Essential Oils for ADHD

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adhdoilsWhen you Google ADHD on the rise you will find a slew of articles from mainstream media giving their take on how much it has risen and why. The following is just one that I came across.

New research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has revealed that diagnoses for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are on the rise, with one out of every five high school-aged boys receiving the medical diagnosis, the New York Times reported.

Overall, 11 percent of school-age children are being diagnosed with ADHD, the study found, and the numbers have been on the rise over the last decade.

Approximately 6.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 have received an ADHD diagnosis, which is a 16 percent increase from the amount of children diagnosed with ADHD in 2007, as well as 53 percent increase over the past 10 years.

In terms of medication, the CDC also found that two-thirds of those diagnosed with ADHD are taking prescription stimulants such as Ritalin and Adderall. (Source)

While I could go on and on about the side effects of those medications and the various factors that contribute to ADHD and give my two cents on why its on the rise…I wont. What I really want to share with you is some natural solutions that you can look into that may help. If you really want to look at ADHD more in-depth this is a great article: ADHD Causes & Essential Solutions

The following are some of the recommendations of different essential oils that have been studied for their effectiveness in helping to combat ADHD symptoms and causes.

  • German Chamomile Possess properties similar to a serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitor, SNRI, which has been used successfully in pharmaceutical treatment of depression and some ADHD cases. It also includes several compounds that have sedative effects.
  • Ylang Ylang A study found that it produced sedative effects measured by the decrease in pulse rates and blood pressure, and also significantly increased attentiveness and alertness after inhalation of the essential oil. Ylang ylang would be a great alternative treatment to use for hyperactivity as well as the inattentive behavior in ADHD children.
  • Lavender This oil has been widely studied for its calming effects and one study reported that lavender produced calming effects, improved mood, and concentration in test subjects. Lavender has been shown in studies to cause calming affects via the main constituents of linalool and linalyl acetate. Both produce clinical sedative effects.
  • Cilantro There is very supportive evidence in using cilantro as a natural way to address the concern with high levels of heavy metals found in relation to behavioral disorders. Cilantro essential oil exerts highly anti-microbial, anti-depressant, anxiolytic, anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, neuro-protective and lead-detoxifying properties. One study evaluated the lead-induced changes in test subjects and found that administration of cilantro extracts protected against the deposits of lead in the body. Another study confirmed as well the lead protective properties of cilantro and found a significant decrease in the lead concentration in the body and the study concluded that cilantro induced suppressive activity on lead most likely via the chelation of lead. Cilantro was also found to remove mercury from an aqueous solution by binding to mercury.
  • Melaleuca Melaleuca is highly regarded for its anti-bacterial, anti-viral, and anti-fungal properties. Inhalation of it was also found to improve the immune system by increasing the activity of the immune cells. This essential oil seems to hold a variety of solutions for treatment in ADHD due to the anti-inflammatory effects, aide to the immune system by increasing the activity and the immunoglobulin cells, which is compromised from gastro-intestinal problems, and high anti-fungal and anti-bacterial affects that are needed to suppress the clostridia and candida albicans overgrowth found high psychiatric patients.

There are also a couple blends that people have had a lot of success with.

  • InTuneTM -This blend consists of Amyris (West Indian Sandalwood), Patchouli, Frankincense, Lime, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, and Roman Chamomile. The oils used in this blend have traditionally been known for their abilities to promote calmness, focus, and a balanced state of mind. Many of the oils also contain sesquiterpenes, which have demonstrated an ability to pass the blood-brain barrier to reach the cells of the brain.
  • Serenity This blend contains Lavender, Sweet Marjoram, Roman Chamomile, Ylang Ylang, Sandalwood, and Vanilla Bean Extract. This is a very relaxing blend and contains oils that help calm and soothe feelings of stress, excitement, and anxiety.

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