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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


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, Grounding Blend, Calming BlendC

Anxiety: Grounding Blend, LavenderC, Calming BlendC, Ylang YlangC

Withdrawal: LavenderC, GrapefruitC, MarjoramC, SandalwoodC, Wild OrangeC, other citrus oils

Essential oils based products: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

Also consider: Protective Blend, Cleansing Blend


Alcohol: HelichrysumC, RosemaryC, Cleansing BlendC, Calming BlendC

Caffein: Basil, Metabolic Blend. (Energy drinks: Grapefruit)

Drugs: Grapefruit, Cleansing BlendC, Calming BlendC, Roman Chamomile. (Marijuana: Basil)

Food: Grapefruit, Metabolic Blend

Pornography: Frankincense, Helichrysum, Cleansing Blend

Sex: Geranium, Sandalwood, Blend for Women

Sugar: Grapefruit, Cleansing BlendC, Calming BlendC, Metabolic Blend

Tobacco: Black PepperC, CloveC, Protective BlendC

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: Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV)

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 - Metabolic Blend (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 Grounding Blend or Calming Blend. 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.

Experiences and Testimonials of others


 Christy - I have a friend who has a cousin who is an alcoholic and drug addict. … Are there any oils that … help her get off of the alcohol and the drugs?  Thank you so much.

EEW – Here is some information from Laura Jacobs

General use for all addiction recovery:

Grounding Blend – restored sense of solidity/grounded in life

Bergamot – self love

Frankincense – restore connection to divine love and acceptance

Peppermint – sense of recovery

Cleansing Blend – cleansing and detoxifying both physically and emotionally

Calming Blend – calming and quieting

White Fir – if passed on generation to generation

Vetiver – get to the root of it

Detoxifying Blend EO – detoxifying

Specific addiction use:

Alcohol – Helichrysum (see above and Neurotransmitter chart)

Alcohol, Sugar – Helichrysum

Appetite Suppressant – Grapefruit, Metabolic Blend

Appetite Stimulant – Ginger, Myrrh, Metabolic Blend

Caffeine – Basil, Metabolic Blend

Cravings – Grapefruit, Metabolic Blend

Drugs – Grapefruit, R. Chamomile (see Neurotransmitter chart)

Eating Disorders (Anorexia, Bulimia) – Grapefruit, Invigorating Blend

Entertainment – Grounding Blend, Calming Blend, Vetiver

Overeating – Grapefruit, Metabolic Blend

Pornography – Frankincense, Helichrysm

Sex – Geranium, Sandalwood, Blend for Women

Smoking/Tobacco – Clove, Protective Blend

Sugar – Metabolic Blend, Grapefruit

Withdrawal – Grapefruit, Lavender, Sandalwood

Work – Basil, Geranium, Lavender, Wild Orange, Ylang Ylang


Neurotransmitter chart mentioned above (click on thumbnail below to get full image, click the back arrow after viewing):

Neurotransmitter chart 1  Neurotransmitter chart 2

NOTE: The advice shared in this tip has not been evaluated by the FDA. The products and methods recommended are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any illness or disease, nor is it intended to replace proper medical help.


Guenn - Any oils helpful to take away the desire to drink?

Carla - Stimulating the olfactory area of the brain can often help with addictive substances. Get an inhaler (small plastic tube with a cotton pad in it) and start researching an oil that is effective for you - for cravings.  I have heard grapefruit, peppermint, clove or cinnamon.  For anxiety, try Calming Blend, Grounding Blend, lavender or ylang ylang.  You have to find what works for you. I had a friend that was a tweaker (meth) and used inhalers to curb addiction pangs. Also prayer and twelve step!



LoLo - Does anyone have experience with oils helping someone overcome alcoholism? Thanks so much for the help!

Pat - One I know for sure it to use Cassia when the craving hits. You just put a dot on your finger and put it on your tongue. Also he really should be on the LLV, and if he needs energy then have him use the citrus oils and drink lots of lemon water. Also when the urge hits him rub the cassia (or cinnamon) on his tongue. And using Grounding Blend every day will help with the tired, sad feeling.

Barb - Julie Ann posted on this site a while ago that she has 'been doing oils a long time and has never seen Coriander to fail with any addiction.

DTQ - He would also benefit from the Metabolic Blend trimshakes or use additional GABA which will kill the cravings.  Basil for when an urge hits could possibly be helpful.  Joyful Blend (Elevating Blend) on heart may increase GABA and help mood (don't quote me on that - would have to go and search the site to be sure). Any of the Mood Matrix oils may be helpful.  Grounding Blend and Invigorating Blend anytime, Calming Blend for sleep. You are on the right path with the detoxification but also the brain really needs the nutrition and that's where the Metabolic Blend trimshakes would be very helpful. He will need to eat something anyway and from what I've seen most alcoholics don't like eating much but a shake is easy to get down anytime. Add some organic strawberries or blueberries if he wants something more substantial. 


Karen - I would appreciate any feedback on which EOs to use for a lifelong alcoholic.  He seems to be going downhill faster now, but if he can be helped, I'd like to try.

Reiki – From what I’ve seen, a lot of people recommend Coriander.

Stella - First off, is the alcoholic still drinking? It is difficult to repair organs that continue to receive damage. Or, to eradicate the compulsion based on the fact that it is the allergic reaction to the alcohol that produces the phenomenon of craving. There are alternatives to EOs that yield great healing from alcoholism. Beyond that I would suggest Detoxifying Blend oil and capsules, as well as LLV for the physical aspects of the disease. To treat the mental components of the disease maybe Metabolic Blend for self-destructive behavior; possibly clove or ginger for the victim mentality; and my Spirit tells me that since the mental aspect of alcoholism is characterized by the inability to differentiate the true from the false. . .Frankincense would take the lead and I would think Melissa would be a good EO; as well as the benefits derived from all those listed in McDonald's Emotional Healing manuscript discussing addiction.



Editor’s note: Many of the following were quite long and have been shortened around the key information on sugar addiction, hopefully we have maintained the information and feelings expressed.

Rachel - I am usually the one helping people, and now I think I am the one needing help.  I have been suffering from major mood swings, PMDD (Pre-Menstral Dysphoric Disorder and I was put on meds for the depression and birth control for the hormones … however, I am coming to believe that the majority of my problem is sugar.

I can't seem to get away from it.  When I was pregnant with my son I ate bags and bags of candy.  I find myself 5 years later still craving a large amount of sugar, and the problem is; I eat it.  ...  I believe that my sugar consumption causes anxiety, depression, and major mood swings when I eat sugar. …  I feel how terrible it makes me feel, every time I eat it, I just can't seem to get away from it.  I am slowly gaining weight, I have no energy, I'm tired all the time, headaches, and the list goes on.

Riki - Sugar is my weakness, too!  Have you tried Metabolic Blend?  I just started rubbing drops with FCO on my skin last week and I noticed a decrease in cravings right away.  In fact, I came home from the store and realized hours later I hadn't even thought about sweets while shopping.  (I tried drinking Slim N Sassy but it gives me heartburn).
I think you're very courageous stepping forward and I applaud you!  I just know it will help others, too.

Amelia - I can soooo identify with the sugar addition thing...I love sugar, not as much as I did years ago but it is still my weakness...most of the time if given the choice between some sort of chips/salty snack and choc/dessert I'll choose the dessert every time.

Metabolic Blend helps me with sugar cravings a lot! To the point that I can totally tell on the days I forget to use it...I take it straight 5-7 drops under my tongue, big swig of water then swish in my mouth and swallow. I do this about 3-4x a day and I eat less period but especially less sugar. You may want to try it if you haven't already...I think Grapefruit is also good for this as well...I use it daily as well and can tell when I don't. Oh and I use Grounding Blend too especially when I start feeling the grumpiness/irritability/mood swings.

Emily - Rachel, I have bipolar, PTSD and anxiety among other physical health problems including hypoglycemia.  I've gotta tell you... for me, it really is sugar causing most of my problems.  I haven't tried oils to help with this yet, but it is my understanding that Metabolic Blend or Grapefruit could help.  I also think that the LLV has helped me to feel more 'nourished' and to have less cravings in general.

I have found the less refined the sugar is, the less it effects me.  I went without white sugar or corn syrup for 6 months and it was one of the hardest things I had ever done, but it is possible!  Slowly start replacing things in your diet with a less refined sugary option.  Like there is ice cream called Purely Decadent that is made with agave instead of sugar or corn syrup.  Try eating dates instead of candy.  Have a fresh fruit smoothie instead of fruit juice or soda.

Kicking sugar has got to be one of the hardest things I've ever done! 

Lisa - Eat more good fats! I started eating and using more good fats a couple months ago and it has taken my sugar cravings down to where it doesn't even really appeal to me anymore. I used to crave sugar especially premenstrually. I have been using coconut oil in cooking and actually making healthy sweets (blend melted coconut oil, unsweetened coconut flakes, low glycemic sweeters (stevia, xylitol or coconut nectar), and cocoa powder or vanilla) pour it into a tray in thin sheets and let it harden in the freezer) from it. Also, I try to reach for nuts when I need a snack. These are the only things I can think of that have made this huge change for me. Good luck!



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Dani - I have had many experiences with (...) essential oils in the last few months and I would like to share them with others.

I am using Clove on my fiancés feet and I have a mixture of coconut oil, Clove, Calming Blend, Grounding Blend, Frankincense, Peppermint and a citrus blend for him to carry with him. Whenever he gets a craving for a cigarette he uses this blend. After three years of him trying to quit, he has finally gone 2 DAYS without a single puff!!!


Whitney - My brother would like to quit chewing tobacco. He is very addicted. What oils will help him and how would he use them? I searched the site but didn't really find anything. Any help would be super!!

Pat - We have a friend who used the 12 step program for his tobacco addiction and along with that he told us that the Cinnamon oil was extremely effective in eliminating the urges for tobacco. He just put it in a little water and drank it whenever he felt the urge. I know that is a hot oil but he didn't seem to mind.

Carla - Stimulating the olfactory (sense of smell) can often help with addictive substances.  Obtain an inhaler, like a Vicks Nasal Inhaler but essential oil accessory outlets have those that can be loaded with the oil of your choice.  Then research an oil that is effective for you - for curbing your cravings.  I have heard Grapefruit, Peppermint, Clove or Cinnamon are good oils to consider for cravings.  For anxiety, try Calming Blend, Grounding Blend, Lavender orYlang Ylang.  

It is best to experiment and to find what works for you.  I had a friend that was a tweaker (meth user) and used inhalers to curb the addiction pangs. Also consider PRAYER and twelve step!

Julia - I have been using Grounding Blend on my feet ever since I saw Dr. Hill's live blood analysis video. Amazing!  I have been experiencing some interesting things that make me want to research more about the oils that are in the Grounding Blend.  I tend to crave foods that I don’t really want to eat around 4 pm, like treats, etc.  I have worked for a long time to overcome a lifelong sugar addiction.   I have found that eating good foods (avoiding junk) encourages good food cravings.  Also I have noticed with my recent use of Grounding Blend on my feet helps me as well!

Jan - Since we know excess sugar affects the body just like other drugs and alcohol, it seems logical that Grounding Blend would also be a good choice for all of the above. Additionally, oils that support liver function are in order here. Some of those would be Helichrysum, Geranium, Rosemary, and citrus oils. I'd also suggest the anti-biotic capsules and Probiotic Defense Formula regimen, probably for at least several months in a row, if not forever.

Julia - From some of my research: Cinnamon, Oregano, Basil, Ginger, and Thyme are all useful in treating this kind of detoxification. Basil especially is good for detoxing from marijuana use. Again, following (...)'s plan for health, diet and exercise is important for healing and ridding the body of toxins and eventually even the desire for the substances that are harming the body. Getting on the LLV supplements, spinal treatments, Green Smoothies, and individual oils for detoxing. Test out by asking the body what will help.

Natalie - Some of my clients have experienced great success with Grapefruit internally. I know there has been some research linking Grapefruit to assisting with nicotine addiction but I've had clients use it for eating disorder addictions, energy drink addictions, etc.

One other thing on addictions: I've been working with a therapist that treats mainly clients with pornography addiction. I had a few clients experience success with Cleansing Blend- in the pocket and then just pull out and apply to mind and under nose anytime the addiction surfaces it's ugly head.  Another client tested for Grapefruit internally along with the Cleansing Blend to literally cleanse the darkness from him on a cellular level. Many of these addictions seem to have been passed down in some form from generation to generation. I've watched Grapefruit work beautifully time and again on generational issues.

So, this therapist has just finished an extensive study on the brain and called me to get some oils for clients, now that he's learned that the olfactory is the quickest way to the brain.  This coupled with the fact that pornography actually changes the physiological wiring in the brain.  He was searching for a way to repair that and feels that the sense of smell and these oils, could quite possibly be the answer. I created a suggested protocol and he has the following four oils for clients to choose from depending on their individual situation and needs:

·  Grapefruit- inner cleansing, beating cravings/addiction

·  Protective Blend- protective blend- using it over the mind and the back of neck

·  Grounding Blend- bringing electrical balance to the body as well as giving needed focus to the mind- cutting out costly addictive distractions

·  Cleansing Blend- purifying blend- using on the mind


Susie - Have any of you had experience with quitting chewing?  My husband has been chewing since he was 15 and he just turned 50.  He wants to quit chewing.  He did last summer for four months and started again.  He said the craving never got less  I'd especially like to hear from anyone who has personal experience in this.  Thanks.

Erika - I have heard that Protective Blend helps people quit smoking.  How about have him use Protective Blend toothpaste, hand soap and put the oil in capsules.... it might help.

Joni - I have heard that Wild Orange is quite useful for addictive behavior. Not sure exactly how to use it, but maybe have him inhale it every time he has a craving for the tobacco.

Sharon - Would this be a lot different than quitting smoking?  For that, Clove or Cinnamon on back of tongue is recommended when the urge strikes.

Krystal - I have heard several people speak about Coriander oil as the go-to oil for addictions and bad habits. I do not know how hot the oil is. I don't have it yet.

Anyway, if your husband can stand it, he should try rubbing a little bit of the Coriander oil outside the lip where he normally puts his chew as well as putting a little on his thumb and pressing it to the top of his mouth and holding it there for 10 seconds. If it burns him at all, try mixing it with a little Fractionated Coconut Oil to prevent burning. He can carry a little sample-size bottle of it in an empty snuff tin filled with cotton so the bottle doesn't bang around in there while he's walking and make annoying sounds. The purpose of this is to give him the normal feeling of carrying a snuff can in his back pocket or wherever he keeps it on his person. Then, when he goes to habitually grab a dip, he will find the Coriander oil instead , which will serve as a reminder that he has made a commitment to himself to quit. Plus, with the Coriander oil being very conveniently located where the addictive substance would have been, he'll remember to use it to stop the cravings.

He may also want to use Frankincense every day to help heal the damage done by the tobacco. This he will have to use long-term, but it will be very beneficial for him, especially if he has any cancerous or precancerous cells he doesn't know about. He'll have to place two drops per day (maybe more often than this for the first three to six months) under his tongue and hold it there for 30 seconds and then swish and drink it down with some juice. He may also want to run a drop along his jawline on both sides as a precaution to cancer of the jaw. Of course, he'll heal much better and faster if he's not dipping anymore.

LLV is great for health by itself. It'll help give him the energy he needs without needing another substance to boost his energy levels as well as his mood. Overcoming an addiction, as you probably already know, is very stressful to the body and the mind depending on the severity of the addiction. The LLV will help keep his chemistry in check and help him with his mood as well as help keep him from gaining unhealthy amounts of weight. He'll have to take the full dose of the LLV. He also may not see the results from using the LLV for at least a month, but he WILL see results.

A full-body cleanse using Detoxifying Blend, GI Cleansing Formula followed by Probiotic Defense Formula, and using Lemon oil in his water would benefit him as well. He has, from the sound of it, a lot of toxins to dump. He should also use the Protective Blend toothpaste to heal any gum damage or lesions.

It is very good that your husband is so brave to take this step and try once again to overcome his addiction! You must be proud of him! Let him know that you're proud of him too.

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