, blanch it first to reduce bitterness. You’ll need 5 cups of parsley leaf tops with leaves.)
- 1 organic apple chopped with peel, core removed
- 4 sprigs cilantro
- 2 sprigs parsley
- 1 sprig marjoram
- 2 sprigs fennel fronds
- 1 ½ tablespoons organic molasses
1. Dry the herbs. If using borage, handle dried borage with gloves!
2. Dry chopped apple 50%. Estimate that it is partially dry. Use a dehydrator on high for 45 minutes or an oven at 200F for one hour.
3. Add molasses to a warm plate. (Run the plate under hot water for a minute, then dry or place in a microwave for 30 seconds.) Place chopped apple on top of the softened molasses and mix well.
4. Place the sweetened apple on a mat in the dehydrator, dry 80%. Again estimate.
5. Place herbs in food processor and pulverize – but not too much.
6. Place apple in with herbs and blend until desired texture. Spoon into container and refrigerate.
Herbal Pear Chew/Nature Dip with NO TOBACCO
- 1 organic pear
- 4 cups fresh cilantro leaves and tender stems (taste test – if bitter, blanch for on minute first)
- 2 cups fresh parsley leaves and tender stems (taste test – if bitter, blanch for on minute first)
- 1 Oolong tea bag (or any organic tea you think would go well with these ingredients)
- 3 tablespoons raw honey (local best)
- ¼ teaspoon mace (or nutmeg)
- 2 drops of almond oil
- Cut pear in slices, core removed. Dry pears 50% in dehydrator on high, about 1 hour.
- Fifteen minutes prior to turning dehydrator off, make the soaking juice: ½ cup water, 3 tbsp raw honey, leaves of 1 Oolong tea bag, ¼ teas mace and 2 drops almond oil. Simmer on low heat for ten minutes. Turn heat off but leave pot on burner.
- Chop the half dried pears in the food processor but not too much. Pulse, pulse.
- Add pears to simmered soaking juice and let sit for a couple hours with the heat off. Place in dehydrator on mat and dry 80%.
- Make the Base: 4 cups ground cilantro leaves and tender stems and 2 cups ground parsley leaves and tender stems.
- Add herbs to food processor, add 80% dried pear mixture and pulverize to desired texture. Spoon into container and refrigerate.