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How to Quit Smoking, Naturally

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How to Quit Smoking, Naturally

With the winter holidays in full swing, the days are flying by and we’re coming to the end of another year. Please cue the resolution reports and the end-of-year wrap-ups, and ready yourself for the diet and makeover madness that inevitably ushers in the month of January.

So, are you quitting smoking this New Year’s Eve? Is that your resolution? If you’re a smoker, it should be. Yes I said it! And I smoked for 12 years, so I’m allowed to say it. I think you should quit smoking. Because if I can do it, then you can do it, and I promise you that you can. And you should. And I even promise you that eventually, you’ll be glad you did. You won’t miss it one bit.

If you’re ready to take the plunge, it does help to have a strategy in place. And I’ll be honest – quitting is messy and difficult. So aside from the more typical, more chemical-based (the patch, the gum, etc) smoking cessation tools, may I offer a few alternative aides? In no particular order, this list of scientifically-proven, all-natural craving tamers might just help you break through that initial physical addiction. Please give them a try – and good luck to you!

1. Fresh Lime Juice

Yup, you read that right! A 2012 study titled Efficacy of fresh lime for smoking cessation was published in the Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand, and the conclusion was that fresh lime could be used in place of nicotine gum as an effective smoking cessation aid.

2. Black Pepper

Sounds crazy I know, but a small study from back in 1994 showed that the vapor from black pepper essential oil was significantly effective in reducing reported cigarette cravings among smokers. So, get yourself some black pepper essential oil, and sniff sniff sniff your cravings away!

3. Exercise

Truth! Quitting sucks and you feel like crap, but the verdict is in. Even short, light-intensity exercise can help curb cravings, according to this 2004 study in the journal Psychopharmacology. The conclusion? “Five minutes of moderate intensity exercise is associated with a short-term reduction in desire to smoke and tobacco withdrawal symptoms.”

4. Acupuncture

Acupuncture and related therapies, like acupressure or aurical acupressure, can be effective in addressing the difficulties that so often accompany quitting, such as insomnia, jitters, irritability, coughing, dry mouth, constipation, fatigue, and depression. Studies have also shown that acupuncture can directly aid in smoking cessation by ameliorating withdrawal symptoms.

5. Self Massage

And who doesn’t love a good body rub? The great news is, you don’t have to pay a professional or cajole your partner into performing the task. Self-massage, on specifically focused on the ears and hands, has been shown to “alleviate smoking-related anxiety, reduce cravings and withdrawal symptoms, improve mood, and reduce the number of cigarettes smoked.”

So give yourself a rub. You’re working hard to quit, and you deserve it!



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Sayward Rebhal

Sayward Rebhal is a writer, a mother, a mover and a maker. Author of the Vegan Pregnancy Survival Guide, Sayward also works as a Certified Vegan Lifestyle Coach and Educator, and blogs about all things "socially conscious, totally fabulous" at


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11:30PM PDT on Jun 19, 2015

I don't smoke and I never had. My late father did for many years and it caught up with him.

10:27PM PDT on Jun 19, 2015


8:21AM PDT on May 14, 2015


11:15PM PDT on May 12, 2015

Whatever works. Thanks for reposting.

10:50PM PDT on May 12, 2015


7:05AM PDT on Apr 21, 2015

My brother smoked 2 packs a day. He quit smoking. It isn't easy but he succeeded at the end of story. If you want you can read his blog about how he quit smoking at

7:00PM PST on Feb 23, 2015

thanks for the tips. :)

9:23AM PST on Jan 11, 2015

You don't say....

11:09PM PST on Jan 7, 2015

Worked so far;)

2:37AM PST on Jan 5, 2015

After 40 years as a smoker I've switched to vapes. Get the nicotine hit without the anti-social smoke and smell and save a fortune into the bargain.

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