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...Chemical Dependency...

Updated on June 20, 2011


...My Chemical Romance...

Yesterday I started using my Lemongrass for aromatherapy. Today I wondered how it could be that this scent could wake me up more than that gigantic coffee I get every morning does. Can I abolish this chemical dependency also? My personal thoughts on it have always been somewhat negative. Why do I need to depend on a chemical to work right? I remember when I first started drinking coffee, when I was in art school and I had put off an assignment until the last minute. I told myself that coffee and cigarettes would help me get the job done, and quick.

One rainy night as I was smoking and painting a piece for my portfolio, the window open so that the smell of the cigarettes wouldn't invade the entire house, a wind came through and blew over my large coffee. Light and sweet all over my painting. When I brought it to my instructor, he made it work for the piece, like a wash of sand and biege sky behind a woman with hair blowing in the wind perhaps at the beach. It worked for that, yes.

What I am thinking of now is how long I have been dependent on this drug, caffeine. How I led myself to believe that I need it and cannot live without it. Then how I recently read that excessive caffeine actually has the reverse effect because you may have so much of it that it causes your body to overwork to process it and then become tired. I also think that I began ingesting more of it when I quit smoking over six years ago. I also learned that my cholesterol was high when I was pregnant with Markus, and so I stopped using cream and sugar. Now coffee is alright, not the light and sweet fattening drink I sucked down for years and years, expecting it never to catch up with me.

Now I am reading about yoga more than just doing yoga and seeing that there is so much more to the practice than just the movements and the breathing. Those things are primary in the practice, yes, but there is now so much more that I am realizing is attached to this. For the first thing, and taking baby steps to learning so I can properly apply it and integrate it into my life, the breathing part is essential to working through the poses and some of them are excruitiatingly focused on the breath.

Which takes me back to the Lemongrass and aromatherapy. How and why does it work? Through breathing the scent in and out. Activating rememberance and stimulating certain quadrents of the brain as well as enhancing and renewing sensors of the body. So, the smell of coffee may be awesome but the taste without the sugar and cream has gotten to be just something I think I need everyday...or do I?

Until Next Time



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    S.A. Hussey 6 years ago

    Ahhhhh coffee with real sugar and cream. How I love it and thought I couldn't live without it. It went hand in hand with the cigarettes. I gave up one (cig free 4months now) and said coffee is next. I haven't given up coffee but have cut back due to the fact that I gave up the sugar n cream, and use Splenda and 1/2 & 1/2. I lost the taste that I so loved. Now I have that cup of joe with cream and sugar just not so much of it. Moderation.

    Lemongrass sounds like a delightful aromatic way to wake up. Bursting with energy - funny how certain smells liven up your senses.

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    tangoshoes 6 years ago

    Try a rosemary + peppermint essential oil combination. I'm a huge fan of lemongrass thought. You may also want to try lemongrass and peppermint :) great hub!

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    Carole Anzolletti 6 years ago from The Phantom Queen's Labyrinth

    Thank you for your comment and I am sure you are correct that the plant life and the scents are created by the Great Divine to guide us back to a simpler and healthier way of life. I would love to see what you find with he lemon balm!

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    RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

    The simple answer could be that God created plants for our good. Too often we fail to use them from nature but turn to processed products and synthetic products for help. Thanks for sharing about how lemon scent works for you. I have an abundance of lemon balm that I am going to experiment with now.