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The Role of Aromatherapy in the Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders 

The Role of Aromatherapy in the Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders
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The Role of Aromatherapy in the Treatment of Substance Use and Co-Occurring Disorders
Author(s):

Cathy Skipper

, and Florian Birkmayer

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190275334.003.0024
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date: 27 September 2020

Aromatherapy can be an important tool in the treatment of substance abuse and co-occurring disorders. When used by trained specialists, essential oils are safe, simple, and effective both in alleviating symptoms as well as helping increase self-awareness and transform consciousness. Olfaction is a powerful sensory modality, and olfactory receptors have been found in nearly every tissue of the body and parts of the Central Nervous System (CNS) relevant to addiction and motivation. Essential oils are widely used to support and alleviate nervous symptom disorders such as those triggered by addiction (i.e., anxiety, sleep problems, panic attacks, depression, stress etc.). The available scientific literature supports the traditional uses of the most common essential oils in this domain and is encouraging for the continued development of these powerful plants extracts for addiction support.

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