Not enough can be said about the harmful effects of smoking. Even smokers are aware that they are causing irreversible harm to their bodies but most of them lack the will to give up smoking for good. Today, there are many medicines available in the market that can help you kick smoking forever. But not many people are aware of these medications and most of the medicines are not tested in laboratories. Therefore, we recommend use of natural herbs to quit smoking.
There are many herbs that can be used for treating addiction to smoking. The herbs act on the nervous system to help kick the habit. The best part is that the herbs are available in liquid form, oil form and powder form. So, you can pick the one that suits you best. Many smokers tend to pick the dried powder form of the herbs and start smoking these in place of tobacco. However, this is not the correct method; dried form of herbs should always be had as tea. Given below are some of the herbs that have been successfully used to quit smoking. If you are pregnant, use the herbs only after consulting your doctor and an herbalist.
Herbal Treatment To Quit Smoking
The herb is primarily used for correcting disorders related to menstrual cycle in women. Regular intake of the herb is known to regularize the periods by balancing the hormonal levels in the body. Not many people are aware that black cohosh is often used in the treatment of insomnia because it is a mild sedative. The herb helps calm down the nerves and reduces anxiety and panic.
The herb is also excellent for preventing restlessness and irritability; two symptoms that are very common among smokers. Since the herb keeps the nerves calm, it greatly reduces a person’s dependability on tobacco for the same. Regular use of the herb is recommended once you have stopped smoking completely. Dried leaves of black cohosh should be used for preparing tea. Steep two teaspoons of the herb in 250ml of boiling water for 5-7 minutes. Drink this herbal preparation whenever the urge to smoke takes over. In fact, you can prepare the herbal tea beforehand and keep it refrigerated for use.
Herbalists consider lobelia as a very powerful and effective herb for treating the nervous system. The herb helps keep the mind and body calm and tension free. This is one reason it is used in controlling cravings for nicotine. Regular intake of the herb keeps your smoking under check.
In fact, once you start taking lobelia you will not be able to stand the taste of nicotine. Lobelia is available in the market in the form of pills and capsules. Check with an experienced herbalist as to the dosage of the medicine.
Blue vervain is an herb that is used primarily for treating insomnia since it is a natural sedative. The herbal properties of blue vervain directly affect the nervous system thus helping calm down the nerves and the body. The herb should be taken whenever you feel the need to smoke. Instead of reaching out for cigarette, reach out for the herb. This will immediately make you feel better and you will lose the urge to smoke.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s herb is highly recommended for people suffering from depression, anxiety and nervousness. It helps the person attain a positive outlook to life, which is very important when a person is first attempting to quit smoking. The herb is available in tea form as well as in capsule form. However, we recommend taking the herb in tea form.
Korean ginseng is a very popular herb for curing many ailments. The herb is commonly used for treating stress and anxiety. The herb promotes a feeling of calm to the mind and body and also revitalizes and re-energizes the body.
Keeping calm and energized is very important for people who are learning to quit smoking. Feeling anxious and mentally exhausted will make them fall into the bad habit again. The herb is also useful for treating the withdrawal symptoms that the body goes through when it first starts letting go of its dependency on nicotine.
The herb catnip is primarily used for treating various disorders in children because it is very safe and without any side effects. It helps treat conditions like gas, stomachache, headache and diarrhea. In adults, the herb is used for treating disorders of the digestive system.
Herbal concoction prepared using dried catnip is known to relieve stomach cramping during periods as well as for treating incessant coughing caused due to common cold. Regular intake of the herb helps one sleep better at night as it improves both the quantity as well as quality of sleep. The herb also has positive effects on the lungs and helps in removal of toxins from the smokers’ bodies.
The herbal properties of motherwort are very effective in treating anxiety, restlessness and irritability that are associated with smoking. The herb is a natural tranquilizer that helps calm down a person when he/she feels the urgent need to smoke.
The lungs of a smoker suffer from mucus congestion because of the effects of nicotine. Drinking herbal concoction prepared using hyssop is very helpful in clearing this congestion. The herb also helps deal with the withdrawal symptoms of smoking (like anxiety and hysteria) effectively.
Peppermint is an herb that is mainly used for adding flavor and aroma to the dishes. It is also used for treating digestive system disorders like gas, flatulence and bile. Smokers often suffer from bile and nausea when they first quit smoking. These are the withdrawal symptoms of smoking but herbal tea prepared from peppermint is very effective in treating the symptoms.
Herbal tea prepared using mimosa is very helpful in treating the withdrawal symptoms of nicotine such as headache. Steep four teaspoons of dried mimosa leaves in 300ml of boiling water for 10 minutes. Strain the tea and drink it warm. 4-5 cups of the herbal tea will be very effective as the herb helps fight irritability, exhaustion and sleeplessness.