12 Essential Oils for ADHD and ADD
1. Vetiver oil
Vetiver oil is rich in fragrance, and therefore, an additive in body perfumes, perfumed soaps, oils and air fresheners. However, with research, Vetiver is effective in the treatment of ADD. Due to its aromatic effect on the mind, it calms, ground and balances the mind. With the calming, warming, sedative and soothing properties on the nervous system, Vetiver, banishes anger, hysteria, and irritability. Moreover, it reduces neurotic behavior and reduces the feeling of anxiousness, a characteristic of people with ADD/ADHD. To use Vetiver essential oil, place five drops within a teaspoon of carrier oil, such as jojoba and then apply that to the base of the neck.
2. Basil oil
Most users call it “the oil of renewal”. Basil oil reduces anxiety, fear, and nervousness efficiently. It calms the mind and the heart hence making it able to overcome stress and fatigue. Basil essential oil is useful for people suffering from nervous disorders. Add basil in a room diffuser.
3. Lavender oil
For a long time, Lavender has been useful in eliminating nervous tension, treating respiratory problems and enhancing proper blood circulation. With its calming scent, lavender tones the nerves, thus eradicating anxiety. To reduce cases of nervous tension, emotional stress and restlessness, place a few drops of Lavender essential oil on a pillow before night sleep. According to research, Lavender oil affects the autonomic nervous system, and that is why it is a perfect remedy for treating insomnia.
4. Lemon oil
Lemon oil is stimulating, calming and sleep-inducing. Due to its calming nature lemon is effective in removing mental fatigue, exhaustion, nervousness, nervous tension, and anxiety. It refreshes the mind, increasing concentration, and alertness, an essential need for people with ADHD. Add lemon essential oil in a room air freshener.
5. Rosemary oil
This powerful oil is effective in treating ADHD. It soothes the mind and improves focus. Moreover, the rosemary enhances alertness and enhances performance for overall quality of memory. Rosemary essential oil blends well with Lavender and Lemon. In this cases forming a formidable memory booster. For effective results, one can inhale the oil directly.
6. Frankincense oil
Common oil among spiritual people, frankincense essential oil, alleviates anxiety and depression. Moreover, it increases intuition. By lowering anxiety, it acts as an excellent sleep aid. The oil reduces heart rate and high blood pressure without any adverse side effects. Massaging or a warm shower of Frankincense essential oil is an effective way of using it. Still, the oil a room diffuser works perfectly!
7. Myrrh oil
With most of its use in perfumes and fragrances, the yellowish-orange oil has a viscous consistency and is vital in calming and balancing the body. The myrrh balances the most critical hormones in the body. Balancing hormones, in turn, gives a feeling of calm and concentration. Blending it with Lavender works perfectly in room diffusers while mixing Myrrh with jojoba, makes it an effective massaging oil.
8. Ylang ylang oil
Ylang ylang essential oil is an extract of fresh flowers of Ylang ylang tree. The oil has extensive uses in aromatherapy, treatment of hypertension, memory, and perfumes. It eliminates anxiety, inducing a relaxing and joyous feeling. Besides, the oil strengthens the nervous system, and repairs damaged parts of the nerve. As a sedative, it induces sleep and improves concentration. Due to its volatile nature, it works well in a room diffuser.
9. Peppermint oil
Its everyday use is as a breath freshener. However, peppermint essential oil has extensive application in the field of health practices, culinary arts, and cosmetic practices. Peppermint promotes energy levels, increasing concentration, alleviating mental fatigues and restlessness. These aspects make it efficient in dealing with ADD and ADHD. The concentration of Peppermint is naturally high, thus mixing it with carrier oils such as almond, makes it highly effective. For use, either, apply the oil topically on the skin or inhale it directly from a bottle.
10. Cypress oil
Carenen, limonene, and alpha-pinene are active compounds of cypress essential oil. The oil is a perfect antibacterial, stimulating, antispasmodic and antiseptic. In dealing with ADHD, Cypress essential oil induces a feeling of calmness due to its sedative effect. Also, it eliminates anxiety, anxiousness, insomnia, emotional stress and difficulty in concentrating. Among the various ways to use the oil, the most effective are either massaging it on the skin or inhaling directly from a bottle.
11. Roman chamomile oil
With great soothing abilities, Roman chamomile essential oil calms the mind and the whole body, in turn, increasing concentration, a need for people with ADHD. Moreover, Roman chamomile treats insomnia efficiently. Among ways to use this essential oil, is either adding 4-5 drops to a glass of water or hot beverage or applying on the skin directly.
12. Clary sage oil
With powerful antidepressant, antispasmodic, aphrodisiac, euphoric, sedative, nervine and hypotensive properties, Clary sage essential oil is very vital in the field of medicine, with particular emphasis on people with ADHD. Due to its sedative properties, it reduces nervous convulsions, nervousness, anxiety, and hysteria; thus making the mind alert! An alert mind is a concentrating mind, just what people with ADHD need. To efficiently use Clary sage oil, apply it to a pulse point, rub on the skin directly, or apply few drops to the pillow at night. This oil forms a perfect blend with roman chamomile. When using the mixture, add a few drops to bathwater.