We all know that smoking cigarettes can be harmful, addictive, and even deadly.
Still, many people pick up the habit, and inevitably have a hard time when they want to quit smoking.
Most people who want to quit smoking find themselves in a vicious cycle, stopping and starting again multiple times before they’re finally able to avoid cigarettes all together.
This article will equip you with a three-fold natural strategy that will increase your chances success when you try to quit smoking:
1. Get Acupuncture
Acupuncture can be very helpful at helping to regulate your nervous system, calm your spirit, feel better in your body, and overcome addictions.
There is a simple 5-point ear acupuncture protocol that is quick, easy, and so effective that it is often used in rehab settings.
Many acupuncturists offer a smoking-cessation package for a reduced cost, or you can get full acupuncture treatments over the course of a few of months to get more comprehensive treatments and added support.
2. Phase-Out Tobacco
Some people are able to quit “cold-turkey,” but this approach does not work for most individuals.
Instead of trying to quit smoking outright, begin by reducing tobacco.
If you don’t already do so, start rolling your own cigarettes.
Use only organic tobacco, and add some dried lavender and mullein into the mix.
Organic tobacco does not contain as many of the harmful chemicals as most pre-packaged cigarettes, lavender is naturally calming, and mullein helps your lungs expectorate and clean out some of the gunk that’s accumulated over the years.
(Expectoration is the word used to describe the action of coughing things up, so don’t be surprised if you start coughing up more phlegm when you smoke mullein!)
Over time you can gradually reduce the amount of tobacco and increase the amount of lavender and mullein, until you no longer crave the nicotine.
3. Use Other Herbs and Breathe Deeply
Part of the problem with combating cigarette addiction is letting go of the habits that you’ve built around your smoking.
To effectively quit smoking you have to build new rituals that are just as satisfying.
When you feel a craving coming on, first take 3-5 drops of cat’s claw tincture.
Cat’s claw is an herb which can help overcome cravings. If you still crave a cigarette after a few minutes, take another dose of the tincture.
Secondly, make yourself a cup of tea like chamomile, lavender, or peppermint.
These are all calming herbs, and if you drink the tea slowly and mindfully, enjoying the smell, taste, and feel as you drink it, you will replicate some of the positive effects you get from smoking.
If you’re on the go and don’t have time for tea, chew on a licorice stick (the herb, not the candy).
This will help to satisfy your hand-to-mouth urges.
Finally, don’t forget to take breaks throughout the day when you would normally have a cigarette.
If you take breaks to go outside and breathe deeply you will get the same relaxing effects that you get from smoking while actually benefiting your lungs in the process!