ADD/ADHD

ESSENTIAL OILS

Vetiver. Inspires a harmonious state while promoting deep concentration.

Cedarwood. May improve focus and clear thinking.

Rosemary. Has been correlated with both improved memory and brain function.

Lavender. May create a calmer mind and more relaxed state.

Research
In 2001, a study found that vetiver oil is effective in helping children with ADHD. After 30 days, vetiver oil was able to double the children’s performance levels, helping them to combat ADD and ADHD symptoms such as difficulty concentrating and diminished focus.

Home Remedy
Focus Blend. Combine 1 to 2 drops vetiver with a carrier oil and apply to the wrists or behind the ears. Include ylang ylang and lavender for added calmness and focus.

Background
Everyone can have difficulty sitting still, paying attention or controlling behavior from time to time. For some people, however, the problems are so pervasive that they interfere with every aspect of their life. Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a behavioral condition affecting 11 percent of school- age children, and symptoms continue into adulthood in more than three-quarters of all cases.8 It is characterized by difficulty concentrating, impulsiveness and hyperactivity. In ADD, the symptom of hyperactivity is absent. Scientists have discovered genetics may contribute to ADHD. Other contributing factors may include leaky gut syndrome, a high sugar diet, food sensitivities and exposure to toxins such as pesticides or lead.

Suggested Supplements

» Omega-3. Significant improvements in reading, spelling and behavior were all noted over the three-month trial using omega-3 fatty acids.10

» B-Complex + Probiotics. May improve attention and the gut- brain connection.

» Zinc. Low levels are associated with poor neurological function, poor attention and a variety of motor disorders.