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Essential Oils and their Use in Recovery

Each recovery is as unique as the person on the recovery journey. This means that the strategies and techniques that one person uses to encourage their sobriety may not work for everyone. We need to be open-minded and creative as we navigate through the recovery journey. Looking at different therapies and methods will help ensure the smoothest possible route through recovery.

Holistic therapy is a broad term that refers to many types of therapies that are less conventional than traditional medicine. These therapies include the use of essential oils for medicinal purposes. Essential oils can be used in multiple forms including aromatherapy, touch therapy, and ingestion therapy. Please note that not all oils have the same properties and should not all be ingested. There are several oils that have been proven to be significantly useful in recovery from addiction. Oils have many uses and many benefits, but the following are suggestions based on the specific aspect of recovery.

Relaxation – One of the most critical skills for a successful recovery is the ability to relax when stress levels are on the rise or temptation is banging on the door. Stress is a significant cause of relapse. Essential oils can help the body and the mind relax and center. Lavender and eucalyptus mix well and offer soothing qualities. Try running a warm bath and add five drops of each and a cup of Epsom salt. Before bed, put a few drops into a diffuser and let the scents calm your body.

Manage Cravings – When cravings threaten to complicate your sobriety, consider essential oils to help minimize their effect. Grapefruit has been known to make an impact on cravings. Diffuse a few drops of grapefruit or keep a small bottle with you and smell as needed during your day. Another option to help ease cravings is the black pepper essential oil. If you chew gum, add a few drops to a stick of gum and enjoy!

Pain Management – Recovery can be plagued by uncomfortable physical symptoms. Although withdrawal is addressed during a primary addiction treatment, lingering symptoms can persist. Peppermint can be dabbed on your wrists, stomach, or temples. It helps with vertigo, nausea, headaches.

Holistic therapies can help make recovery more comfortable. However, they are not intended to replace professional treatment. If you or a loved one is new to recovery and unsure how to handle the transition back into life after treatment, please call Villa Tranquil at 866-697-7573 to speak with an addiction consultant about the services offered at Villa Tranquil. Women ages 18-65 are invited to join Villa Tranquil’s recovery community to ensure you have the support you need when you need it most.