It’s time to start making New Year Resolutions – and one of the most common is to quit smoking. This fantastic article is here to help with that! It includes general ideas to make quitting easier, it rounds up some of the most effective herbs that can cut cravings and it includes a number of essential oils found to aid the withdrawal symptoms.
(originally written by Andrea)
Despite all our attempts at healthy living — i.e. subscribing to a nutrient dense diet and exercise — an addiction can get in the way of ultimate wellbeing.
Smoking, because of the nicotine found in cigarettes, is extremely addictive.
You see, nicotine acts in one of two ways:
1. Stimulant: Nicotine works to stimulate three primarily body systems.
- Central Nervous System
- Cardiovascular System
- Digestive System
2. Sedative: For some folks – smoking settles nerves and bring calm.
Whichever the action, and secondary sensation experienced, smoking is a very difficult habit to kick.
Although there are no easy ways to stop smoking, there are a multitude of natural remedies to help you quit that you can try that are not nicotine-based – like the most common mainstream, pharmaceutical nicotine replacement treatments.
To quit smoking naturally, all you have to do is educate yourself on the gifts available to help you quit smoking naturally. And of course, be determined to liberate yourself from the throes of nicotine addiction.
Ideas To Help You Quit Smoking
Make a list. Write down all motivating reasons that brought you to the decision to quit. Post it somewhere as a constant reminder.
Set a date. Having a goal – this could be weeks or months into the future — will allow you to stay focused and committed.
Change it up. Switch to a brand of cigarettes that you don’t like.
Just stop. Don’t stop smoking cold turkey, but maybe set guidelines for yourself. Agree to stop smoking during certain hours of the day and gradually increase this time period. Soon enough, there won’t be any time left for a smoke.
Make another list. This time, write down things that make you happy, joyful, and calm. When the temptation comes — choose these activities instead of smoking.
Crafty you. Learn a new craft or skill…something that requires the use of your hands (i.e. knitting, drawing/sketching, cooking, crocheting, sewing, gardening…).
Save your money. In a tucked away corner of your living space, place a jar. Fill it with the money you save from buying less cigarettes. You’ll be amazed!
Herbs To Help You Quit Smoking
Lobelia – contains the alkaloid lobeline, which acts as a temporary replacement for nicotine — satisfying the body’s craving.
Passion Flower & Oat straw – help to calm and nourish the nervous system, which will help with the irritability experienced during withdrawal.
Mullein — a plant smoked traditionally by Native Americans for lung healing (protecting against inflammation of the respiratory tract) and ceremonial purposes. (Try smoking this non-toxic, non-nicotine herb instead of tobacco by rolling its leaves in cigarette papers or via pipe.)
Ginger root – aids in restoring health and function to the digestive system and relieves nausea often associated with nicotine withdrawal (Chewing on pieces of fresh ginger root or candied ginger can help curb cravings. So can sucking on a whole clove.)
Skullcap – used effectively in the treatment of an overactive nervous system (most effective in relieving tension and anxiety).
Eleuthero Root — helps to build the immune system and supports the body during stressful times.
Echinacea Root & Garlic – both increase the lungs’ resistance to infection and disease. (Purchase the best whole Echinacea Tincture here.
Several different preparations of the herbs listed above can be created at home or purchased. Look for teas, extracts, tinctures, or capsules. Use them whenever you have the desire smoke, up to six times a day.
Essential Oils To Help You Quit Smoking
Essential oils can be used as a potent and effective treatment for smoking cessation. They work by helping you control the cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.
The use of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essentials oils is a safe and natural way to help alleviate irritability, anxiety, stress, fatigue and nervousness – which are most often symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal.
Oils such as…
- Helichrysum (aids in tobacco detoxification)
- Black Pepper (helps to alleviate nicotine withdrawal symptoms)
- Wild Orange
- Roman Chamomile
- Ylang Ylang
…can be use topically, aromatically, and/or as dietary supplements.
Quit Smoking Mixture
Mix 1 ounce of fractionated coconut, olive, or jojoba oil with 12 drops of any combination of ylang ylang, wild orange, chamomile, marjoram, and/or grapefruit pure essential oils. Store in a small glass dropper or roller top bottle. Apply oil to skin under nose or to a cotton ball and inhale with several deep breaths when the urge to smoke arises.
What natural remedies helped you — or someone you know — quit smoking?