One of the most common New Year’s resolutions often involves giving up or cutting down on things we know are bad for us.
The top 3 things to give up are probably alcohol, cigarettes or chocolate but whatever you’re trying to break free from, essential oils can help!
There are many essential oils which can offer natural assistance to beat cravings. It’s amazing the affect an aroma can have on our state of mind and utilising this in a way that’s right for each situation can be hugely beneficial.
They can help us to feel focused and committed. Of course, it’s not going to work miracles, but the positive effects of aromas from essential oils can certainly lend a helping hand in whatever it is you’re trying to achieve.
We thought we’d highlight a few essential oils which are thought to assist us in beating our cravings. Today, we’ll focus specifically on cigarette cravings.
One of the key oils which is thought to be of assistance in this case is Black Pepper. A small study which was carried out for the Journal of Alternative and Complimentary Medicine tested the efficacy of Black Pepper in helping to control cravings. One group was given a hanky with drops of Black Pepper on, the other a hanky with Angelica Root.
Both groups were asked to inhale from the hanky for two minutes (the average length of time it takes to smoke a cigarette). Both groups reported positive effects but in different ways. The stimulating effect of Black Pepper led the cravings of each subject to drop more dramatically, whilst the relaxing properties of Angelica were effective in keeping cravings at bay for a longer period of time.
If you’re not a fan of Black Pepper, reports have shown that Citrus oils, particularly Bergamot and Lemon, are also useful in helping smokers curb their cravings. The sweet scents and freshness of these oils will help treat feelings of anxiety, and make you feel fresh and alert when those cravings start to arise.
Uplifting properties of Citrus oils such as Lemon can have a really positive affect on our mood. Our emotions play such a prominent role in our relationship with certain addictions that it’s important to do what we can to boost our mood and reduce feelings of irritability.
Of course essential oils aren’t going to work miracles! When it comes to giving something up like smoking, it takes great will and determination (which will all be worth it when you feel the great results). Aromatherapy can be effective as part of a series of steps to help you give up. They help to promote positive emotions, helping you to stay committed and focused, whilst also keeping spirits high during tough times.
Essential oils can also have a gentle effect on our bodies as well. Our brain interacts with the aroma which in turn helps assist our bodies (this can be helpful if you’re suffering any withdrawal symptoms). They can promote feelings of relaxation through slowing down our breathing and heart rate. This helps to soothe, reduce irritability and get a good night’s rest.
If you're trying to quit at the moment then I wish you all the very best. Having done it myself I know how tough it can be! However, I also know that using essential oils as described above can also be really helpful. You might also find that the occasional relaxing massage also helps, as well as an increase in excercise to help replace the happy chemicals your brain used to get from nicotine.
Another good thing to do is to put the money you'd normally spend on tobacco in a jar every day. This will soon build up to a tidy amount and is a really good and positive visual representation of the immense change you're making to your life. Stay strong and you will do it!
Stay tuned for my next blog where I'll be looking at using Aromatherapy to assist you in weight loss through helping curb the appetite and helping us stay motivated to make healthier choices.
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