According to studies published in Concise Guide to Child and Adolescent Psychiatry although ADHD causes problems many children with ADHD have a good attention span when engaged in tasks they find interesting.
Adults with ADHD are diagnosed under the same criteria as children, including having symptoms by six to twelve years of age.
Research indicates that ADHD can be difficult to distinguish from other disorders, as well as to establish what exactly is within the normal range of activity for children.
Interestingly brain imaging studies do not show consistent results between individuals diagnosed with ADHD.
External symptoms of hyperactivity tend to go away by young adulthood and morph into symptoms of "inner restlessness" in teens and adults with ADHD.
According to a study published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, “Girls tend to have less hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity but more intellectual problems."
6 Essential Oils for Relieving ADHD Symptoms:
#2 PEPPERMINT (Mentha x piperita), steam distilled flowering tops. One of best locations for growing and distilling peppermint oil is the USA.
- Known to clear brain fog
- Helps improve ability to focus and sustain attention
Considered a basic necessity for your aromatherapy first aid kit peppermint oil is a fluid colorless oil with a clean, fresh, minty scent that is distinctly penetrating.
Peppermint oil is known to clear brain fog and better than coffee as a stimulant. Great for helping to improve your ability to focus and sustain attention use peppermint oil when you need to get going fast.
A research study on peppermint oil showed the effect was to relax tension, as well as relieve fatigue while increasing alertness.
CAUTIONS: Peppermint cools by constricting your blood capillaries therefore please use in extremely weak dilutions. May be a mucous membrane irritant (low risk), choleretic (increases bile production liver), neurotoxic. Maximum dermal use level 5.4%. Research indicates that Peppermint Oil may aggravate GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease), a type of heart burn. Due to its strong cooling action Peppermint should not be used by children under 2 1/2 years of age.
#3 LEMON (Citrus limonum), cold pressed peel. Best location for growing and distilling is warm Mediterranean climate and soil of Italy.
- Research effect of lemon to increase ability to focus
- Helps you stay in control of emotional outbursts
Genuinely reminiscent of the clean fresh scent of fresh fruit lemon peel the aroma is sharp, sweet, fruity, light, and fresh. The Mediterranean climate and Italian soil produces the finest lemon oil with a superior scent.
Lemon oil energizes and refreshes your body and mind and increases your ability to focus and memorize!
Japanese scientists studied the effect of lemon essential oil on the ability to focus. They discovered that the typical mistakes were reduced by 54 percent when lemon oil was diffused into the work room.
CAUTIONS: Skin sensitization if oxidized, phototoxic (low risk). Maximum dermal use level 2.0%.
Read all 3 of my blogs in this series for information on all 6 essential oils to use for ADHD.
Read first blog in series, Power of Focus Relieve ADHD Symptoms Essential Oils to Use.
Read next blog in series, ADHD European Legislation Essential Oils to Use.