Several herbs have a reputation for helping smokers quit. These herbs have different ways of easing the quitting process, whether by helping to alleviate one of the major causes of smoking (stress and anxiety) or conditioning the body to help control cravings or deal with the sudden lack of nicotine consumption. Most smoking cessation herbs come in dried bulk, liquid, or capsule form. Use dried herbs for tea preparation only, not as a tobacco smoking replacement.
Peppermint leaf relaxes the digestive system muscles, eases tension and anxiety, and stimulates bile flow. Oil extracted from peppermint leaves work as a mild anesthetic on the wall of the stomach, helping to reduce nausea.
Smokers wishing to quit use the valerian herb to help alleviate insomnia, restlessness, anxiety, and stress. This sedative herb also works to relax the muscles.
Korean ginseng is a common choice for smokers to alleviate the anxiety and fatigue that comes with trying to quit. Korean ginseng helps the body system regain balance, a property which proves useful with a sudden absence of nicotine in a smoker’s body.
Skullcap is used in treating nervous tension and anxiety, and it has compounds that aid the brain in producing endorphins, natural body chemicals that release when emotions are expressed, which enhance calmness and awareness.
Other botanical herbs used to help people stop smoking include but are not limited to: safflower, elderberry flower, ginger root, mimosa, echinacea purpurea, coltsfoot, mullein, passion flower and horehound.