Recipes for quitting smoking:
While it may be difficult to commit to quitting smoking it is easy to support the effort. Inhalation of essential oils is effective on several levels. For starters simply inhale essential oils for the simple pleasure of stimulating the senses with something other than smoke.
It’s a sure way to reclaim the pleasures deprived from the tarring effect on the taste buds.
Essential oils can benefit in many ways; the use of oils to calm, reduce symptoms, expectorate mucous from the lungs and reduce craving.
The scent of black pepper is as enjoyable as is the taste of freshly ground peppercorns. Plus it has aphrodisiac properties that might come in handy. Simply place 3-4 drops of black pepper oil on a cotton pad and inhale. Or simply carry a bottle of the pure essential oil with you at all times and open on occassion, as you would a pack of cigarettes. Inhale frequently, exhale slowly.
Other oils that are useful include pine, lemon and eucalyptus. Use them in an inhaler or add them to a plug in diffuser to release the scent throughout the room. Everyone will enjoy this blend, even if not trying to quit smoking. 5 drops pine, 3 drops lemon, 4 drops eucalyptus. Pine helps curb craving. Lemon helps break mucous. Eucalyptus opens the airways.
To help relax, combine five drops of rosemary, five drops of lemon, three drops of peppermint, three drops of ylang-ylang and 6 drops of lavender. Diffuse these oils in a simmering pot.
Inhalation of vapor from black pepper extract reduces smoking withdrawal symptoms.
“Previous studies have suggested that sensory cues associated with cigarette smoking can suppress certain smoking withdrawal symptoms, including craving for cigarettes…..”
A cigarette substitute was administered that contained a mint/menthol cartridge and another with an empty cartridge, were compared to inhalation of the essential oil from black pepper
“Forty-eight cigarette smokers participated in a 3-h session conducted after overnight deprivation from smoking. Subjects were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: one group of smokers puffed on a device that delivered a vapor from essential oil of black pepper; a second group puffed on the device with a mint/menthol cartridge, and a third group used a device containing an empty cartridge….”
“Reported craving for cigarettes was significantly reduced in the pepper condition relative to each of the two control conditions. In addition, negative affect and somatic symptoms of anxiety were alleviated in the pepper condition relative to the unflavored placebo. The intensity of sensations in the chest was also significantly higher for the pepper condition. These results support the view that respiratory tract sensations are important in alleviating smoking withdrawal symptoms. Cigarette substitutes delivering pepper constituents may prove useful in smoking cessation treatment.”