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Essential Oils When You Want to Quit Smoking

Making the decision to quit smoking is a complete life-changer, benefiting your mind, body, and wallet tremendously! But quitting is hard; whether it’s you who wants to be smoke free, or you’re a friend trying to support a loved one’s struggle to quit, essential oils may be exactly what you need to help get rid of cigarettes for good.

Essential oils may be exactly what you need to help quit cigarettes for good.

The nicotine in cigarettes stimulates the central nervous system, cardiovascular system, and digestive system. When the nicotine is gone, cravings set in, making it very challenging to keep away from opening that pack for “just one more.”

This is where essential oils come in! Certain essential oils are known to curb cravings and lessen the intensity of cravings dramatically. In particular, Black Pepper is a known favorite to aid in quitting smoking because when inhaled it stimulates the respiratory system in a way that mimics cigarette smoke. Because of this, the body can sustain longer periods of comfortably being without a cigarette, which means fewer cravings.

Other EOs to Help with Side Effects from Quitting Smoking

Essential oils can help you quit smoking.Unfortunately, cravings aren’t the only side effect to overcome. For many smokers, nicotine withdrawal symptoms also include increased feelings of stress, nervousness, irritability, exhaustion, and difficulty sleeping. For these unpleasant feelings, using oils known to uplift your spirit and ease tension can help provide relief. Oils such as Lavender, Chamomile, and Ylang Ylang are calming and help to relax nervous tension. Citrus oils like Lemon, Grapefruit Pink, and Orange Sweet are refreshing and bring about a brighter mood, which helps stave off feelings of irritability.

Furthermore, Plant Therapy’s Let It Go Synergy Blend is packed with mood-boosting oils, making it a perfect choice when those withdrawal symptoms try to take control.

Personal Inhalers: A no-brainer to help you quit smoking

To quit smoking, a personal inhaler can be critical to success. Personal inhalers are compact and discreet, so they are easy to reach for when the physical habit of smoking a cigarette comes along. Holding an inhaler in your hand psychologically takes the place of a cigarette. Breathe in deeply to calm the cravings and tension.

Using essential oils to help ease withdrawal symptoms can give you the strength and comfort needed to finally kick the habit for good. Below are some more ways essential oils can be used to help bring relief when quitting.

~ Head Tension ~

What you’ll need:

Roll-on Bottle, carrier oil of choice
Peppermint, 2 drops
Frankincense Carteri, 2 drops
Eucalyptus Globulus, 2 drops

What you’ll do:

Apply this as needed to the temples and back of the neck to relieve tension in that area.

~ Phlegm Cough ~

What you’ll need:

Himalayan Salt Inhaler

What you’ll do:

Use inhaler for 10 minutes each morning and each evening every other day during the first few weeks of quitting.

~ Upset Stomach ~

What you’ll need:

Roll-on Bottle, Carrier Oil of choice
Cardamom, 2 drops
Peppermint, 2 drops
Ginger, 2 drops

What you’ll do:
Apply directly to the abdomen as needed. Then, use in a personal inhaler throughout the day whenever needed.

~ Easily Frustrated ~

What you’ll need:
Aromatherapy Inhalers
Sandalwood, 7 drops
Cardamom, 5 drops
Neroli, 3 drops

What you’ll do:
Inhale throughout the day when needed to reduce feelings of irritability.

~ Difficulty Sleeping ~

What you’ll need:

Aromatherapy Diffuser
Marjoram, 4 drops
Roman Chamomile, 2 drops
Vetiver, 2 drops

What you’ll do:
Diffuse intermittently during sleep to promote restfulness.

Ready to Quit Smoking for Good?

Pick up Let it Go synergy blend and some portable, personal inhalers and get started ASAP!

31 thoughts on “Essential Oils When You Want to Quit Smoking”

    1. Although this is a subject we are passionate about, and hope to be able to provide this information in the future, we currently do not have anyone on our staff that is educated in using essential oils on pets. For cats and other small animals, essential oils can be toxic and unfortunately, Certified Aromatherapists are not trained in the use of essential oils with animals. This is considered a specialty and requires additional education.

      You may find this book helpful, “Holistic Aromatherapy for Animals” by Kristen Leigh Bell, in gathering more information on using essential oils with animals.

  1. This is awesome! I’m studying to be a health coach, and this is a resource I’ll remember. I have enjoyed Plant Therapy’s effective “Sleep Aid” blend myself, and notice that it doesn’t have any ingredients in common with the recipe listed here for difficulty sleeping. That may just point to the wonderful variety of relaxing essential oils available, but I also wondered– does the Marjoram, R. Chamomile and Vetiver more specifically address the nature of sleeplessness likely to be experienced by those in nicotine withdrawal? Thanks for any insight you can offer!

    1. Hi Susan, I’m so glad that you have found this to be a helpful resource and wish you the best with your studies. The recipe provided in this post is simply another amazing option to help encourage a peaceful and restful night of sleep.

  2. Thank you so much for this information. Could you please give me some pointers to help my husband who is trying to stop chewing tobacco. I’m hoping to get him on an herbal,blend but I know he’s going to have nicotine withdraws. Is there any oils I can use that would help him?? Thank you for any information you can give me !-

    1. Thanks for asking Brenda! You can utilize the same oils that we recommend using for support with quitting smoking. Be sure to check back in and let us know how it goes!

    1. Hi, Lisa, as mentioned in the article a good way is to put it in a personal inhaler,which not only helps with those cravings, but also gives on something to replace the cigarette in hand.thanks!

        1. From what I’ve heard from people and what I would think, the personal inhaler would be a good thing to use because it replaces that cigarette in your hand.

  3. “Black Pepper is a known favorite to aid in quitting smoking” but there is no recipe for an inhaler…should I assume the inhaler can be just Black Pepper? The recipes listed above are for just side effects of the cravings…

    1. Hi Dawn, some studies have shown black pepper essential oil to be helpful in reducing cravings and the symptoms associated with quitting. I would suggest using up to 10 drops in a personal inhaler and using as needed throughout the day. I hope this helps!

  4. My friend has quite bad cold turkey when he was trying to quit smoking as he is a heavy smoker for about 20years . Running nose, lose concentrations. Which EOs can help him achieve a faster comfort and relief in the midst of quitting?

    1. Let It Go has helped a lot of our customers. Some oils that can help support the respiratory system are RespirAid or Sniffle Stopper.

  5. I am going to quit smoking, been debating on this for a few months and I need all the help I can get to achieve this. I already have a few of the oils mentioned here and I am preparing so it will make this transaction possible. I can do this. Thank you for this article.

  6. This website has been most helpful, I’m about to quit smoking I’m not sure where to buy the oils and the inhaler.

  7. This is all very helpful as I’m on my first day of quitting smoking. I’m excited to use natural methods to cope with the mental and physical pain, instead of relying on medications (or sheer will power). Thank you!

  8. thank you for the info. I am going to try it. can you put other Eo’s in with the black pepper like the ones you said for calming and irritability or should you put the black pepper in one inhaler and the calming Eo’s in another inhaler?

  9. I’ve been using black pepper in an EO necklace. Its helped a lot! I added spearmint to mine to give it that “menthol” scent and whenever I have it on, it makes a huge difference. I haven’t quit smoking yet, but it’s only been a few days. I’ve cut my smoking down though from half a pack a day to around 5-6 cigarettes a day. I’m aiming to be completely “smoke free” by the weekend. This article was very helpful, especially for the side effects of quitting and what to use for them!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing! Your experience with essential oils and quitting smoking can definitely help inspire others who are on the same path!

  10. I am currently stocking up on all oils I could possibly need to help me in quitting smoking. This blog is so helpful! I would’ve never thought of the Himalayan salt inhaler but this is great!

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