The best essential oils for quitting smoking
There are a number of oils that have been known to be quite effective, and it depends largely on the person. One of the most proven options is black pepper. Black pepper actually simulates the feeling of smoking, which in turn curbs your cravings.
In fact, there have been studies showing that black pepper essential oils effectively helped smokers decrease their cravings. One study in particular investigated the effects of a cigarette substitute providing a vapor of black pepper essential oil. A few details from the study:
48 cigarette smokers took part in an overnight deprivation session.
There were three conditions where participants smoked the following out of a device: black pepper oil cartridge, mint/menthol cartridge, and an empty cartridge.
Cigarette cravings were greatly reduced in the black pepper condition.
Symptoms of anxiety were also lessened in the group that inhaled the black pepper essential oil.
In another study published by the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, 20 nicotine users (including cigarettes, snuff, and chewing tobacco) were asked to try aromatherapy instead. Those who inhaled the black pepper oil went significantly longer without a craving than those who did not partake in the oil.
Emotional impact of quitting smoking
Another thing to consider when quitting smoking is the emotional mood swings that come with the process. Yes, there are oils for that as well. And the best ones to use would be those that contain calming properties.
Popular single oil options would be lavender and/or frankincense. Both of these products offer calming benefits that will help with the anxiety and possible depression that come with quitting smoking – providing physical, mental, and psychological relief.
Another route to take would be to apply a blend, which contains multiple essential oils in a single bottle. We recommend the Relaxation and Euphoria blends. You can even combine your own single oils and/or blends for greater effect.
Black pepper to help decrease the symptoms of cigarette withdrawal, including cravings.
Use lavender, frankincense, and/or a potent essential oil blend to help relieve anxiety and depression.
Try out different application methods to see what’s right for you. These applications include topical, diffusion, and inhalation. The information on this site is not intended or implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. All content, including text, graphics, images and information, contained on or available through this web site is for general information purposes only.