New Leaf Wellness presents 11 natural herbs that can assist you on your journey to quit smoking. These herbs have properties to relax, reduce cravings and give you an overall sense of wellbeing daily as you resist a nicotine addiction.
- St. John’s Wort
- Blue Vervain
- Korean Ginseng
- Oat Straw
- Slippery Elm
- Valerian Root
Nicotine, as any smoker knows, is one of the most powerful addictions to kick. New Leaf Detox would like to offer these tips on using herbs as an assistant to quit smoking. We have adapted some information from Robert J. Green Jr., ND, RRT book Natural Therapies for Emphysema and COPD about relief and healing for chronic pulmonary disorders. We have seen excellent results in our wellness resort in Thailand, with many guests quitting smoking while dealing with food issues.
There are several natural herbs with a traditional reputation for helping people quit smoking. These herbs exert varying effects that will ease the process of smoking cessation. These herbs are either dried bulk, capsule, or liquid extract form. Follow the directions on the label for use. If using dried herbs, use them only to prepare tea, and never smoke them as a replacement for tobacco.
Lobelia is a potent herb that helps to calm the mind and relax the body. It has helped many people to control their cravings for nicotine. Lobelia is also reputed to have the effect of making cigarettes taste very bad.
St. John Wort is one of the best-known herbs for promoting a positive mental attitude–something people often need help with during the early phases of becoming a non-smoker.
Women commonly use it to help them stay balanced during their monthly cycle. However, it is also a safe sedative that relieves nervousness and anxiety, valid for the irritability, restlessness, and apprehension associated with quitting smoking.
Blue Vervain is a natural tranquillizer and a helpful herb for quitting smoking. It calms the nerves and assists with insomnia.
Blue Vervain is an anti-inflammatory pain killer. It is also known as the Holy herb, Wild hyssop, American blue verbena and the Mosquito plant.
Catnip is a soothing and relaxing herb on the digestive system. It helps relieve diarrhea, flatulence, indigestion, upset stomach, and headache.
Catnip’s antibiotic and astringent properties are also beneficial for treating colds and bronchial infections. Catnip also has antispasmodic properties beneficial for abdominal cramps and chronic coughing. And Catnip is also suitable for alleviating sleeplessness.
Hyssop is a herb that can help clear mucus congestion in the lungs associated with COPD. It can alleviate the anxiety and even hysteria associated with smoking withdrawal.
Hyssop can clear the nasty phlegm associated with long-term smoking addiction on the lungs.
Korean Ginseng Is one of the most popular herbs globally for stimulating energy and helping the body deal with stress.
Ginseng is 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. This property enables ginseng to help alleviate the fatigue and anxiety related to quitting smoking.
Korean Ginseng is known as Panax Ginseng and can be found at many online supplement stores.
Motherwort is another incredibly versatile above-ground plant used in menopause and heart conditions. It has anti-inflammatory properties and can relax blood vessels. Ancient Greeks administered it to pregnant women to relieve stress and anxiety.
Motherwort is helpful to use several days before you decide to quit smoking as it will make the transition to a non-smoker more relaxed.
You may find Motherwort listed as Lion’s Ear or Lion’s Tail.
Oat Straw is one of the best remedies for stress, nervous debility, and exhaustion, primarily when associated with depression. Depression is a common affliction in people who have recently quit smoking, and taking Oat Straw or Oat Seed, as it is also known, will balance emotions.
Peppermint has a relaxing effect on the digestive system’s muscles, combats flatulence, and stimulates the flow of bile and other digestive juices. The volatile oil in peppermint acts as a mild anesthetic to the stomach wall, which helps alleviate feelings of nausea.
Peppermint also eases anxiety and tension. Where headaches are associated with digestion, peppermint may help. It is a lovely drinking tea and can relax the nerves when picking up a cigarette or vaping.
Skullcap contains plant compounds that help the brain produce more endorphins, naturally occurring chemicals that promote feelings of wellbeing.
Skullcap enhance both awareness and calmness. Skullcap relaxes states of nervous tension while renewing and reviving the central nervous system.
It is an excellent herb to support your quit smoking effort.
Slippery Elm is rich in nutrients and easy to digest, making it an excellent food during times of digestive discomfort, which can sometimes accompany smoking cessation.
It works with the body to draw out impurities and toxins, assisting with healing the entire body. We have seen benefits in our guests at New Leaf suffering from inflammatory bowel disease and Crohn’s disease.
Valerian is one of the herbs of choice in smoking cessation to deal with insomnia, restlessness, and anxiety. Valerian is one of the premier sedative herbs used to aid anxiety, stress, and insomnia. Valerian also acts as a muscle relaxant and is often mistaken as a component of the pharmaceutical Valium.
Valium is a root, below ground herb and is also a relaxing tea.
There is a lot of support to help you quit smoking. New Leaf Wellness Resort on Koh Samui Thailand grows and uses most of the herbs mentioned in this article. They have helped thousands of people from all over the world quit smoking and change the habits associated with smoking and food addictions.
We hope you find freedom from the smoking habit with these exceptional natural solutions. If you need more information on how we can assist you to detox from cigarettes, please let us know.