Addiction recovery is a challenge, but with the right resources you can make the process easier on yourself. Any minor discomfort during the initial sobriety period is worthwhile when you consider the benefits of living a healthy life going forward. It is possible to reduce discomfort through the use of alternative therapies like aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy has been practiced for centuries by different cultures around the world. It is believed to date back to antiquity. Today it is often considered holistic medicine using various plants and aromatic ingredients in order to produce scents that may have physical, mental, and spiritual benefits. Essential oils are the liquids used in aromatherapy, made from the oils of plants or other compounds. The oils are usually distilled by separating mixtures through a boiling process. The different essential oils are created in this process for cosmetics and food, but different oils can serve different purposes. Aromatherapy is just one way to bring therapeutic support to your recovery from addiction.
Recovery and Aromatherapy
Aromatherapy is not a cure for addiction but compounds used can be of value to people in recovery from addiction. Some of the benefits to using these products include:
- Essential oils for relaxation and prevent feelings of overwhelm from taking over
- Withdrawal can cause ‘fuzzy brain;’ essential oils can help increase mental clarity and focus
- Difficulties sleeping during early recovery are common and oils can help relax you enough to get a good night’s sleep
- Meditation is of great benefit and oils can help in meditation
- Oils can reduce anxiety levels
- Oils can help lessen the impact of withdrawal symptoms such as body discomfort and nausea
Oils for Recovery
There are certain oils which can have more benefits than other for recovery. The following are some to try:
- Lavender oil, often used for peaceful, calming properties
- Ylang Ylang is a good oil for relaxation
- Lemon oil is believed to enhance mood and make people feel they have more energy
- Peppermint oil is said to be good for relieving nausea
- Sandalwood can be helpful for contemplation and meditation
Eucalyptus oil, Bergamot oil, Chamomile others and several others are also good for recovery. The best thing to do before diffusing oils is consult with your treating physician and a knowledgeable aromatherapist well-versed in addiction recovery to help you choose oils. There will be some that appeal more than others and some that may be better for you in the current space you are in with regards to recovery. You should never ingest oils unless you consult someone first about the effects. It is important to read up on the oils and be aware of any contraindications and side effects associated with products for your particular situation.
Sound Recovery helps you focus on healthy, holistic practices for healing in recovery. Our programs and resources will help you find a pathway to recovery. If you are struggling with addiction, let us help. Call us at 561-277-3088 to get started.