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Aromatherapy helps smokers overcome nicotine addiction


Nicotine addiction is complex, but a simple whiff of essential oils may help put cravings in their place. A small pilot study was recently conducted in which 20 persons who used nicotine products on a daily basis were encouraged to try using aromatherapy. The researchers divided these people into two groups and then instructed them that, whenever they felt a desire to smoke, they should place one drop of essential oil (angelica or black pepper) on tissue paper and then inhale it for about two minutes. They were then asked to report their experience. The group that inhaled angelica delayed their next fix of nicotine for a longer time compared to those who inhaled black pepper.

Attention smokers: Do you wake up coughing? Here's the cure


If you smoke cigarettes, or if you live with a smoker now or have in the past, you are most likely familiar with the "smoker's cough," but why does it happen first thing in the morning while just getting out of bed, and how come it's not a productive cough? When you have a chest cold or bronchial congestion from allergies, usually you can cough up some mucus and at least breathe or feel a little better, but for smokers, sometimes the only temporary relief that calms the morning cough is lighting up a cigarette, especially for the menthol addicts.