Still looking for options to help you quit smoking cigarettes? Have you considered herbs? No? Well, then here’s some information that will help you figure out exactly how herbs can help you-
¬ Lobelia- The herb can not only help reduce nicotine cravings but is also believed to make smokers dislike the taste of cigarettes.
¬ Passion Flower- The herb induces relaxation is considered to be helpful in managing nicotine withdrawal symptoms.
¬ Black Cohosh- The herb can help in making the transition period between smoking cigarettes and quitting easier by reducing withdrawal symptoms like nervousness, fatigue, insomnia, etc.
¬ Valerian- The herb is well known for its sedative properties and can help reduce the restlessness and stress that habitual smokers experience soon after quitting cigarettes.
¬ Hyssop- The herb helps in reducing the mucus congestion in lungs. It also possesses sedative properties and helps in reducing the anxiety of withdrawal.
¬ Korean Ginseng- This herb can prove to be extremely useful for managing withdrawal symptoms as it alleviates the stress, anxiety and restless that smokers typically experience after quitting cigarettes. It also helps in balancing the mood and reducing nicotine cravings.
¬ Mimosa Tea- This herb can help in dealing the headache that a lot of smokers experience as a result of nicotine withdrawal. The herb also has mood alleviating properties.
¬ St John Wort- This herb helps in promoting a positive attitude, something that most people need in order to keep their motivation levels high, in order to successfully stop smoking.
¬ Catnip- The herb can help in healing cough and bronchial infections caused by smoking cigarettes. It also helps in fighting insomnia- a typical side effect of quitting.
¬ Motherwort- This herb helps in alleviating the anxiety associated with quitting and is therefore believed to be an effective smoking cessation aid.
¬ Oat straw- The herb is often prescribed to depression patients as it has mood alleviating properties. Habitual smokers also often experience symptoms similar to that of depression soon after quitting cigarettes, consuming oat straw based herbal preparations may prove to be helpful them.
¬ Peppermint- The herb can alleviate the anxiety and headaches associated with nicotine withdrawal.
Most herbs in the list are available in the form of teas, pills, powders and some in the form of ointments as well. The key question now is- are these herbs harmless, after all they are natural, right? The answer unfortunately is not a simple yes or no!
Though herbs are natural, but they aren’t necessary side effect free. When combined with certain foods and conventional medicines they may cause problems. Overdosing on herbs can also prove to be quite dangerous. It is therefore important to consult a herbal medicine expert before consuming them.
To get the best results out of your herbal treatment, it’s a good idea to make the following positive changes in your lifestyle as well-
¬ Take a brisk walk at least once a day.
¬ Drink lots of water, at least 8 glasses day. Not only will it keep your body hydrated but will also help in flushing out toxins from your body
¬ Take long deep breaths whenever you are hit by a strong urge to smoke.
¬ Exercise for at least 20-25 minutes 5 days in week.
¬ Include lots of fruits and vegetables in your diet to make up for the abuse that your body has suffered because of smoking.
¬ Consuming Vitamin C rich foods and garlic can also help in flushing out the toxins accumulated in the body.
Quitting smoking is all about deciding to make a positive change in your life. Herbs, good lifestyle habits, smoking cessation aids, meditation and even hypnosis can only help if your desire to quit is strong enough.