Cigarettes and other tobacco products contain nicotine, which leads to high blood pressure, lung cancer, and cardiac problems. Smoking is an addiction and is bad for health. All active and passive smokers exhibit a craving for nicotine, the addictive component present in tobacco products. This smoking addiction can lead to lower sperm count in men, irregular menstrual cycle in women, weakened immune system, and lung cancer. Many smokers find it difficult to quit smoking. There are many natural remedies for quitting smoking.
- Intake of vitamins and minerals
Intake of 200 mg twice a day of Coenzyme Q10 protects the lungs, the heart, and increases oxygen to the brain. Vitamin E and A repairs cell damage and mucus membranes which are damaged by smoking.
The antioxidants present in cayenne peppers desensitize the respiratory linings to tobacco and stabilizes lung membranes and protects from damage. Ginger prevents anxiety and produces perspiration which helps to shed toxins generated from the use of tobacco products. Lobelia contains lobeline, an alkaloids that relieve hunger, poor concentration, and withdrawal. It occupies the same brain receptor sites and exerts nicotine like effects without imparting the damages caused by nicotine, thus reduces craving for tobacco products. Intake of 3 to 10 drops of Lobelia herb extracts three times daily can help in quitting smoking. Chewing a licorice root or drinking licorice tea kills the urge to smoke. It balances cortisol levels, reduces fatigue, and restores energy in smokers. Valerian is an herbal sedative and anti-anxiety supplement interact with GABA receptors of the brain, causing a sedative effect and helps people to quit smoking. Intake of radish juice along with honey is a good remedy to quit smoking. Grape seed extract contains antioxidants to repair the damage of lungs caused by smoking.
- Kitchen ingredients
Green oats eliminates tobacco craving in smokers who have no intentions to quit smoking. It helps detoxification of nicotine during the withdrawal process. Daily consumption of 300 mg of green oats is the recommended dosage. St. John’s Wort is a medicinal herb that fights stress and helps people to quit smoking. Ginseng is a herb that deals with physical and emotional stress and reestablishes cortisol levels in blood stream. Daily intake of ginseng powder in diet helps reduce the craving for smoking. It is considered as a tonic for the adrenal glands. Grape juice helps to flush out nicotine from the body and helps to quit smoking. Honey contains proteins, enzymes, and vitamins that aid in managing the cessation process of smoking. Hyssop has the ability to clear mucus congestion in the lungs associated with COPD. Fresh lime possesses antimicrobial activity and is effective as a smoking cessation aid. Some sources say that drinking chamomile tea helps in the elimination of smoking. Ginger root contains niacin which is an effective alternative for persons that quit smoking. Addition of one or two drops of white vinegar to the cigarette filter neutralizes the nicotine.
Drinking plenty of water helps detoxify the body and reduces the craving and withdrawal symptoms.
Acupuncture is a technique where fine needles are inserted into a set of five acupuncture points on the ear to help control withdrawal symptoms. It helps in the detoxification process.
- Ear massage
Daily massage to ears stimulates acupuncture points and reduces the urge to smoke. Some sources report that hypnosis sessions help in quitting smoking.
- Herbal cigarettes
Herbal cigarettes can replace regular cigarettes and can break smoking addictions. These cigarettes are not addictive and contain zero nicotine. They are prepared from herbs such as mint, clover, cinnamon, licorice, and lemongrass.