ADHD stands for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. It is a condition that makes it difficult for people to concentrate on the task they are completing. A.D.D and A.D.H.D can also leads to feelings of restlessness and irritability. Although adults can be diagnosed with ADHD, it is most commonly diagnosed in children, usually when they have started school.
It is not known what the exact cause of ADHD is, but there are several traits that seem to be common in many people that have the condition. There are also other factors that may have a bearing on whether a child will be affected by the condition. It is common in children that were born before 37 weeks and who had a low birth weight.
Children who suffer from ADHD often find school difficult, and they may be labeled as naughty by teachers and other staff. This may have an impact on their learning, as they are not able to give their full concentration to what they are being taught. They may also find social situations difficult, and it may not be easy for them to make friends or interact with other peers at a normal level.
It can be frustrating for the parents of a child who has ADHD, especially before an official diagnosis has been made. It can sometimes be a long process for a diagnosis to be made. Things that should be a normal part of daily life can be very challenging, such as going on a shopping trip or trying to get the child to sleep at night. The most important thing for parents to remember is that the child cannot help the way they are acting.
How can essential oils help?
Terry Friedmann, MD, in 2001 completed pioneering studies using essential oils to combat ADD and ADHD. Using twice-a-day inhalation of essential oils, including Vetiver, Cederwood, and Lavender, Dr. Friedman was able to achieve clinically significant results in 60 days. Researchers postulate that essential oils mitigate ADD and ADHD through their stimulation of the limbic system of the brain.
Because attention deficit disorder may be caused by mineral deficiencies in the diet, increasing nutrient intake and absorption of magnesium, potassium, and other trace minerals can also have a significant, beneficial effect in resolving ADD.
For a list of recommendations for using essential oils in regards to ADD and ADHD, see the Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition, page 536.