Habit, Addiction, What’s the Diff?

Amazingly enough you can become addicted to Emotional hormone reaction. Here is a kundalini yoga set for Addiction, http://www.yogibhajan.org/ybkriyas/index.php?id=90
There are essential oils that can support you through you addiction. Summary

Addiction is a dependence on a substance or behavior that appears necessary to preserve what appears as normalcy in disregard to the adverse consequences. Addictions include a number of substances such as drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pharmaceuticals as well as less threatening substances such as pop, chocolate, sugars, or even food itself. Also considered addictive are certain behavioral items such as gambling, sex, internet and other habits that cannot be controlled and may develop a psychological dependency.

Symptoms or side effects of addictions is the feeling of a compelling need to continue the negative activity. This then can lead to feelings of guilt, hopelessness, and anxiety. As addictions are addressed withdrawal symptoms such as cravings, irritability, headaches, nausea, etc. can develop.

Essential oils can strengthen resolve, reduce cravings, and address many of the negative symptoms.
Oils, blends & products recommended:

Cravings: CloveC, Cilantro, Cinnamon, GrapefruitC, Peppermint, Balance, SerenityC
Anxiety: Balance, LavenderC, SerenityC, Ylang YlangC
Withdrawal: LavenderC, GrapefruitC, MarjoramC, SandalwoodC, Wild OrangeC, other citrus oils
Essential oils based products: Life Long Vitality supplements
Also consider: On Guard, Purify

Alcohol: HelichrysumC, RosemaryC, PurifyC, SerenityC
Caffein: Basil, Slim and Sassy. (Energy drinks: Grapefruit)
Drugs: Grapefruit, PurifyC, SerenityC, Roman Chamomile. (Marijuana: Basil)
Food: Grapefruit, Slim and Sassy
Pornography: Frankincense, Helichrysum, Purify
Sex: Geranium, Sandalwood, Whisper
Sugar: Grapefruit, PurifyC, SerenityC, Slim and Sassy
Tobacco: Black PepperC, CloveC, On GuardC
Workaholic: BasilC, GeraniumC, LavenderC, MarjoramC, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang
Note: to understand the E and C superscript go to Home and scroll to New Helps.

Suggested protocols:

General: Life Long Vitality supplements

Cravings: Use an inhaler (empty ones may be purchased and loaded with any essential oil) with an essential oil from the list above and inhale deeply as cravings come on. Applying to the feet also helps. Application techniques others have suggested or found successful are:

• Sugar – Slim and Sassy (and/or Grapefruit) in water, capsule, straight or topically with a carrier. Some recommend 5-7 drops 3 to 4 times daily.

• Tobacco – Clove blended with other oils such as Balance or Serenity. Also mentioned was putting Cassia or Cinnamon in water and drinking when confronted with an urge to smoke or chew or putting a drop on your finger and then your tongue.

• Tobacco chew – Cilantro (see Krystal’s comments in Experiences & Testimonials for some very good ideas) aqnd see Tobacco above.

Anxiety – Topical application of one of these oils to the chest and/or wrists during the day. Some rotate the oils other find one is best. Evenings topically apply Lavender to the bottoms of the feet for improved sleep.

One Small Change at a Time


I happen to think that breaking a sugar habit is best done one small step at time. Breaking this habit is just exactly the same as breaking any other habit, down to the smallest detail. I found an article in Salon.com that describes a person who did the hard work of breaking an addiction to alcohol, using a technique where he gave himself sugar when he wanted booze. He discovered by personal experience what science is beginning to document through experiment…

A bunch of recent studies suggest that some food chemicals may be even more addictive than drugs like heroin and cocaine. “Refined sugars and carbohydrates are manufactured substances that stimulate the same part of our brains that drugs and alcohol respond to,” Peeke says. “Our brains weren’t made to handle these ‘uber-rewards’.” There is some comfort in knowing that my food problem isn’t just my problem: It’s also, quite likely…

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