Quitting Smoking: Herb That Makes Cigarettes Taste Bitter?
Answered by: Susan Eagles
Question from: Name not given
Posted on: March 19, 2004

I am looking for some herbs in capsule form that will make cigarettes taste bitter.

Lobelia is a herb that is a smoking deterrent. It acts similarly to nicotine, decreasing the need to smoke by making you feel as though you have already had a cigarette. I don’t know of a herb that makes cigarettes taste bitter.

Thomas Bartram, "Bartram’s Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine" (available at Richters) states that substances such as zinc may help by blocking the taste receptors. Sunflower seeds and pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, but zinc may taken in tablet or capsule form.

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