If you've just quit smoking cigarettes or have recently spent an extended period of time inhaling second-hand smoke, hanging around a campfire or other incendiary events, there are steps you can take to flush the effects from your system. Smoke may get in your eyes, but it also has a way of infiltrating your circulatory system, hair, skin and other organs. It smells bad because it is bad, impacting your well-being in negative ways.
Things You'll Need
- Herbal teas, especially peppermint, ginger and fennel
- Eucalyptus oil
Shower in lukewarm water. Use a loofah or soft brush to gently scrub surface traces of smoke and ash from your skin. This will also encourage circulation and speed up the metabolic processes that will eventually flush the smoke from your internal system. Use a gentle shampoo to wash your hair and rinse thoroughly. You can also use a sauna or steam bath for deeper cleansing that helps your body purge the smoke.
Drink lots of fluids. Water is best but clear fruit juices, such as apple, and herbal teas with cleansing properties, such as peppermint, ginger, green tea and fennel, are also good.
Support your liver and lungs with vitamin supplements and the right food as they naturally cleanse your system. Broccoli and cauliflower and fruits such as lemon and blueberries are good for the liver, which is a key organ for ridding the body of the toxins, including tar, ash and nicotine, contained in smoke. Vitamins E and C are also helpful for detox, purification and rejuvenation.
Exercise gently to the point where your breathing and heart rate are slightly elevated. This will hasten your body's natural detoxification function through sweating and expectoration. Yoga is a a low-impact, low-stress activity that can also aid this process.
Blow your nose. Smoke and particulates collect in the hairs of your nose and need to be expelled by blowing. Inhale a diffusion of eucalyptus in steaming water to further cleanse your nasal passages and respiratory system through expectoration.