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10 Herbs That Help You Quit Smoking (World No-Tobacco Day)

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Tobacco used in any form is harmful. Despite several measures taken up by the government and other non-governmental organizations to curb tobacco usage, still its usage has remained all time high.

The dangerous warning signs on every cigarratte and tobacco packets seems to have failed to generate awareness among its users.

Also Read: How To Give Up Chewing Tobacco

Of all the forms of tobacco, studies have shown that smoking accounts for almost 25 percent of deaths annually in the age group of 30-60 years globally.

It should be understood that tobacco use, especially smoking is one of the major risk factors for lung and mouth cancer, strokes, heart attacks, lowers bone density and pulmonary diseases. Above all, smoking is found to have a damaging effect on the fetus among pregnant mothers as well.

Also Read: Health Effects Of Passive Smoking

The nicotine content in the tobacco is so addictive that the users find it very difficult to quit once you get into the habit even if the users want to quit. Apart from changing lifestyle and food habit, ayurveda helps to cleanse and do away with the root cause of any form of tobacco addiction.

On this World No Tobacco Day, Boldsky points at 10 ways how ayurveda helps to quit tobacco addiction. Have a look:


1. Ajwain:

Take few seeds of ajwain and chew them whenever you get the craving for tobacco. Initially it might be difficult but chewing them regularly will help do away with the habit of tobacco addiction.


2. Cinnamon:

Cinnamon helps do away with tobacco addiction. Whenever you have the craving for smoking or other forms of tobacco, take a piece of cinnamon and keep sucking for a while. It helps.


3. Water Kept In Copper Container:

Copper is known to scrap off the toxic deposits. Drinking lot of water kept in copper container helps to remove the toxic deposits and lessen the craving for tobacco use over a period of time.



Triphala is known to clear the toxic elements and in turn reduce the craving for toxic tobacco use further. Taking one tablespoon of triphala every night helps.


5. Basil Leaves:

Chewing basil leaves helps reduce the craving for tobacco usage and also it cures the problems caused by its usage earlier. Every morning and evening take about 2-3 basil leaves, chew and eat them.


6. Neti Kriya:

One of the oldest form of ayurveda treatment neti kriya helps in doing away with tobacco addiction. Take a neti pot, pour normal saline solution from one nostril and let it flow out from the other. This should be done once in the morning and at night.


7. Calamus:

A well known herb calamus is helpful to do away with smoking addiction. Add small quantity of calamus in the form of powder with ghee and have it or it can be consumed just in the form of powder.


8.Ginger, Amla, Turmeric:

A ball prepared out of giner, amla and turmeric powder respectively is said to help reduce the craving for tobacco usage. The ball can be used as sweets, put it in the mouth and suck it.



Ashwagandha is known to help the body to get rid of toxins. It helps to alleviate the level of anxiety and also various forms of tobacco addiction. The powder (450 mg to 2 g) prepared out of ashwagandha roots has to be taken for best results.


10. Chamomile:

Chamomile is well known herb which helps to calm down the nerves that provides an urge for smoking addicts. It can be taken in the form of tea for 2-3 times a day.

Story first published: Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 8:00 [IST]
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