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How to Quit Smoking Using Herbal Tea
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?
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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- 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
- Mix all ingredients thoroughly. Store in a tightly covered jar.
- 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
Guatemala , West Indian , or Madagascar lemongrass
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
Piss-a-bed, blowball, lion's tooth, pissenlit
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."
Raspberry Leaf - cleansing tonic
Bramble, gauriphal, reapberry, and hindberry
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
Meadow trefoil, red clover, cow clover, meadow clover, wild clover
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
Spanish Clover, California Clover, and Lucerne
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
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
Catnip, catnep, catrup, catswort, field balm
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.