| Randall Agee
Addiction to drugs, alcohol, gambling, and other substances or activities causes serious problems for millions. People who are fighting addiction respond well to natural treatment coupled with behavior modification, intervention, and community support such as a 12-step program. Seek professional help if behaviors surrounding addiction worsen, or if the the addict is a threat to himself or herself, or others.
Curb Cravings with Peppermint:
Peppermint essential oil aids in eliminating the cravings that can lead to a relapse. You may diffuse it, or the patient can wear it in an aromatherapy pendant, or you may simply put a cotton ball with the essential oil near the patient. Cilantro and grapefruit essential oils also help stop harmful cravings, whether for sugar, alcohol, or other addictive substances.
Ease Withdrawal with Sandalwood:
Withdrawal symptoms cause discomfort and severe anxiety. Sandalwood essential oil has a potent calming effect that can ease the transition from addiction to sobriety. Diffuse the essential oil in the area where the sufferer spends the most time or add sandalwood essential oil to an aromatherapy pendant. You can also add 1 or 2 drops to a cotton ball in a bath or shower. Grapefruit, lavender, lemon, Roman chamomile, and tangerine essential oils can be used if sandalwood essential oil is not available.