Natural Ways To Treat ADHD Using Aromatherapy

Posted on January 14, 2017 by Chad Pegura | 28 comments

 Essential Oils for ADHD By Organic Aromas

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!

Symptoms of ADHD

ADHD is broken down into 3 sub-types, each having their own recognizable pattern of behaviors:

  • Inattentive:
  • Trouble paying attention to details or a tendency for careless errors in work or other activities;
  • Difficulty focusing on tasks or activities;
  • Apparent listening problems;
  • Difficulty following instructions;
  • Organizational problems;
  • Dislike or all together avoidance of tasks which require mental effort;
  • A tendency to lose items (I.e. toys, notebooks, homework, etc.);
  • Easily distracted;
  • Forgetfulness in daily activities
  • Hyperactive-Impulsive:
  • Tendency to fidget or squirm;
  • Difficulty remaining seated;
  • Excessive movement or exercise;
  • Difficulty remaining quiet;
  • Constantly moving;
  • Blurting out responses prematurely;
  • Difficulty waiting;
  • Problems with interrupting or intruding.
  • Combined:
  • This is a combination of the other two types, and is the most common subset of ADHD.

How Can Aromatherapy Help ADHD?

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:

Essential Oils to Try

  • 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.


Caution

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.

 Essential Oils and ADHD By Organic Aromas

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25 Responses

Amanda Murray
Amanda Murray

February 10, 2017

Interesting! Ready to try!

Taunya
Taunya

January 24, 2017

Interesting article

Melissa Hammonds
Melissa Hammonds

January 24, 2017

Interesting research and connections! Frankincense is amazing, soo many uses and aids!

Angela
Angela

January 23, 2017

Great read! You guys always post up informative content! :)

Dana
Dana

January 23, 2017

Lavender is my favorite for restfulness

Kristi
Kristi

January 22, 2017

I believe essential oils can make a difference in so many ways, so this is another great use for them.

Adrianna
Adrianna

January 22, 2017

I love essential oils for their medicinal properties and also for just scenting topical ointments/cremes. I have never actually use essential oils for aromatherapy at home and am interested int he benefits it can have been used as that. I am glad that this site offers helpful blog post like this to help educated as people explore essential oils and aromatherapy. I personally do not know anyone with ADHD but I feel that this could also help with Autism as well as my boyfriend’s younger cousin has serve Autism and some times gets very anxious, I would like to see if it would have similar affects on him.

gloria patterson
gloria patterson

January 22, 2017

I am new to oils and only have a few expensive so it takes time. But it is nice to read a study how oils can help in different ways

Jessica
Jessica

January 20, 2017

I think this is an awesome finding too many kids are put on these harsh amphetamines that make them zombies. Aromatherapy is mind blowing!

sophie lapierre
sophie lapierre

January 19, 2017

Very interesting article because it can help people who got some of those symptoms in a variant degrees too…Or as people says in column, to calm down, to ease the nervous system, to relax, etc…

Candi
Candi

January 19, 2017

I’m not ADHD, but I think these could help with my stressed-out brain!

Candi
Candi

January 19, 2017

I’m not ADHD, but I think these could help with my stressed-out brain!

Insiya
Insiya

January 18, 2017

Super informative article! Never knew scent is so powerful and can be used as a therapy in itself!

Rachel
Rachel

January 18, 2017

What a great informative article! I didn’t know that there are many different oil to help this problem. Thank you for sharing it!

Victoria D
Victoria D

January 17, 2017

Very interesting article. I agree that natural treatments are the way to go.

Gerard
Gerard

January 17, 2017

good article

Gustavo
Gustavo

January 17, 2017

Me parece interesante la correlacion entre como aromas pueden ayudar en autismo y otras condiciones. Mas aun creo que la combinacion de reiki con aromaterapia es mas efectiva.

Trevor Bradley
Trevor Bradley

January 16, 2017

Nothing wrong with using some essential oils to calm the nerves.

Allison H
Allison H

January 16, 2017

It never knew just how beneficial aromatherapy could be to so many different illnesses, especially ADHD. I keep my diffusers going, and now I’m considering adding them to my kids rooms.

Kassidy
Kassidy

January 16, 2017

With this info in mind I would love to put my lavender to use. Thanks for the info, very insightful.

Cendy C
Cendy C

January 16, 2017

Even if one doesn’t have an ADHD diagnosis, they still have great benefits!

Tina
Tina

January 16, 2017

The power of scent is just magnificent! :)

Ashley Chustz
Ashley Chustz

January 15, 2017

What a great post! Needs to be shared with everyone- especially people who have kids that are being diagnosed with ADHD and ADD and being put on harmful medications!

Becky D
Becky D

January 15, 2017

Another great article. Thanks!

Becky Dean
Becky Dean

January 15, 2017

Another great article. Thanks!

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