ADD / ADHD

ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) is a neurobehavioral disorder that causes an inability to focus. Older literature uses the term ADD or “ADD with hyperactivity” when referring to this same disorder.

“Attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a neurobehavioral disorder that affects 3-5 percent of all American children. It interferes with a person’s ability to stay on a task and to exercise age-appropriate inhibition (cognitive alone or both cognitive and behavioral). Some of the warning signs of ADHD include failure to listen to instructions, inability to organize oneself and school work, fidgeting with hands and feet, talking too much, leaving projects, chores and homework unfinished, and having trouble paying attention to and responding to details. … ADHD is usually diagnosed in childhood, although the condition can continue into the adult years.”

Suggested Oils to Use

Clary Sage, Frankincense, Lavender, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Also consider: Basil, Marjoram, Patchouli

Suggested Ways to use

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.

A special blend (Amyris, Frankincense, Lime, Patchouli, Roman Chamomile, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang) is a blend of oils to enhance focus and support healthy thought processes.
Frankincense – Stimulates limbic system of the brain.

Lavender – Calming and relaxing to nervous system.

Vetiver – Calming and Relaxing

Clary Sage – Uplifting, may help with depression.

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 proximity to 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.

The early writers on use of essential oils (Valnet, Tisserand, Gassefosse) came 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 ADHD. Summarized below are some of their recommendations:

· For frustration, impatience, and anger use oils and blends that calm. Frankincense, Lavender, and Ylang Ylang. Applying to the feet, back of the neck, behind the knees, and diffusion are all suggested.

· For improved concentration use the oil Vetiver. Again apply on the feet or, for school children that need help during the school day, a necklace with a pendant that will absorb the oil will 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.

The following blend was submitted by a mother that had great success with 3 children.

Peaceful Child Blend
• 18 drops Vetiver
• 10 drops Ylang Ylang
• 7 drops Frankincense
• 5 drops Clary Sage
• 3 drops Marjoram
• 12 drops Fractionated coconut oil

Blend in a roll on bottle and apply to bottoms of feet and on the brain / spinal reflex points of the feet right after showering in the morning.