Essential Oils to Help You Quit Smoking
Quitting smoking can be one of the hardest things you ever do. It is said that on average smokers attempt to quit nearly 30 times before successfully giving up nicotine! This incredibly addictive substance results in 480,000 deaths per year, so it is understandable why someone may try over and over again to finally rid their lives of this drug.
There are many different ways people attempt to quit utilizing aids such as hypnosis, nicotine replacement therapy, counseling, medication, or just going cold turkey. A great thing to know is that no matter how you choose to quit, Essential Oils are a great complementary therapy that can be used with other methods to boost your chances of quitting for good.
Which Essential Oils to Use
Because nicotine stimulates the respiratory system when inhaled, Black Pepper Essential Oil can be used as a replacement. Constituents of Black Pepper create a sensation in the chest aiding in reducing withdrawal symptoms. In one study, reported craving for cigarettes was significantly reduced after puffing on a cartridge containing Black Pepper Oil vs. menthol oil or no oil at all. In addition, Black Pepper Oil provides a warming sensation in the lungs mimicking nicotine. Black Pepper may also be useful for quitting because it promotes mental stimulation, drives away anxious feelings, and is a powerful antioxidant.
Coming in a close second, Angelica Oil proved to be nearly as effective as Black Pepper Essential Oil in one study performed on college students. During nicotine withdrawals, students inhaled tissue paper that had these oils dropped onto them. Angelica Essential Oil was reported to be great for delaying that next cigarette craving. This aromatic oil provides stimulation to the lungs and sinuses which may feel similar to how your body reacts while smoking. It is also beneficial that Angelica is incredibly calming. This oil can be helpful in reducing feelings of irritability and bring emotional release when needed most.
For thousands of years, Lavender Essential Oil has been known as a natural remedy for stress and anxiety. Because of this, a study of 60 smokers was conducted in an attempt to prove the efficacy of this oil in calming the minds of anxious smokers. During withdrawals, the Lavender group inhaled the Essential Oil administered through a mask while the other groups received a placebo or nicotine replacement. The results of the Lavender group were lowered blood pressure and heart rate, as well as a reported decrease in cravings and anxiety. This is great news, and it once again proves that Lavender Oil is a wonderful stress reliever.
Unfortunately, when you quit smoking, you may experience some serious withdrawal symptoms including headaches, nausea, and lack of energy. This is where Peppermint Oil comes in. This fresh and fragrant oil is incredible for giving you a boost when you need it. It is also great for promoting circulation and can be useful for eliminating tension in the head and neck.
How to Use Essential Oils to Quit
Now that we know which Essential Oils are most effective in smoking cessation, we need to know how to use them for the best results. During the successful studies involving Essential Oils and quitting smoking, the participants simply inhaled the oils during withdrawals. This is a quick and easy way to stop that craving in its tracks. You can effortlessly make up a personal inhaler to bring with you or diffuse a mixture of these oils as needed. Try a blend of 3 drops Black Pepper and 2 drops of Angelica in your REVIVE Diffuser.
When experiencing stress due to emotional imbalance from withdrawing nicotine, you can easily take some time to smell Lavender and other relaxing oils like Bergamot or Clary Sage to combat these feelings. If those pesky withdrawal symptoms sneak up, mix a few drops of Peppermint Essential Oil with a carrier oil and apply topically for headaches or nausea. Most importantly, just stick to it… you can do this; you can quit smoking for good!