Quitting can get very tough, although there are nicotine addiction treatments available that can make it a little easier. Some people receive professional treatment for their addiction at a treatment facility. A number of different programs are available through these facilities, with each providing a different level of care.
Herbs can be a great addition to a stop smoking program. Certain herbs will decrease withdrawal symptoms, ease stress and anxiety, reduce cravings, or help detoxify the lungs and body.
The main reasons why people start smoking are:
- Peer Pressure
- To be social
- As a status symbol
- To handle stress or awkward situations
- Media influences
- Smoking results in various health disorders, such as:
- Effect on the respiratory system, including lungs and trachea
- Increased blood pressure and heart beat
- Weakened immune system
- Lower sperm count and other reproductive disorders, especially in men
- Reduced fertility in women
- Irregular menstrual cycle
- Cervix cancer
- Earlier menopause
- Smoking also affect non-smokers (passive smoking)
Home Remedies to Quit Smoking
Oats is an age-old remedy used to quit smoking. It is one of the best home remedies to stop smoking. Take a tablespoon of ground oats and mix it in 2 cups of boiled water. Leave it for a night, and then, boil it the next morning for about 10 minutes. Drink it after every meal. Avoid taking it at night. Oats helps to flush out the harmful toxins from the body while lowering the craving for smoking. It also helps in easing up the withdrawal symptoms.
Drinking plenty of water is the ultimate remedy to treat the habit of smoking. Water will help in detoxifying the body. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, drink a glass of water. This will not only decrease the craving but will also reduce the withdrawal symptoms.
3. Cayenne Pepper
Cayenne pepper is also one of the best natural remedies to stop smoking. Include the spice in your diet or mix a few pinches in a glass of water. Cayenne pepper helps in desensitizing the respiratory system to all the addictive things, such as tobacco and nicotine. It also helps to lessen the craving for smoking.
One of the most common withdrawal symptoms of smoking is nausea, which can be easily eased up by taking ginger juice.
Lobelia is also beneficial in lessening the craving for smoking. It helps to overcome the withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, irritation, too much hunger, as well as poor concentration.
Smoking causes deficiency of a number of vital nutrients in our body. This can be replenished by supplements of Vitamin A, C and E. These also help in coping up with the withdrawal symptoms of smoking. Vitamin A is beneficial in repairing the damaged mucus while Vitamin E repairs the damaged cells due to smoking. You can have orange juice to replenish the deficiency of Vitamin C in the body.
This is another reliable home remedy to quit smoking. Grate a radish and take out its juice. Mix some honey in it, and drink it at least 2 times a day.
8. Licorice Stick
One of the most opted natural remedies to refrain oneself from smoking is chewing a licorice stick whenever you feel the urge to smoke. This is a good substitute of a cigarette.
Honey is an excellent remedy in handling the cessation process of smoking. Honey contains beneficial vitamins, enzymes and proteins, which help in giving up the habit of smoking with ease.
10. Try Herbal Cigarettes
You can also try herbal cigarettes that have 0% nicotine in them. These are made with herbs, like mint, cinnamon, vanilla, licorice, lemongrass, cornsilk, or clover. They are completely nicotine free, but still give that same hand-to-mouth pattern and inhalation that smokers are used to. They come in plenty of flavor combinations for everyone to try.
11.Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
Licorice is an expectorant and demulcent herb. It has been traditionally used to soothe irritation in the lungs caused by asthma, bronchitis, and other respiratory ailments.
It is also an adrenal tonic, and can help to balance cortisol levels, reduce fatigue and restore energy.Chewing on sticks of licorice root (not the candy) can also satisfy the oral fixation of smoking. You can find licorice root at a health food store or herbal shop.
12.Korean Ginseng (Panax ginseng)
Korean ginseng has adaptogenic properties, meaning that it helps the body deal with physical and emotional stress and to restore balance in the body. It is a tonic for health and helps improve overall well-being. Korean ginseng is also a tonic for the adrenal glands and it reestablishes proper cortisol levels in the bloodstream. Because it energizes the body and helps deal with symptoms of stress and fatigue, Korean ginseng may increase energy, endurance and stamina during the withdrawal period.
13.Coltsfoot (Tussilago farfara)
Coltsfoot is an expectorant herb, which means that it promotes coughing and helps to expel mucus. Coltsfoot is an excellent herb for cleansing the lungs, but using too high of a dose can lead to coughing fits. Start using coltsfoot at a low dose; you want to cough once in a while to bring up the excess phlegm and clear the toxins, but not so much that coughing becomes incessant.