These Essential Oils Can Help Cure ADHD, Study Finds

ADHD, short for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, is a mental disorder which is characterized by a pattern of low-attention, hyperactivity and impulses that interfere with daily processes such as learning and home activities. This disorder is usually diagnosed among children and impacts them on to their adult life as well.

Around 11 million children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with ADHD (that’s more than 6 million) and the rates have been skyrocketing each year. The usual treatment that children undergo are a combination of medication and behavioral therapy. Sadly, it’s common for children to be misdiagnosed and take medication unnecessarily.

The children that are misdiagnosed suffer serious side-effects such as sleep deprivation and decreased appetite. The medication is very harsh, but a new study is proving that there’s a natural, harmful cure for ADHD and we’re all ears.

Dr. Terry S. Friedmann, an experienced physician believes that the human body, mind and spirit are one same things, thus should be treated that way. In his study, he showed how a certain essential oil significantly benefited children with ADHD.

The children inhaled essentials oil three times a day for 30 days and the results were impressive, that it encouraged him to publish them. The children were inhaling vetiver oil, which is a type of Indian grass. After inhaling it for 30 days, they showed improved brain activity and brain wave patterns.

Cedarwood essential oil was also used because of its high amount of sesquiterpenes (compounds that increase the amount of oxygen in the brain). Vetiver essential oil is used to calm down the nervous system and increase blood flow in the circulatory system.

Friedman explains,

“When the essential oil is inhaled, the micro droplets are carried to the limbic system of the brain, which is that portion that is the processing center for reason, emotion and smell, and to the hypothalamus, which is the hormone command center.

The essential micro droplets are also carried to the lungs where they enter the circulatory system.”

The improvements were tracked through EEG, electro-encephalograph, which measures brain activity during different states. Parents also reported the reducing of symptoms.

Another study published in the Journal of Intercultural Ethnopharmacology proved the positive effects that vetiver essential oil had on children with ADHD. The study showed improved reaction times, alertness and ability to learn. They encourage the use of this oil for performance enhancement.


Other essential oils have shown promising results for patients with ADHD. Beyond vetiver and cedarwood, rosemary oil stimulates cognitive processes. When children with ADHD sat in a room in which rosemary oil was diffused, they showed incredible results in their task performances, such as increased accuracy and speed.

Lavender essential oil is famous for its sedative properties. People that have trouble sleeping are recommended to take this essential oil (either inhaling or diffusing it) to help make them sleep. Ylang ylang essential oil is also known for its relaxing properties and reducing hyperactivity.


A mother in an interview for WPTV said,

“After starting him on aromatherapy using essential oils, his grades improved from Cs and Ds to As and Bs. Now in fifth grade, the student is in advanced classes and described as a “calm child.” I apply essential oils to several body areas each morning and he also wears an essential oil bracelet.”

She explains this simple use of essential oils ad “life changing.”


Inhaling or using essential oils topically on the skin are common applications that get the job done. If you have a diffuser, you can place a few drops (around 3-4) and let it flow in your room. Many studies have actually asked the participants to take 2-3 deep inhales from a bottle with essential oils, as this adds a stronger effect.

Another method you can try is by adding a few drops into a pot of boiling water. You can then place your face about the pan and cover your head with a towel, to inhale the oils effectively.

If you choose to apply essential oils topically, make sure you apply a few droplets on your skin to test for allergies or sensitivity issues. If there’s no redness or skin irritation, you may topically add a few drops on your neck, wrists, hands, feet and/or behind your ears.

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