Essential Oils For ADD

essential oils for addAttention Deficit Disorder (ADD) can be a challenge for children as well as adults. Although prescription medications and other remedies may be used, there are also some other natural ways that people use to try to address the symptoms of ADD.

In addition to diet and other natural efforts, using essential oils for ADD can be extremely effective in dealing with some of the struggles that people affected with the disorder have.

What is ADD?

essential oils for add quoteAttention Deficit Disorder may also be referred to as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).  A commonly diagnosed condition, ADD affects at least 2 million school children and probably even more adults. Challenges presented in ADD include anxiety, foggy thoughts, forgetfulness, learning disabilities, tics, behavioral problems, speech or hearing issues, and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

Although some children outgrow some of the issues, other problems continue throughout adulthood. Some adults with ADD may have never been diagnosed as a child but are now looking for relief that works.

And while sometimes prescription medication can help (and a doctor should be consulted before making any changes to medication), you may also find relief from some of the symptoms by using the natural help of the best essential oils for ADD.

Bringing calm and serenity while improving focus and concentration, using these essential oils can be extremely effective for children and adults who struggle with the effects of ADD or ADHD.

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Symptoms Associated with ADD or ADHD

Essential Oil Recipe Blends for ADD or ADHD

Using these recipes will make various blends of essential oils that are exceptionally useful for aiding in concentration and focus while promoting calm and reducing stress that can come along with ADD. Try the recipes as listed or adjust them to your own needs as you determine what works best for you.  Once you’ve gotten the hang of experimenting a little bit, you’ll find that you can tailor your essential oils to your custom needs.

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Best Essential Oils for ADD or ADHD

Using the recipes above or making your own blends, the individual essential oils listed here offer a great amount of power in fighting ADD symptoms as well as flexibility to be effective for many other uses.

Take into consideration the extensive flexibility and variety of uses of these essential oils and you’ll find it extremely helpful to add them to your library of essential oils.

Cedarwood Essential Oil

Known to have been used for thousands of years, Cedarwood essential oil is extracted from woodchips and sawdust of the Cedar Tree. This oil is known to aid in bringing oxygen to the brain which allows clarity of the thoughts. In addition, it helps to increase the limbic area of the brain which brings balance to the emotions. It offers a calming, soothing effect. In addition, Cedarwood essential oil may be used to treat eczema, clean wounds, reduce swelling, cure toothaches, repel mosquitoes, and even stimulate the metabolism.

Frankincense Essential Oil

Another ancient oil considered precious for thousands of years, Frankincense offers a spicy aroma that brings the feelings of comfort, clarity, focus, and elevation to the mind and emotions. In addition to helping relieve some of the symptoms of ADD, Frankincense is also useful as a disinfectant, antiseptic, and diuretic. It can be used to help relieve respiratory issues, regenerate healthy cells to prevent the effects of aging, as well as helping with the digestive system. Frankincense is also particularly helpful in increasing the efficacy of any other oils that it is blended with, so add it to various blends and you are likely to see them work much better.

Lavender Essential Oil

One of the most commonly used essential oils especially for its characteristics of bringing calm and reducing anxiety, Lavender offers a great deal of help to folks with ADD. Lavender aids with concentration and improves cognitive performance while helping the brain to relax. Simply inhaling a bit of lavender can relieve stress. Also useful for skin problems, household cleaning, nausea or motion sickness, dandruff, or even in cooking!

Mandarin Essential Oil

A citrus oil that is extracted from the peels of mandarin oranges, this essential oil brings about calm and quiet, particularly when blended with lavender. Named after the Mandarins of China, a local southern China oil from the Far East that was brought to Europe in 1800s then to the USA four decades later.

Roman Chamomile Essential Oil

Known for bringing feelings of soothing and comfort, Roman Chamomile Essential Oil has a scent similar to the smell of apples mixed with straw.  Can be diffused in the air, inhaled from the bottle, or applied directly to the pulse points such as behind the ears and inside the wrists.

Vetiver Essential Oil

Focusing the mind and calming the emotions, Vetiver essential oil brings psychological grounding and stability. With a unique and mysterious scent, Vetiver is a thicker, dark essential oil with earthy, forest-like tones.  Dilute a few drops with a carrier oil such as Olive Oil or Sweet Almond Oil and apply to the bottoms of the feet, then rub palms together and inhale.

Ylang Ylang (pronounced Ee-lang Ee-lang) Essential Oil

Offering sedation and calm to the emotions, Ylang Ylang is distilled from the flowers of the ylang ylang tree. In addition to soothing the mind, Ylang Ylang essential oil is useful as an antidepressant, antiseptic, and nervous system booster. It can help to lower blood pressure also. Add a few drops to carrier oil and apply to the back of the neck, bottoms of the feet, or behind the knees. Also useful when diffused into the air.


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What Others Are Saying

Using Essential Oils for ADHD

We have seen improvement in sleep already. And Ben recognizes it. For the past 2 nights, he has asked for his oils at bedtime. I don’t even have to talk him into using them. Read More Here…

In the last 30 years, researchers discovered that inhaling essential oil has positive effects in children that have ADHD. Essential oils are able to cross the barrier between the blood and brain so that it can be healed directly, which makes them an effective treatment for ADHD. ( Site No Longer Active…)

Podcast Episode

Dr. Anh Nguyen has a great resource on this topic in the form of a podcast which can be accessed directly from her site. In this podcast episode – she interviews Dr. Chantell Reagen and they talk all about ADHD, Gluten and Alternative Treatments. Feel free to click on the link to check that out!


Using essential oils for ADD can be extremely helpful for parents of kids with ADD as well as for adults with ADD. Finding calm, clarity, and concentration can bring a great deal of improvement to performance and behavior, as well as bringing peace to the home and classroom.

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