Smoking is one the most difficult habits to break, and I’m talking from experience. I cannot begin to tell you how many times I quit smoking, only to give in to the cravings and go back full swing after a couple of days or weeks. Some believe that it’s harder to get over nicotine addiction than alcohol addiction.
While there are many recommended pharmaceutical remedies to help you quit smoking, a good number of people agree that they are seldom effective for everyone. And sometimes, the side effects can leave you feeling worse than you did while smoking.
There are however several natural methods that you can use to help you beat this terrible habit. They are affordable, safe, and effective for the majority of individuals.
How To Stop Smoking Naturally
Stevia is a plant originally from Paraguay. It is often used as a sweetener. In studies conducted in Germany, it’s been found that Stevia is helpful in curing smoking addiction. It does this by regulating one’s blood sugar.
The herb acts on the pancreatic cells and provokes secretion of insulin. When your blood sugar levels are balanced, your desire for sweets is decreased and so is your desire to smoke. Stevia also helps in keeping your weight down, and is safe for use by diabetics and those suffering from hypoglycemia.
For those trying to stop smoking, it’s best administered in its liquid form. Using a dropper, apply a few drops on your tongue each time you get a craving and it will pass. If you like, you could also use the stevia leaf.
Lobelia is an herb that helps you fight the nicotine withdrawal. It has an active ingredient called lobeline, which has actions similar to nicotine on the body. Some research shows that it might be the key to increasing dopamine levels in the brain, in the similar way that cigarettes do.
Ginseng is great for combating nicotine cravings. Add one spoon of its powder to your cereal, soup, oatmeal, and juices. It is better when taken in the morning, because it helps manage the cravings during the entire day. If not effective enough, you can increase both, dosage and frequency of intake.
Cayenne pepper helps quell cravings by desensitizing the respiratory system to the chemical irritants in tobacco. Add a few pinches of Cayenne in a glass of water, and drink it each time you feel a craving for cigarettes.
The most significant part of fighting your addiction and managing the withdrawal symptoms is by getting rid of the toxins from your body. Since nicotine is a toxin, one you adequately detox, you will not experience the symptoms. Grape juice is rich in natural detoxifiers, and taking it regularly will help flush toxins out of your system.
There are many other natural ways to help you quit smoking, but they don’t work universally on everyone. You might have to try several before you land onto one that works for you, since all our bodies are different and the response to stimuli is different as well.