Tobacco contains nicotine, which is a stimulant. When tobacco leaves are dried, they are used to make things like cigarettes, pipe tobacco, and cigars. They can also be used to make dipping tobacco, chewing tobacco and snuff. You may not know, however, that tobacco leaves, such as marleaf, can also be used in other ways, two of which are listed below.
Use Tobacco in Food
Tobacco leaves can be added to food as a spice, as well as in other ways. It is best to purchased fresh tobacco leaves to use in recipes. You could mix tobacco with something like lemon juice and use as a marinated for chicken or pork chops. You could mix tobacco in with rice while cooking to give it a smoky flavor. There are many recipes online from entrées to deserts.
Use Tobacco in Your Garden
If you like to garden you have likely dealt with pests, and some of these pests can damage or even kill plants. Tobacco can be used to deal with these pests so you can have healthy plants. For example, aphids are small insects that love to eat on leaves, such as the leaves on roses. Over time they can do a lot of damage to a plant. To take care of aphids, as well as other pests that may be in your garden, mix together one cup of compost, which you can purchase at a garden center, one cup of tobacco leaves, and one cup of garlic powder. You can find tobacco leaves at many health food stores, as well as online.
Mix the tobacco mixture in with the soil around the base of each plant that is showing signs of pest damage. Keep an eye on the flowers, as you may need to do this a few times before the pests are killed.
Use Tobacco for Health Problems
Tobacco can also be used to treat many health problems. For example, if a bee stings you, you can mix tobacco with enough water to make a paste and apply the tobacco over the sore. This will not only help bring the stinger to the surface but will also help with pain. Tobacco made in this way can also be spread over the skin to help with skin rashes, such as eczema.
You can grow your own tobacco leaves if you prefer. It is as easy as growing vegetables in the garden. You can purchase commercial seeds online or at some garden centers. Fill up a tray with soil and put enough water on the soil to dampen it. Sprinkle the tobacco seeds on the surface of the soil, and set the tray where it can get full sun. Once the tobacco plants get a few inches tall, move them to your garden outside and watch them grow.