Essential oil therapy can be an effective complementary treatment for ADHD.
Waterloo, ON (PRWEB) October 01, 2012
Research has been completed by Toyama Medical and Pharmaceutical University in Japan, Keimyung University in Korea and the Regional Hospital Bozen in Italy. Studies show that essential oils can aid with hyperactivity, inattention, anxiety, nervous tension and behavioural issues, related with ADHD.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a neurobiological disorder. The term ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) is no longer used. ADHD is now classified into three categories, one of which is formerly known as ADD, and is based on three core symptoms: inattention, hyperactivity and impulsiveness. There are a number of chemical properties in certain essential oils, which may be effective in treating ADHD. These oils include basil, cedarwood, chamomile, frankincense, lavender, mandarin, melissa, neroli, rosemary, sandalwood, vetiver and ylang ylang.
Some of the essential oils best suited for treating ADHD include the following:
Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is a cerebral stimulant, enhances concentration and aids with mental fatigue.
Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) is a sedative, and has a relaxant affect on the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous systems.
Frankincense (Boswellia carteri) also contains sedative properties, can be used for nervous tension and anxiety, and is often used during meditation.
German Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) also contains sedative properties and aids with hyperactivity and inattention.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), one of the most popular oils, is known for its sedative, calming and soothing properties.
Mandarin and Neroli (Citrus reticulata/aurantium) essential oils are known for their anxiolytic properties, which relieve stress, anxiety and depression.
Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanoides) is a sedative for the nervous system, is used for stress related ailments and is very relaxing.
Aromatic Health recommends using an essential oil inhaler containing the essential oils of peppermint, rosemary, lemon and basil, as a convenient way to use essential oils, especially for children. This particular blend of essential oils are known to aid with concentration, memory and retention, and alertness. There are also a number of applications in which essential oils can be effective. If a pure essential oil blend is being used, a few drops can be added to the bath, to a carrier oil or to a natural, unscented lotion and then massaged onto the back, chest and feet. Essential oils can also be added to a diffuser, or a few drops put on a pillowcase, a cotton ball or tissue.
The same combination of essential oils may not be effective for everyone. Certain oils compliment each other and their synergy enhances the effect of the other oils. Diet, environment, stress levels, and happiness, all have an affect on behaviour. Research related to nutrition shows that a diet high in essential fatty acids and vitamin C improves the symptoms of ADHD. Another study published in The Lancet medical journal, has shown that artificial food colouring and additives have been linked to ADHD like behaviour.
Essential oil therapy can be an effective complementary treatment for ADHD. Along with a proper diet and a healthy lifestyle, the symptoms of ADHD can be greatly reduced, and for some totally eliminated.
Michelle Reynolds founded Aromatic Health in 2003, after seeking alternatives to help heal common ailments and natural skin care products. Aromatic Health focuses on the benefits of clinical aromatherapy, or essential oil therapy.
At Aromatic Health, all products are hand made, using only pure and organic essential oils and raw ingredients. All products are cruelty free and do not contain synthetic fragrances, parabens, petrochemicals or preservatives. Their product lines include Aromatherapeutic, Mother & Child, Skin Care and Gift Sets.
To learn more about Aromatic Health and their products, visit http://www.aromatichealthshop.ca, call 519-498-9851, or email info(at)aromatichealth(dot)ca. Michelle Reynolds, Aromatic Health's sole proprietor, is a resident of Waterloo, ON.