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Natural Remedies for Addiction :: 25+ Ideas, Herbs, & Essential Oils To Help You Quit Smoking

Natural Remedies to Help You Quit Smoking and Start Living Addiction Free

Despite all our attempts at healthy living — i.e. subscribing to a nutrient dense diet and exercise — an addiction can get in the way of ultimate wellbeing.

Smoking, because of the nicotine found in cigarettes, is extremely addictive.

You see, nicotine acts in one of two ways:

Nicotine works to stimulate three primarily body systems.

  • Central Nervous System
  • Cardiovascular System
  • Digestive System

For some folks – smoking settles nerves and bring calm.

Whichever the action, and secondary sensation experienced, smoking is a very difficult habit to kick.

Difficult…not impossible.

Although there are no easy ways to stop smoking, there are a multitude of natural remedies to help you quit that you can try that are not nicotine-based – like the most common mainstream, pharmaceutical nicotine replacement treatments.

To quit smoking naturally, all you have to do is educate yourself on the gifts available to help you quit smoking naturally. And of course, be determined to liberate yourself from the throes of nicotine addiction.

Ideas To Help You Quit

  1. Make a list. Write down all motivating reasons that brought you to the decision to quit. Post it somewhere as a constant reminder.
  2. Set a date. Having a goal – this could be weeks or months into the future — will allow you to stay focused and committed.
  3. Change it up. Switch to a brand of cigarettes that you don’t like.
  4.  Just stop. Don’t stop smoking cold turkey, but maybe set guidelines for yourself. Agree to stop smoking during certain hours of the day and gradually increase this time period. Soon enough, there won’t be any time left for a smoke.
  5. Make another list. This time, write down things that make you happy, joyful, and calm. When the temptation comes — choose these activities instead of smoking.
  6. Crafty you. Learn a new craft or skill…something that requires the use of your hands (i.e. knitting, drawing/sketching, cooking, crocheting, sewing, gardening…). I highly recommend learning new skills by taking a few online classes with Craftsy!
  7. Save your money. In a tucked away corner of your living space, place a jar. Fill it with the money you save from buying less cigarettes. You’ll be amazed!

Herbs To Help You Quit

  • Lobelia – contains the alkaloid lobeline, which acts as a temporary replacement for nicotine — satisfying the body’s craving.
  • Passion Flower & Oat straw – help to calm and nourish the nervous system, which will help with the irritability experienced during withdrawal.
  • Mullein — a plant smoked traditionally by Native Americans for lung healing (protecting against inflammation of the respiratory tract) and ceremonial purposes. (Try smoking this non-toxic, non-nicotine herb instead of tobacco by rolling its leaves in cigarette papers or via pipe. Purchase organic mullein leaf here…)
  • Ginger root – aids in restoring health and function to the digestive system and relieves nausea often associated with nicotine withdrawal (Chewing on pieces of fresh ginger root or candied ginger can help curb cravings. So can sucking on a whole clove.)
  • Skullcap – used effectively in the treatment of an overactive nervous system (most effective in relieving tension and anxiety).
  • Eleuthero Root — helps to build the immune system and supports the body during stressful times.
  • Echinacea Root & Garlic – both increase the lungs’ resistance to infection and disease. (Purchase the best whole Echinacea Tincture here. Or make this immunity powerhouse — Hot Echinacea Tincture — with my easy to follow recipe.)

Detox herbs such as those found in this detox tea are also vital in supporting the body’s transition away from the toxic effects of nicotine.

Several different preparations of the herbs listed above can be created at home or purchased. Look for teas, extracts, tinctures, or capsules. Use them whenever you have the desire smoke, up to six times a day.

Shop Dave’s Herb Shop. They have everything you’ll need by way of Bulk Herbs, Extracts, Capsules, and Natural Products for Healthy, Natural Living!

Essential Oils To Help You Quit

Essential oils can be used as a potent and effective treatment for smoking cessation. They work by helping you control the cravings and withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking.

The use of Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade® essentials oils is a safe and natural way to help alleviate irritability, anxiety, stress, fatigue and nervousness – which are most often symptoms associated with nicotine withdrawal.

Oils such as…

…can be use topically, aromatically, and/or as dietary supplements. (Note: For the highest medicinal value available – and the only oils I recommend to ingest — choose d?TERRA™  Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils for yourself, your family, and your friends. Click here to purchase…)

Quit Smoking Mixture

Mix 1 ounce of fractionated coconut, olive, or jojoba oil with 12 drops of any combination of ylang ylang, wild orange, chamomile, marjoram, and/or grapefruit pure essential oils. Store in a small glass dropper or roller top bottle. Apply oil to skin under nose or to a cotton ball and inhale with several deep breaths when the urge to smoke arises.

Detoxification Blend

Liver cleansing and detox is vital to overcoming an addiction to nicotine. Mix 1 ounce of your favorite plant-based carrier oil with 6-8 drops of Helichrysum essential oils and massage onto skin over liver and lungs. Likewise, d?TERRA®’s Zendocrine essential oil blend is a proprietary blend of therapeutic-grade essential oils of clove, grapefruit, rosemary, and geranium that have been studied for support of the cleansing organs of the body. Use as directed.

Digestive Blend

Many essential oils have been recognized through research as powerful agents to help restore normal balance in the digestive system — something much needed after tobacco abuse. DigestZen® takes advantage of these well-established therapeutic compounds in a proprietary blend of pure essential oils. Ginger, peppermint, tarragon, fennel, caraway, coriander and anise each have specific attributes which add to the overall efficacy of this potent blend.  When used internally, d?TERRA®’s DigestZen brings soothing digestive relief. Use as directed.

Respiratory Blend

Restoring the lungs and respiratory tissues is a key function during and after smoking cessation, and d?TERRA® essential oils are a perfect way to bring a sustained benefit. Breathe® is a remarkable blend of essential oils which combine to do just that, help you breathe easier. A proprietary blend including laurel leaf, peppermint, eucalyptus, tea tree, lemon and ravensara cleanses and soothes the airways, and can easily be applied topically to the chest, back, or bottom of feet. Its pleasant aroma is calming to the senses and perfect for diffusion at home or at work.

Relaxation Mixture

Diffusing oils such as lemon, ylang ylang, grapefruit, marjoram, roman chamomile, and the like will promote feeling of calm and relaxation. Other oil blends such as Citrus Bliss (Invigorating Blend), Elevation (Joyful Blend), Purify (Cleansing Blend), and Serenity (Calming Blend) can be used as needed. (Click this link to learn about each of these therapeutic blends.)

Where Can I Get This Stuff?

-Dave’s Herb Shop…they have everything you’ll need by way of Bulk Herbs, Organic Carrier Oils, and Natural Products for Healthy, Natural Living!

-For the ultimate all-natural healthcare alternatives choose d?TERRA™  Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade™ essential oils. Click here to purchase… Click here to read more about Herbs & Essential Oils…

-Starwest Botanicals and The Bulk Herb Store also carries many of the herbs recommended in this post if you’d like to price check.

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What natural remedies helped you — or someone you know — quit smoking?

The Benefits of Lavender Oil are Endless!

The benefits of Lavender oil are endless. It is one of the most versatile oils in nature. The fragrance is very relaxing and calming to the body and mind. That is why it is one of my favorite oils and is a “must have” for the home or barn!

By Lavender Oil Here!

I like to use a very special lavender grown in St. Maries Idaho. Yes, you will still get the same great benefits of lavender oil; but this carefully harvested crop has the potential of being the best that lavender oil can be!

Because it is very nurtured and taken care of, it can be compared to a reserve wine or a aged Anejo Rum. I love its deep rich aroma and I promise you will be drawn to it immediately! The animals are drawn to this oil over the french lavender oil!

My favorite essential oil blends that contain lavender are Brain Power and Gentle Baby. Gentle Baby is safe enough to use during pregnancy and can be used on infants! It will help you minimize stress before, during and after delivery! Better put it on Dad too!

I designed this section so you could use it as a fun and easy reference guide. It will tell you how to use your oil and what to use it for. It will also provide you with some fun tips, testimonials and oil trivia!

As I receive new tips and testimonials on the benefits of lavender oil they will be added to the page, so check back often!

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Lavender Essential Oil

What is the Genus Species? Lavandula angustifolia

Why is this information important? Well, believe it or not, some companies will substitute a species within the family where the fragrance is similar! But remember, then it will have different properties and uses, so please be aware of this.

What is the Latin Derivative? “to wash”

Why is this information so important? Its not, it’s just a fun fact!

What Part of the Plant is Used? Flower

What is the ORAC Value? 360 µTE/100g

Why be bothered with this number? ORAC stands for Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. It tells you the antioxidant capacity of a food item. Antioxidants have shown to reduce the risk of age related conditions and cancer! This was developed by the USDA researchers.

For instance: Blueberries = 2,400; Clove = 1,078,700. Wow! The value for clove is NOT a typo!

Most Interesting Historical Reference?

Did you know that the benefits of Lavender (and aromatherapy) were re-discovered almost accidentally? Yes, a French scientist, René Gattefossé, was severely burned in a laboratory accident and immersed his hand in a vat of Lavender.

Gattefossé found that Lavender oil promoted tissue regeneration quickly and healed the wound with no scarring!

What are the Plant Properties? Antifungal, analgesic, antiseptic, antitumoral, anticonvulsant, vasodilating, antispasmodic, anti-inflammatory, vermifuge.

What are the Documented Uses or Benefits of Lavender Oil? Insomnia, hair loss, burns, nervous tension, respiratory infections, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis, menstrual problems/PMS, skin conditions, blood fat/cholesterol reduction, reducing excess sebum on skin.

As you can see there are many benefits of lavender oil!

What is the Aromatic Affect on the Mind? Calming, relaxing, and balancing. Eases anger and frustration.

What is the Spiritual Influence? Greater intuition and clarity.

What Chakra is Affected? Promotes opening of the heart and crown chakra.

How do I use it?

  • Apply several drops (2-4) on location
  • Apply to chakras/vitaflex points
  • Directly inhale, diffuse, or
  • May be used as a dietary supplement

Good oil for the First Aid Kit: Yes

Can this oil be used for pets? Yes, all animals including cats can use this oil!

Note about Animals: Certain oils can be very toxic to cats. Citrus products and oils in particular. Please consult your vet if you are not sure about applying any essential oil to your pet.

What are the Safety Precautions? First, only use therapeutic grade essential oils! Lavender oil is generally regarded as safe (GRAS). But, make sure your lavender is not another species or a hybrid, such as lavandin. Lavandin is typically cut with synthetics and sold as lavender oil!

Essential Oil Trivia?

Did you know that researchers at University of Miami found that inhalation of lavender oil increased beta waves in the brain, suggesting heightened relaxation? The benefits of lavender also included reduced depression and improved cognitive performance.

Did you know that a 2001 Osaka Kyoiku University study found that lavender reduced mental stress and increased alertness? Tips and Testimonials from an Essential Oil User

On the July 11, 2008, episode of NBC’s Today show, Dr. Susan Wagner, an animal neurologist, along with animal behaviorist Dr. Terry Curtis promoted the use of essential oils.

During the Today’s Pets segment, Dr. Wagner addressed the fear issues of several dogs including Bailey, a Labrador mix, who is afraid of water. Dr. Wagner suggested the use of Lavender essential oil as a treatment option for Bailey’s phobia, and explained that, “When we talk about essential oils, we’re not talking about fragrances that you buy at a bath and beauty store—these are therapeutic—grade essential oils, and lavender is one of the most calming plants.

So we can take a couple drops of oil and put it on a piece of clothing next to Bailey or even one drop and rub it between the hands and rub it down the back and it has an amazing calming effect.”

Pets can also reap the benefits of Lavender oil!

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Coffee Salt Scrub

Coffee Salt ScrubLooking at spa website’s make my back ache (in need of a good rub), especially when you’re supposed to be writing a recipe not looking at spa treatments you can’t afford. My favorite thing to do is look at spa websites, something about them are so calming and soothing. Coffee Salt Scrub Coffee Salt Scrub
Being pampered is a dream come true for almost everyone, but at a spa it can be so expensive so let’s just turn are bath tubs into mini spa’s from time to time. Having a little me time is so important even if it’s just five minutes. No matter where in the world you are, take some time for yourself to smell some essential oils and just breathe. I can hear you saying “that’s not possible” so next time you’re in the shower or tub, stay a few extra minutes to smell your soap ( make sure it smells good) and just breathe. Coffee Salt Scrub Coffee Salt Scrub

Salt scrubs are defiantly a luxury at a spa and can cost a pretty penny especially when coffee grounds are involved. The Great thing about most spa scrubs you can make them at home; they will cost a fraction of what you would have spent on a jar of scrub online or at a spa.Coffee Salt Scrub

Coffee Salt Scrub Recipe:
1 ½ cup coarse sea salt
1 cup coffee grounds (dried)
1 cup oil (I used coconut)
5-15 drops of essential oils (I used lemon)

Recipe Directions: In a large bowl add coarse sea salt and coffee grounds and stir; place oil and essential oils into bowl and stir.  Store in air tight jar and use for those days when you need to need a good scrubbing.