These are a few methods for working with aromatherapy in relation to addiction and behavior. The limbic system of the brain is directly related to smell and emotion. In the most simplest of terms when you smell aromas they can trigger effects in the body and in the memory bank. You have declared "I am done!" "I am ready to stop smoking." I am done drinking!" or "I am done being unhappy about xyz." Or "I am done obsessing over...." "Today I begin a new chapter of my life." Breathe in the aromas and declare again "Today I begin a new chapter of my life." This time hug yourself. If your stomach is in knots and you feel extreme agitation get up and move around. Swing your arms, tap your heart, your belly and your temples gently. One more time breathe in the aroma. You can do it. Don't be hard on yourself. You are your own worst critic and you will be your own savior. Ask for support and build a team of trusted confidants that will be there when you feel weak or vulnerable. Spend time in nature. Listen to positive meditations and music. Eat healthy. Utilize your new found aromas as your allies for supporting the change you are seeking. There is so much information out there on how to quit and what to do. I believe we make the changes and the aromas we choose for ourselves are personal. The chemistry and the drive of one person to have an addiction or a behavior over the other can be generalized and specific. I am no psychologist however I have worked with people for years in regards to aromatherapy. My observation is that it starts with the individual learning what is working for them and then trusting that. Being attracted to a specific scent because of the way it makes a person feel is very important. Aromas can cause sadness because they elicit a response or an association of a memory good or bad. This can be helpful to uncover suppressed emotions, those very emotions may well be the seat of the addiction. Aromas can be extremely pleasurable and uplifting. Essential oil have hundreds of naturally occurring chemical constituents that work on all parts of the body simultaneously depending on their profile. For instance do you want to work with a blend or an oil that helps with sleep because your addiction is making you lose sleep? Or perhaps you have anxiety because your cravings are making you crazy? Are you feeling sad, confused, lonely, depressed, anxious? Are those emotions making you constipated? Or maybe your heart is hurting? What came first the physical symptoms or the emotional/mental symptoms? And does it really matter? The higher self the spiritual body is always there waiting for you to check in and to create alignment. Plants have an incredible ability to wake us up to our spirit and connect us the divine. Prayer, intention, focus, purpose whatever your belief system may or may not be; aromatic plants can reveal many things we have forgotten or parts of the self that are hiding. The shadow side. Essential oils meet you where you are in any moment of time. Its up to you to decide how to proceed with them. Creating a daily ritual with a specific blend is a beautiful start. Once you feel you have mastered a personal goal then move on to another set of aromas or a single aroma. Trust yourself. "I gently let go of the past. Life is sweet and so am I."
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*Note: This is not a cure, a diagnostic, or a substitute for serious medical attention. Aromatherapy, herbs, flower essences and hydrosols are an alternative modality to many forms of healing. Improper dosages, prolonged usage and not adhering to proper safety data can lead to harmful effects when using essential oils, essential oil blends or herbal remedies. Check for any contraindications before using.