You may have wondered if all this talk about herbs and herbal remedies to quit smoking work. Can they be trusted? Herbs to stop smoking- is there such a thing? Can I really become a smoking survivor?
Well I have waded through the herbs and their claims and have decided to give you the facts on using herbs and herbal products to stop smoking and give my opinion on their use and effectiveness.
List of herbs most commonly used
Avena sativa is derived from the wild oat plant. This has been used to treat opium addiction, narcotic and nicotine addition, anxiety, nervousness, fatigue and insomnia. It claims to reduces nicotine cravings and balance moods.
A herb that works against irritability, edginess and nervousness, symptoms that are often experienced when quitting smoking. It is a safe sedative that relieves the individuals from anxiety and also is used to help women stay emotionally balanced during their monthly cycle.
Catnip - This herb has a natural sedative effect that works to tackle the edginess and anxiety associated when you stop smoking.
While it may excite your cat it has quite the opposite effect on the humans. Cats get their kick from smelling Catnip leaves, we on the other hand benefit by drinking Catnip tea.
It seems to lessen cravings for cigarettes as well as helping you sleep better and combats those headaches, even migraines have been seen to be relieved. The tea works more immediately than the tablets, as the tea is quickly absorbed into the bloodstream, while tablets take time to dissolve first.
The main chemical in the Catnip plant is the terpenoid called nepetalactone. Catnip essential oil is made from this and this is what creates such opposite effects on cats and humans.
As catnip was used in the past to expel stillborn babies, it should not be taken by pregnant mothers as it stimulates the uterus. On the other hand there are reports of it helping to prevent miscarriages, premature birth and morning sickness.
You should obviously talk to your doctor before drinking Catnip tea.
Don’t replace smoking cigarettes with smoking Catnip, you will get a big headache. Don’t ever try to smoke it!
When you drink Catnip tea, excessive drinking can cause headaches, vomiting and nausea.
As with most sedatives, don’t drink and drive; you don’t want to fall asleep behind the wheel.
It is an important herb that helps in clearing the mucus congestion in lungs, that makes it difficult to breathe. Hyssop helps with purification of the lungs and respiratory tract. When you stop smoking, the mucus is these areas increase. This can cause coughing and difficulty with breathing. Hyssop will help clear out your lungs.
This herb is used for individuals getting ready to quit smoking,as it aids in stimulating energy and helps the body to deal with stress, fatigue and anxiety that is associated with quitting smoking. It also helps in establishing balance in the body’s system.
Lobelia helps you control your cravings for nicotine and makes the cigarettes taste bad as well. In addition, the herb is also used to relax the body.
This purple herb mimics the effects of nicotine, without any of the addictive side-effects of cigarettes
Lobelia, aka, Indian tobacco, has long since been used by Native Americans to treat asthma and other respiratory problems. Today some people even use Lobelia tincture instead of traditional asthma inhalers, Warning in America, internal consumption of Lobelia was declared illegal, which has made a lot of people suspicious.
It continues to be used however, in many anti-smoking products like nicotine gum.
It is an addictive-free alternative to cigarettes.
Lobelia plant is considered effective when you want to quit smoking for its two active ingredients: One ingredient affects the body the same way as nicotine, and though it’s not addictive in and of itself, it should not be used for long periods of time. The other active ingredient is a strong tranquilizer and muscle relaxant that effectively calms the nerves of those suffering from withdrawal symptoms.
As far as scientific studies go, few have been done to prove the effectiveness of taking Lobelia when trying to stop smoking. It cleanses out the respiratory tract like the throat, lungs and bronchial tubes. Once the lungs are clean the body seems to have forgotten it’s fondness of cigarettes and smoke and even the smell of smoke can make you feel dizzy and nauseous (almost like the first time you started smoking). It is a potential toxic herb, so be careful and use it under your doctor’s supervision.
Some of the side-effects, usually due to an overdose, are a dry mouth, excessive sweating, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, tremors, rapid heartbeat, confusion, convulsions, coma and even death. If you suffer from heart disease, high blood pressure, paralysis, seizures, shortness of breath, recovering from shock, pregnant or breast feeding, you should not use this particular herb. That also goes for if you are on medication of when consuming alcohol.
Mimosa Tea (Mimosa Hostilis)
Mimosa tea claims to help you recover from a headache that is usually associated with the lack of nicotine. A strong cup of the tea can boost your mood and help you stay calm. It is not addictive and is recommended for use, instead of anti-depressant medicines.
Skullcap- Similar effect as Catnip, in that it relaxes the nervous system and helps counter anxiety and stress and increases blood flow to the brain.
St. John’s Wort
The herb has gained a respectable position, as it helps the smokers to make a positive mental attitude, which is crucial for quitting smoking. Used for many years as an alternative to some mild antidepressant medicines. It calms and relaxes mental attitude helping users to see things in a more positive manner.
Valerian is a known sedative herb that is used for anxiety, stress and insomnia. It relaxes muscles; it is the preferred choice for those wanting to quit smoking.
Conclusion: Are these remedies a scam?
After much research I believe not. Although you must take into consideration that not every herb will be appropriate to everyone. There are some conditions such as pregnancy and depression where you should avoid certain herbal remedies.
However I stress that the most important factor in partaking in any of these herbs and remedies is to consult your doctor first. Although they all have benefits and work in varying degrees, without your doctors consent you may be covering up underlying other medical conditions.
After you have chosen a stop smoking aid and your doctor has given his/her blessing then you can start on your way to becoming a non-smoker and quit this habit for good.
Choose a herb that fits with what you feel will be your biggest issue when you give up (remember you can always switch to another remedy with doctors consent).
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Above all never give up on your mission to quit smoking. Remember failure is only possible when you give up trying.