In your efforts to quit smoking Tobacco, you are going to have to deal with your nerves. In fact, this is the one thing that disrupts the process the most. I quit smoking several different times in my life and went back years later, more than once, and the last time I quit the hardest part was being tense and wanting the soothing effects of Nicotine. Another factor people overlook is the comfort of habit. I was so used to picking a cig out of a pack, lighting it up, fingering it, tapping it, butting it… etc.. it was a routine and routines bring familiarity and comfort.
So while you are trying to stop destroying your body with smoke, you are also contending with nerves, habituation, discomfort and change in routine. There were times during the day and certain things I did that I had come to associate with smoking. And when I went to do those things I also went after a smoke. It was hard to keep doing those things without a cigarette. All of these reactions though are tied to our feelings of comfort and security, combined with the soothing effects of Nicotine, the hard part of quitting the smokes is mostly about our emotions and nerves.
There are nothing on earth that soothes nerves or settles anxieties better than herbs. Although it’s not a good idea to just replace Tobacco with herb cigarettes or to quit smoking cigarettes by smoking Marijuana, there are herbs you can use in different forms that will help quell the tensions that arise when you quit smoking. Here is a list of a few of them and how you should use them to get the best effect:
This is the most commonly used herb in the effort to quit Nicotine. It is known for calming down the mind and body and has been used as a relaxant. It was sold as a replacement for Marijuana and to help with addictions to anti anxiety drugs, but it is not that powerful. Still, it has helped many people to control their cravings for nicotine. Lobelia is also reputed to have the very advantageous effect of making cigarettes taste very bad.
Lobelia works by relaxing both bronchial muscles and the nervous system. It has some binding action on Nicotine receptor sites, which is believed to help relieve cravings. Make a tea by steeping 1/2 tsp of dried leaves in cup of hot water and drink 2-3 cups per day. If you buy a tincture, then use 6-10 drops of tincture on the tongue up to 3x a day. Please note that Lobelia has caused nausea and vomiting in some people. If this happens, stop using.
St. John’s Wort:
One of the most popular herbal remedies, St Johns Wort has proven to be useful in helping people with mild to moderate depression. It is known to promote a positive mental attitude, which helps to keep you positive when you’re trying to quit and not get too bummed out about it. Feeling overwhelmed and getting sad about it is common during the agony phase of quitting the smokes, so this herbs can help a lot.
If a blue mood has some play in your habit… ie, you light up when you feel angry or sad.. then you should use St Johns Wort. Begin taking it 2-4 weeks before your quit date. Buy capsules and take up to 900mg a day. If you use the tincture, then use 1/2 tsp- 1 tsp a day. Remember that this herb can cause increased skin reactions to sun exposure so don’t go sunbathing while using it.
If you are quitting for health reasons, like bronchitis, emphysema, COPD, chronic lung disease of any kind, then you MUST use Mullein. It tones the mucus membranes of the respiratory tract and soothes irritated lungs. It will speed healing of damaged tissues. This magical herb also helps thin mucus secretions so they can be coughed up more easily. Steep 1-2 tsp of dried leaves in one cup of hot water and steep for 10 minutes. Drink this tea 2-3 times a day. If you use a tincture, use 1/2 to 1 tsp up to three times a day.
This wonderful herb has the ability to help with clearing mucus congestion in the lungs associated with COPD and other lung disease. It has a long history in folk medicine as a treatment for lung diseases. Please use it while you are quitting to speed healing of the tissues and help you breathe more freely. Hyssop is also known to alleviate the anxiety, tension, irritability and even hysteria that is sometimes associated with smoking withdrawal.
Make a tea by steeping 1-2 tsp of dried herb in one cup of hot water and steep for 10 minutes. Drink up to 4 cups a day as needed. If you use a tincture, use no more than 1/8 – 1/4 tsp up to 3-4 times a day.
Is one of the most popular herbs in the world for stimulating energy and helping the body to deal with stress. It helps the body overcome fatigue and it clears up mental dullness, both dangers in the process of quitting cigarettes. This herb is also useful in quelling the anxiety related to kicking the habit. Ginseng is a powerful tonic 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. Make a tea from fresh herb or use a tincture. Follow label instructions for the product you buy.
This is the traditional Tobacco Herb! It is used in most herbal cigarettes and as a general substitute for Tobacco all the way around. It also soothes inflamed tissues and helps soothes the lungs. You should not use it for more than 4 weeks out a year. Make a tea of it and drink up to 3 cups a day. Do not use as a tincture.
This is a sedative herb that can alleviate the anxiety that often accompanies kicking the habit. It contains compounds that help the brain produce more endorphins, which promote well being. As a result, the herb is believed to enhance both awareness and calmness. Amazingly, it relaxes nervous tension while also refreshing the central nervous system. It is very beneficial and you should take it while you are quitting. Make a strong tea and drink up to 6 cups a day as needed. If you use a tincture, you can use up to 2 tsp as many as six times a day, also as needed.
This is one of the premier sedative herbs used to aid people with anxiety, stress, and insomnia. It also has been touted as a replacement for Marijuana and anxiety drugs and has been recommended for use during rehab. It also acts as a muscle relaxant. If you can’t sleep without that last puff… or you wake up at night craving.. then use this! It is the single most effective herb to use for controlling insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety and it will help you overcome these tough symptoms during your withdrawal phase. Make a strong tea of fresh herbs and drink up to 6 cups a day as needed. If you use a tincture you may use up to 2 tsp as many as 6x a day.
This is a well known herb used in the South Pacific in ritual ceremonies. It calms people down and is useful in religious rituals such as driving out demons where people are terrified. It is a great anxiety reducer and has the useful effect of allowing you to keep your edge. It will calm you down without making you sleepy or dulling your senses. You can keep your wits about you.. so this is great to use while at work and craving a smoke. Remember, though, not to use it if you’re pregnant and do not combine it with alcohol, which can make it more of a sedative. If you want to stay awake and relax, then take it easy with kava kava. Make a tea out of kava kava and drink up to 6 cups a day as needed. If you take capsules, then use the kind that is standardized to 30% kavalactones and take 3-4 capsules a day.