Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD is something that most people have heard of, and it’s more common than you’d think. Around 1 in 20 Australians are affected and although it is mostly thought to be something children have, it’s a long term condition that can go well into adulthood. It can effect learning, social interactions and put strain on families at home.
More and more parents and those living with ADHD have been turning to essential oils as an additional support, in conjunction with recommended treatments and have had really positive results.
Vetiver for example, is known as the ‘oil of tranquility’ and can help to bring calm and clarity. Sweet orange oil can help to uplift and improve concentration, and frankincense is used to boost focus and reduce anxiety. Peppermint can also be used for focus as well as to ease restlessness, soothe, refresh and aid relaxation, while rosemary is a good oil for concentration and improving cognition. Other beneficial oils for reducing anxiety and calming and clearing the mind are cedarwood, chamomile, sandalwood and yang ylang. Lavender is also renowned for its soothing properties and can aid a restful night’s sleep.
There is no specific blend we can recommend for ADHD as the symptoms will vary depending on the person, but using one or some of these oils in a carrier oil such as Fractionated coconut oil and added to the bath or a relaxing massage (always to a patch skin test first) could really help. Alternatively put them in a vaporiser or diffuser. Diffusing oils around the house, in the classroom or during meditation or yoga can have a really positive effect.
As always, If you like the idea of using essential oils to help ease symptoms but you are unsure of what blend would be most suitable, don’t forget that seeking advice from a qualified aromatherapist is always a great option!