Before we get into essential oils' role in helping with autism or which ones can be used, we need to first understand what autism is, and how it effects those who are diagnosed with it.
ASD and autism are both general terms for the group of complex disorders of brain development that make up the autism spectrum. The disorders themselves are characterized, in many varying degrees, by difficulties in things such as:
Autism Spectrum Disorder can be more commonly associated with intellectual disabilities, difficulties in motor coordination and attention, and physical health issues (I.e. sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances), and may excel in certain visual skills, such as music or art. Autism, however, appears to occur in early development of the brain, with the most obvious signs emerging between 2 and 3 years of age. It's important to remember that each person with autism is unique; many of the individuals on the autism spectrum have exceptional abilities in visual skills, and about 40% have average to above average intellectual abilities, and some on the spectrum have a significant disability and may be unable to live independently.
With the awareness of autism becoming more and more of a priority, so too increases the number of essential oils aimed at improving mental and physical health, and they are quickly becoming popular for use in the treatment of children and individuals with autism. To do this, you must first identify the oils that help maintain accuracy and focus, and the ones which allow the mind to react positively and maintain contact with its surroundings. Certain essential oils can also help to ground and unite the body, mind, and spirit with reality, while simultaneously encouraging positive energy in times of restlessness, stress, or unease.
I can't stress enough, again, how each person on the autism spectrum is unique in their own way and how their disorder works. Because of this, not all essential oils may work with a certain person, so everyone should be treated on an individual basis. So – what are the essential oils that may help with autism?
One of the best ways to introduce essential oils into your environment is to diffuse them with a nebulizing essential oil diffuser. Organic Aromas diffusers use no heat, no water while diffusing only pure essential oils into the air.Before incorporating essential oils into your treatment regimen, it's important to note that you should always get consent from your doctor or therapist, to ensure this will be an effective addition to you or your child's treatment regimen, and never go against your physician's orders. Inappropriate use of essential oils can lead to physical harm, so please use carefully!