Herbs specifically to deal with alcoholism
Any one of the following herbs, taken as a tea, will lessen the urge to drink and help to rebuild the liver and spleen: angelica, celery seeds, dandelion root, rhubarb, willow bark, passion flower, kola nuts (bissy). Cucumber reduces the narcotic and `in - toxifying' effects of alcohol. Raw parsley is also beneficial for those suffering from alcoholism.
Herbs to rid the body of drugs and aid in withdrawl
Alfalfa, sarsaparilla root, burdock root, cayenne pepper, chamomile, licorice root. Drink a glass of garlic water daily (made by soaking crushed garlic in water for several days).
Herbs to Discourage Smoking
Anyone, or any two, of the following herbs. Combined and taken as a tea with a dash of cayenne pepper, will lessen the urge to smoke ad rid one of the habit permanently: magnolia bark, dried grated kola nut (bissy), sassafras, calamus root (sweet flag), garlic, onion, licorice root, comfrey root, slippery elm, chapperal, linseed (flaxseed), chamomile. Chew on a Jamaican chew stick or licorice stick, or hold a pimento leaf in the mouth when the urge arises for a cigarette. Herbs to smoked as a substitute for tobacco: coltsfoot, chapperal, rosemary, gotu kola, search-mi-heart, mullein, white-red-or-sweet sage.
Often dependencies and addictions are very much biological, hormonal, or chemically related; however, at other times it is brought on by the pressures of living and surviving. Some can be deeply seated-rooted in the unconsciousness and be based on a repeated memory recall of a past experience. Most of our memory recall is based on habit, environment/upbringing, or long-time programming. If the memory input was an unpleasant, unresolved experience, then the “memory recall” will emulate exactly same; it is as though the old situation is still current. So, to sedate or anesthetize one’s self into a comatose would definitely seem one way to camouflage or “illusionize” the memory allowing us to “live through it” until we are ready to “deal with it”. These are some reasons for the many types of dependencies and addictions.
To maintain harmony, peace and balance physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, these things should be done on a daily basis: deep breathing of good quality fresh air; walking among nature; body movement also known as “exercise” or tai chi (which brings about internal and external balance, peace, and strength), morning and evening prayer, meditation and reflection; eating moderately of fresh, uncooked or very lightly steamed vegetables; eating fresh fruits or fruit juices; also, these things are also beneficial: sour sop, papaya, guava, coconut milk, almond milk, brewers yeast, oatmeal, cauliflower, walnuts; eliminate sugar, just to name a few.
This herbal remedy excerpt was taken from the book “Basic Herbs For Health And Healing” by Rahsan Abdul Hakim. For your copy, send a money order of $15 plus $3 shipping and handling, made out and sent to: Sundial Herbs & Herbal Products, 3609 Boston Road, Bronx, New York 10469. Please consult your physician before starting any new regimen including the ones above.