Ex-Smoker Smoking Blend

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Ex-Smoker is the smoking blend that I and a number of people have used to aid in smoking cessation. You will have to roll your own cigarettes from this nicotine free herbal blend. It has stuff to help you cack up the crud from your lungs, satisfy the nicotine "jones" and mellow out the "bitchies." I do recommend using it as part of your program. For inspiration on how to create your own program, see my article How I Quit Smoking with Herbs, Substitutive Behavioral Modification and Magick.

Ex-Smoker contains a good amount of Lobelia (Lobelia inflata) a native flowering herb that contains the alkaloid compound lobeline. Lobeline is similar in structure to nicotine, so the theory is that it fits into the receptor sites in your brain that usually accept nicotine. It satisfies the craving, but is dissimilar to nicotine enough that it does not continue the addiction. This theory is not uncontested in the literature on smoking cessation, but my personal experience agrees with it. Lobelia is also traditionally used for a number of lung ailments, including asthma, and it is used as a general antispasmodic, which if you are quitting smoking, might be a very good thing to consider.

Other ingredients include Skullcap which is often in relaxing and nerve tonic teas. It really helps with mood and attitude in my experience, and it is often included in many herbal tea formulation as a nervous system tonic, so you see why it might be beneficial for a new Ex-Smoker.

One thing I totally recommend against is the use of nicotine-containing products to get over your addiction to nicotine. Nicotine IS the addictive substance, and any use of it continues the addiction. So spare yourself that torture, please!

I craft this smoking blend ritually, so Ex-Smoker is made on Wednesdays in the Waning Moon. Wednesday is ruled by the planet Mercury, which as to do with discipline and self-improvement. The Waning Moon is the time for banishing, diminishing, and getting rid of.

This smoking blend is a bit heavy, and after smoking it for a week or two, you will probably feel like it is too much, and you will want to stop using it. Ooops, congratulations, you may have quit smoking! Remember, it just keeps getting easier. READ THE ARTICLE and best of luck!