Essential Oils to Stop Smoking

Can Aromatherapy Help You Quit Smoking?

It’s time to make those New Year’s Resolutions, and if you’re a smoker, what could be better than starting off the year without cigarettes?   Quitting smoking isn’t easy, of course, and many people with good intentions fail because they try to stop cold-turkey, without a solid plan. It can be done, however, with research and preparedness, and essential oils can be one of the tools in your arsenal.

Now, no one is saying that aromatherapy is some sort of magical cure for quitting smoking, but there has been some intriguing research which shows it can help.  In the book Clinical Aromatherapy: Essential oils in Practice, the author writes about studies in which one group of smokers inhaled Angelica after a meal and another group of smokers did not. The group that inhaled the Angelica did not feel the need to smoke for almost an hour and the group that didn’t inhale the essential oil couldn’t wait for an average of two minutes. All of the smokers still had cravings, but the oil aided the smokers who used it to wait for a longer period of time then the group who didn’t use it.  Clove oil can have similar effects on cravings.

Black Pepper was found in another study to simulate the feeling of smoking and to help decrease cravings (Rose and Behm, 1994). Aromatherapy can help not only with cravings and addiction, it can treat the symptoms of nicotine withdrawal:  irritability, impatience, hostility, anxiety, depression, lack of concentration, restlessness, lower heart rate and weight gain. The best delivery system for aromatherapy relief of these symptoms is a portable inhaler (such as the this one) which is easily carried in a purse or pocket, ready to use when the cravings strike. Use any of the following oils, by themselves or in combination, to help with cravings or symptoms:  

When you feel the need to light up, inhale deeply and wait a few minutes for the craving to pass. You can use the Germ Buster blend in the same way. Germ Buster contains many of the oils found to help with cravings and ease symptoms.

Stop Smoking Essential Oil Blend

Diluting Essential OilsYou can also make your own “Stop Smoking” blend at home:  blend 5 drops Clove oil, 5 drops Orange, Lemon, or Lime essential oil, 5 drops Chamomile, 5 drops Helichrysum, 10 drops Lavender, 10 drops Marjoram and 15 drops Grapefruit.  This blend will calm raw nerves, ease cravings, refresh you and help to balance your mood. Use with a portable inhaler or diffuse into your living space with a candle or electric diffuser.

To help with anxiety and irritability, diffuse lavender or chamomile in an electric or candle diffuser. You can also use either of these oils in massage oil on the back of your neck or your chest to reduce these symptoms further. The combination of peppermint and lavender will help with headache and appetite control. Diffuse in the same way or use a portable inhaler.

Another easy, and pleasant, treatment is to combine a few drops of Ylang Ylang in a tablespoon of massage oil and rub into your feet before bed. Ylang Ylang will treat anxiety and help with cravings. It can also be inhaled alone to ease daytime cravings, as well.

While it is very helpful, aromatherapy is only one tool. There are many resources at your disposal in planning and kicking the habit. Here are a few helpful websites:

http://www.lung.org/stop-smoking

http://smokefree.gov/quit-plan

http://tipsonhowtoquit.com/tips-on-how-to-quit-smoking-during-pregnancy

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  • Does this actually help? I mean, of course you have to be ready and willing but when you are at that point, does it help aide in quitting smoking? I have to do 10 case studies to pass for my level 1 aromatherapy certification and one of my volunteers is trying to quit smoking. She has a prescription for Chantix but she is afraid of all the terrible side effects from it. So I offered her some help with the oils… I wanna know it’ll actually aide in helping before starting so I really want this to work! 🙂 thank you

    • Well, when it comes to something like quitting smoking, there’s no way to guarantee that any one thing will work. We shared the research on it because we feel like every little bit helps when you’re trying to break a really difficult habit. If you do go ahead with it, we’d love to hear your client’s experience with it and we wish her the best with quitting!

      • I appreciate your feedback! 🙂 I am going to order her the aromahaler and make a body cream for her as well, so that she can have the option which to use. I smoke too, so I’ve been using just the black pepper inhaling from the bottle to help and it does. But I haven’t made the step to quit just yet. 🙂

  • I to am attempting to quit smoking I am on wellbutrin I use a black pepper inhaler throughout the day in conjuction with nicorett lozenges it does help some but when I get those cravings that are really hard to fight I use a timer I tell myself I can have another smoke 30 minutes from now then get busy doing some thing by time that 30 minutes have gone by the craving is gone and I really don’t want that cig

    • You only crave a cigarette for 5 seconds, if you can keep yourself and your mind occupied for that 5 seconds, those 5 seconds get further and further apart until the nicotine is out of your system. It is mind over matter, you have to want to quit, but I can say, living with essential oils, everyday helps, the benefits and the detoxification of some of the oils, will help purge the nicotine from your system, much faster. A drop of Clove oil on the end of you tongue, helps, do your research, oils are fascinating and it is amazing what you will learn, have a great day.

  • I stopped smoking three days ago. Each time I quit smoking I experience restless leg, tremors and body twitching which wakes me up. I then struggle to get back to sleep. I don’t even feel like a cigarette at all during the day but it’s hard to cope with these withdrawal symptoms at night. Does anyone have any advice please?

    • I am following this post because I experience the same issue. I can manage throughout day but evenings and sleeping are torture.

    • Just seeing this post. Lavender, Cedarwood and Rutavala mixed with coconut oil and rubbed over feet and legs helped my husband tremendously with restless leg problems at night.

    • You might want to try some of the NRT like the lozenge or patches. The slow release nicotine patches especially releases nicotine into your body throughout the day so you don’t have to suffer those unwanted withdrawal symptoms.
      You might also want to go the pharmacy and inquire about the essential oils used to treating smoking. You can add this into a diffuser or necklace and inhale.
      Hope that helps.

      Best wishes

  • I made an essential oil blend w/ geranium, rose, black pepper, ginger, lemon, lavender, you name it; and I rubbed it all over my body and in my head before bed. In the A.M. I went to go have a puff and I thought I was gonna throw up. I still wanted a ciggie but the thought of feeling so dizzy made me not want it after all. Yes, essential oils work, especially Marjoram – but I get better results when I buy the fresh herb and use it in my soups by the teaspoonful.

  • Great insight on using aromatherapy to help in quitting smoking. I wonder if there are more sites that emphasizes on the use of different essential oils for other health conditions that are linked to smoking.

    Thanks,

  • I did a cupping cocoon on my husband with this blend, and added black pepper and cinnamon. He can now smell things better, and had problems finishing half a cig. Did it over 5 hours ago and he only had 1 1/2 cigarettes (usually has 1 every hour.). He just fell asleep. He said it works great. Going to do 7 more cupping cocoons then hope the habit is completely gone by then. Giving him some oil to smell when he is at work tomorrow. That is the real test.

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