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Smoking is more than just a bad habit. It’s an addiction and, it’s very bad for your overall health. In fact, smoking is the number one cause of preventable death in the U.S. Smoking causes one-third of all cancer deaths and one-fourth of the fatal heart attacks in the U.S, according to the American Lung Association.

The main reasons why people start smoking are peer pressure, to be social, as a status symbol, to handle stress or awkward situations, and media influences. With every cigarette, the body builds up cravings for nicotine, the addictive component, and soon people start smoking more and more.

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Nicotine, as well as the smoke inhaled and exhaled, causes many health problems. This may include respiratory health problems, increased blood pressure and heart rate, a weakened immune system, lower sperm count in men, reduced fertility in women, an irregular menstrual cycle, earlier menopause, and lung and other types of cancer.

Non-smokers are also believed to develop diseases from breathing in cigarette smoke, known as passive smoking.

Looking at the effects of smoking, it is essential that smokers make every effort to quit as soon as possible. Initially, you can expect to feel withdrawal symptoms like frustration, anxiety, anger, lack of concentration, increased appetite, headaches, higher blood pressure and a constant craving to smoke.

But if you are determined, then no matter whether you smoke a couple cigarettes a day or two packs a day, quitting smoking is very possible.

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You can get help from professionals, from prescription medication to nicotine replacement products. You can also opt for some simple natural aids to help you quit the habit.

top 10 natural aids for quitting smoking

Here are the top 10 natural aids for quitting smoking.

It is suggested to follow the herbal remedies under the supervision of your health care provider. 

1. Lobelia

Lobelia contains an active ingredient called lobeline that is believed to help reduce the effects of nicotine in the body, especially the release of the neurotransmitter dopamine.

Lobelia is available in the market in the form of a vinegar tincture. The typical dosage is 20 to 60 drops of the tincture three times daily.

It is best to begin with a lower dosage like three to five drops and gradually increase it. As lobelia is highly toxic, it is advisable to use this herb under the supervision of a qualified health practitioner.

Note: People with heart disease or high blood pressure should not take this herb. Pregnant and nursing women and children also should not take lobelia.

2. Licorice

Licorice is an expectorant and demulcent herb that can help you quit smoking naturally. The slight sweet taste of licorice helps kill the urge to smoke. Also, it relieves smoker’s cough.

Plus, this herb is an adrenal tonic and can help balance cortisol levels, reduce fatigue and restore energy.

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Chewing a small stick of licorice root can satisfy your urge to smoke. You can even drink licorice root tea two or three times a day.

Note: Licorice is not recommended for those who have diabetes, high blood pressure, adrenal disease or reduced kidney or liver functioning.

3. Cayenne Pepper

Cayenne pepper also desensitizes the respiratory system to tobacco and chemical irritants contained in the smoke. Plus, its antioxidant property stabilizes lung membranes, in turn preventing damage.

Cayenne pepper can be used in various forms including fresh pepper, ground pepper powder, capsules or tea to quit smoking. However, the best option is to add a couple of pinches of cayenne pepper to a glass of water and drink daily, especially when you have strong carvings for smoking.

4. St. John’s Wort

This medicinal herb may also help people quit smoking. The herb provides calming properties to help fight the edgy effects and stress caused due to quitting.

In fact, it has been observed that when going through nicotine withdrawal symptoms, people experience anxiety and stress like those suffering from depression. As nicotine helps with depression, it can also help with these symptoms.

In a pilot study, 24 people who smoked one or more cigarettes a day took St. John’s wort capsule (450 mg) twice daily along with smoking cessation counseling. After 12 weeks, nine out of 24 people had quit smoking.

This study, however, cannot be relied upon completely as it was neither placebo-controlled nor double-blinded. So, further research is still required in this regard.

St. John’s wort is available in liquid, bulk, and capsule form.You must start taking it at least two weeks before you plan to quit.

Note: As this herb can interfere with the effectiveness of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking this herb. St. John’s wort is not recommended for pregnant or nursing women.

5. Green Oats

Green oats, also known as avena sativa or wild oats, is an effective herbal treatment to help you quit smoking. A 1971 study found that green oats can reduce the desire for nicotine and ease withdrawal symptoms. It can also help promote detoxification of nicotine during the withdrawal process.

Plus, green oats have a sedative effect as well as a tonic effect on the nervous system, which can be highly beneficial for those who are struggling to quit.

Green oat capsules are readily available in the market. You can safely take about 300 mg of green oats daily, but it is highly recommended to consult a doctor for the correct dosage for you.

6. Ginseng

Ginseng can also help alleviate the frequency of cravings. It is considered a tonic for the adrenal glands and it helps reestablish proper cortisol levels in the bloodstream.

Ginseng also helps the body deal with physical and emotional stress and restores balance in the body when experiencing withdrawal symptoms. It will also help you deal with the mental stress of quitting as it sharpens concentration, improves mood and lessens anxiety.

Adding one teaspoon of ginseng powder to your breakfast cereal or a glass of milk will help reduce the craving for smoking. You can also chew a small amount of dried ginseng and swallow the juice.

Note: Do not take ginseng if you suffer from heart problems, diabetes, an auto-immune disease, schizophrenia or a hormone-sensitive condition.

Cuoihoi Natural Aids for Quitting Smoking was last modified: September 3rd, 2014 by Top10HomeRemedies
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12 thoughts on “Cuoihoi Natural Aids for Quitting Smoking”

  1. l am a smoker.want quitting. yet very health conscious. hardly fell ill. practice yoga and believe in herbs. a fan of this site. happy to like n share b’coz your tips r safe and useful. thanks….

  2. I reside in Mumbai and I want to quit smoking. I am a Diabetic so please prescribe the proper herb to quit smoking. Please also inform me where I can buy these herbs or medicines.

  3. Take dry grapes with cloves(கிராம்பு) chew both this twice a day then smell of smoking will leads to vomitt you

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  5. I have been reading reports about how bad smoking is for you and environment with all the many chemicals and poisons. I would like to know why if all of this is proven fact based on honest lab results, is it still being allowed by government to continue without changing and forcing tobacco companies to conform or making it an illegal harmful drug? Government forces other companies to produce their products safety and quality control. Lobbyists and interest groups for tobacco companies are giving government and the Heart and Lung Associations big payoffs to shut up. I have not received any answers to these questions because these organizations do not want to respond and lose money. I chose to ignore their lies. I have been a smoker for 51 years. Clear lungs and would be better if the polluted air we live in would be better. I have seasonal allergies and smoking at this point is insane. I am reading all I can to do on my own in a natural healthy way. This article about detox your lungs is the solution. Thanks. We are on our own. Doctors and special interests groups only want your money.

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