Kerri Bailey, BS CH
The Smoker's Edge: How to Quit
How to Quit Smoking or at least Help......
Quitting smoking may be one of the hardest things you may do in your life. I have smoked cigarettes off and on for over 20 years. Vaping was an alternative, until I learned all the problems people have been having- popcorn lung, etc. which may or may not be true. Check out this post-http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/e-cigs-inconvenient-truth-its-much-safer-to-vape-20151221
No matter what this study says or doesn’t say, the truth is that we all know that smoking is not healthy. I am writing this to help those who really want to quit smoking nicotine products (not to argue semantics about vaping). As an Herbalist, I feel it’s important that I practice what I preach and to use my herbal remedies to keep myself healthy. I smoked to relieve anxiety, plus I liked the habit of smoking. So I developed a 2 Step Herbal Stop Smoking Remedy that includes an herbal tea and a tincture (extract). This program has helped me to quit, and I hope this also works for you!
Smoker’s Tea is a blend of herbs that helps curb cravings, as well as promote lung tissue healing. I made two versions of this tea- regular and menthol – to satisfy your taste buds. Drink several cups a day, especially the first week, continuing for several months or until you feel that your lungs have detoxified enough. Herbs in this blend are Lobelia (acts as a nicotine replacement in your brain), Mullein (lung tissue healer), Linden (for taste, good for headaches), Skullcap & Oat Straw (nerve relaxers) which makes for a pleasant taste. Those that like menthol, I have a version that includes mint.
The Smokers Edge Extract is a synergistic blend of herbs extracted into alcohol. This mixture contains Lobelia (for nicotine withdrawal), Skullcap & Oat Straw (to calm nerves), Mullein (for lung tissue) and Licorice (for liver detoxification). This extract can be used as needed, when cravings hit, squirt ¼ dropper full into your mouth for fast absorption or you can add into a liquid and drink it diluted. The first three days will be the hardest so make sure you have this with you to relieve stressful times and when you feel that you really need a cigarette. As the days go by, you may not need this as often and you may only use the extract as you need it.
Tips to Help You Quit:
A week or so before you decide to quit, change some of your smoking habits- change brands, times that you like to smoke, etc. This helps to prepare your brain for change.
Make your decision to quit a conscious one. You need to be ready and harness your willpower, not deplete your self-control.
Use behavior modification tools- keep your hands and mouth busy. Chew gum, drink water through a straw, suck on hard candy or mints or try keeping a toothpick in your mouth. My favorite is flavored sunflower seeds (spicy ones are yummy!)- keep a wad in your mouth, eat the seeds, and play with the shells inside your mouth. This really helps me to keep my mouth busy and takes my mind off of wanting to smoke.