Are There Natural Ways to Curb Nicotine Cravings?

Q: I’ve decided this is the year I’m going to quit smoking. Do you have any tips for me, like maybe some natural ways to curb my cravings for nicotine?

A: Bravo for you. Think of the years of life you are going to add and the money you are going to save by doing this. Those are some very powerful motivators.

Of course millions of people have quit smoking by going “cold turkey”, but you shouldn’t choose this route simply because you are scared of nicotine. While nicotine is the addictive component of cigarettes, it’s not the component that is doing the damage, and nicotine replacement can be very helpful. By using products like the nicotine patch or nicotine gum, you can gradually decrease your dependence on nicotine without further jeopardizing your own health or the health of those around you.

If you prefer natural products over pharmaceuticals, some evidence suggests that St. John’s Wart can help control nicotine cravings.

Dr. Brent Ridge is the health expert for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia. You can call and ask him a question live every Tuesday at 2 p.m. Eastern on Sirius Satellite Radio, Channel 112 (1.866.675.6675). You can also follow along as he learns to grow his own food and raise goats on his farm in upstate New York by visiting

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Elena T.
Elena Poensgen5 years ago

Thank you :)

Julianna D.
Juliana D6 years ago

Thanks- I would share these with a friend but she hates me now because she would rather trust her doc and take meds instead.

Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago


Laurie Ward
Laurie Ward6 years ago

Yes, there is a natural way to quit smoking. Have you tried baking soda? Baking soda is used for a lot of things but one thing that very few people know is that it will help you with nicotine withdrawal. All you have to do is mix 2 tablespoons of baking soda with a glass of water with every meal. Your physical addiction to cigarettes is gone by the 3rd day. It really works!

However you will still want to smoke. You miss the hand to mouth action. This is the psychological part that is harder to deal with and can cause you to go back to smoking. What I suggest is that you have something for the hand to mouth habit that you will find yourself stuck with. I tried lollipops, twizzlers celery sticks, etc. However, what helps me is an electronic cigarette with no nicotine cartridges. You can actually inhale and blow smoke in the form of a water vapor. However, the cartridges contain no nicotine. It helps with the hand to mouth habit.

I purchased an electronic cigarette kit for $25.00 at Replacement cartridges are very inexpensive and the cost is 80-90%% less than the cost of regular cigarettes. Now if anyone knows how I can get rid of the hand to mouth habit I can save myself the $25.00 a month I am currently spending on zero nicotine replacement cartridges.

Melissah C.
Melissah C6 years ago


John M.
John M7 years ago

Good information to use as I try to quit.

Sue W.
Past Member 7 years ago

Sue, please read through some of the suggestions listed below as so many of us want to help all smokers to quit. Try to find a site specially for all quitters. I help with one here in the uk and we've had so much success. Never, ever stop trying to quit for the sake of living a healthy life. ;-)

Sue H.
Sue H7 years ago

Sadly, I have not been successful with
the patch or lozenges or hypnosis.

gail d.
gail dair7 years ago


jake s.
jake s7 years ago

I agree with Margaret, smoking is an addiction. I've tried patches & gum over the years to no avail, I don't know if St. John's Wort would help at all, but I'm going to try stopping with the aid of some Ecigarettes next, fingers crossed they work.