Aromatherapy has long been associated with various health benefits and healing therapies, but, the latest news is that a whiff of these essential oils may help remove nicotine addiction, and its cravings.
According to a small pilot study conducted recently wherein 20 people who used nicotine products regularly were encouraged to use aromatherapy, it was found that their frequency of using nicotine reduced considerably.
The researchers divided the people into two groups and instructed that whenever they felt the desire to smoke, they can place a drop of essential oil (Angelica or black pepper) on tissue paper and inhale it for about two minutes. They had to report back their experience.
It was found that the group that inhaled angelica delayed their next fix of nicotine for a longer time, in comparison to those who inhaled black pepper. Researchers concluded that it would be better for smokers to use both essential oils.
Special blends for smoking cessation
There are specially formulated smoking cessation blends that can actually help a person struggling to relieve nicotine addiction. A particular blend known as ‘Smoke Out’ containing black pepper, clary sage, patchouli and spikenard essential oils, is believed to help in removing nicotine addiction, as the person who created this blend was able to quit smoking with this.
It is said that you can make your own blend of essential oils to suit your particular withdrawal symptoms. For instance, you will first have to identify withdrawal symptoms, such as anger or anxiousness, or irritability, or lethargy. Citrus oils can have an uplifting aroma due to their clear smell, and can make one feel smoke-free quicker. Roman Chamomile on the other hand, is calming, and can help a person overcome nicotine craving.
Rosemary helps respiratory and nervous systems, treats headaches, nervous exhaustion, mental fatigue, stress and hypertension. Rosewood is great as it strengthens immune system, treats nervous system and helps nausea.
Another good aspect about essential oils is that they do not produce the side effects that a nicotine replacement product can have, such as dizziness, headaches, nausea, heart palpitations, dyspepsia, hiccups, muscle pain, poor concentration and skin irritation.
There are several other blends that help smokers quit smoking, but, using them sensibly is what makes all the difference.
Aromatherapy is the practice of using natural oils extracted from the bark, stems, leaves, roots, flowers or other parts of a plant to improve psychological and physical well-being.
The inhaled aroma from these ‘essential’ oils is believed to stimulate brain functioning. Essential oils may also be absorbed through the skin, and they travel through the bloodstream and promote healing.
Aromatherapy is fast gaining momentum as a form of alternative medicine. It is used in variety of applications such as mood enhancements, pain relief, and improved cognitive functioning.
There are now several essential oils available, each with its own healing properties.