Quitting smoking is never easy. Nicotine addiction, like any substance abuse disorder, is a chronic relapsing of reward pathway rewiring. It takes most people multiple times of trying to quit before they are successful. But it is possible. Many companies advertise different patches or drugs to help people quit smoking. But what if it was possible to quit smoking with natural remedies?
Research shows that certain essential oils can actually aid people with curbing their cravings for tobacco and cigarettes. Inhaling essential oils through e-cigarettes and portable inhalers is particularly effective, because it replicates the smoking experience without the harmful effects of traditional cigarettes.
While this is not a guaranteed fix, oils can at least help with the cravings. Here are five options to test out if you are trying to quit smoking.
Black pepper is one of the most effective oils to quit smoking. The sensation of inhaling black pepper essential oil is very similar to the sensation of smoking a cigarette. This feeling can reduce your craving for a cigarette.
Angelica is known to have a calming and relaxing effect on those who inhale it. When inhaled, angelica can have such a relaxing effect that is significantly reduces the need to smoke.
Ylang ylang is best for daytime cravings. When cravings hit in the middle of the day due to stress at work, ylang ylang is great for calming you down. Rather than reaching for a pack of cigarettes to relieve your anxieties, choose ylang ylang essential oil and feel your stress start to fade.
There are other symptoms that come along when you try to quit smoking. Headaches are a common side effect for people who try to quit smoking. Peppermint oil is very effective in reducing or eliminating the headache that comes with nicotine withdrawal.
Clove essential oil can not only reduce cravings but also help with circulation. Smoking nicotine regularly can cause damage to your arteries. So clove could help repair some of this damage and provide some potential relief.
These five oils are just a few of your options— there’s a wide variety of essential oils that curb cravings and help with withdrawal symptoms. While essential oils aren’t a guaranteed fix, they can be very effective in reducing cravings and supporting your current plan to quit smoking. Quitting is hard, and you may find that you need all the help you can get to finally quit this habit.
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