Autism Oils:  Frankincense, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram,Sandalwood, Vetiver

Also consider: Clary Sage,Ylang Ylang

Suggested protocols:

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 – Vetiver (Frankincense, etc) oil carried with the child during the day can help them if they find themselves loosing focus or calm.  Clay necklaces with the preferred oil or applying some oil to the area of the hand between the thumb and first finger allows an easy quick technique to inhale during a busy school day.

Special Blend – Focus Blend is a special blend (Amyris, Frankincense, Lime, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang) prepared to enhance focus and support healthy thought processes.

Rest – Many times lack of rest and relaxation is an issue and nightly foot massages with Lavender or other relaxing oils is very helpful.  Also consider diffusing relaxing blends or oils.

Diet – Be assured nutritional balance is addressed.

Application – These oils and blend can be inhaled or carried via the blood stream. For the latter applied topically to the feet is effective or with a light massage action along the spine. Dr. David Hill also recommends applying the oils to in regions that are in close proximityto the sources of blood flow to the brain. Two he specifically mentions are on the areas of the right and left jugular just below the chin on the front and each side of the neck. The other is the suboccipital triangle which not only gives proximity to arterial flow to the brain but also key neurological tissue. He describes finding this by placing the fingers on the sub occipital protuberance (little bump at the top of the spine on the back of the neck) then just below this grip the large muscle tissue and roll the fingers off to the side. This depression just behind and below the ear is the suboccipital triangle and the location Dr. Hill suggests is an excellent place to topically applies these oils and blends.

More on protocols:

The early writers on the use of essential oils (Valnet, Tisserand, Gassefosse) were 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 autism.

  • For frustration, impatience, and anger use oils and blends that calm.  Grounding Blend, Calming Blend, 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 can 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.

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).

From the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke:  “Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a range of complex neurodevelopment disorders, characterized by social impairments, communication difficulties, and restricted, repetitive, and stereotyped patterns of behavior.  Autistic disorder, sometimes called autism or classical ASD, is the most severe form of ASD, while other conditions along the spectrum include a milder form known as Asperger syndrome, the rare condition called Rett syndrome, and childhood disintegrative disorder and pervasive developmental disorder not otherwise specified (usually referred to as PDD-NOS).  Although ASD varies significantly in character and severity, it occurs in all ethnic and socioeconomic groups and
affects every age group.  Experts estimate that three to six children out of every 1,000 will have ASD.  Males are four times more likely to have ASD than females.”

This article goes on to describe some of the signs of autism in this way, impaired social interaction, children may fail to respond to their names, they often avoid eye contact with other people, they have difficulty interpreting what others are thinking or feeling because they can’t understand social cues, such as tone of voice or facial expressions, and don’t watch other people’s faces for clues about appropriate behavior.  They lack empathy. Many engage in repetitive movements such as rocking and twirling, or in self-abusive behavior such as biting or head-banging.

They also tend to start speaking later than other children and may refer to themselves by name instead of “I” or “me.”  Children with ASD don’t know how to play interactively with other children.  Some speak in a sing-song voice about a narrow range of favorite topics, with little regard for the interests of the person to whom they are speaking. Another characteristic of autistic children is they are very sensory sensitive.  This could be hot or cold, touch, taste, or smell.  This is important with essential oils since some may not be able to have oils applied directly but may need them
applied to the feet or with diffusion where they do not have such a strong sensory impact.

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