Aromatherapy- A Holistic Treatment
There are many different alternative treatments used in addiction recovery. These alternative treatments include yoga, acupuncture, equine therapy, and aromatherapy. They are all beneficial in different ways.
Aromatherapy is an alternative treatment that utilizes plant extracts and essential oils that may have a beneficial effect on one’s mood and health. The use of aromatherapy began back in ancient civilizations. People in these civilizations attributed much of their physical and mental well-being to having regular massages with the oils, or simply inhaling their scents. Each scent meant something different to them. For example, Rose was used as an antidepressant while Chamomile cured headaches and the common cold. The use of oils to help the body still lives on today.
Aromatherapy is used in addiction recovery as a holistic approach to help balance emotions and help the addict relieve stress and feel calm. When an addict is in early recovery, they often are overwhelmed by the process of recovery and the long road ahead of them. Smelling the calming oils, or even getting a massage with the oils, will help them calm down and focus on their recovery.