We all have bad habits… Whether it is watching too much television or staying up too late, all of us do things that we wish we didn’t. As they say, one of the most important steps in breaking a habit is acknowledging that it exists and needs to be changed. Beyond that, methods for fixing a bad habit vary greatly depending on the habit itself.
When used in addition to other tools and procedures, essential oils can help you put your bad habit to rest. Here are a few common bad habits and the oils that may alleviate the thunder of their call.
Smoking is a habit that can affect every facet of our lives, from our health to our appearance to our social interactions. One effective way to use essential oils to help curb the desire for nicotine is through inhalation—in a way, this simulates the action of taking a “drag” from a cigarette. Certain oils can help delay the desire for a “hit” of nicotine (the addictive chemical in cigarettes), while others can minimize the intensity of the craving, one such oil is Black Pepper. Other essential oils that can be beneficial for reducing cravings and some of the other side of effects of quitting smoking are Angelica Root, Bergamot, Clove, Eucalyptus and Frankincense.
Essential oils can help relieve some of the mental and physical effects that result both from the desire to drink alcohol and those resulting from withdrawals. Many essential oils, such as, Chamomile, Lavender, Ylang Ylang, and citrus oils like Lemon, help combat anxiety, stress and depression. Essential oils can also assist with mental clarity, energy and relief from nausea. Some of these oils include Basil, Eucalyptus, Ginger and Rosemary. Oils such as Black Pepper and Fennel may also aid in ridding the body of alcohol’s harmful toxins.
Often the result of nervousness or boredom, nail biting is a common habit among children and adults. One way to help minimize the likelihood of this behavior is by combining coconut oil with a few drops of a bitter essential oil and applying a small amount on and underneath the nail, and on the cuticles. Essential oils that are bitter help deter further biting by having you associate the unpleasant taste with the action of nail biting. It is also beneficial to use oils that are antifungal and antibacterial, as it can help with minor damage to the cuticles and nails. Here are a few essential oils that can be used: Bitter Orange, Oregano and Tea Tree.