Seems like a bit of an oxymoron, doesn’t it? But, maybe not.
Consider the following information about cigarettes from the National Cancer Institute (http://www.cancer.gov/). “Of the more than 7,000 chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 250 are known to be harmful, including hydrogen cyanide, carbon monoxide, and ammonia. Among the 250 known harmful chemicals in tobacco smoke, at least 69 can cause cancer.”
We have all heard that tobacco companies add things to cigarettes to, well lets say…increase sales. That’s not exactly playing fair in my book, but life isn’t fair. Some people, myself included thank God, can take cigarettes or leave them. Admittedly, I’m a social smoker. Maybe I’ll smoke a couple packs…a year. So I doubt they will be the death of me. But for many, the habit isn’t so easy to kick.
There are alternatives that have helped people quit. Nicotine laced chewing gum or patches can do the trick or perhaps those smokeless electronic cigarettes that you see people with. Reports on those are not exactly raving at the moment either. I do get a kick out of that one commercial where they have that guy trying way too hard to look cool smoking his plastic cigarette. Joe Cool he ain’t. Epic fail. Lol.
But, there may be another way to quit. Natural wild herb tobacco. There are several wild plants that people, including Native Americans, have smoked for a very long time. Some of these herbals even provide some benefits. Plantain and Mullein both have lung clearing qualities.
Mints, especially Catnip can calm the nerves.
As with any wild plant, before using it for any reason, do some research on it. Do not ever except one source of information. Then use at your own risk. With that being said, we already know the risk of using commercial tobacco.
One way of using the wild herb of your choice, there are more than what I listed, is to purchase a cigarette rolling machine, papers and some tobacco. It’ll save you money even if you don’t quit.
Mix some of your tobacco with your dried wild herb. Say, 75% tobacco to 25% wild herb. Smoke that blend for a while. Get used to it. Don’t be in a hurry. Maybe a couple weeks of that, longer if you need or shorter if you can, add more herb. Maybe go 50/50, then 75/25 and eventually 100% herbal. Any addiction you have to the herbal should be physiological and not chemical. You can work on that as well, but at least what you are putting in your body is not nearly so poisonous. Some resources even claim it to be beneficial.
Remember, the herbs are only available seasonally, so harvest a bunch when its available and store the dried herb in a sealed container. Research several herbs and have fun trying different blends. Some of the blends may provide different beneficial effects.
I am suggesting this information as an alternative way to stop smoking. We know how bad smoking can be for your health. You can smoke 2 packs a day and live to be 100. I know that. But we also know that for many people it does kill. It’s not a quick pleasant death either. I venture to guess we all know a loved one who has succumbed to smoking commercial tobacco.
Do your research (what better do you have to do in your spare time..video games?) carefully and consider the positives as well as the negatives. The life you save, might be your own.
**Take your research on this topic seriously. What you put in your body is your responsibility. As with any herb that you use for any reason, smoked, eaten, concoction, tincture, etc, always harvest organic plants from clean sources.**