Can aromatherapy help alcohol addiction?

March 11th, 2011 by Gritman Blogger

There is a little secret in the aromatherapy community. Lemon essential oil helps heal alcohol abuse and addiction. It is believed that lemon oil can erase the hereditary marker in a person’s aura or energy field. Alcoholic parents can prevent their children from having a genetic proclivity towards alcoholism. In releasing the tendency towards alcohol addiction, there are subtle, etheric energy webbings that resemble spider webs that are broken and dissolved. Clearing these webbings away then weakens the alcoholic tendency in all family members in all directions of the family tree. It is like breaking off chains of bondage. Anyone who is alcoholic has damage in the energy field. That is one of the reasons alcohol is so destructive. It blows holes in the aura. Once the damage is done, it leaves the person vulnerable to negative energy.

How do you use essential oil to rid yourself of alcohol abuse, damage, and/or addiction? Taking baths or having regular massages with formulas that include lemon oil is one of the best solutions. There is a need to look at the emotional issues surrounding alcohol use. Essential oils move emotion. Usually there is need to avoid pain and avoid suffering. Oils that help stop pain and suffering are Peppermint and Yarrow. Often alcoholics are depressed which masks high levels of anger and rage. Oils that clear anger are cinnamon and ajowan.

Any Eucalyptus oil and all the Cedarwoods help to heal the energy field from damaged caused by alcohol abuse. Including some of these oils in the bath or massage will help anyone heal from alcohol damage. Many children today born to alcoholic parents could be relieved of much distress by bathing the child in warm water with lemon oil, lavender, chamomile, cedarwood, and apple cider vinegar. After the first bath, the infant or child will be able to sleep and relax perhaps for the first time. Simple lemon oil can have a profound effect on those suffering from alcoholic abuse. Lemon heals the unstable energy patterns in the nervous system. Lemon also dissolves worry and resentment.

Along with lemon oil, Lemon Petitgrain can also be used in the bath and massage to help with addiction. Petitgrains are used to break habitual or addictive patterning. Lemon Petitgrain oil comes from the twigs and leaves of the lemon tree. Along with Lemon oil that is pressed from the lemon rind, these oils can break rigid patterns of alcoholic addiction. True healing and release from addiction can be achieved.

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40 Responses to “Can aromatherapy help alcohol addiction?”

  1. Comment by Diane

    What body part would you apply lemon oil if you are applying it yourself?
    thank you.


  2. Comment by Meg Shehad

    For use in addiction, I would use it in bath therapy. I would put at least 30 drops of lemon in the hot water and soak in bath. There may be other oils that will go with this. This treatment is about working with your energetic field. If you need a essential oil consultation, you can call Gritman at 281-996-0103.

  3. Comment by R Keller

    Lemon Oil in bathwater irritates the nerves in my legs terribly! I can’t stand it in a bath. It’s like I have electricity in my legs.

  4. Comment by Meg Shehad

    This is an interesting symptom. Does Lemon Petitgrain do the same thing to you? It might be a substitute.

  5. Comment by Judy Douglass

    It burned the hell out of my legs ouch—-won’t try again! very powerful!

  6. Comment by Meg Shehad

    The oils are best in bath or with carrier. There can be stinging in baths so make sure you have a fatty oil like Fractionated Coconut Oil or Olive Oil by bath to stop stinging. Just rub some oil on the stinging area and it should stop quickly. If it doesn’t get out of the bath and shower off. If there is fatty oil in the water, we careful getting out of the bath to prevent slipping.

  7. Comment by Danni

    Is lemon oil effective for alcohol addiction treatment if it is used in a diffuser?

  8. Comment by Meg Shehad

    Yes, it can be helpful. I like it best in bath therapy and at least 30 drops need to be used in the bath. Milli Austin has a book out called the Healing Bath. This will give formulas for helping with alcoholism. Any way you can get lemon oil into the addictive environment, it will help.

  9. Comment by Patty

    I am going through levels of anger and rage would you mix lemon oil with cinnamon and ajowan in a bath and could you use it in a diffuser

  10. Comment by Meg Shehad

    Cinnamon should address the anger and of course ajowan is good too. If you use in a bath, be very careful as they are hot oils and can burn you. Have Olive Oil or another fatty oil close by so you can apply to stinging areas. I once got in a bath with 77 drops of cinnamon and instead of being a hot bath it became icy cold and the most wonderful experience. The bath was full of all this love instead of anger. It only happened once. Be prepared for hot hot hot! Diffusing will also get to the anger but you will find yourself angry for hours or days while a bath is much shorter and effective.

  11. Comment by Sherry

    When doing in massage what areas do you cover for a person with alcohol abuse?

  12. Comment by Meg Shehad

    Sherry, the lemon is good for clearing generational pain. So a full body massage would be appropriate. Bath work with this oil is also great. It takes longer with massage to get the same results. Massage is effective. It just takes longer. Is there a place on the body that you feel needs more attention? I was wondering about the liver area myself. What do you think?

  13. Comment by Iris

    Will diffusing in front of someone’s picture help for distance healing? Sorry if that is silly idea.

  14. Comment by Meg Shehad

    Iris, this isn’t a silly idea. Distance healing is possible. I sometimes like to use hair from their brush and focus on that. Pictures can work too. It is all about focus and intention. Yes,long distance healing is possible. You can also focus on an essential oil and ask for it to be present when you are out or unable to get it. It all works.

  15. Comment by Bianca

    Hi I was wondering if you added the oils to a pendent to wear around the neck can you get the same effect? It would be for my boyfriend he hates baths so I know he will never do that.And if it has the same effect how many drops would I need for all the oils? Thank you Bianca.

  16. Comment by Meg Shehad

    Bianca, wearing the oils around the neck is not the same as getting into a bath. If this is the only way, then go for it. Showers can work too. Put the oils on a washcloth and put it under the shower as hot water pours onto it. This is not as good as a bath either but it is effective.

  17. Comment by Lou

    Yes, you can use the oils on a pendent or vial around the neck. Drops are as much as he can tolerate and the public he associates can tolerate.

  18. Comment by Sue

    What about using the oils with foot and hand reflexology?

  19. Comment by Lou

    The essential oils are very effective for foot and hand reflexology. There are many basic points within the hand and foot that represent body systems or organs and of course you know this. The essential oils that are good for those systems or body parts are also good on the different reflex points. Sandalwood and Cedarwood known to be good for kidney and bladder infections can be used on hand and foot points that correspond to the kidneys and bladder.

  20. Comment by Angela

    I used to live I Houston and took a few classes at Gritman…..they were awesome! My question is, can you help me develop a roller ball treatment for alcohol or drug addiction?

  21. Comment by Meg Shehad

    It does not look like your question showed up in the comment. Happy to answer it though if you could post it again.

  22. Comment by KacieB

    I used a LOT of lavender (inhaling) when I first was going without alcohol some years ago,even though I don’t care for the scent. Now, I’d be inclined to try a base of ylang ylang, which I love, with lemon to lighten it up. Even in a bath, I’d add some coconut oil to spread out the oils (mix in oil before adding to the bath water). I’ve also read that a bit of Epsom salts added to oils (without any carrier oil yet) help disperse within water and carrier oils; let the essential oils dissolve the salts, then add any carrier oil, mix/shake thoroughly before adding to bath. This way, the EOs will disperse within the entire container of water (tub, bottle, roller bottle, etc.) rather than sit on top of it. (I am a student in an Aromatherapy Certification course, and have used EOs for my own benefit for more than two decades.)

  23. Comment by Lou

    Kacie, there is no way to get around that the essential oils will float on top of the water and will move to the side of the tub. When you take a bath in oils, what you are actually doing is sitting in an energy field. The water takes on the energy of the oils or its vibration. Whether the oils are incorporated or not is really not at issue. The energy of the oils does effect the the bath experience and therefore effects you. You are sitting in the oils energy as well as the water’s energy. Carrier oils are lovely in the bath but one must be careful getting out of the tub as the bath is now slippery. Epsom salts are also a wonderful addition to the bath experience as well as apple cider vinegar, seaweed, and chlorophyll. All of these substances will color and nourish your bath experience. Remember to hydrate while in the bath. You are sweating while in the water. I like to continue the sweat by wrapping up in blankets and lying on my bed until my heat level returns to normal. A brisk toweling helps circulation and skin care.

  24. Comment by angie

    Can Lemongrass be used the same? I have a lot on hand, and want to try this on my boyfriend right away.

  25. Comment by Meg Shehad

    I have not used lemongrass in this way, but would like to know if you used it and how it worked.

  26. Comment by JoAnn

    Will drinking lemon EO in water help the craving for alcohol? What about oils for someone who uses cocaine occasionally?
    Thank you

  27. Comment by Meg Shehad

    Alcohol and cocaine or other drugs tend to damage the energy field with excessive usage. The use of the EO’s helps to heal this damage. With a healed energy field recovery from drugs is much easier. This also applies to pharmaceuticals. Drinking EO’s is usually not approved. When taking approved oils for internal usage, it is about one or two drops. I prefer bath therapy especially for alcohol addiction. Massage and shower work can also work well.

  28. Comment by Tina

    Works great! Erases any desire or urge to drink if used regularly. I used it in coconut oil as a moisturizer and used on my body after a shower and on my hands and arms during the day. Very easy and it absolutely did work for me.

  29. Comment by Trevor

    Ok everything was good until the New Age phooey about distance healing, I mean come on? Magick now? Explain the reasoning with logic and perhaps I can respect it.

  30. Comment by Sarah Strain

    When using Essential oils in a bath it is
    Much more beneficial to first dissolve the
    Oil in Epsom salt then add to the water.
    Simply dropping the oil into the bath will
    result in the oil floating on top. More will
    Stick to the sides of the tub than absorb
    into the body. The oil will bind with
    the salt and disperse in the water.
    Another note citrus oils increase sun
    sensitivity. It is safe to use lemon oil
    in your drinking water if it is a high
    grade oil free of chemicals. 98% of the
    Essential oil market is adulterated oils
    with chemicals present.

  31. Comment by Meg Shehad

    Essential oils in bath therapy has much more to do with the energetics surrounding the body than it has to do with absorbing the oil into the body. Lemon oil if it is to be absorbed into the body needs to be organic. Non-organic lemon will have other chemicals in them such as synthetic sprays. Chemicals are natural or synthetic. Essential oils are natural chemicals. Some companies do add fatty oils to extend them but they are considered natural too. By saying adulterated with other chemicals perhaps you need to be more clear about what you mean here.

  32. Comment by Joe

    I think it can probably be used to help – but only as part of a broader course. I’ve talked to people who overcame alcohol addiction holistically – with many different tactics to support their body and especially their mind. Just my 2 cents…

  33. Comment by Netty

    My boyfriend comes from a family of people that drink daily. He craves it, always talking about going for a drink. When he does drink he has no control and will drink until he is really drunk. One time I counted 18 beers. He will drink 3 to 4 in 1 hr. He was brought up like this and I want to try and help. He knows he has a problem, but its an addiction and very hard to control. usually Beers but alcohol also. I told him he can only help him self but we all know it is hard. Please let me know what I can do to help. I don’t want this to be the reason we don’t work out. He is pretty open to doing things. I am not trying to stop him as I like to have drinks here and there. But I want him to slow down and have more control. I took a level 1 healing touch class about 5 months ago and have not used it. I will have to look in the book to do it on him, but if you could give me a recipe for him I would really appreciate it. I also have a diffuser I can use and he works from home so I can have that going during the day, and I have a massage table.
    I am all set just need recipes and instruction.

    Thanks for taking time out

  34. Comment by Meg Shehad

    This is an interesting conversation and I would agree with Joe that aromatherapy or essential oils are a good piece of a treatment plan. Unfortunately you have very little power over someone who is choosing to drink too much. They are the ones that need to realize this and for those that are watching the behavior, this can be very difficult and frustrating. You can suggest but until they realize the problem, you will probably still be frustrated with this. This does not mean that you cannot do thinks like healing touch, diffusing lemon oil or wearing it when they are around. You will find ways to help your friend but of course it is up to them if they take it or not.

  35. Comment by Meg Shehad

    I agree that a person must be responsible for their behavior, but here is the important point. Since we have an energy field that we cannot see or most of us cannot see, there can be energy patterns within the field that make drinking more difficult to quit. Let us say that a person has a pain trap in his energy field, which is a disturbance that is created over many lives. The pain within this trap can be overwhelming to the host and so drinking is a way to cope with the pain is triggered. If you use the right essential oils and lemon or lemon petitgrain is often part of the healing, one can remove the pain trap. Drinking or not drinking becomes much easier. So I am saying that sometimes it is just not a question of will but other things that can make drinking more difficult to stop. As someone that is watching someone drinking or unable to stop, suggesting essential work especially with a certified spiritual aromatherapist can be a helpful step in the right direction for both parties.

  36. Comment by Pam

    How often do you suggest doing the bath with lemon?

  37. Comment by Vanita

    I understand that EO added to bath are the most effective but does diffuser work?

  38. Comment by Meg Shehad

    Diffusing does work. Unfortunately because the bath is about submersing the total body; it is effective. Diffusing is almost topical in that it is breathed in and mostly breathed out. The closer and longer you stay with the diffusion; the more effective it is. The more enclosed and small the area is also makes a difference. Showers with the oils in them can work too.

  39. Comment by Lorraine

    I just read all of these replies and they will be very helpful. I work as a licensed massage therapist in the field of addictions of all kinds. I just became a certified essential oils coach with the Essential Oils Institute and am also a Quantum Touch Practitioner. I use essential oils daily with my patients, different ones of course mostly for pain and anxiety, focus, relaxation. But this is something I can share with them, to take with them when they leave. I am always searching and trying to educate them to help themselves and do the research as well. I want to thank you for this Meg. This is another little piece of information I can share with them and put them I hope on a path to help themselves.

  40. Comment by Meg Shehad

    You are welcomed. When dealing with serious issues such as alcoholism, it is very important to understand how the energy field can be healed, cleaned, and refreshed so that the healing can happen more easily and recidivism is lower.