Natural Remedies to Help You Quit Smoking

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Natural Remedies to Help You Quit Smoking

Breathing serves as the vital purpose of exchanging carbon dioxide with oxygen but also relaxes and calms the body.  Damage to the mucous membranes of the respiratory tract can lead to recurring colds and flues whilebad oxygenation affects every organ in the body.  Fortunately, exercising in fresh air helps to restore air circulation to every alveoli in the lungs. 

Smoking is a terrible burden on the respiratory system. 

Tobacco smoke contains thousands of chemical constituents.  The most addictive one is nicotine:  a stimulant of the central nervous system, a stimulant of adrenaline production, a contributing factor to high blood pressure and an increased heart rate, and a disruptor of metabolic rates. 

It also affects the regulation of body temperature, the degree of muscle tension and the levels of certain hormones.  All this creates a pleasurable sensation that is experienced as a feeling of relaxation.  However, the body rapidly develops a tolerance to nicotine which encourages an increase in the amount of cigarettes smoked. 

Cigarettes are a factor in over 37,000 deaths annually in Canada and cause about one third of all cancers, one fourth of fatal heart attacks and 85% of lung cancer cases. 

Smoking is linked to the following health issues:  angina, arteriosclerosis, cataract, chronic bronchitis, circulatory problems, colorectal cancer, diarrhea, emphysema, heartburn, heart attacks, high blood pressure, impotence, lung cancer, mouth cancer, peptic ulcers, respiratory problems, throat cancer and urinary incontinence. 

The withdrawal symptoms when smoking is stopped are:  irritability, frustration, anger, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, restlessness, increased appetite, headache, stomach cramps, a slow heart rate, a rise in blood pressure and an intense craving for nicotine.

Smoking contributes to an accumulation of toxins that your body must work on eliminating.  It needs more antioxidants – substances that protect cells from the damage of free radicals – to reduce or counteract the carcinogenic effects of smoking. Produced by all types of pollution, free radicals accelerate the aging process and are the cause of most degenerative diseases. 

Natural remedies to help you quit smoking

Ginkgo Extra from A.Vogel has an antioxidant effect that will help alleviate the damaging effects of smoking (increasing the glutathione levels).  It also helps with better circulation (one of the major side effects of cigarettes) and has an impact on the inflammation of the lining of the lungs. 

Bronchosan from A.Vogel helps to eliminate the residue (brownish mucus) that smoking leaves in the lungs. It also contains licorice roots which help with the cravings and make the cigarette taste bad. Combining Ginkgo Extra and Bronchosan together will help eliminate the toxins that the cigarettes leave in the body and diminish the cravings more rapidly.

Taking Bio-Strath would also ensure that you eliminate all the deficiencies in vitamins and minerals that you may have from smoking.  If there is a lot of tension, anxiety and/or nervousness from stopping smoking, Avenaforce from A.Vogel is a nerve tonic that will help you relax and sleep.  Since it helps to nourish the nervous system it could even help with energy levels.

A.Vogel Vital Energy contains oats (Avena sativa), which is the same as Avenaforce, as well as rhodiola.  This plant, known to nourish the adrenals, can contribute in reducing cigarette cravings.

To avoid weight gain, take one to two tablets of A.Vogel Thyroid Support (Kelpasan) in the morning to help rebalance your metabolism.  Increase gradually to two for better results.


  • When you have cravings you can smell or drink something that has a strong smell (ex. flowers) or a strong taste (ex. mint or ginger tea).  This will help the cravings go away faster.  Cravings normally do not last more than 3-5 minutes.
  • Keep your hands occupied since they will be looking for cigarettes by habit (ex. keep a pencil at hand).
  • Stress will make quitting smoking harder.  Learn new relaxation techniques (ex. yoga and tai-chi).
  • In the beginning, avoid social situations where you usually smoked more.  Wait until you are stronger in your resolve before you put yourself in this situation again or change habits completely.
  • You can change your routine to help with the situation where it is harder to go without cigarettes (ex. morning coffee can be taken later).
  • Follow a Boldocynara cure. This will help eliminate toxins faster and in turn, will help reduce cravings.
  • Last but not least, drink a lot of water.  This will help to eliminate the toxins faster and lessen the cravings.    

by Josée Fortin, biochemist


9 Simple And Effective Home Remedies That Will Help You Quit Smoking

Natural Remedies to Help You Quit Smoking


In today’s high stress, fast paced environment, cigarette smoking is a habit that a lot of people succumb to due to peer pressure, media influences, misinformation of physical effects, etc.

A majority of smokers do not even realise (or ignore entirely) the effects smoking has on the body. It slows down the immune system and affects fertility as well.  Moreover, smoking has similar effects on the people around you that are inhaling smoke passively.

Mark Twain once said “Giving up smoking is the easiest thing in the world, I know because I have done it thousands of times.” This statement is true as we have all heard the words ‘I quit for a while, but started again’, ‘I’m quitting tomorrow’ etc.

Once it becomes habitual in nature, smoking becomes very hard to give up. With today’s fast paced lifestyles and emotional situations that influence one to smoke cigarettes anyway, spending extra time on trying to quit seems a task.

Here are a few almost effortless home remedies that are known to relieve smokers of this habit:

1. Oats

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Oats help to flush out the harmful toxins from the body while lowering the craving for smoking. It also helps in easing up the withdrawal symptoms. Heat one tablespoon of oats in two cups and leave it to set overnight. Right before consuming, heat the oat mix again and drink after every meal.

2. Water

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Water is the human body’s best friend. It flushes out toxins no other substance. Drink one glass of cold water 15 minutes before every meal for a balanced metabolic rate and keep sipping throughout the day. This cleanses the body and helps with the task at hand.

3. Grapeseed extract

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Grapeseed extract is alkaline in nature. It helps reduce the acidity of the blood and damage caused to the lungs and body due to smoking.

4. Honey

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Honey is an excellent remedy in handling the cessation process of smoking. Honey contains beneficial vitamins, enzymes and proteins, which help in giving up the habit of smoking with ease. Try using organic honey for less artificial flavours and better results.

5. Radish

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Grated radish also affects the acidity of the body caused due to continuous cigarette smoking. This remedy is very effective for chain smokers and addicts. It works even better when consumed with honey.

6. Licorice (Mulethi)

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One of the most opted natural remedies to refrain oneself from smoking is chewing a licorice stick whenever you feel the urge to smoke. This is a good substitute for a cigarette. It curbs the urge to smoke and regulates the digestive system. And let’s face it, it's way more economical than an E-cigarette.

7. Cayenne Pepper

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Cayenne pepper helps in desensitizing the respiratory system to all addictive things. It also helps contain the urge to smoke. Include the spice in your diet or add a few pinches to a glass of water. The relief is almost immediate but it also works long term.

8. Ginseng

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Ginseng is found to be very effective in reducing nicotine craving. Get into the habit of having green tea infused with aloe vera and ginseng, twice a day, and you will not only kick the bud your life but also enjoy the health benefits of green tea, aloe vera and ginseng.

9. CoEnzyme Q-10

CoEnzyme Q-10 is an enzyme obtained from natural fermented material. This enzyme is a powerful antioxidant. It not only reduces the nicotine craving, but also repairs the lungs damaged by smoking.

According to a recently conducted study, the average Indian smoker consumes about 8.2 cigarettes a day. Another way of quitting is by using nicotine replacement therapy and as reports suggest use the 24 hour nicotine transdermal patch which are now available in India as well. They have shown to have high patient compliance and reduce morning cravings.

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The first step towards giving up the evidently harmful habit of smoking is, as cliché as it may sound, acceptance. Once you have decided to quit smoking, the only potential obstacle in your path is you.

The aforementioned home remedies are quick, easy and highly effective if followed correctly. Combining two or more of these remedies has also proved to increase the rate of change in terms of the urge to pick up a cigarette.

The important thing to remember is that as much as your mind may believe that you need to smoke, your body deserves better from you.

*Data Courtesy: Dr. Manisha Karamkar from Rusan Healthcare*Card Image Courtesy: Shutterstock


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