Sunday, January 25, 2015

Tell Me Your Problems! - Help for kids with ADHD

We all have problems. Some seem so difficult. But, there are simple things you can do to help. In addition to eating right, exercising, meditating and other healthy habits; using certain essential oils in easy ways offer great benefits. When it come to daily health, beauty or home care difficulties , I will give you aromatherapy advise that is easy to implement and kind of fun to do.

Today's Question comes from Boston:

Dear Cher:

I have a 6 year old son with ADHD.  I've read online that Vetiver oil can help calm hyperactive kids down.  But I've also read that I have to be extremely careful using essential oils with kids.  I'm thinking of diffusing the house with it.  I'm new to all this, so I'm not sure what my options are.  Also, is there another oil that would pair well with it (I've heard that it doesn't smell that great).  I've asked for his pediatrician's opinion, but also wanted to seek out an aromatherapist as well.  Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. 

Thank you in advance,

Dear CalmingADHD,

You do have to be careful using essential oils with children. I would suggest using relaxing oils like

Lavender, Roman Chamomile, and Mandarin to diffuse in the air or use in the bath or body products. These 3 oils are very gentle and recommended for helping children relax and let go of anxiety.  Deeper oils like Frankincense and Vetiver can help with
focus, but are very strong scented and might not be pleasant to children.  However they also work by rubbing them on you the bottom of of feet. You can not smell the oil way down there under your socks, but it  absorbs in and helps. I use a blend of deep oils including Vetiver on the bottoms of my feet daily to help keep me rooted and focused.

For kids your son's age, I'd use about 1/2 the essential oil concentration I use for adults.


Using Lavender, Roman Chamomile and Mandarin Essential Oils in products: If you were to add essential oils to his bath, start with 5 drops (of a single oil or combination of them) and add a little more if desired. You can also add these oils to lotions, massage oils, shampoos and conditioners. For young kids use about 5 drops of essential oils per 1 ounce of unscented lotions, fixed oil, or hair
products. You can also make a mister for some instant scent when needed. Mix about 5 drops of essential oils in per ounce ounce of distilled water in a mister bottle. He can use this to mist his face
Roman Chamomile
for some quick refreshment and relaxation. You can use just one of the 3 oils I mentioned or any combination of them. You could also mix these 3 oils in a large bottle and use your blend to diffuse and make products. All these oils are great for general skin health The only precaution is with the Mandarin oil. It, like all Citrus oils is photo-toxic and should not be used if you are going out in the sun. For example, you could use it in a lotion under your clothing, but don't use Mandarin oil on your face and then expose it to sun.

Using Vetiver and Frankincense on the feet:  Adults can use these oils undiluted on their feet, but for

kids, mix about 10 drops of these essential oils in about an ounce of a fixed oil (like jojoba, grapeseed, or sweet almond oil) and then rub on the bottoms of his feet, especially his big toes and souls.
To read more about how to use Essential Oils, check out The Many Methods of Aromatherapy

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