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Essential Oils for Autism and ADHD

Using aromatherapy has been shown to be an effective natural therapy for managing a number of mood and behavior challenges for individuals living with autism and ADHD.   Friends and clients have shared information about seven essential oils and synergy blends which they have found particularly useful.

Also see our topic page  ADHD - More Holistic Approaches .

Cedarwood Himalayan (Cedrus deodara is stimulating to the pituitary gland and appears to increase melatonin levels in the brain.  It is calming, and promotes restful sleep.  Add a few drops to a carrier oil and apply to the back of the neck, or diffuse at bedtime.  Cedarwood Himalayan

Earthen Delight Synergy Blend is a delightful, very grounding blend.  Add to carrier oil or lotion for topical use, or diffuse.  Contains :  Ylang Ylang 2nd, Patchouli, Cedarwood Himalayan and Rosewood essential oils.   Earthen Delight Synergy Blend

Frankincense (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia sacra)  is stimulating to the limbic system.  It is calming , grounding, and promotes concentration.  Frankincense can be added to carrier oil and used topically, or diffused.  Some individuals choose to take Frankincense internally.  You should only do so under the direction of a qualified health professional trained in Aromatherapy.  (For oral use, choose Sacred Frankincense (Boswellia sacra), and take one drop in a cup of warm water daily.)    Frankincense    Sacred Frankincense

Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia)  has many uses, and with a high linalool content is an important essential oil used for calming.  Our wildcrafted High Altitude Lavender has the highest percentage of linalool, and is especially popular with individuals with ADHD and autism.  Lavender can be used neat (undiluted) or with a carrier topically.   Use 10 - 20 drops in bath water for a relaxing bath.  Diffuse at bedtime.   Certified Organic Lavender     High Altitude Lavender     French Lavender     Premium Bulgarian Lavender

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita)  also has many uses.  It is refreshing, calming and promotes concentration.  It can also be used to help ease muscular aches and pains.  Add to a carrier oil or lotion for topical use.  May irritate sensitive skin.  Peppermint essential oil may also be taken orally to help relieve abdominal discomfort.  Add one drop to a cup of warm water.    Premium Peppermint     Certified Organic Peppermint

Relaxation Synergy Blend helps relieve tension, promote sleep and lift the spirits.  This blend can be used neat (undiluted) or diluted with carrier oil or lotion for topical use.  Use 1 - 2 drops to back of the neck or feet.  (Compare to Young Living brand "Peace and Calming")  Contains  :  Tangerine, Bitter Orange, Ylang Ylang 2nd, Patchouli and Blue Tansy essential oils.    Relaxation Synergy Blend

Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides) is very grounding and promotes focus.  An extremely soothing and calming oil, it helps reduce irritability and anger.  Used regularly, Vetiver can help manage neurotic behaviors.  Use with a carrier oil and apply to the back of the neck and down the spine to the shoulder blades.     Premium Wildcrafted Vetiver    Certified Organic Vetiver

Cautionary Statement :  Always review proper use and safety information about each essential oil before use.  For detailed information on each essential oil, please refer to their individual listings on this website.  When used correctly, these pure essential oils are gentle and generally safe.  However, if any negative effects are experienced, discontinue use.  For severe reactions, seek immediate medical attention.

References :

Althea Press, Essential Oils : Natural Remedies, 2015.  Althea Press, Berkeley, CA.

Battaglia, SalvatoreThe Complete Guide to Aromatherapy, Second Edition, 2003. The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Brisbane, Australia

Cooksley, Valerie GennariAromatherapy : A Holistic Guide to Natural Healing with Essential Oils, 2015.  Floramed Publishing, The Woodlands, TX.

Schnaubelt, KurtAdvanced Aromatherapy: The Science of Essential Oil Therapy, (English translation)1998. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Schnaubelt, KurtThe Healing Intelligence of Essential Oils : The Science of Aromatherapy2011. Healing Arts Press, Rochester, VT.

Worwood, Valerie AnnThe Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy, 1991.  New World Library, Novato, California

Notice : This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration. It is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any condition or disease, and should not take the place of evaluation by a qualified health professional. Although we strive to provide information which is accurate and up to date, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or completeness of this information.

Precautions : Pure essential oils are highly concentrated plant extracts. Do not use them undiluted, or in the eyes or mucus membranes. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute it with a proper carrier oil and test on a small patch of skin before applying to a large area. Do not take them internally except under the direction of a qualified professional trained in Aromatherapy.  Always familiarize yourself with the safety, contraindications and proper preparation of each essential oil before use.  Note that when using essential oils for children and the elderly, very low concentrations should be used. Keep all essential oils away from children and pets.