Today addiction is more prevalent than ever and it's heartbreaking watching someone you love struggle or to struggle yourself. Addicts have a negative connotation, and people think that term applies to individuals that are homeless or that have squandered everything away completely a slave to their addiction. We now know that addicts can be anyone, though, and they are usually creative sensitive types of people who become addicted to something, like work, shopping, social media, technology, or alcohol. What if there was a natural solution to healing from addiction?
In the past, addiction was thought to mean a weakness of character, but now research is proving that addiction is based on brain chemistry. To prevent the issue from spreading we must first understand how it works. With ingested substances, known as exogenous addictions, the body chemistry is changed, and similarly with addictions to activities or behaviors known as endogenous addictions, these cause the body to produce extra endorphins that make someone feel good temporarily. What happens then is the body becomes dependent (both mentally and physically) on the activity or substance due to the changes in body chemistry: its 'new' baseline.
Addictions can range from just about anything: alcohol, social media, computer, sugar, food, exercise, fear, emotional intimacy (unreasonable expectations and compulsive patterns of romance, sexuality, and relationships), gambling, sex, pornography, texting or thrill seeking and so much more.
Essential oils are natural tools that affect your body chemistry in positive ways, giving people healthy ways to cope with emotions and the stresses in life. They provide emotional and chemical support for the brain as they are seeking to adjust to new lives in recovery. In the same way that the addictive substance affects the brain, essential oils reprogram the body's cravings for the substances or activity they were addicted to, and strengthen the resolution to abstain.
Once the person stops using, the emotional issues that led to the addiction are still there. It's not simply a matter of stopping the addictive activity and healing completely. Essential oils are natural healing tools that support and strengthen these very areas of emotional pain that caused the addiction issues in the first place! They are an integral part of a healing path to sobriety.
Here are the top DoTERRA essential oils to support a recovery in addiction.
Grapefruit - removes cravings, supports detoxification, renewed energy
Basil - clears negative thoughts that block change, restores mental energy
Bergamot - instills empowerment and self worth
Peppermint - reprieve from painful emotions, promotes feelings of recovery
DoTERRA Serenity - quiets mental chatter, promotes calm, tranquil state of being
DoTERRA Zendocrine - promotes detoxification and elimination
DoTERRA Balance - Restores sense of solidity
Specific oils for addictions:
Alcohol: Basil, Cassia, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Frankincense, Melissa, Cheer (Uplifting Blend)
Technology: Patchouli, Peppermint, InTune (Focus Blend)
Pain meds: Birch, Clove, Eucalyptus, Patchouli, Wintergreen, Serenity
Marijuana: Basil, Patchouli, Reassuring Blend
Work: Arborvitae, Basil, Cedarwood, Geranium
Fear: Cinnamon, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Myrrh
Sex: Cardamom, Geranium, Sandalwood, Motivate (Encouraging Blend)
Adrenaline: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Oregano, Console (Comforting Blend)
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This post is based on the Addictions section in The Essential Life 3rd Edition book.