Re: tobacco leaves
There is a type of tobacco called "Asfahan", it comes in a brick. This stuff gets soaked in water and then smoke without the use of foil.
I've used this stuff to make shisha a couple times.... and I personally dont think its well suited.... especially if you are used to stuff like Layalina or Al-Waha....etc.
You might think Im nuts.... but the best stuff I have found to use for homemade shisha is cheap chewing tobacco.... no joke. I thake that stuff and let it soak for a while and then let it dry out to the point where its not wet, not bone dry, but still flexable. Great stuff.