When a smoker has the right amount of nicotine toxicity
to maintain proper functioning of the brain and normal digestion
and elimination, he becomes addicted to nicotine. Another reason
that makes smoking an addiction is dependency on nicotine to relieve
emotional disturbances, stress and anxiety. Over time, smokers
habitually rely on cigarettes like their comfort ‘friend’.
To stop this addiction, Ayurveda remedic objectives
are to detoxify toxicity and rid nicotine, and manage stress.
· Herbal cigarettes
Wean yourself away from smoking by making this herbal mixture
Rose petal powder
Take out 1/3 of the tobacco from a few sticks of
your cigarettes and replace them with this mixture. Whenever you
feel like a smoke, smoke the herbal mix cigarettes but stop when
you reach the tobacco. Eventually, the desire to smoke will begin
to diminish and this helps to reduce stress levels and detoxify
your body from nicotine.
· Herbal tea
The next time you feel stress, make this herbal tea to help you
relax while it relieves the urge to smoke. You beed the following
to make the tea:
1 part chamomile
1 part jatamamsi
1 part brahmi
Mix 1 teaspoon of this mixture and steep for few
minutes in a cup of hot water. Take sips of this tea for better
· Dried pineapple chew
Chew some dried pineapple mixed with ½ teaspoon honey every
time you think of lighting a cigarette.
· Overwhelming brahmi
Put a few drops of brahmi ghee straight into your cigarette when
you are about to light your cigarette. The smoke will produce
an overwhelming aroma and taste and stop your urge to smoke.
· Breathing exercise
The Breath of Fire or pranayama breathing exercise is an effective
way to help you quit smoking.
Try the Empty Bowl meditation to help you manage your stress.
When stress is reduced, you will feel less compelled to smoke.
· Yoga postures
The Moon Salutation sequences, bow, Shoulder Stand, Plow and Palm
tree as well as the Locust pose too can be helpful.