- Herbs to Stop Smoking -
|For These Quit Smoking Symptoms||Try These Herbs to Stop Smoking Cigarettes||Digestive symptoms such as upset stomach, nausea, flatulence||Ginger, Peppermint, Slippery Elm, Catnip|
|Respiratory congestion, coughing and sputum production||Hyssop, Lobelia Inflata|
|Mood changes, irritability||Blue Vervain, St John's Wort, Skull Cap, Motherwort, Oat Straw or Oat Seed, Valerian, Lobelia, Black Cohosh|
Of the many helpful herbs to stop smoking Lobelia Inflata is the only one that specifically targets the nicotine receptors in the brain. This is why it is included in most herbal remedies to quit smoking. Users report that it helps to reduce cravings. It is even named "Indian Tobacco".
In addition you may choose to take some herbs to help with the full body detox that causes some of the unpleasant quit smoking symptoms. Remember that nicotine leaves your system as quickly as 72 hours after the last cigarette, so if unpleasant symptoms continue it is probably due to the many chemicals in cigarettes that have been stored in your body and are now being dumped out of your cells and into your general circulation.
This is a good thing. You definitely want these stored chemicals to leave your body. This might mean that you may have to use some botanical medicine that will support the organs in your body that help to detoxify your system.
Dandelion root and burdock root are two of the best overall cleansing herbs to use when you quit smoking or anytime you want to assist in a body detox process. They are generally packaged in cleansing formulas and are safe for most people to take.
By taking cleansing herbs and drinking lots of water, you can support your body's liver, kidneys, lungs, and lymphatic system, as these various chemicals are processed for excretion.
Get lots of rest too. This is a time for transition and healing.
by Beverly OMalley
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