Aromatherapy For Autism and ADHD
I originally posted this in 2011 but the same information applies. Since then, the Essential Oil industry has blown up and there are a lot of different options out there. Go explore! Your nose knows!
I’m a huge fan of aromatherapy. I even have a line of aromatherapeutic dog sprays, that I haven’t done anything with. The sprays are amazing, the labels are fabulous, the bottles are chic…and there they sit (now too old to sell) in a box in the office, because I hated the “selling” part of the business of sales. One of these days, I’ll get around to making millions.
The benefits of aromatherapy are well-documented, and I can attest to the validity of the claims below…I even wrote of the use of Vetiver in my book. What I’m going to say next may sound strange to you, but just put your big kid pants on and do it. OK, run to your local health store (Whole Food, Sprouts, etc.) and pick up a bottle of essential oil. Take off the lid and SNIIIIFFFF! Of course you need to smell the tester. Nobody wants your nose hairs on their new Lavender bottle. SNIIIFFF some more. Step out of your chaotic little box and try something new. What’s the worst that can happen? Your bills might get paid on time? ~ST
According to Dr. Stephanie Cave in her book titled What Your Doctor May NOT Tell You About Children’s Vaccinations, “The biggest improvement comes when the toxic metals are removed from the children’s bodies. We have seen nearly complete recovery in many of the two to seven year old children. “Therapeutic essential oils have the ability to detoxify and remove metallics from our bodies! For both ADHD/ADD and autism, stimulation of the limbic region of the brain may also help treat these disorders. The aromas from therapeutic essential oils have a powerful ability to stimulate this part of the brain, since the sense of smell is tied directly to the mind’s emotional and hormonal centers. As a result, the aroma of an essential oil has the potential to exert a powerful influence on ADD/ADHD and autism.
In a two year case study (1999-2001) Dr. Terry Friedmann M. D. found significant results when children that had previously been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were administered therapeutic essential oils by inhalation.
The essential oils of Brain Power; Vetiver, Lavender, and Cedarwood were used. The oils were administered in this fashion: one oil was administered by inhalation 3 times per day for 30 days. An inhalation device (diffuser) was also used at night to administer a continuous inhalation of oil.
The inhalation of the oils proved to settle the children’s brain waves back into normal patterns and improved their scholastic performance and behavioral patterns.
The final results were: Lavender increased performance by 5%, Cedarwood increased performance by 83% Vetiver increased performance by 100%. Essential oils have the ability to detoxify and oxygenate the body, something that research has been found to help these special children. Frankincense: Very stimulating to the limbic system of the brain. Cedarwood: Calming and purifying. Lavender: Calming and relaxing to nervous system. Vetiver: Sedating, grounding, mood stabilizing.