It can be tough to stop smoking. As well as a positive and focused intent, many people need a little help from outside sources. Nicotine replacement therapy is popular, as are books such as Allen Carr's Easy Way to Stop Smoking. But there are also lots of other natural methods you can use to ease your addiction. Here are a few of them.
Some herbal medicines have properties which can help alleviate physical and emotional distress. Some herbs can be an alternative to tobacco smoking, such as Mullien, Catnip, Oat Straw & Damania. Many others can be ingested as pills, teas or in tinctures. Some you could try: Chamomile, lavender, skullcap, or kava - All combat stress and anxiety.
St John's Wort - Helps battle chemical addiction by boosting dopamine and
norepinephrine levels in your brain, both of which are produced when you smoke.
Lobelia - Potent muscle relaxant that binds to nicotine receptors in your brain, tricking your body into thinking you've smoked. Caution: highly toxic if taken at the wrong dose, so make sure you know what you are doing.
It's controversial as to whether they really work, but some practitioners' claim they help treat psychological and emotional issues. Honeysuckle and Star of Bethlehem are said to be good for smokers trying to kick the habit.
Combine essential oils such as chamomile, lavender and sandalwood in a carrier oil like jojoba to make an anti-stress massage oil. Or carry a bottle of lavender oil around with you and take a sniff to reduce the anxiety brought on by nicotine withdrawal. (Note that most essential oils should not be sniffed directly.) Remember to research each plant you are thinking of using, and follow all directions on the labels.
Flushing the nicotine out of your system can help ease your physical addiction. Buy detoxifying roots, plants and herbs - like dandelion root, mullein, and rosemary - at your local natural foods store. You can complement this with activities such as yoga and pranayama (breathwork).
Stock up on Vitamins C and B-Complex, and drink plenty of water. Try replacing the smokinh with a healthy habit (hand-to-mouth) with carrot sticks or chewing gum (try Pellu or Stevita Gum).
Rather than relying on just one of the above techniques, try combining two or more of them to give you more chance of success. Homeopathy, acupuncture or creative visualization alone may not do the trick, but a combination of all three together could work provided you are in the right frame of mind.
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