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Using Essential Oils with Aspergers, ADHD and Autism

I have been working with many families over the last few years and have found the following oils of great benefit as they relate to calming children who experience more than their fair share of anxiety and lack of focus:

  1. Bergamot Oil: Often used to reduce pain caused by headaches and muscle tension. Known as an excellent mood enhancer, it’s considered a great essential oil. It’s a relaxant and has a calming effect and can reduce feelings of stress for people.
  2. Cedarwood Oil: This essential oil can help young people on the autism spectrum who also have ADHD. It has calming and relaxing properties that promote the release of serotonin, which is then converted into melatonin in the brain. This can help kids on the spectrum to enjoy restorative and peaceful sleep.
  3. Copaiba Oil: It’s one of the best oils when it comes to coping with anxiety and calming. This oil supports the whole body to calm and relax.
  4. Frankincense Oil: For kids on the autism spectrum who also have ADHD, Frankincense oil helps them stay focused. It’s also known to help reduce anxiety and other negative emotions.
  5. Lavender Oil: Has a calming effect on kids, improves sleep quality, and reduces emotional stress.
  6. Wild Orange Oil: Useful for reducing insomnia. It’s particularly appealing because of its sweet, citrusy scent. It can also help reduce stress levels.
  7. Peppermint Oil: Aside from lavender, peppermint is possibly one of the most versatile of all oils on the planet. It’s perfect for kids with autism and ADHD because it gives a cooling sensation and produces a calming effect. It’s also known to help improve mental focus.
  8. Vetiver Oil : A study conducted by Dr. Terry Friedman revealed that Vetiver oil benefits kids with ADHD. The oil’s relaxing properties are said to help combat the symptoms of ADHD and ADD (e.g., difficulty concentrating, easily distracted, etc.).
  9. Ylang Ylang Oil: This oil has effective sedative and anti-depressant properties.
  10.  Lemon Oil: Such a great oil for uplifting and focus.

Bergamot Essential Oil Cedarwood Essential Oil Copaiba Essential OilFrankincense Essential Oil Lavender Essential OilWild Orange Essential OilPeppermint Essential OilVetiverYlang Ylang Essential OilLemon Essential Oil


You can use these oil different ways you can mix essential oils with carrier oils, like coconut oil, and apply it to skin – being careful to avoid sensitive areas like the eyes, inner ears, and cuts or scrapes. We also diffuse the essential oils and that creates a fine mist and scents the areas. Some people like to use/make rollerballs and roll onto wrists or the back of the neck and even the feet.

Please contact me for a free consultation in my Oil Shack in Chelmsford on



Bergamot Essential Oil