In this newsletter we will try to help you further
your knowledge and use of essential oils.
Physical & Emotional ailments
Aromatherapy and ADD, ADHD and Autism
by Penny Keay
We get a lot of requests asking if aromatherapy can help with ADD
(Attention Deficit Disorder), ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity disorder) and Autism.
To answer your question – Yes, aromatherapy can help with each one of these, in varying degrees.
When we look at a case of ADD or ADHD, we need to look at the age of the child, as most requests
for suggestions are from parents or other relatives, sometimes teachers.
Something we ask about is if the child is on medications of any kind, if they have already had their
diet changed to limit or eliminate processed sugars and other processed foods. And next, Please
let your physician or health care worker know you want to try aromatherapy too.
Also are they getting plenty of outdoor exercise each day with a dose of daily sunshine.
First, you as a parent, need to keep a journal of the events and results while using essential oils.
Because, only you know your child or children and so you will have to evaluate their reactions.
But before even using essential oils here are a few suggestions.
Write down some of your concerns, behavioral complaints, etc. Then rate each one and don’t forget
to record the date. Write down what essential oil you are going to be using, etc and anything you can
use to help you document the reactions.
Secondly, we recommend a nightly, bedtime ritual that you should try to stick to, including the weekends.
Third, try to establish a morning routine, so as to not spark confrontations early in the day.
To start the night time routine: About 1 hour before bedtime you should let your child or children
(everyone needs to participate whether or not they have ADD, ADHD or autism) know that bedtime is in an hour.
Make sure they respond to you and you to them by using their name. “Johnny, bedtime is about an hour away”,
make sure they respond with something verbally or at least a head nod with eye contact, or something,
so you and they know they have been ‘told’. This is going to help stop confrontations.
Then we highly recommend a warm bath about ˝ hour before bedtime. NOT a shower, but a nice warm bath.
Soothing, relaxing. Sure they can play with a toy or two. Let them enjoy their warm bath for no less then
10 minutes but no more than 20 minutes.
Dry them and have them put their pajamas on, then have a story time of about 10 minutes. A quiet time routine.
With children we usually will recommend starting out simply by using Lavender at bedtime.
When you tell them that it is about an hour before bedtime or just prior to their warm bath –
diffuse several drops of Lavender essential oil (or another if that one is suggested to use for this child)
in their bedroom. Also add a drop to each end of their pillow, so no matter which way they turn their head,
they will get a ‘whiff’ of the Lavender. Any of the essential oils with sedating properties can be used.
Lavender being number one choice,
but Roman Chamomile is another excellent oil.
I’m sure you are wondering why we start here at the bedtime hour. For many children and parents this
seems to be one of the most trying times of the day. Not only are we trying to establish a routine bedtime
ritual but we are trying to train the body that is it now time to wind down for the day so we can get a ‘good
As an adult, you know how you feel when you don’t sleep good, or when you toss and turn all night. NOW,
imagine a child, who never really gets a good nights’ sleep. They may have slept for 9-10 hours but did they
have good sleep?
Children with ADD, ADHD and Autism all need good restful sleep. Remember they need to be well rested
to PAY attention, to concentrate, to learn. Often times these kids, who are hypersensitive to every external
stimuli carry it on in through their sleep. Their sleep is not met with good sleep patterns.
So, back to the matter, we are going to start with
Lavender at bedtime.
Next after a few days to a couple weeks of using Lavender
at bedtime – if you have been keeping a journal –
you will hopefully see some type of improvement in behavior, sleep, school, and /or at play.
If this seems to be helping, continue with the Lavender
at bedtime but now we are going to add some more
essential oils during the day. Again, start slowly.
The next part of the day can also be very trying and tiring. After school or the time between 2:30 and 5:00
in the afternoon.
You might just be getting home from work or afternoon appointments and the kids are getting home from
school or after school activities. Everyone is tired and most likely hungry too.
Now is the time to start diffusing some relaxing and calming oils. To help everybodies nerves.
If your child is very wound up when they come home from school or the daycare, give them a moment or two
of your undivided attention, but then, let them know they will need to let you calm down and relax too after
a busy day.
The next bunch of oils we recommend is not only for the child but for the entire family.
Essential oils that are calming include Lavender,
Rose Otto . Some others that may also help are
Ylang Ylang and
Petitgrain and , and
Again, as you continue to read, you may find one or more of
these are better for your ADD/ADHD/Autistic child more than others.
The child and the parents are all a little tired after a busy day, and now you have a child that wants to
tell you everything or have you do this or that and phew!! I’m tired just thinking of it and I’ve had a busy
day and there’s laundry to do, beds to make, supper to cook, and a meeting at 7 and STOP!!!! Talk about
being hyperactive!! So, it’s time for everyone to slow down!!
Some great oils to help to relax come in a few of our blends. They actually work better in a synergistic
blend then individually. (Although you may find one of the oils in the blend will work better alone and
so by all means use that one.)
Our suggested blend is our Calming blend .
Or you might want to start with Relaxing blend or the
Take Five blend .
Diffuse one of these blends through the supper hour, then stop. Give an hour or two break before the
bedtime ritual starts.
The next part is to help with concentration. The best oils to help with concentration are usually a blend
again. But you can try each of these alone to see how they work.
First choices are Lemon, Rosemary and
Basil Any of these alone may help, but in combination they
are even better for most people. They seem to help these kids become alert (remember back to the
poor night’s sleep) and are able to concentrate and focus.
Although some children respond better to other members of the citrus family such as: Mandarin ,
Tangerine or Grapefruit. You may want to let your child sniff each one and ask which one is their favorite.
Give that one a try for a few days. Or start with Lemon for a week, then switch to another for a week, etc.
Remember you are keeping track of things in a journal.
Oops, forgot to tell you when to use this. You will want to use this just before they head off to school.
Then the easiest way is to apply a drop or two on a Terra Cotta Pendants
or use another type of aromatherapy
Unfortunately for some children, school Physical Education classes may make them remove all jewelry and
metal clasps can be difficult for small fingers and very trying to a child with ADD, AHD or autism.
An alternative is to use a small cotton pad and safety pin it to the inside of their shirt or blouse and
add a drop of oil on the pad. Have the pad with the oil drop placed between the pad and the shirt material.
We don’t want undiluted essential oils to touch the skin of your child as some citrus oils can cause a skin
reaction (phototoxic reaction) to occur and we don’t want that to happen.
The other two oils to help with memory and of course concentration are
and Basil .
may be the more helpful of these two essential oils for children.
If you don’t want to try individual oils you can try our Concentration blend
which is a blend of Lemon,
There was a study done by a Medical Doctor from 1999 to 2001, he compared the effects of
Vetiver on children with ADD and ADHD.
There was marked improvements in all the these
children with most showing improvements in brain activity, sleeping and more, while using these essential oils.
Although we have never used Vetiver or
Cedarwood alone for ADD/ADHD children,
we do know that in some
people, since these are considered ‘grounding’ essential oils, these oils appear to help them to calm down too.
Although this is just a start, Essential oils can help. Remember, each person, whether child or adult has their
own unique chemical makeup including imbalances. Since essential oils are made up of different chemical
constituents that will work differently in each person, you may need to try different combinations.
If you have tried the above suggested routine and still need help ‘tweaking’ it or need suggestions on other
oils that might help please e-mail us.
Usually the essential oils listed in this article will be the ones of choice that will give the best results.
If you have other issues you would like to address please see our listing of past newsletters and read through
them to find recipes and other essential oils that may be just the right combination for your child.
Adults can have ADD, ADHD and Autism too. But the older you get and as you go through puberty the body
goes through many hormonal and chemical changes. What may work for children’, may or may not work for adults.
You should certainly start with the suggested oils in this article but realize an adults’ body and chemical makeup
may be different and require entirely different blends.
Be patient, and continue to work with the essential oils. Keep your journals, and review them. Hopefully with
time you will find the right combination that will work for you and your child.
If you have any success stories you would like to share, please send them to us. What helps your child might
be able to help another. And as a parent of a child with ADD and ADHD you know how much any kind of help
would be appreciated.
We will share any information we receive in future newsletters – with an UPDATE notice.
We do hope this information will help many of you with children or adults with ADD, ADHD or Autism.
BIRCH HILL HAPPENINGS NEWS
Have you had a busy fall? If not, we’ll gladly share our work!!
We working very hard trying to get the rest of our building project completed
(our insurance company is wondering when we are going to be done too!) . We hope that this phase will be done
within the next few weeks.
We are anxious to have the extra storage space and of course, our new bedroom!!
We are working hard on the sheetrock (drywall), mudding, taping, priming, and painting. Then the final parts,
the trim work, light fixtures and flooring. And last but not least to hang the window treatments.
Well, lets see, not only have we been busy with that project, Penny finally got a chance to make
the new Scented mini tarts !! Yep, they are finally ready.
Simply click on the image to learn more and to order.
As you know we had to discontinue our candle making
operation as we just could not find the style or color of jars we wanted to use. Anyway, we feel essential oils
diffused from a soy wax tart or oil warmer
is a better way to utilize essential oils, the best way to get the most
out of all the chemical constituents in the essential oils.
Fortunately one of the suggestions by our readers was to create an essential oil scented tart to be used
in our oil and tart warmers. Since we truly didn’t like the use of a flame around our precious essential oils –
such as when burning a candle. This is a better solution.
Our candles, although they burned at a low temperature, still caused alterations in the way the essential
oils were diffused into the air. Often times a burning candle will make a naturally wonderful essential oil or
blend smell absolutely terrible.
In fact, one of our good customers let us know that she loved all our products that she purchased from us, but
she did not like the candles at all. We appreciated her honesty.
So decided when we could no longer get the
candle jars, that it must be a sign to change to the tart or oil warmers and Scented tarts .
So on behalf of her and all the others out there we want you to know we feel the Scented tarts used in a tart
and oil warmer will be much better for you and give you better scenting of those precious essential oils.
Please check our current selection of Scented mini tarts by visiting the old candle page – which is
Also, there is a new re-creation of another of a certain MLM companies blend - ImmuPower TM -
We call it Protect Me! Blend.
It is on our synergy blends page Click Here and according
to the customer that asked us to recreate it she says we “nailed” it. So if you are a big fan of the
ImmuPowerTM please try our Protect Me! Blend. It costs a lot less then the other one.
The holidays are just around the corner and although we may not have anything new for this holiday season,
we are getting well stocked for this busy time of the year.
In the next issue we will try to make some suggestions and provide a few recipes for some
easily made holiday gifts or have ideas of our products you
can add to make up a simple, affordable and appreciated gift for any and all family, friends and co-workers.
Gentle reminder to those of you making up shampoos, lotions etc that you are scenting with essential oils,
you’ll want to get your supplies and mix them up about 4-6 weeks before giving them.
As always, if you have suggestions, questions or comments please feel free to send us an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
we will get back to you as soon as possible.
‘til next month,
Yours in Aromatherapy,
Alan and Penny
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