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How to Quit Smoking Using Herbal Tea

Updated on September 21, 2014

Stop smoking naturally

In April 2000, my ex-husband made the decision to stop smoking.

He chose to use branded micro-tabs, but wanted something more natural to help take away the cravings. What I found for him was an herbal blend to help ease the feelings of nervousness and anxiety that come when one stops smoking.

This particular blend also helps to clear the lungs of impurities from smoking and it helps to rebuild trace vitamins and minerals in your body that you may be missing due to years of smoking.

Are you a smoker? Are you wanting to quit?

This tea could help by reducing the anxiety and irritability associated with quitting.

So, what's stopping you from stopping now?

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Stop Smoking Blend

Make your own herbal tea blend to help cut back on cravings and nervous tension while you quit smoking for good.

  • Prep time: 5 min
  • Cook time: 10 min
  • Ready in: 15 min

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Ingredients

  • 3 parts lemongrass
  • 3 parts dandelion leaf
  • 2 parts raspberry leaf
  • 2 parts red clover
  • 2 parts alfalfa
  • 2 parts peppermint
  • 2 parts mullein leaf
  • 1 part skullcap
  • 1 part catmint

Instructions

  1. Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Store in a tightly covered jar.
  2. Brew: 2 teaspoons mixture per cup. Let steep 10 - 15 minutes. Drink 1 - 4 cups per day for cravings. Sweeten with sugar or honey if desired.

Lemongrass - calms your nerves

Cymbopogen citratus

Other names

Guatemala , West Indian , or Madagascar lemongrass

Medicinal Uses

Lemongrass is used as a fragrance and flavoring, and in folk medicine, as an antispasmodic, hypotensive, anticonvulsant, analgesic, antiemetic, antitussive, antirheumatic, antiseptic and as treatment for nervous and GI disorders and fevers.

It can clear confusion, lessen stress and reduce mental fatigue.

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Buy fresh or dried. Cut into 1/4 inch slices before using.

Dandelion leaf - liver and kidney detox

Taraxacum officinale

Other names

Piss-a-bed, blowball, lion's tooth, pissenlit

Medicinal uses

Dandelion stimulates liver cell metabolism and is a gentle liver and digestive tonic. It is also a mild diuretic and is high in potassium salts and iron as well as Vitamins A,B,C, and D.

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You could, of course, opt to pick your own dandelion leaves from your garden or a nearby field. Make completely sure before hand that it has not been sprayed with weed killer and that there isn't a road nearby with motor traffic.

"The Dandelion's pallid tube

Astonishes the Grass,

And Winter instantly becomes

An infinite Alas—

The tube uplifts a signal Bud

And then a shouting Flower,—

The Proclamation of the Suns

That sepulture is o'er."

-Emily Dickinson

Raspberry Leaf - cleansing tonic

Rubus idaeus

Other names

Bramble, gauriphal, reapberry, and hindberry

Medicinal uses

Raspberry leaf is best known for it's use as a uterine tonic and for aiding labour when taken in the last few weeks of pregnancy.

It is a digestive stimulant and tonic and has uses as a cleansing diuretic.

Drinking raspberry leaf tea has been shown to alleviate cramps, bronchitis, and sore throats. It is also a blood purifier.

The tannins in raspberry leaf tea have an astringent affect which give the tea it's anti-diarrhea and anti-inflammatory capabilities. It is rich in potassium, calcium and phosphorus.

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If you have a raspberry plant growing near you, you could try harvesting and drying the leaves yourself.

Learn more about herbalism

Herbal preparations have been used for thousands of years. These were among the original medicines. These books will give you basic remedies that can be used in the home as well as information about individual herbs.

I strongly encourage anyone who wants to use herbal remedies and preparations to educate themselves about any herbs they may use.

Always see a doctor about any health problem. And let your doctor know about any herbal preparations you may be using. Herbs are natural but that does not mean that they are always safe and there can be interactions between any herbal remedy and manufactured drugs.

Buying dried herbs

Always buy any fresh or dried herbs from a reputable seller.

It didn't stop the cravings, I just didn't get the urge so much to kill someone.

Red Clover - blood purifier

Trifolium pratense

Other names

Meadow trefoil, red clover, cow clover, meadow clover, wild clover

Medicinal uses

Red clover helps to purify the blood by acting as a diuretic and expectorant, improving circulation, and helping cleanse the liver.

It is a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is also a rich source of isoflavones.

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Like dandelion, red clover tends to grow just about everywhere. If you do decide to harvest and dry your own, make sure it hasn't been sprayed with chemicals, and that there is no nearby motor traffic.

Alfalfa - eases tension associated with curbing addictions, replaces trace minerals

Medicago sativa

Other names:

Spanish Clover, California Clover, and Lucerne

Medicinal uses:

It is rich in vitamins, particularly A, B and C and also Vitamin K. It is believed to contain a higher protein and mineral content than most grains and is a natural source of calcium, potassium, magnesium and phosphorus.

Alfalfa eliminates retained water, relieves urinary and bowel problems, and helps in treating those recovering from narcotic and alcohol addiction.

Alfalfa can help to support the liver and alleviate anaemia.

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Yes, this is the same alfalfa used for animal feed. Don't use alfalfa which has been packaged for animals in this tea blend.

Peppermint - helps clear the lungs, makes the tea taste better

Mentha piperita

Other names:

Mint

There are at least 30 different specimens of mint. Peppermint is preferred medically in the West. Garden mint is generally spearmint which is not as strong as peppermint and is good for children or others who don't like the stronger peppermint.

Medicinal uses:

Peppermint and its main active agent, menthol, are effective decongestants. Because menthol thins mucus, it is also a good expectorant, meaning that it helps loosen and breaks up coughs with phlegm. It is soothing and calming for sore throats (pharyngitis) and dry coughs as well.

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Peppermint grows easily in most gardens. I recommend growing it in a pot because it will spread and try to take over your lawn otherwise.

Mullein Leaf - expectorant, good for respiratory problems

Verbascum thapsus

Other names:

Adam's Flannel, Beggar's Blanket, Candlewick Plant, Common Mullein, Flannel Mullein, Flannel Plant, Hag's Taper, Jupiter's Staff, Molene, Velvet Dock, Velvet Plant, Woolly Mullin

Medicinal uses:

Mullein is best known for its uses with respiratory disorders. It is a relaxing expectorant used for whooping cough, tuberculosis, asthma, and bronchitis.

It is useful for clearing the lungs of accumulated wastes after years of smoking.

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Mullein grows into a most spectacularly tall plant with vivid yellow flowers.

Folklore

An old superstition existed that witches used lamps and candles provided with wicks of Mullein in their incantations, and another of the plant's many names, 'Hag's Taper', refers to this. Both in Europe and Asia the power of driving away evil spirits was ascribed to the Mullein. Being a sure safeguard against evil spirits and magic, and from the ancient classics, it was this plant which Ulysses took to protect himself against the wiles of Circe.

Skullcap - eases nervous tension, helps you relax

Scutellaria lateriflora

Other names:

Scullcap, Hoodwort, Quaker Bonnet, Helmet Flower, European Skullcap, Greater Skullcap, American skullcap, blue skullcap, blue pimpernel, hoodwart, hooded willow herb, side-flowering skullcap, mad dogweed, mad weed, helmet flower

Medicinal uses:

Skullcap is used in the treatment of a wide range of nervous conditions including epilepsy, insomnia, hysteria, anxiety, delerium tremens, withdrawal from barbiturates and tranquilisers. It relaxes states of nervous tension whilst at the same time renewing and revivifying the central nervous system.

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I substituted scullcap for the valerian root called for in the original recipe. Scullcap has a milder effect than valerian and a better aroma and flavour.

Catmint - eases nervous tension, relieves airway congestion

Nepeta cataria

Other names:

Catnip, catnep, catrup, catswort, field balm

Medicinal uses:

Catmint reduces fever, induces sleep and perspiration and relieves headache. It is useful for easing nervous tension.

A powerful diaphoretic in any feverish condition, it is particularly useful where there is a feeling of congestion in the airways, sinuses or middle ear.

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Yes, this is the same thing as catnip. No, it won't have the same effect on you that it has on your cats.

Do you use herbal remedies?

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      LeonRusselman 3 years ago

      I have used herbals mostly when I was trying to quit smoking and clear my lungs. I'm not a student of herbals and am not very knowledgeable. I know I felt better then and need to get back into it. I found a program that will guide me through it.

      I noticed there is a ton of good info here and will refer back, no doubt. Thanks.

      Lee

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      Nan 4 years ago from London, UK

      @anonymous: This would fit what others have told me. While it didn't remove cravings for a cigarette completely, it did at least make them manageable. Glad to know you found this article helpful.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      this is great...my cravings reduced...yes it sounds crazy... but it did... im a very hard smoker for roughly 10 straight years never took a break or anything like that....averages at least 15 cigarettes a day as well as estimate of 20 marijuana spliffs per day ..but this herbal tea definately help with cravings... thing is, it doesnt fully jus stop ur cravings its 50/50...the craving is also a disease of the mind so for the tea to work you will have to play a critical part as well in healing the mind from these cravings...so yes for me thats how i accomplished it...i love the tea...and also if the tea doesnt stop ur craving...the health benefits alone regaining those elements ur body lacked over the years of smoking is worth drinking ...even if u continue to smoke... if it doesnt help ur cravings... at least the health benefits of it will help ur body and health. ...

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      Lisa Auch 7 years ago from Scotland

      "It didn't stop the cravings, I just didn't get the urge so much to kill someone"..yes i know exactly where your husband was coming from. Great lens and really interesting . I will follow you and look forward to your lens!

      Lisa

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hi Nan,

      I'm writing some lenses about Herbalism. My background is as a Biologist and historical re-enactor, so I've got interests in herbs as medicine, food, magic and anything else that people have been using them for over the last few hundred years.

      This range of topics is obviously too much to get into one lens, so I've made a set of related ones.

      The central one is at Herbalist Lens. Or http://www.squidoo.com/the-herbalist if you don't allow HTML on your guestbook.

      Since you have a lens that includes herbs as medicine I've included a link to it. I hope you will take the time to have a look at my work and perhaps join the group (with a small g) or give a backlink for mutual benefit.

      Comments are welcome, either at the Herbalist Forum, someone has to be first, or direct to me.

      Best wishes,

      Ian. aka Pan_narrans

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      tcinvestor 8 years ago

      Fantastic lens...definately a 5 star..I use herbal remedies as well as homeopathic remedies and highly suggest them to other to improve wellbeing..Not sure where I would be without my Gunpowder Green Tea..(loose leaf pearls of course). Thanks for the great lens promoting necessary information.

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      GreenEcoBean 8 years ago

      this lens is awesome and I will be back again!

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      kab 8 years ago from Upstate, NY

      I don't know much about herbs. This was very interesting!

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      monarch13 8 years ago

      Great info! 5 stars as usual.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Excellent.......Truly Excellent!

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      WhiteOak50 8 years ago

      It is really funny how things work. I am in the process of writing a lens about the same thing. I know for a fact that using herbal remedies help take the jitters away from people trying to stop smoking. Interesting..... Thanks for adding it to the Pagan Path Group.

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