May 2012
The Herb Lady

Attention All Smokers

I have never smoked. I’ve never had any desire to smoke. However, Richard, my late husband, puffed many cigarettes. When he returned from World War II where he was in the Navy, he was a Lucky Strike man. Sixteen-year-old Nadine had no objection to this habit. In fact, I innocently thought they smelled good.

Through the years, Richard smoked many brands and wished many times he could break the habit. He was addicted. There’s no doubt about it.

When he retired from the railroad, the two of us took a trip out West. My game to play on this trip was "look for the Marlboro Man." Every stop for gas, food or lodging, I looked for that elusive man, but saw not one person who fit the title. Finally, I took a good look at Richard and exclaimed, "You’re it! I can give up the hunt. I’m married to the Marlboro Man!"

Time went by. Smoking and other lung irritants took their toll. Richard’s doctor told him he absolutely had to give up cigarettes or they would kill him. He didn’t give up smoking, but he thought he was hiding them from me. (A lot of good that did!)

He was admitted to the hospital in September 1998 in critical condition. Due to modern medicines, his congestion soon improved. However, by the third day without cigarettes, he was in sad shape with what I call "nicotine DTs." He was shaking so hard the hospital bed was subject to collapse. With Dr. Ben’s permission, I gave him lobelia, St. John’s wort and alfalfa to counteract this need for nicotine. Two hours after the first dose, his shaking had subsided considerably.

Dr. Ben saw the worth of these nutrients and said, "Keep that up."

I gave it to him four times daily for quite some time.

Finally, I put the bottles on the table and said, "There it is. Take it as you need it."

He finally stopped taking these herbs and never smoked another cigarette. He died eight years later at the age of 78. Long before he died, I learned to detest the odor of a cigarette.

St. John’s wort provides relief for stress, anxiety and mild-to-moderate depression.

Lobelia is a muscle-relaxing respiratory and lymphatic stimulant. It is commonly referred to as Indian tobacco.

Alfalfa is considered the "father of all herbs." It seems to stimulate the body to remove toxins from the blood. At the same time, it provides much needed nutrients for our system.

These three herbs taken together over a period of time have made it possible for many smokers to kick the habit. It will help "dippers" as well.

I recently read John Grisham’s "The Runaway Jury" again. This book prompted my memory and the writing of this particular column. I suggest all tobacco users read this book.

Check with your doctor before taking this or any herbal nutritional products.

Nadine Johnson has a long history of involvement with herbs. She can be reached at (866) 570-7302.