Study: Limes Work Better Than Nicotine Patches and Gum For Quitting Smoking Forever
Even though there are many compelling reasons to stop smoking, just dropping the habit cold turkey is difficult for many. Fortunately, a ton of products exist to give quitting smokers a hand, from nicotine gum to patches.
But there’s one problem: sure, those products can help kick the cigarettes, but they do little to help with the nicotine addiction; they simply switch one source for another (and they’re super expensive!).
But there’s good news. Studies have shown that there are many completely natural and cost-effective options for fighting nicotine cravings and putting tobacco sticks where they belong: in the garbage bin.
The newest addition to that list is a sour fruit straight from your local grocery store fruit stand: lime.
How To Stop Smoking With Lime
Using lime as a tool to help you quit is surprisingly simple. Prepare the lime by quartering it and then splitting the quarter further into 4 pieces. Whenever you feel a craving coming on just take out 4 pieces and suck on them one at a time, chewing the skin of each.
Does it really work? Well, a study published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand tested the effectiveness of that exact method compared with that of nicotine gum.
The researchers found that, though lime was slower to act and lagged behind in the initial weeks, by the end of the study (weeks 9 to 12) lime had achieved an almost equal rate of success. That’s an amazing result for a natural solution that’s so common, affordable, and simple!
Lime worked so well, in fact, that its only failure was it’s slightly lower power to reduce cravings.
But the reason is clear: nicotine gum actually contains… well, nicotine! The reduction of cravings the gum users experienced wasn’t so much a reduction if the reason was that they were still consuming nicotine.
So, for a natural alternative that can actually help beat nicotine addiction, lime did a great job! It’s no surprise the researchers concluded that lime use was worthwhile for those quitting smoking.
Plus, the pleasant fresh taste can help for some. And, for everyone else, lime’s helpful nutrients and vitamins, and its healing powers, can serve as an added bonus.
Other Natural Ways To Stop Smoking
Acupuncture: A study found that smokers who received acupuncture to the point HT7 (Sinmun) for two days after quitting had significantly reduced smoking-related thoughts and much weaker withdrawal symptoms compared to those who received sham acupuncture.
Self-Massage: As weird as it may sound, if you’re ever craving a smoke, try giving yourself a hand or ear massage. A study has shown that after a month, those participants who followed this rule for 3 cravings a day were less anxious, had improved moods, and experienced less withdrawal symptoms.
Exercise: The rationale here is pretty straightforward. Exercising can distract you from cravings, balance your emotions, and give your body an energy boost. The next time a craving strikes, try going for a jog or doing some push ups. Just get your body moving!
Herbal remedies: Nicotine withdrawal comes with some powerful side-effects ranging from nausea to anxiety. To ease these symptoms, try some natural herbal remedies.
Ginger juice eases the withdrawal symptoms associated with quitting smoking. Drinking ginger juice will help with the nausea that comes when you’re quitting.
This spice desensitizes the respiratory system to addictive components like nicotine and tobacco, and will actually reduce your desire to smoke. Add a few pinches of cayenne to a glass of water, or include more of it into your diet.
Oats will help remove harmful toxins from your body and reduce the desire to smoke. Oats are one of the oldest treatments to help quit smoking. Simply mix 1 tablespoon of ground oats into 2 cups of boiled water and leave overnight. Boil the mixture the next morning for 10 minutes and drink after every meal.
Irritation, nausea, poor concentration and hunger are all associated with quitting smoking. Curb those symptoms with lobelia.
Smoking withdrawal can lead to anxiety and even hysteria. Reduce the craziness with a little bit of hyssop, an herb that clears congested lungs and helps ease your body and mind when you’re trying to quit.
Valerian is a very powerful sedative herb. It eases inflammation and helps with restlessness, anxiety, and stress that come with quitting.
Natural licorice root is a great thing to reach for when you feel the need to smoke. If you’re orally fixated, this will help much like chewing gum helps.
St. John’s Wort
Another great herb, studies suggest 450 mg of St. John’s Wort 2 times daily helps kick the habit. It lessens the desire to smoke and eases your respiratory system.
Ginseng stops the release of dopamine which is a main contributor to why you like smoking. Include a teaspoon of ginseng powder into your breakfast and it will reduce the desire to smoke.