What are some of the things to consider when using Essential Oils to support an Autism Treatment
Recently I had a friend reach out to me. She knew that I had been studying the use of essential oils with children. Her son has recently been diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum, and she is looking to find as many natural products to help with the medications and other therapies that she is using. I promised to do some research and get back to her. Once I did that, she used the oils for a few weeks and was very happy with the results. So, with her permission, I am sharing what we found here.
There are 2 things that are very important when using essential oils for safety. One is the quality of the essential oil, and the second is the amount of oil that are used on a child.
If you walk into a store, and all the essential oils on display are 5ml bottles and all are about the same price, I can guarantee you that the most expensive oils have extenders added to them, so you are getting way less essential oil. And you are paying for carrier oil. It will also be a lot harder to measure for safety them. Make sure you are always buying a reputable brand. I use Youngevity essential oils because the bottles are 100% guaranteed to be therapy grade essential oils, and not filler. (Unless you by one of the “on the go” kits).
Second for safety is dilution. You can download my dilution guide based on age right here.
So, back to the research. There are a number of things you encounter with autism; anger, meltdowns, anxiety and stress, lack of focus and concentration, and trouble sleeping. In some cases, children will take to self-harm as a well to focus their negative energies.
Let’s talk about the oils that have worked for my friend and her son. Also, to note, that while this research was meant for my friend’s son, there are many oils in here that are very beneficial to all children.
To Be at Peace: (Ingredients Blue Tansy, Grapefruit Pink, Orange Sweet, Rose, Rosewood, Tangerine, Ylang Ylang). This blend is safe to use with children over 7 months of age. As in the name it has a calming effect on the people using it. The Key Emotions are serenity, balance, structure, organization. It has a light scent, so is easy for people on the spectrum to handle. She would place a couple of drops in a diffuser when her son became agitated, or would even add a few drops to a handkerchief and tuck it into her son’s backpack, so when we got to school, the oils would be there when he opened it to get his lunch. The lunch room was one of her son’s triggers.
Rose 10%: Rose is said to be one of the ultimate oils because of its ability to encourage the production and release of dopamine. Because of this, not only is this oil wonderful for supporting people on the Autism spectrum, but also for other neurological issues like Parkinson’s Disease. I suffered depilating anxiety in my teenage years, and still to this day have mild relapses. I have found that having Rose oil in a roller with a carrier oil (list here) is a wonderful way to “calm my nerves” when I am in a stressful situation, and my eldest now has a small roller in her pencil case at school. She deals with anxiety as well, and finds that rolling some on the inside of her wrists, and then smelling them, helps her in stressful situations that arise at school.
Frankincense: Frankincense is grown in Somalia, and as such is a very hard plant to harvest. Youngevity uses a steam distillation to extract the purest of the plant. This oils can be inhaled several times a day to balance emotions of depression, anxiety, and grief.
Lavender, Mailette: Lavender is likely one of the top 3 well known essential oils. This is one of the few oils that you can use “neat” or not diluted with a carrier oil, even on children. This essential oil is best known for its calming effects, but can also be used for depression, headaches, migraines, insomnia, and any stress related condition. This is a great oil to use in a diffuser in a child’s room (taking care to place the diffuser well out of reach) to help support better sleep, which in turn helps for better days. It is also amazing for bug bites, and many children on the spectrum have issues with the scratching that occurs when they are stung. This will be a familiar scent and remove some if not all of the stinging sensation.
Other great oils are: Red Mandarin (children love the scent and it is great for alleviating depression), Bergamot (another citrus scent) and is wonderful for use in emotional support in both anxiety and depression), Ylang Ylang is wonderful in relaxing muscles, promotes a state of happiness and well-being, and an excellent tool in anger management).
Want some great essential oil “recipes” to use with your family, check this out!
So, it comes down to why would you use Essential oils to support your treatment of Autism?
- Interested in adding natural tools in the scope of managing the day to day lives
- Easy to transport and administer when out and about
- Hoping to support your overall family’s health (all these oils can be used on other members of the family, so when you purchase something, it can be used for everyone, not just one)
- Cost effective tools
- Things that can be administered by other caregivers without worry.
The list could go on and on!!!
If you are interested in learning more about specific oils or purchasing some to try – send me a message and we can talk about which oils would be best for your family.
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