Addiction is a dependence on a substance or behavior that appears necessary to preserve what appears as normalcy in disregard to the adverse consequences. Addictions include a number of substances such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals as well as less threatening substances such as pop, chocolate, sugars, or even food itself. Also considered addictive are certain behavioral items such as gambling, sex, internet and other habits that cannot be controlled and may develop a psychological dependency.
Symptoms or side effects of addictions is the feeling of a compelling need to continue the negative activity. This then can lead to feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and anxiety. As addictions are addressed withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, irritability, headaches, nausea, etc. can develop.
Essential oils can strengthen resolve, reduce cravings, and address many of the negative symptoms.
Please note: The information provided below is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has NOT been scientifically verified with clinical tests nor reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious medical concerns please seek professional medical attention.
Essential Oils to Use:
Cravings: Clove, Cilantro, Cinnamon, Grapefruit, Peppermint
Anxiety: Lavender, Ylang Ylang
Withdrawal: Lavender, Grapefruit, Marjoram, Sandalwood, Orange, other citrus oils
Alcohol: Helichrysum, Rosemary
Drugs: Grapefruit, Roman Chamomile
Pornography: Frankincense, Helichrysum
Sex: Geranium, Sandalwood
Tobacco: Black Pepper, Clove
Workaholic: Basil, Geranium, Lavender, Marjoram, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang
Cravings: Use an inhaler (empty ones may be purchased and loaded with any essential oil) with an essential oil from the list above and inhale deeply as cravings come on. Applying to the feet also helps. Application techniques others have suggested or found successful are:
- Sugar – Grapefruit in water, capsule, straight or topically with a carrier. Some recommend 5-7 drops 3 to 4 times daily.
- Tobacco – Clove blended with other oils. Also mentioned was putting Cassia or Cinnamon in water and drinking when confronted with an urge to smoke or chew or putting a drop on your finger and then your tongue.
- Tobacco chew – Cilantro (see Krystal’s comments in Experiences & Testimonials for some very good ideas) aqnd see Tobacco above.
Anxiety – Topical application of one of these oils to the chest and/or wrists during the day. Some rotate the oils other find one is best. Evenings topically apply Lavender to the bottoms of the feet for improved sleep.