Many people feel uncomfortable using harsh chemical treatments that are nicotine-based, such as nicotine gum, the transdermal patch, nicotine nasal spray and an inhaler. These products fall under the title of Nicotine Replacement Treatments and can be just substituting one nicotine addiction for another.
The best solution is to quit smoking and all nicotine-related products altogether. There are natural ways to quit smoking available to you. Here are some you can research and try for yourself.
Cayenne Pepper: 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 a ciggy.
Lobelia: This herb has been promoted to help people fight the effects of nicotine withdrawal and is found in many anti-smoking products. Having the shakes from nicotine withdrawals is no fun at all.
Ginger: Ginger is a wonderful herb for digestive problems. This is important because quitting smokers sometimes experience stomach problems such as indigestion, cramps and constipation. The main benefit of ginger for smokers however is its anti-emetic properties. This means it relieves the nausea some smokers feel as a withdrawal symptom.
St. John’s wort: One of the best known herbs for promoting a positive mental attitude, something people often need help with during the early phases of becoming a non-smoker. Staying positive is one of the best tools you can have in your tool bag while you are going through this transition from being a smoker to a non-smoker. Knowing that nothing happens overnight, keeping a good positive frame of mind is a good place to be in.
Korean ginseng: Is one of the most popular herbs in the world for stimulating energy and helping the body to deal with stress. This property enables ginseng to help alleviate the fatigue and anxiety related to quitting smoking. Ginseng is known to help reestablish balance in the body’s systems, which can be helpful to smokers as their bodies adjust to the absence of nicotine.
Peppermint: Peppermint has a relaxing effect on the muscles of the digestive system, combats flatulence, and stimulates the flow of bile and other digestive juices. The volatile oil in peppermint acts as a mild anesthetic to the stomach wall, which helps alleviate feelings of nausea. Where headaches are associated with digestion, peppermint may help. Peppermint also eases anxiety and tension.
*Lobelia and St. John’s Wort can interact with each other and also the rest of the remedies here.
Do NOT use them at the same time!
Acupuncture is another natural quit smoking remedy. An acupuncture program targets specific points on the body to enhance relaxation and healing. The benefit on using acupuncture to quit smoking is that the acupuncture program is tailored specifically to your needs.
As you see, there are many natural ways to quit smoking. In the end, make a plan for yourself and prepare to beat your nicotine addiction. Don’t forget to include friends and family for support.