Natural Remedies to Help you Quit Smoking

By Kyla Miller, R.H.N.

Contributing Writer for Wake Up World

There was a time, not so long ago where smoking was considered healthy; yep, you read it correctly – “healthy”. Back in the early 1950’s doctors were supporting this rather unusual habit by recommending certain brands over others (i.e. “number 1 recommended brand” or 4 out of 5 doctors prefer…”) These types of ads were smeared virtually everywhere, convincing the vulnerable, trusting public that cigarettes where in fact not only healthy, but a “cool” things to do.

The act of smoking itself was popularized by cinema and print adds. It became evident that this was much more than a “once in a while” activity; it was literally re-defining our social class structures. If you were not smoking, then you were not considered part of the “in” crowd. To make matters worse, nicotine was added to induce excitement and over stimulate our senses so that we always came back for more; it secured large cigarette companies repeat business.

Since then, we have began pulling away from this popular past time as it is now considered (conveniently) bad for you. Clearly, this was not about making people healthier, it was about making huge profits at the expense of human lives. This is certainly a sad part of our history, but a needed one to help us learn from the mistakes we have inflicted on our fellow brothers and sisters so we may not repeat it again.

Natural Remedies To Help you Quit

 

Cayenne Pepper

Among many other things, cayenne pepper is an excellent remedy to help quell the cravings for a cigarette. It desensitizes the respiratory system to tobacco and chemical irritants thereby thwarting the cravings for cigarettes. Ensure to take the spice daily; add a couple of pinches to your glass of water to really benefit from its effects.

Ginseng

It has been shown to prevent the nicotine-induced release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. Of course dopamine is what makes people feel better after smoking which is part of the nicotine addiction process. a teaspoon of ginseng powder added to your breakfast cereal or morning health shake should help alleviate the number of cravings.

St. John’s Wort

Primarily used to treat depression, there is some research that this medicinal herb helps people quit smoking. In one pilot study, 24 people who smoked 1 or more cigarettes a day received St. John’s wort (450 mg capsule 2 times a day) plus smoking cessation counseling. After 12 weeks, 37.5% or 9 out of 24 people had quit.

Lobelia

This herb has been promoted to help people fight the effects of nicotine withdrawal and is found in many anti-smoking products. The active ingredient in lobelia, lobeline, is thought to have similar actions on the body as nicotine. Further research has shown that lobeline may increase levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine in the brain similar to cigarettes.

Repairing the Damage

Once you have successfully broken free of the addiction, it is essential to repair the damage that has been caused by smoking. Regardless of what you may hear, the damage is reversible through proper diet, exercise, meditation ,and adequate sleep. Never let this leave your mind, as we all have the power to overcome.

Smoking destroys vitamin C in the body – an important antioxidant. As a result it is important to increase your vitamin C intake to anywhere form 5000 – 20000 mg daily. This will help reduce some of the oxidative stress smoking has caused. Further to this, Vitamin E and A are also essential for repairing the damage done to your cells and mucus membranes. Another important mineral to consider taking is coenzyme Q10. This is yet another powerful antioxidant that helps protects the lungs and heart, while increasing oxygen to the brain.

These are just a few remedies you can take advantage of in your effort quit smoking. Remember, a strong mental constitution along with these remedies will help almost anyone break the habit. Most importantly, believe in yourself!

Your question: What other remedies or methods have you used to break the habit? (post your comments below)

Article Sources:

Prescription for Nutritional Healing; Phyllis A. Balch, CNC

doctorq.ca/Normal-Blood-Pressure-Levels

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About the Author

Kyla Miller is the co-founder of guidinginstincts.com. She has overcome illness through dietary/lifestyle changes, and practicing a positive mindset daily. Kyla is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and is currently studying to become a Reiki Master.

 


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  • Beth9stedt

    great article so happy to see. this is exactly what I have been looking for . Cant wait to try these out tomorrow. I have tried the saint johns wort and it does help some but best if you take it for several days before you quit smoking rather than just on the day.

  • Mrs. Jones

    Great info! Just wanted to share my experience- Heavy smoker for 20+ years- I switched to American Spirit Organic cigarettes for about 2 months and allowed my body to detox from all the additives, chemicals ect.. Then once I was ready I quit the cigarettes and my body only had to adjust to the absence of nicotine, not all the other yuck as well. Much easier!!! Haven’t smoked since 🙂 Hope this helps.

  • Jeannette

    Thank you, I am trying to get a family member who insistsb she “enjoys” cigarettes to quit.
    I was a heavy smoker for more than half of my life, and it bugs me that patches and gum are ofered as “aids”, as if keeping nicotine in the bloodstream were a good thing!
    What helped me was the “4 D” method of moment to moment dismissing of cravings: Delay (put off lighting up and see if the urge goes away), Deep Breath (frequently the brain wants more oxygen to relax and energize, NOT carbon monoxide and nicotine), Drink Water (sometimes being dehydrated or thirsty feels like a smoke-urge), and Do Something Else (especially handy-work, knitting or art, or puzzles like crosswords, etc. displace the “habit”.)
    The last time I quitm, I realized that it is only half the battle to remove the offensive action, the other half is to replace it with something good, like yoga or power-walking, cooking, juicing, meditation, or sex (did I say that?) to generate the life enhancing energy which cigarette smoking takes away.

  • Jeannette

    Sorry for the typos, I corrected them but some went thru: family member who insists, not “insistsb” first line.
    Also the last time I quit not quitm, last paragraph.
    Hope it helps!

  • Rica E

    I am no chemist, but have read that the lobelia constituents resemble nicotine enough to fit in your nicotine receptors in the brain. Hence keeping the receptors big, gaping and hungry for the substance. I think this is why cold turkey can be intense at first but better later as they have a chance to shrink back down. also brings up the question of early exposure making receptors anticipate the drug later in life…..

  • Gary

    I’m 55. I grew up in a mill town in South Carolina during the 60’s. Back then we were encouraged to smoke. As kids we could buy 2 cigarettes for a nickle from a mom and pop store who kept an open pack under the counter.

    I started smoking when I was 8. Yep, I did and went on to smoke for 45 years.