Are you searching for any help you can find to stop smoking? In addition to many helpful choices of foods and beverages, essential oils may play a part in smoothing the transition out of addictions. This is only Part One.
Any withdrawal from addictions begins with a plan. Before starting on the pathway to recovery from the harmful affects of nicotine, or any other addictive substances one must plan ahead. Decide if you want a natural way to overcome this. I am here to help start this planning process.
Brainstorm as to anything that is known to calm you. You’ve done this since babyhood. You have learned ways to calm yourself, ways to get to sleep, other than drugs. You have heard of options that are natural. Some of us need more help than others. I will later discuss the use of essential oils, which are as gold in your recovery.
When I was a child, cigarettes were offered to me. The reason I refused them was not due to some innate virtue. My brothers and I had been dragged to one meeting after another for the Stop Smoking Plans that our father covered for his Public Relations work for major medical facilities. His work was to advertise and promote the attendance and report on the progress of the meetings. There, brave persons stood up to share their success stories of their day by day progress. This encouraged many and so many people actually did stop smoking!
These meetings were well attended. They had graphic films presented, showing surgical removal of parts of lungs, or worse, an entire lung was removed. Demonstrations were given with a glass dummy, through which we could see two balloon like things for lungs. This dummy had a cigarette put to it’s mouth and a draw effect was created, making the smoke fill these lungs and showed a coating of tar inside. It was shocking to me how quickly tar coated these lungs.
We were taught how the cilia works in the lungs to constantly clean out our lungs from everyday pollutants. Just add to this one cigarette and you clog up that beautiful system. Each added cigarette makes the damage double, triple and so on.
I never even promised myself that I would never smoke. I didn’t have to. The thought that I would even be tempted never entered my head. When I was offered my first cigarette it was no problem to turn it down, that and any other offers. No way was I going to start something that could result in surgery to remove any part of my lung!
That being said, I have motivation for wanting to help you. I have lost two dear uncles, most likely due to smoking habits. They were both chain smokers. They got cancer of the larynx. One opted to have his voice box removed. Yet, he smoked up until the day he died. I am deeply grieved and heart broken!
If I can save one or two lives here, their lives may not have been lost for nothing. Those of you who have a chance, please take it now, while you can. Everyone that stops has a chance at survival. The body immediately goes into action to recover. We have amazing bodies! Oxygen immediately reaches areas that have not had oxygen for a long time. The lungs begin immediate housekeeping. You will notice you are bringing up stuff out of the lungs that is pretty gross!
For starters, stay hydrated and drink juice. If you are diabetic, take care to only drink 4 oz. at a time, within a given hour. Have your shopping done ahead of time. You will not feel your best to go shopping for a while.
Consider the advantage you may have if you shop ahead of time for certain recovery essential oils. You may want to start with 3 – 6 choices to have on hand. Mix and match according to your likes and favorite aromas. Use only on drop of each oil in a carrier oil, nearby your nose at first. Decide what you can tolerate and what you may be sensitive to. Clean your fingertips before touching your eyes, if you get them on your hands.
Use of lemon and lime juices and cinnamon sticks are a real plus. I have found that when drinking lemon juice, adding this to water that Minute Maid frozen is great. It comes in a box and it’s a yellow plastic bottle. So, I am not speaking of the can of sweetened lemon juice. Plastic bottles of lime juice can be found in the juice isle, usually at the top next to Real-lemon juice. Both are in green bottles, but the lemon juice is not as good as that frozen type.
- Clove oil~ Note that clove buds may be chewed like the cinnamon sticks.
- Black pepper oil
- Calamus oil
- Thieves oil~ Story I just learned: During the time of the Black Plague, 3 thieves used this combo of oils all over their bodies and went in to help those who were ill. They never got sick! I will soon provide a list of E.O. within Thieves and a review of this product from Young Living. [I do not sell this company oil.]
- Bergamot oil, #1 choice for mood
Other essential oils to include, especially for other addictions include:
- Orange, wild
- Chamomile, Roman ~ this is calming
- Dill, helps with focus
- Grapefruit, helps with cravings
- Lavender, to help with relaxation
- Geranium, for a more centered feeling
I am going to step out on a limb and suggest, after only a little research, the use of Hemp CBD. These help with anxiety. Use with Helichrysum and Geranium for pain during serious drug addiction withdrawal. This is low in THC, found in Cannabis CBD in higher amounts. It is safe for children and pregnant women. The low THC factor does not create the anxiety aftereffects and the high that Cannabis CBD would. Personally, I have witnessed in others a loss of quickness of speech from those who use cannabis, so I do not recommend this. Please note: I am recommending Hemp CBD, only.
Secondly, and VERY important: Stay sober. Avoid alcohol and hanging out with those who drink. Your friends can wait until you have this beat! If you are on other ‘stuff’, you might want to consider beating that first. Don’t try to do too many things to help yourself at once.
Consider joining a two week stop smoking plan in your area, sometimes found in your health plan. Visit the website for your health provider or the hospital you have visited nearby for an offered program. These are everywhere! They do have a huge success rate, or so I understand. Even people that are not the most interested in socializing find that they need a little extra support with people with one great commonality, smoking. You will have so much in common as you struggle from day to day, for only two, seemingly long, weeks.
You may have to create and host a Meetup group, or ask a more sociable friend to start one with you. For that matter, if attending one, take a buddy with you.
Now, choose your date. The start of a series could be your start date, or if you are on your own, you will have to look at your calendar and pick a date that begins a calmer period of time at work or with family events upcoming out of the way. You might have a vacation upcoming. Would this be the best time to start? Your family would rather you were on your way to health than to round everyone up for a ‘dream vacation’ that is going to be with you, having to walk away for a cigarette.
So far we have:
- A desire to quit and begin a better life
- A plan
- Shopping list for helpful food and drink, essential oils items [reviews coming soon]
- Joining a support group
- A date to begin, with a period of at least 2 weeks open
- Purchases completed
Please let me know if I have left anything out, leaving unanswered questions and thanks for reading!
Wishing you better health, Lynne