Smoking is one of the worst things you can do. You know it, I know it, everyone knows it – but there’s still a ton of smokers out there. Why? Because it’s so hard to quit. Not only that, but a lot of the quitting options substitute the nicotine from cigarettes for nicotine elsewhere.
8 Herbal Remedies To Quit Smoking
And nicotine is a big part of the problem. Cigarettes and smoke inhalation equals carcinogens. But cigarettes use more chemicals, like nicotine, to create lifelong smokers by making it an addictive habit.
Where There’s Smoke…
Besides damaging your lungs and heart – 2 very important organs – smoking causes inflammation, respiratory problems, high blood pressure, a weak immune system and even early menopause. Smoking has been linked to reproductive disorders as well, like irregular menstrual cycles, low sperm count, and erectile dysfunction – not to mention various forms of cancer.
Most states have some ban on smoking, whether it’s in restaurants and bars, or simply in offices. As of January 2014 10 states still had no statewide ban on smoking. If you’re a smoker and you’re looking to quit, try one of these healthy alternatives.
Natural Ways to Quit Smoking
Ginger juice eases the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. Drinking ginger juice will help with the nausea that comes when you’re quitting.
Researchers have found an extract from wild oats can help curb smoking; in this study participants were able to decrease cigarettes consumption from 20 to about less than 9 per day. While research for this is still early, you can opt to include more oats in your diet or make this drink: mix 1 tablespoon of ground oats into 2 cups of boiled water and leave overnight. Boil the mixture the next morning for 10 minutes and drink after every meal.
If you’ve been a smoker for many years, you’ll be well acquainted with the smokers’ cough. Hyssop is an antispasmodic herb which means it can relieves spasms in the respiratory system, reduce lung inflammation and can soothe coughs. It’s also an expectorant — it loosens phlegm that has been deposited in the respiratory tracts.
Valerian is a very powerful sedative herb. It helps with restlessness, anxiety, and stress that come with quitting.
Natural licorice root is a great thing to reach for when you feel the need to smoke. If you’re orally fixated, this will help much like chewing gum helps.
St. John’s Wort
Trying to quit smoking can not only lead to anxiety, but also a mild case of the blues. St. John’s Wort is well-known for its use in easing depression, so if you find yourself in a slump it could be worth investigating with your healthcare practitioner.
Ginseng stops the release of dopamine which is a main contributor to why people enjoy the act of smoking, it provides that high. Include a teaspoon of ginseng powder into your breakfast and this may help reduce the desire to smoke.
Vitamins A, C and E are all major antioxidants and can repair damaged cells and give your body much needed nutrients. Vitamin A repairs damaged mucus membranes, vitamin E repairs your body’s cells, and vitamin C promotes a healthy immune system.
This certainly won’t be the easiest thing you ever do, but if you can find some solace in these herbal treatments, you should be able to live smoke-free and happily. Share whichever works best for you with us on Facebook – and please share any great herbal fixes I’ve missed.
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Andrew is a creative copywriter who writes as much as he reads. A graduate from Algonquin College's Advertising & Marketing program in Ottawa, Ontario, he now calls Toronto home. A type-1 diabetic, he knows the importance of living and eating healthily. A life-long student, Andrew will never graduate the school of life.
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