Congratulations for making the decision to quit smoking for the New Year!

It is not an easy feat, and while herbs don’t offer a magic solution for kicking the habit, they can certainly aid your effort to stop smoking once and for all. Especially if your reason for quitting is for increased health and well-being — along with saving thousands of dollars — then using the herbal remedies below to take a holistic, natural approach to chucking your habit is a great (and cheap) fit.

Asian ginseng (Panax ginseng) and American ginseng (P. quinquefolius) can help smokers adapt to stress. In fact, ginseng is known as an adaptogen and has long been used as a tonic to help increase overall physical and mental performance. Results may include a shortening of reaction time to visual and auditory stimuli; increased lung respiration; increased alertness, power of concentration, and grasp of abstract concepts; and improvement in visual and motor coordination.

There are many ginseng products on the market, but nibbling on the end of whole roots to ingest 1 or 2 grams of the root per day will not only deliver a standard daily dose of ginseng, but will also provide an alternative to the habit of taking something to the mouth. Keep a piece of ginseng root in the car to nibble on when the urge strikes. Of course, if you’re not into the unique (bitter) taste of ginseng, you can get all the ginseng you need in the refreshing Mr. Pink Ginseng Drink…and it tastes great! =)

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