Five Herbs to Help Stop Smoking

by Jenny Novac on November 27, 2013

St. John’s Wort

St. John’s Wort  (on the image)
The herb is commonly used in depression treatments. A research showed it may help smokers to quit. In the study participated 24 people who smoked cigarettes on the daily basis. During the study they took two times a day St. John’s wort in a 450 mg capsule and besides this they received recommendations from specialists. After 12 weeks, 37.5% or 9 out of 24 people had quit. St. John’s wort helps to relax the body and reduce the amount of agitation and stress experienced by a man who is going through nicotine withdrawal symptoms.

Ginseng
The herb has a property to prevent nicotine-induced release of the neurotransmitter dopamine. As you probably know, dopamine is a hormone which makes people feel better after smoking cigarettes. This makes part of nicotine addiction process. One teaspoon of ginseng powder added to your breakfast cereal or anything else you like should help lower cravings for cigarettes.

Peppermint
While quitting smoking, a man may experience such nicotine withdrawal symptoms as nausea and vomiting. Peppermint tea or peppermint essential oils greatly help to get rid of nausea. Besides this they promote relaxation and can also provide an pain-relieving and anesthetic effects on the body.

Lobelia
Is a very powerful herb which helps to relax the body and to calm the mind. Those who try to quit smoking, may use it as it helps to control their cravings for nicotine.  No surprise, it is found in many anti-smoking products.

Catnip
The herb is characterized with relaxing and soothing effects on the digestive system, and helps to relieve headache, indigestion and diarrhea. Antispasmodic properties makes catnip useful for chronic coughing and abdominal cramps. Besides this, the herb is good for alleviating sleeplessness.

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