Many people trying to quit smoking consider the use of various medications. They vary from nicotine gums to anti-depressant pills for heavy smokers who cannot cope with the post-smoking stress.
What many fail to consider is the use of stop smoking herbs instead of chemical stop smoking medications. Herbs can be used as a main form of stop smoking aid or as additional aid to help you with the cravings or the withdrawal symptoms.
Of course, there is no single opining if stop smoking herbs are better than the regular stop smoking products. However, there is one serious advantage of the stop smoking herbs – they are 100% natural.
To cut the long story short, here is some brief information about the basic stop smoking herbs.
The main herb widely used in many herbal blends or as a single substance is Lobelia. Lobelia plant contains Lobeline – nicotine like substance. Lobeline replaces nicotine without causing addiction. The result is that you can throw all of your cigarettes packs in the garbage bin without being a victim of the nasty carvings and withdrawal symptoms.
What you need to know about this herb is that it is strong so you should be careful with the dosage. In the first few days, you may take bigger doses and than gradually reduce them. Once you feel your condition has improved, just stop it. Lobelia can be found in different forms – gums, pills, teas or inhalers, even in the form of cigarettes.
Although Lobelia is just a herb, it is a good idea to consult your doctor before taking it. He will be able to advise you if it is the right choice in accordance with your medical condition and to prescribe you the correct dosage.
Other stop smoking herbs can ease the smoking cessation process. Most of them are not directly connected with smoking cessation but can greatly help the withdrawal symptoms. For example mimosa herb. It can help with nervousness, anxiety, headaches. Many people use it instead anti-depressant pills as it has similar effect without being addictive.
Some stop smoking herbs are used to help your habits not only your body. For example you can get a pack of herbal cigarettes – they contain Indian Tobacco instead of regular Tobacco. Indian Tobacco has similar taste to normal Tobacco but it dies not contain nicotine. You can light up these cigarettes instead of your nicotine ones until you get rid of the hands-habit and you can be relaxed that the poisonous substances found in regular cigarettes are not there.
Finally, a quick overview of some stop smoking herbs designed to help clean your lungs. Mullein, Horehound and Coltsfoot are all stop smoking herbs that will make you cough and this way clean your lungs and help your body natural revival.
Here are the Latin names of the herbs mentioned in the article:
Lobelia – Lobelia inflate
Mullein – Verbascum thapsus
Horehound – Marrubium vulgare
Coltsfoot – Tussilago farfara