ADD and ADHD
Oils & Blends: Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
Autism is a developmental disorder that affects the way a child communicates and interacts. It can be generalized as ASD (autism spectrum disorder) that includes a range of different manifestations that varying in degree of severity. ASD includes Asperger’s syndrome (high-functioning autism), autism, and PDD-NOS (pervasive developmental disorders-not otherwise specified).
Autism Behavioral Checklist
- Difficulty mixing with other children
- No real fear of danger
- Tantrums: displays extreme distress for no apparent reason
- Inappropriate giggling or laughing
- May not want cuddling or act cuddly
- Noticeable physical over activity or extreme under activity
- Little or no eye contact
- Works impulsively; often makes careless mistakes: work is sloppy*
- Uneven gross/fine motor skills*
One of the notable differences some have noted is that those with autism do not learn well from experience (or coping) but rather by rote or memorization. Most love structure and will repeat very well learned structure. On the other hand those with ADHD will learn from experiences and are able to extrapolate this learning to other experiences. It is believed the root causes of the two disorders are different but since they are both developmental disorders and both affect children in communication, social interaction, and behavioral characteristics they can be confused and even misdiagnosed.
(Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurobehavioral disorder that causes an inability to focus and listen to direction. In older literature the term ADD or “ADD with hyperactivity” was used for this same disorder. Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects 3-5 percent of all American children. It interferes with a person’s ability to stay on a task and to exercise age-appropriate inhibition (cognitive alone or both cognitive and behavioral). Some of the warning signs of ADHD include failure to listen to instructions, inability to organize oneself and school work, fidgeting with hands and feet, talking too much, leaving projects, chores and homework unfinished, and having trouble paying attention to and responding to details. … ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, although the condition can continue into the adult years.
ADHD Behavioral Checklist
- Cannot talk or play quietly; disrupts others with talk or actions
- Difficult awaiting turn in games or activities
- Engages in potentially dangerous activities
- Plays without normal caution or consideration of consequences
- Severe temper tantrums
- Interrupts, disrupts, talks and acts inappropriately
- When younger, difficulty accepting soothing or holding
- Always on the move, overactive, even during sleep
- Often does not seem to listen when spoken to directly
- Often does not give close attention to details or makes careless mistakes in school work or other activities
- Uneven gross/fine motor skills
Note – Since many with ADD/ADHD, Asperser’s, or autism are highly sensitive to odors and sometime touch do not force the application of oils if it is a negative experience as this will build a experiential resentment towards their use in the future. Many times it is successful letting them make their own selection from a few choices of oils.
- Focus Blend – A special blend (Amyris, Frankincense, Lime, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang) prepared to enhance focus and support healthy thought processes.
- Frankincense – Stimulates limbic system of the brain.
- Lavender – Calming and relaxing to nervous system.
- Grounding Blend – Detoxifying, promotes courage and self-esteem
- Vetiver – Calming and Relaxing
- Clary Sage – Uplifting, may help with depression.
- Blend Frankincense and Vetiver – Some have success with this simple blend.
- Life Long Vitality supplements– Give the body needed nutritional balance. Necessary for proper brain function.
The early writers on use of essential oils (Valnet, Tisserand, Gassefosse) came before our modern era where this type of disorder has become so common. For that reason there is no information from them on the use of oils. More recent essential oils users have documented their successes in using oils to address the symptoms
often experienced by those with ADHD. Summarized below are some of their recommendations:
- For frustration, impatience, and anger use oils and blends that calm. Frankincense, Lavender, Ylang Ylang. Applying to the feet, back of the neck, behind the knees, and diffusion are all suggested.
- For improved concentration the oil Vetiver. Again on the feet or, for school children that need help during the school day, a necklace with a pendant that will absorb the oil will make it available all day.
- Some, with autism, are particularly sensitive to smell and may resist the use of oils. Applying to the feet, even after they are asleep, can circumvent this problem.
- Also go to the “Especially for Kids” tab to read the experiences of others directly. There are good suggestions on “touch” and support (some are very moving and helpful). One mentions the method of letting the child smell a number of different oils and blends and look for those giving a positive reaction. Her child responded to Blend for Women.
Peaceful Child Blend
- 18 drops Vetiver
- 10 drops Ylang Ylang
- 7 drops Frankincense
- 5 drops Clary Sage
- 3 drops Marjoram
- 12 drops Fractionated coconut oil
Blend in a roll on bottle and apply to bottoms of feet and on the brain/ spinal reflex points of the feet right after showering in the morning.
Note * – The information on this website is a compilation of suggestions made by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by those that have used essential oils and has not been reviewed by medical experts. It is anecdotal information and should be treated as such. For serious Medical Concerns consult your doctor. Please treat this website for reference purpose only.