Lavender Oil: Using lavender oil for withdrawal March 27 2014
For a person who is using any sort of substance, an abrupt stop or decrease in dose can cause very uncomfortable bodily symptoms. The intensity and length of these withdrawal symptoms can vary widely, depending on the type of drug and your biological make-up. For example, someone withdrawing from opiate pain medications will surely experience heavier symptoms than those of a person who is simply cutting their coffee intake. Common symptoms of withdrawal range in intensity, including headaches, nausea, dizziness, insomnia, fatigue, irritability, and many others depending on the substance, dose, strength, etc.
Lavender oil (lavandula angustifolia) is calming, relaxing and uplifting, making it a great choice for treating symptoms of insomnia, irritability, emotional depression and frustration that can also be brought on as a person goes through withdrawal. Essentially, it can help to make a person more comfortable through a very uncomfortable process.
How to manage withdrawal with lavender oil:
Use in a room diffuser, humidifier or vaporizer by adding 10-20 drops of lavender oil. This continuous stream of the scent can be particularly helpful to maintain physical and emotional balance.
Place 15-20 drops in a warm bath and soak for up to 30 minutes in the evening. This helps to balance hormone levels and regulate emotions, which is then further assisted by the sleep process.
Use 1-2 drops (undiluted) and massage into various pressure points, such as the inside of the wrist, temples, behind the ear, between the toes, etc.
Mix 5 drops of lavender oil with 1-teaspoon sweet almond oil or coconut oil. Massage into skin nightly.
For a quick fix, place 1-2 drops on palms. Rub together and cup hands around nose and mouth and take slow, deep breaths. Repeat as necessary throughout the day.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe, treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical community is there to help us when oils can't.