Essential Oils to Quit Smoking- A Complementary Therapy 

In this article:

Introduction: Essential Oils to Quit Smoking- A Complementary Therapy

How do Essential Oils Work?

How Essential Oils Help to Quit Smoking

Essential Oils Applications and Recipes for Quitting Smoking

Understanding Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

Brief on Nicotine Replacement Therapy

10 Step Guide Using Essential Oils to Quit Smoking

Essential Oils to Quit Smoking- A Complementary Therapy 

Cigarette addiction is the fastest addictive drug habit and the number one avoidable cause of death. Cigarettes have over 4000 chemicals and gases 45 of which are cancerous. Cigarette smoking leads to so many tragic life threatening diseases including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, and so many types of Cancer. Not only does cigarette smoking diminish the effects of therapies and medications used to restore health, they also intensify existing diseases, and impose life threatening health complications. Second hand smoke is extremely detrimental to those around you. Studies have shown that second hand smoke causes high rates of respiratory disease in children. The decision to put an end to your smoking addiction is a step in the right direction and using essential oils to quit smoking will help. 

Using essential oils to quit smoking should be done as a complementary strategy in combination with other smoking cessation methods. The most successful method to quit smoking involves a combination of behavioral approaches, and complementary therapies. 

How do Essential Oils Work?

The physiological actions of essential oils work much in the same way as man made drugs without all the compromising side effects. It comes down to the molecular structure of the essential oil and how these molecular structures interact with the body through our blood. This science is based on organic chemistry. I will not go deep into organic chemistry in this article, but it is important to understand basically why essential oils are scientifically powerful and competent to help rid you of your addiction. For your general knowledge, I will briefly explain the most common molecular compounds found in most essential oils and what some of their general therapeutic properties are:

Terpenes: antiseptic, stimulating, anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, insect repellant 

Alcohols: immune system stimulating, anti-viral, anti-bacterials, tonic (a substance that makes you feel better and restores health), antiseptic, non-toxic, safe to use with children

Esters: anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, antispasmodic (suppresses muscle spasms), calming, anti-fungal, sweet odor

Phenols: antiseptic, anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, stimulating, anti-depressant, anti-oxidant

Aldehydes: anti-infectious, tonic, anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-fungal, disinfectant 

Ketones: calming, analgesic, sedative, digestive, stimulating, expectorant, wound healing, anti-inflammatory 

How Essential Oils help to Quit Smoking

Essential oils reduce the side effects and intensity of withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. This type of help will undoubtedly increase your chances of success to quit smoking.

Black Pepper Oil (Piper Nigrum) is widely known for its antioxidant, analgesic, energetic, and wellbeing properties. Many studies show that Black Pepper Essential Oil decreases cravings in smokers. Participants who inhaled Black Pepper Essential Oil vapor demonstrated a reduction in cigarette cravings and in symptoms of anxiety and negativity (Falsetto, 2014). Another study demonstrated that inhalation of Black Pepper Essential Oil vapor increased blood plasma adrenaline and sympathetic activity. (Rhind, 2016) Adrenaline, also called epinephrine, stimulates your Central Nervous System lifting you out of feeling depressed and anxious. 

Black Pepper Essential Oil is also widely known as an anti-oxidant and can be helpful with suppressing tumor growth and the potential for cancer in smokers who are already at risk (Rhind, 2016).

There are a number of other essential oils that will help reduce cravings, and promote wellbeing throughout your journey to quit smoking. 

Essential Oils Applications and Recipes for Quitting Smoking

Essential Oil Inhalers

  • Cover one nostril with your thumb and inhale deeply. This will send the therapeutic properties straight to your brain and the effects are immediate.
  • You can purchase inhalers or make your own.
  • Carry an inhaler with you and use it for a few minutes when you feel an urge or craving.  
  • Use inhalers 3-4 times daily.

Essential Oil Diffusers

  • Constantly fortify your home and office with therapeutic essential oil properties using as essential oils diffuser. Diffusers permeate your environment with essential oil droplets for you to inhale and benefit from. 
  • Purchase one for every room depending on the size of the room. Run constantly to help reduce cravings and urges.
  • Choose diffusers that do not use heat but rather run by vibration, sound waves, or other cold steam processes. Follow the directions of your particular brand of diffuser.

Sprays

  • Use on pillowcases and sheets to inhale essential oils while you rest. This is a great way you benefit from therapeutic properties that essential oils have to help promote wellbeing in your journey to quit smoking. 

Essential Oils to Quit Smoking Recipes and Blends

The following recipes can be used as a spray, in a diffuser, personal inhaler, in a bath, or as a massage. 

Peaceful Pillow: This recipe helps to lull a person to sleep instead of lying awake obsessing over their addiction. Therapeutic properties include: digestive, anti-depressant, euphoric, sedative, and aphrodisiac. 

3 drops Damask Rose Oil

3 drops Grapefruit Oil

3 drops Clary Sage Oil

Breathe: Take a small whiff of this the recipe to calm you down when you have a strong urge to smoke. Therapeutic properties include: stimulating, nerve calming, analgesic, and aphrodisiac.

2 drops Clove Oil

or

2 drops Peppermint Oil

Fresh Air: This recipe calms a person and helps them have a better outlook on life while fighting their addiction. This is a happy joyful blend that will take your mind off cravings. Therapeutic properties include: anti-depressant, stimulant, and tonic. 

2 drops Grapefruit Oil

2 drops Clary Sage Oil

2 drops Jasmine oil 

Bathe It All Away Bath Mixture: This healing and calming recipe will help you to focus on the positivity in life and your decision to quit smoking. Therapeutic properties include: anti-depressant, nerve calming, sedative, purifying, and detoxing.

3 drops Damask Rose Oil

4 drops Juniper Oil

7 drops Jasmine Oil

1 tablespoon carrier oil

1 tablespoon milk

Fill the tub with warm water (hot water will make the oil dissipate). 

Add milk to ensure the essential oils do not stick to your skin but rather mix with the water. 

Relax and breathe deeply. 

End the Cravings: (Can also be used as a massage by adding carrier oils). This recipe will energize a person and lift them out of the negative effects of withdrawal. Therapeutic properties include: antioxidant, stimulating, invigorating, and nerve calming. 

1 drop Cinnamon Oil

1 drop Cilantro Oil

2 drops Peppermint Oil

2 tablespoons carrier oil (for a massage rub)

Pour ingredients into a small glass container, or bowl. Mix and lightly massage the neck, temples, soles of feet, back, and chest. Do not use on open wounds, genitals, or eyes. 

Understanding Nicotine Withdrawal Symptoms

It is helpful to be aware of the symptoms your body might experience when you stop smoking. If you experience any of the following symptoms you understand why you are feeling this way. Remember that these feelings will pass and your ultimate goal of being free from your addiction is a much better and long last feeling than anything you are presently experiencing. Nicotine withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Craving
  • Restlessness
  • Depression
  • Hyper irritability
  • Headache
  • Insomnia
  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Weakness
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Increased appetite

Brief on Nicotine Replacement Therapy

Nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) involves patches, nasal spray, or gum containing smaller doses or nicotine that is absorbed into the blood at slower and lower rates thus reducing the intensity of craving for nicotine and withdrawal symptoms. It is your choice if you would like to use NRT in conjunction with essential oil therapy to help you quit smoking. It is not harmful and both of these methods would help you cope with cravings and the difficulties you face with withdrawal symptoms. 

10 Step Guide Using Essential Oils to Quit Smoking

  1. Think of all the great reasons why you want to quit: Recall how much better life would be once you quit for good. Remember why you made the choice to quit smoking.
  2. Fortify your environment with essential oils: At home, in your car, at work and whenever possible you should be inhaling essential oils that reduce cravings and promote wellbeing. This will allow you to focus on other things in your life and distract you from the urge to smoke.
  3. Use an essential oils inhaler: Black Pepper oil inhaled directly through an inhaler can reduce the intensity of your craving and help you move past that moment of temptation.
  4. Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT): The combined efforts of several smoking cessation strategies increase your chances of quitting smoking for good. Speak to your health care provider if you are also considering NRT to help you quit smoking.
  5. Choose a quit method works for you: Cold Turkey or Gradual? The “Cold Turkey” method means setting a quit date and preparing to stop smoking all at once. The “Gradual” method means setting a quit date and, in the meantime, gradually reducing the number of cigarettes smoked every day and delaying each cigarette therefore smoking less and less each day.
  6. Analyze your habits and change your routines: Identify your smoking triggers and avoid them. Write down things you can do instead of engaging with your smoking triggers.
  7. Set your quit date and tell your loved ones: This confirms your commitment and may make you more successful with your goal. If you are a woman, do not choose a quit date that is immediately before your period.
  8. Prepare for withdrawal: If you are hit with a withdrawal symptom, you expect it and understand why it is happening. Plan activities to distract you. If you slip and have a smoke don’t dwell on it. It’s part of the journey. “Slipping” does not mean that you relapsed. Resume with your smoking cessation routine after.
  9. Acknowledge your accomplishments and strengths: It is important to recognize when you have improved on something or made a change even if it is small. Journaling about your experiences may help you to chart your progress and recognize how far you have come. Feeling proud of your accomplishments no matter how big or small, goes a long way to encourage you to keep making progress in your efforts to quit smoking. You are in control of your life. You are a human being with strengths and capabilities to lead your life in the direction you want it to go in. Although challenges and discomforts may occur, they are not reasons to stop you.
  10. In hard times, review your reasons for quitting, and coping strategies: Remember each day without smoking is a huge step toward wellbeing. Journal your experience and reward yourself for sticking to your plan.

Please leave you comments and share this article if you feel the information contained here can help others in their courageous journey to quit smoking using essential oils. 

Essential Oils RN

 

Bibliography

Essential Oils for Emotional Wellbeing. Vannoy Gentles Fite (2018). 

Authentic Aromatherapy. Sharon Falsetto (2014).

Medical- Surgical Nursing in Canada. Lewis, Heitkemper, Dirksen et.al. (2006).

Aromatherapeutic Blending. Jennifer Peace Rhind (2016).

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