Herbs

Quit Smoking Naturally

Although everyone knows that cigarettes are not healthy, a lot of people just will not stop smoking. It is usually not just a bad habit, but for most regular smokers, besides psychological dependence, the main problem is the nicotine addiction. Nicotine is a psychoactive substance, a plant pyridine alkaloid contained in tobacco. It has stimulating and relaxing effects, it is highly addictive and it acts in a similar way to other so-called hard drugs. Furthermore, there is a psychosocial dependence that manifests itself in the need to have a cigarette in hand, to manipulate it and to play with it. It is a dependency on a cigarette as an object, regardless of the effects of the substance.

When quitting nicotine, the individual suffers from anxiety, depression, insomnia, irritation, impaired concentration, sweating and headache, tremor and other symptoms. In smoking cessation, nicotine can be temporarily used in the form of patches, inhalations or chewing gum, or by smoking electronic cigarettes. However, there is another variant that helps to relieve addiction and is purely natural, and that is the use of stevia (Stevia rebaudiana).

Stevia is a white flowering, light-green tropical plant from the asteraceae family. It originally comes Paraguay. This plant is appreciated because of its healing effects and mainly because of its high sweetness. Stevia is mainly used as a sugar substitute and unlike sugar, stevia as a sweetener is almost non-caloric, does not contribute to dental caries and is also suitable for diabetics.


This herb helps to quit smoking by blocking the signals from the brain that induce a desire for nicotine (while also helping to treat alcohol addiction). If you are trying to quit, a few drops of stevia will suffice. Put a few drops on the tongue whenever you have a craving for a cigarette. This simple routine remarkably kills any desire to smoke. Previously, stevia was a scarce commodity, nowadays it is often sold in powder or liquid form.

However, there is one warning for men: its long-term and excessive consumption can reduce the amount of sperm.

In the European Union, stevia was approved for use in 2011 and is hidden under code E 960.

13 Comments

  • Hal

    I actually discovered stevia after I was diagnosed with colorectal cancer. Fortunately, I had already quit smoking, but I found that losing the craving for sugar helped a lot in staying quit. The great thing about Stevia is how little you need to sweeten your food or beverages and I can’t say enough about it. Another side benefit is it helped keep my weight down . The natural flavor of food seemed to be more enhanced, too. I’d recommend to anyone to wean yourself off of sugar – and Stevia is a great substitution.

  • Pentrental

    Great advice on stevia here! I appreciate your honest straightforward approach at the get-go. There certainly are many psychological factors involved with quitting smoking. I like how stevia acts as a sweetener but without the negative effects such as being non-caloric and being better for teeth and diabetes. I will be sure to limit my consumption and long-term intake. Your product link is outstanding and I have bookmarked it, well done!

  • Shannon

    I smoked my first cigarette at 12 and became addicted in high school. Maybe smoking a pack in 3 days sharing a couple with fiends here and there. It became a habit hard to kick which I kicked at 19 after suffering a stroke. I stopped smoking for 5 years after picking back up at the age of 24 hanging around a smoker consistently.

    From there I smoked for 9 more years at a pack a day, and finally went cold turkey after I began to feel a burn in my throat from the inhalation. 

    It’s been six years since touching a cigarette the smells now are so disgusting I can’t see myself ever going back to them. I never knew stevia could help I just went cold turkey and didn’t regret one minute. I’m sure stevia would have been a nice alternative.

  • Emmanuel Buysse

    I heard stevia was also not so good, but I’m wrong about that? Anyway, I never smoked and I’m happy I don’t. My mother smoked a lot and it was one of the reasons she died of it. Many people don’t see the dangers about it, even when studies points out you really should quit or never begin to do it. I will share this post, hopefully it will have effect! 

    • admin

      Hi Emmanuel, I’m sorry about your mother, smoking really brings no good to a person… about the stevia … because it is a beneficial substitute for sugar, many passionate discussions have erupted on it and the fact is that it could have a detrimental effect on the confectionery industry … so my opinion is that some people would prefer if it will be tarnished in the media … that is pure business.

  • Ropata

    Never heard of using stevia to quit smoking! What a powerful plant. I have tried numerous times to give up. And used many of the alternatives to kick the habit, but I still get a bad case of anxiety with cheeky obnoxious behavior which put me of. It really effects the ones around me. 

    Looking forward to trying your stevia recommendation.

    Thanks a bunch

    Rob

  • Gwendolyn J

    I smoked off and on for about 10 years. The funny thing is, when I got pregnant, I quit cold turkey. I honestly could not stomach even the smell of cigarettes when I was pregnant.

    Anxiety drove me to start again, but I have not smoked a cigarette in over 2 years now. I switched to vaping.

    I like the ability to go with a low or no nicotine vapor. I have gone from 30mg to just 3 mg. I even have a few juices that are 0mg, and I enjoy those just as much.

    I never knew stevia could help quit, but I was aware of the little stevia cigars that some specialty shops have. They are expensive, so I never tried them.

    I believe stevia is suffering from the same media dogma as marijuana. Although proof exists that it can be beneficial, and several states have proven it can boost the economy significantly (as well as lowering crime) by legalizing marijuana. there is still a battle at the federal level.

    Both of these herbs have multiple uses and would benefit society overall if we could just stop arguing about them and go by the facts in hand.

    Thanks for the info. I will pass it along to my sister. She continues to smoke even after our mother died from complications caused by smoking.

    Take care,

    Gwendolyn J

    • admin

      Hello Gwendolyn, you are absolutely right when you compare stevia to marijuana, you hit the nail on the head, as they say, thanks for sharing your point of view.

  • Gwendolyn J

    I smoked off and on for about 10 years. The funny thing is, when I got pregnant, I quit cold turkey. I honestly could not stomach even the smell of cigarettes when I was pregnant.

    Anxiety drove me to start again, but I have not smoked a cigarette in over 2 years now. I switched to vaping.

    I like the ability to go with a low or no nicotine vapor. I have gone from 30mg to just 3 mg. I even have a few juices that are 0mg, and I enjoy those just as much.

    I never knew stevia could help quit, but I was aware of the little stevia cigars that some specialty shops have. They are expensive, so I never tried them.

    I believe stevia is suffering from the same media dogma as marijuana. Although proof exists that it can be beneficial, and several states have proven it can boost the economy significantly (as well as lowering crime) by legalizing marijuana. there is still a battle at the federal level.

    Both of these herbs have multiple uses and would benefit society overall if we could just stop arguing about them and go by the facts in hand.

    Thanks for the info. I will pass it along to my sister. She continues to smoke even after our mother died from complications caused by smoking.

    Take care,

    Gwendolyn J

  • supportcme

    Really great article, I never heard about the Stevia and I thought that Quitting smoking is one of the toughest challenges and stopping it would be a great battle and it really sounds interesting that quitting smoking naturally. It is really a great article because I think this could change a lot of peoples life. This article is really helpful and I would love to share this.

    Thank you for sharing such useful information.

  • Jay

    This is actually amazing and I have never heard of stevia being used in quitting smoking. I know how addictive smoking is and quitting has been so difficult over the years for me. I do find myself going back even after telling myself I have finally quit smoking.

    This is something I am going to have to try. 

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