How I Am Beating Sugar Addiction


I was going to wait to post about how I am beating my addiction to sugar after I marked 3 months without one sugar craving, but since posting a snippet about it a few weeks ago, I have been flooded with emails and comments asking for more details. I figured since it has been 11 weeks now  – it is close enough.

I am happy to share how I have been getting those sugar cravings out of my life.  It is not only amazing… it is MIRACULOUS!!!! Truly a life changer that has been so easy I am still astounded when I think about it.

So here are the details on how I am beating sugar addiction one day at a time.

Being addicted to anything is not fun, but when you say you are addicted to sugar, others will laugh and say, “ha ha…me, too.”  Addiction and  a “sweet tooth” are two different things.   A sweet tooth is when you want something sweet after dinner.

Addiction is when your mind or that little gremlin in your head won’t stop filling your mind with wanting more and more of it all day long – it won’t stop until you give it a fix and then the process takes over again. A vicious cycle that you have to keep giving into that takes over your life.   I have never been able to go for a few days without chocolate or something sweet like cake or cookies in my entire life, even when I was consciously trying to eat right or on a diet – the 24/7 cravings never went away. The only time I didn’t crave sugar was when I was in the hospital with appendicitis.

Over the past year, my addiction to sugar had gotten so out of control that I had to find something to help or I was going to become diabetic or worse.  It was becoming clear that taking care of myself had to become a priority if I plan on keeping my sanity and health intact.  To do this I had to figure out a way to change my “peanut M&M loving” ways. These little nuggets were taking over my life  – for real!



The yellow packages were in my desk, the car, my purse, everywhere.  New ones, half filled ones, crumbled up ones.

After getting serious about finding an intervention, I did some research and found something interesting.   Something simple and inexpensive. No doctors or drugs, only a little bottle of…  Dill Oil!   You read that right, dill oil is one way to beat sugar addiction.

Reference Guide to Essential Oils

I have been using essential oils for years to make my house smell good, but never thought about using them in any other way.  Over the past year I have been reading everything I could about how to use different oils besides diffusing them or placing in light bulb rings. I bought a book on Amazon called the Reference Guide for Essential Oils and looked up “sugar addiction”.


Sure enough it was listed and the first item under the heading was to rub dill oil mixed with some carrier oil (almond, olive, grapeseed) on your wrists.  “Say what?” … I had to read it a few times until it sunk in.  “It can’t be that easy???”

All these years of struggling with the addiction and never winning… I figured I had nothing to lose and bought a bottle of dill oil.

I started putting it on my wrists the day after Mother’s Day. 11 weeks  – Life changing!    So far – a TOTAL success.

I have not had one craving – not one!!!  I have had 3 items with sugar in it that I ate at a normal time without the gnawing craving making me do it.  I had some Strawberry Shortcake on my birthday, a small bowl of ice cream when I was down the shore, and a half of a donut when I was in Florida just to taste since the donut shop was hugely popular.  I ate these like a normal person without a craving making me do it. This has never before happened to me in my adult life.

How to Use Dill Oil to Combat Sugar Cravings

I think for the dill oil to work to beat sugar addiction, you truly have to be addicted to where the “I need a fix voice” cravings are non-stop. You are a true addict – just like someone who is addicted to a street drug or alcohol.

I have lost 7 pounds only because I am not eating all the calories and fat that sugar laden foods have in them. I am still hungry and eat pretty much everything but stay away from foods with added sugar in them in the way of white table sugar, artificial sugar, honey, high fructose corn syrup, etc.

It has been so easy!   I still eat 2 – 3 pieces of fruit a day. Berries, an apple, orange, or a half of a banana in a smoothie.


  • Most essential oils are strong and need to be mixed with what is called a carrier oil first or they can burn your skin. A carrier oil can be any food grade oil – olive, almond, corn…  I had coconut oil in my pantry so that is what I used.
  • To make mixing the oils easier for me every day, I bought an eye dropper bottle at Whole Foods and put the coconut oil in it.
  • Every morning I mix 2 drops of coconut oil with 2 drops of dill oil in my left palm and mix them together with my right index finger. I then spread the mix down the inside center of my wrists just below my palms.  Since it is summer and I wear shorts, I rub the excess behind my knees. I figure it can’t hurt.  :-)
  • That’s it!   For the first 3 weeks I did it every morning and even one evening when I felt a little urge creep up.  Now I don’t use it every day, but have found every other day, even every third day is keeping urges away. If you are addicted to sugar you know what I am talking about when these urges grow into cravings.   I am floored…truly astonished that I have not had one full blown sugar craving since I starting rubbing dill oil on my wrists.
  • You will smell like dill for about 15- 20 minutes after you apply it, so if I know I am going out early in the morning, I make sure to put it on right after I shower.

Keep in mind:

  •  People with epilepsy or that are pregnant should not use Dill
  •  Do not use if you have allergies to Dillweed
  • Every person will respond differently to essential oils, just as everyone responds differently to medication. I have had positive results using the dill oil to stop sugar addiction, but there are a few essential oils I have tried for different things that did the exact opposite of what I was using them for. 
  • I am not an expert on using oils. For more information check out the book on using essential oils in general. It is extensive.

Most essential oil companies sell Dill Oil. Just make sure it is pure 100% Dill Oil with nothing else added.

I use the Dill Oil from a company called Young Living.  I looked at Whole Foods and my local health food store where I buy Calcium Carbonate Powder to make DIY chalk paint. Whole Foods sells Dill Oil in the Wyndmere Naturals line, but Aura Cacia and Now brands do not carry it. I checked around online and found that Mountain Rose Herbs,  Bulk Apothecary, and  doTerra all sell it online.

If you would like to cheek out the Dill Oil I have been usingyou can find out more about it here.   If you would like to buy it through Young Living, here is my personal link. I do not sell the oils, but am sharing it to give you the information you need if you are interested.  If you use my personal link, I will get credit.

Since I know many of you that have written wanted to know everything :-)  I created this page that explains how to order oils through Young Living. The process is simple, yet can be confusing at first glance since they offer different ways to buy.

If I had not been an open-minded thinker, I never would have found out about using Dill Oil to help combat my addiction to sugar. I have gotten down on my hands and knees thanking God and the universe for putting the Reference Guide to Essential Oils book on my radar.

Using the Dill Oil is so perfect for me….it is just my style… simple and affordable. :-)


Another way to combat sugar addiction is to clean up the build up of yeast in your gut. If you crave sweets and chocolate all the time, you probably have what is called Candida.  It is not helping you to overcome your need for sweets.  It only feeds it. One way that I have learned to get rid of it, is to take 1 – 2 tablespoons of raw unfiltered apple cider vinegar two to three times a day.  Once upon rising, mid-morning, and mid-afternoon. Mix 1- 2 tablespoons in a 8 oz. of water and drink.  It is a bit hard to get down at first, but once you get used to it, it goes down easier.  Make sure you rinse your mouth out well after drinking so the acid does not wear away the enamel on your teeth. I use a straw so none of it gets on my teeth.   Make sure to get RAW UNFILTERED APPLE CIDER.  Bragg is the one I use. It is sold at most larger super markets and at health food stores.

A simple test to check if you have Candida:  First thing in the morning before you drink or eat anything, spit into a clear glass filled with filtered or bottled water.  If your spit starts to sink and swirls down at all within an hour, you most probably have it. If it sits on top of the water and does not have any tendrils under it, you probably don’t have it.

If you have any questions, let me know and I will  help you as best I can.




    • Liz Williams says

      Thanks for sharing this information on dill. I have just recently started using YL oils for various things, and when I read this about getting control over sugar addition, I thought I have to give this a try. This so describes me, and I could identify with your problem with a truthful, “me too.”

  1. Lisa says

    Diane- I ordered dill oil from Young Living and received it yesterday in the mail. I plan to start using it in the next day or so. I sure hope it works for me like it does for you because I have that crazy addition too. I’ve always said I have an addition to chocolate and people just laugh! I will let you know how it is working for me in a couple of weeks. I can’t thank you enough for sharing this with all of us.

    • says

      Hi Lisa – I hope it works to take away your cravings as well as it did for me. It worked pretty much right away – the cravings were gone :-) Best of luck with it.

  2. Debra says

    Hi Diane, Thanks again for this tip. I started it a few days ago. I haven’t seen much of a change yet. I am hopeful though. The smell is really strong for me. Can you put it any other place besides your wrist?

    • says

      Hi Debra – I only know to put it on the inside of your wrists. I also put the excess behind my knees. I have searched online to see if there is any other information about using dill to combat sugar addiction, but there is not much. I only read about it in the Reference Guide I have and it only states to use on wrists. The smell is strong, but it does go away. Maybe use one drop and 3 drops of oil to lessen the smell.

  3. Cherie in the D says

    Hello Diane,

    Thank you for the post! Do you think using perfume will interfere with the dill oil? I usually apply my perfume to my body and not on my wrist.

    • says

      Hi Cherie – I am not sure. It may chemically react with the perfume on your skin though and give you a rash or redness, I think I would not put both on at the same time.

    • says

      Hi Lynn – Good question. Dill oil is extracted from the leaves, stems and seeds of the plant. The seeds are the strongest so the answer is yes. I think some brands use different wording.

  4. Sophia says

    Thank you and congratulations on beating that addiction!! I just ordered 100% Dill Oil through Amazon :)

  5. Cheri says

    I also had to come to the realization that I’m a sugar addict. Bummer right here at Christmas, I know I’m WAY late coming to this post but it’s relevant all the time.

    Dill, that’s very interesting. It’s my favorite spice and I’ve been craving it lately. We use essential oils, but Dill isn’t one of ours… thanks…

    P.S. We use Oregano oil any time we start to feel sick or have sinus issues, and it nips it right away!!

    • says

      Hi Brenda – Yes you can do this, I have been thinking of doing it myself so that I don’t have to wash my hands after applying it. I would do a 50/50 or 60/40 combo of the oil and Dill. 60 oil – 40 Dill.

      • Colleen says

        40-50% dilution is way too much. A little goes a long way. If you are using this oil (or any essential oil), you would use a 1-2% dilution for daily use (1-2 drops of dill to 5ml carrier oil). This might seem too little, but I assure you the dilution is correct. Using too much essential oil, especially not diluted properly can lead to sensitization issues (you could become allergic to the oil and the plants it comes from). Using the same oil for too long (even diluted properly) can also cause sensitization. This is not one of those situations where “more is better”.

  6. Sheena says

    Wow! This is what I need! I have been trying to get off sugar for a good while now. I go in spurts but this time I just can’t seem to kick it. It’s really bad when you start to sneak it! My question is, do you know how it affects those with epilepsy? I guess I will have to discuss with my doctor but just thought I would ask. I really hated reading that. :(

    • says

      Hi Sheena – In the Essential Oil reference book I have it does state to use caution with Dill if you have epilepsy. I would check with your doctor before using it.

      • Sheena says

        I thought I would let you know that I did discuss with my neurologist. She acted like I was crazy and said anything can cause seizures just as anything can cause cancer, lol! I found out she actually uses YL too! However, this is what my doctor told me. Everyone should check with their own doctor before making the decision to use dill. I just got my dill in and starting today! Praying this will work for me.

    • says

      Hi Constance – I do not know of any other essential oils for curbing sugar cravings, but have read that the supplement, L Glutamine has been used to help with sugar cravings. You may want to ask your doctor about it.

  7. Michelle says

    I have been struggling with depression which has turned into addiction to sweets. Not chocolates, but boiled, candy,soft and chewy. Anything really.
    It has been bothering me, then I saw this.
    I’m going to try this and, well, can’t do any harm from trying.
    Thanks so much for the advice. Watch this space

    • says

      Hi Michelle – The dill oil has been a miracle for me. It worked right away and still does. It will be a year in May that I started using it. Many people have written to me that they don’t like the smell. It does go away. I hope it it works for you.

  8. Stevie says

    If you don’t like the smell of an essential oil, try rubbing it on the bottoms of your feet instead of wrist or behind ears. At least the smell if further away from your nose or inside your shoes :)

    • says

      Hi Kelly – I do still use it and raw apple cider vinegar to help combat the cravings for sugar. I learned that drinking 1 Tablesppon of raw apple cider vinegar in a glass of water a day helps lessen candida growth which is what causes the cravings. Both have really helped. I lost 10lbs just by not eating so much chocolate. :-)

  9. Colleen says

    Other essential oils for cravings are grapefruit, peppermint, bergamot, patchouli, sandalwood, fennel, and ylang ylang. There are companies that sell synergy blends specifically for cravings (Plant Therapy has one called Munchy Stop). Dilution is very important. You don’t need to mix the essential oil and carrier oil at 40-50%. A 1-2% dilution is sufficient. If you don’t want to wear the oil, consider getting inhalers. Then you could just pull it out of your purse and sniff it when you feel the urge to eat sugary foods, etc. If you use an inhaler, then you don’t need to dilute with a carrier oil. You could also try a diffuser necklace. If you don’t want the smell of dill hanging around your neck, consider putting oils that have calming properties in it and carrying the inhaler with the dill. You could also put the dill on a cotton ball and put the cotton ball in a baggy, open and sniff when you feel the urge. Another option is putting oils on your bra strap. Sounds weird but it works. The only time you need to dilute the essential oils is when it is touching your skin. And please, never ingest oils unless you are under the care of a professional.

  10. Jamesie says

    How to I sign out from inmyownstyle. Love the ideas and comments thank you for sharing. I hope to share some of the things I did from changes.


  11. Phyllis says

    I noticed all your comments were from a year ago. How is the dill oil working now? Does it also reduce the craving for foods processed with sugar?

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