Number 1: Switch to an organic additive-free brand of tobacco. Big Smoke tops their cigarettes with all sorts of stuff that keeps you smoking them. Nicotine is just one of the addictive chemicals added to the little white cancer-sticks to make them near impossible to walk away from.
Number 2: Don’t try patches. Or gums. Or other pharmaceuticals. They may help for a little while, and may even get you past that last “need” – but they are costly, and the side effects cannot be ignored.
Gastrointestinal pain. Respiratory problems. Sounds like the reasons you’re trying to quit. The side effects go even further. The “smoking aids,” (which sounds more like something to help you smoke, not help you quit) need to have warning because of the severity of their side effects.
In the UK, Champix – an anti-smoking drug pushed by Pfizer, was the cause for 80 deaths from 2006 to 2011. Half were suicide. Champix and Chantix seem to be the same drug (varenicline) but are marketed differently. Why?
Probably because Champix was the cause of 80 deaths.
So get off the nasty pharmaceuticals – here’s a list of healthy alternatives to anti-smoking aids. These are all herbs that are best used as teas, however they can be found in tablet form or as a liquid extract. These herbs are known to help with the physical and mental stress associated with quitting.
13 Quit-Smoking Herbs
Lobelia helps in 3 ways: it calms your mind, relaxes your body, and makes the taste of cigarettes really unpleasant to your mouth.
St. John’s Wort
St. John’s wort is one of the best known herbs for promoting a healthy mindset – very necessary for beating cravings.
Korean ginseng helps relieve stress and achieve balance between the body’s systems – perfect for nicotine withdrawals. This herb also helps stimulate and energize your body.
Peppermint relaxes the digestive system, helping control bile, acid reflux, and other common quitting conundrums like anxiety, tension, and headaches.
A natural tranquilizer, blue vervain helps with insomnia when quitting is keeping you up at night.
Blue vervain clears mucus congestion, anxiety, and hysteria associated with withdrawal.
A side effect-free sedative that helps put irritability, nervousness, and restlessness to sleep.
An herb that induces tranquility by alleviating anxiety.
Not just for cats, catnip helps with indigestion and upset stomach, as well as easing and soothing other withdrawal symptoms.
Oat straw or oat seed
This herb helps beat stress, exhaustion, and nervous debility associated with depression and quitting smoking.
Skullcap helps your brain release endorphins, which your body is now craving because that’s exactly what the nicotine did. This herb relaxes nervous tension while reviving the nervous system.
Slippery elm draws out impurities and toxins helping purify your lungs and your entire body.
A sedative and natural muscle relaxant, valerian helps with anxiety, insomnia, and stress.