Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder – commonly known as ADHD – is a common behavioral disorder that affects about 10% of the population, with men being three times more likely to be diagnosed than women. This disorder causes a person to tend to act impulsively without thinking, and children diagnosed with it tend to be hyperactive and have trouble focusing in school. It's important to remember, however, that all people will act in this way sometimes – particularly if they are excited or anxious – so a doctor's diagnosis is crucial to treating this; do not diagnose anyone on your own!
ADHD is broken down into 3 sub-types, each having their own recognizable pattern of behaviors:
The use of essential oils in treatments for various physical and mental ailments is called Aromatherapy. Essential oils are thought to have beneficial effects on physical health and mental well-being, when used safely and properly. For the treatment of the symptoms of ADHD, these essential oils are believed to have an effect:
Lavender: Has a calming effect and reduces feelings of anxiety
Roman Chamomile: Soothes and comforts
Mandarin: Quiets the nerves, especially when combined with Lavender
Ylang Ylang: Sedates and calms the emotions
Vetiver: Has a calming effect and focuses the mind
Patchouli: Soothes the nervous system
Frankincense: Supports the immune system
The best way to use essential oils for treatment of ADHD is with a Nebulizing Essential Oil Diffuser. This type of aromatherapy diffuser releases essential oil into the air in the purest undiluted or unadulterated form to administer maximum therapeutic benefits.
It's important to note that essential oil should not be taken orally, and should only be inhaled or used topically in a diluted form on specific regions or spots on the body. A 2% dilution is recommended for adults, and for children this percentage should be halved.
It's also important to note that, with topical use, there is a chance that skin irritations may occur. These usually present themselves as painful rashes or splotches, but can even manifest in nausea and headache, and can occur after the first exposure or only after several exposures. Some cause the skin to react when exposed to the sun's rays, while others may cause severe reactions of the mucus membranes, such as in the nose, eyes, mouth, and genitalia.
When used to treat children, it's important to be very careful with essential oils. No matter what certain distillers may say, essential oils used in aromatherapy are not regulated by the FDA, and you should always get consent from your doctor as well as a trained aromatherapist before using.