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The Role Aromatherapy Can Play in Treating Psychedelic Dependency

Aromatherapy helps to activate good feelings in the brains of recovering addicts.

There are tons of alternative approaches to addiction treatment. You probably already know about acupuncture, yoga, and meditation; these are common components of a holistic approach to psychedelics sobriety. Nothing should stop you from considering treatment options that just might make the difference in breaking your dependency on psychedelics.

A contemporary alternative treatment that you should research and try is aromatherapy. People have used fragrances in a therapeutic manner for thousands of years, but it wasn’t until the Middle Ages that individuals began collecting essential oils, and these form the foundation of aromatherapy. In the early 20th century, the term “aromatherapy” was first used, but the system decreased in popularity until it was rediscovered in the 1980s and 1990s.

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One method of aromatherapy is to massage essential oils into the skin.

Fundamentally, aromatherapy is performed by simply inhaling the scent of an essential oil. Essential oils are gathered from under the surface of leaves, bark, or peel of plants. These oils are gathered in a natural manner, using diffusion with steam and/or water or mechanical pressing. If an oil is chemically-manufactured, it is not considered a true essential oil.

Aromatherapy takes many forms. Examples listed by the National Cancer Institute include:

    Indirect inhalation: patient breathes in essential oils by using a room diffuser or placing drops nearby Direct inhalation: patient breathes in essential oils by using an individual inhaler with drops floated on top of hot water Aromatherapy massage: massaging essential oils, diluted in a carrier oil, into the skin Applying essential oils to the skin by combining them with bath salts, lotions, or dressings

What it Does

Your sense of smell and your psychedelics dependency have something large in common: they both trigger your limbic system, which is made up of the parts of the brain used to manage emotions, memories, and rewards. 

When psychedelics enter the limbic system, they cover the brain’s receptors with feel-good chemicals, like serotonin. These make the brain joyful and cause it to make a memory of the feeling and of the feeling’s cause: psychedelics. The brain has basically set-up a reward pattern: psychedelics equal euphoria.

Detoxing and withdrawal are difficult because the brain still desires psychedelics and it is now conditioned to find and use them. When it can’t find and use, the brain lets loose a bunch of negative reactions all through the body. This is why the National Institute on Drug Abuse defines addiction as “a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences.”

This entire system is exactly why aromatherapy works. It can use the limbic system to activate good memories and feel their rewards; this makes the brain produce new positive memories.


There are many scents that have benefitted people breaking their ddepndency on psychedelics. Some of the most well-known include:

    Bergamot: reduces mild symptoms of depression Black Pepper: assists in treatment of addiction, particularly tobacco addiction Chamomile: encourages relaxation and sleep Clary Sage: decreases levels of anxiety and promotes sleep Clove: takes care of tobacco addiction, balances metabolism, and relaxes muscle aches and pains Dill: lessens feelings of being overwhelmed and aids in relaxation Eucalyptus: releases airways and increases energy Ginger: elevates mood and increases energy Grapefruit: ministers to drug addiction, suppresses appetite, alleviates mental stress, and lessens withdrawal symptoms Jasmine: boosts mood and alleviates mild depression Lavender: aids with rest and relaxation Lemon: boosts mood, increases energy, and help deal with stress Orange: raises emotion and decreases anxiety, fear, and withdrawal symptoms Peppermint: helps with headaches, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and muscle aches Pine: boosts mood Rosemary: heals mild depression Sandalwood: puts people in the proper mood for meditation   Ylang Ylang: aids with relaxation

These are some simple essential oils commonly chosen to treat psychedelics dependency. However, they can be blended in a number of ways, depending on the experience and skill of an aromatherapist.

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