ADDICTION

ESSENTIAL OILS

Rosemary. Contains mood elevating qualities; helps to reduce stress and anxiety.

Lavender. Shown to have the ability to enhance mood and calm the mind.

Lemon and Bergamot. Enhance mood and increase energy.

Black Pepper and Peppermint. Help relieve discomfort associated with headache, pain, and nausea.

Research
A 2006 study found that lemon essential oil had strong anti-stress effects. In the study, laboratory animals were exposed to three stress-inducing behavioral tasks. The results suggested that lemon oil possesses notable antidepressant-like effects

Home Remedy
Soothing Bath Soak. To help ease the symptoms of withdrawal and curb cravings, add 3 to 5 drops of lavender and rosemary to warm bath water.

Background
People with an addiction have little to no control over what they are doing, taking or using. Addictions can include not only things we consume, such as food, drugs or alcohol, but may include virtually anything, from gambling to psychological dependencies. Recent estimates suggest that as many as 23.5 million Americans are addicted to alcohol or drugs, and one in 20 people have been found to have a food addiction.11 The causes of addiction vary considerably and are generally caused by a combination of physical, mental, circumstantial and emotional factors. People who are fighting an addiction may often respond well to natural remedies, behavioral modifications, intervention and support from family and friends.

Suggested Supplements

» GABA. Helps normalize and restore deficiencies that spur cravings.14

» Probiotics. Boost your body’s ability to extract nutrients from your food, fortify your immune system and manage anxiety, depression and mood.

» Adaptogenic Herbs. Ashwagandha, Rhodiola rosea, Reishi and additional adaptogenic herbs help to elevate mood and improve addictive behavior.