It’s the worst addiction of them all. It’s not just the nicotine; it’s all those other chemicals they put in there that make those cigarettes so addicting. I quit and restarted several times over the course of a decade, but I finally quit. (It’s been at least 15 years now.)
Believe me, if you are still smoking, I am not judging you! I just want you to be healthier. And free.
Here a few things that helped me.
1.) Advice from a cessation program: “Don’t try to lie to yourself that you don’t want a cigarette. You do want it, but you choose not to have it.”
2.) Nicotine gum. The gum gives you that quick zip to the brain. Until you are no longer addicted to all the other chemicals, the gum will still give you the jolt you are looking for.
3.) Ricola cough drops. Ok, this might count as advertising, but the cough drops contain many of the herbs that are sold on the internet for big bucks.
Herbs in Ricola Cough drops
Sage –Modern evidence shows possible uses as an anti-sweating agent, antibiotic, antifungal, astringent, antispasmodic, estrogenic, hypoglycemic, and tonic.
Linden Flowers – Linden flowers are used in herbalism for colds, cough, fever, infections, inflammation, high blood pressure, headache (particularly migraine), and as a diuretic (increases urine production), antispasmodic (reduces smooth muscle spasm along the digestive tract), and sedative.
Horehound – to aid digestion, soothe sore throats, and relieve inflammation. Helps to expel phlegm from the respiratory bronchial system. It affects the respiration directly by dilating vessels.
Wild Thyme – wild thyme is full of thymol which is used by most druggists as a powerful antiseptic. It is an active element in all disinfectants, mouthwashes and even gargles. The Romans used the wild thyme as an independent medication to heal depressions.
Lemon Balm – blood cleanser, mild sedative or calming agent
Mallow– helps cure nausea, relieving the mucous membranes lining the upper respiratory system
Elder- anti-inflammatory, detoxification,
Thyme – – calms nervous conditions, antiseptic used in mouthwashes, remove mucus from respiratory passages, fights infections
Hyssop – remedy for respiratory disorders of all kinds
Peppermint – aid to the process of digestion
Every so often I will meet someone trying to quit, and I will give them a gift bag with a box of nicotine gum and 2 bags of Ricola.
I hope this helps someone today.