Tobacco is extremely harmful to health. According to the American Lung Association, cigarette contains nearly 600 ingredients, once burnt, it generates more than 7000 chemicals. Many of them are poisonous chemicals and 69 of these chemicals can cause cancer. Nicotine in cigarettes reaches the brain in mere seconds and stimulates the central nervous system to feel more energized for a while, and once it subsides it creates tiredness and craves for more nicotine. These home remedies to quit smoking discussed can help you to gradually quit smoking.
Causes of smoking
- Status symbol
- Peer pressure
- Media influence
- To handle stressful situations
- To be social
Effects of smoking
- Weakened auto immune system
- Poor vision
- Too much blood clotting
- Affects respiratory system
- Likely to get lung cancer, mouth cancer, cervix cancer and blood cancer
- High cholesterol, increased blood pressure and heart diseases
- Earlier menopause
- Skin wrinkles
- Irregular periods
- Reduced fertility in women
- Bad teeth and stains on teeth
- Problems in pregnancy
- Problems for newborns
- Affects passive smokers
Home remedies to quit smoking
Let us see a few natural remedies to get rid of smoking:
Grapefruit juice is rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C has a natural cleansing effect. Studies prove that people who smoke typically have a vitamin C deficiency when compared to other nutrients. Thus once if you decide to quit smoking, start drinking grapefruit juice before every meal, continuously for 7 days. It helps the body to cleanse all the toxins from the bloodstream and internal organs. It also strengthens the immune system and protects from free radical damage caused by smoking.
Tooth paste and mouth wash made of cinnamon is great for oral hygiene. Cinnamon is a warming spice that helps speed up the cleansing process. You can try holding a cinnamon stick in your mouth instead of cigarettes. Inhaling cinnamon sticks has a calming effect and satisfies your cravings to some extent.
Oats is one of the best remedies to quit smoking. It has the ability to flush out all toxins from the body. Once the harmful chemicals are flushed out, the craving for smoking will also reduce.
- Boil two cups of water.
- Add one tablespoon of oats.
- Leave this mixture over night.
- Next day morning, boil the mixture for about 10 minutes.
- Allow it to become warm.
- Pour in a glass and drink it.
Ginger is good for chain smokers to quit smoking. It has a natural warming and heating effect on the body which causes sweating. Sweating may help relieve harmful chemicals from the body. Take a cup of hot ginger tea whenever you feel the need to smoke. The antioxidants available in ginger will further assist in detoxification.
Method of preparing ginger tea:
- Scrub and wash ginger.
- Peel and cut into small slices.
- Boil water.
- Add ginger to the boiling water.
- Boil for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat.
- Pour into a tea cup.
- Add honey and lime juice.
This tea also relieves nausea that occurs when you try to quit.
Mimosa tea is beneficial for enhancing the regeneration of nerves. It contains anti-inflammatory and calming properties that help in treating anxiety, depression, and headache associated with nicotine withdrawal. Mimosa tea and paste are made from the extracts of a mimosa shrub. Both are available in the market.
Cayenne pepper is one of the best remedies that supports to quit smoking. Include the red hot, long spicy peppers in your daily cooking. Cayenne pepper contains many vitamins and minerals in it. It has the power of flush out all toxins from the body and also slows down the cravings for smoking. The anti-bacterial properties of cayenne pepper can prevent lung cancer. It can be added in soups and juice for flavour. You can also add a pinch of cayenne powder to water. Stir and drink this.
Lobelia is also called as Indian tobacco. This herb contains an essential ingredient lobeline that generates similar effects in the brain as nicotine. It is addiction free, cleans the lungs and eases muscle tension. You can make lobelia herbal tea to quit smoking.
- Take 1 ½ cups of water.
- Pour water in a pot and boil for some time.
- Remove from heat.
- Add lobelia herbs to the boiled water.
- Let the mixture steep in the water for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Strain the water.
- Allow it to become warm and drink.
Drinking plenty of water is one of the best remedies to quit smoking. Whenever you feel the urge to smoke, drink plenty of water to decrease the cravings. Water helps in detoxifying the body. It makes the body stress free, promotes smooth blood flow, clears lungs, keeps you hydrated and helps to avoid craving to smoke.