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Essential Oils for ADHD

Integrating aromatherapy into a daily regimen has been proven to be very effective in managing mood, behavior, responses and reactions. When you match up the right remedies to tackle an issue, you will always see results.  If you are not seeing or feeling results, then you need to look deeper at the core issue and determine the true culprits of the imbalance.

For example, certain foods can cause chemical reactions, metabolism changes and neurotransmitter disruptions within the body.  But this is not a cookie cutter effect for everyone.  I could eat sweet potatoes and be completely fine and satisfied with it, however someone else may have an adverse reaction such as reflux, excess mucus production causing a tickle in throat, gas, bloating or even stomach discomfort. Mentally and emotionally, it can either enhance focus and concentration or reduce it. It can make you happy, creative and productive, or make you feel sluggish, confused and unmotivated. Foods, are just one piece to the puzzle of managing daily health – physically, mentally and emotionally.


Aromatherapy for Mental Health

With issues such as ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), you have to look at everything that makes you up everyday. Habits such as food, hydration, stresses, environmental atmosphere, sleep, movement and  exercise and elimination. If any one of these pieces are imbalanced, deficient or negatively affected, it will throw off the entire body system including mental and behavioral faculties such as your responses and reactions.

Let’s talk more about an importance puzzle piece that can bring you a remedy and solution…Aromatherapy.  Aromatherapy, as I define it in my Holistic Aromatherapy Comprehensive Guide is the use of essentials to influence, shift, change, inspire, empower and alter mood, emotions, physical functions, behaviors, actions, responses, reactions and our environment. You match up certain essential oils either individually, or in a combination to help you achieve a balanced state of all of these processes simultaneously. You see, the limbic system is incredibly powerful and when provoked via a smell, it engages all of the limbic faculties to help you assess and take action. When there is an imbalance, you will match up an essential oil possessing the opposite effects to bring it more in balance.  An example would be anger, hysteria and spastic over-reactions. You would choose essential oils that possess qualities of cooling, calming, antispasmodic and relaxing.  If you chose essential oils that deliver heating effects, you would elevate the heat already present, thus, not achieving the results you needed.


Essential Oils for ADHD

Let’s define some qualities associated with ADHD so we can then determine the best essential oil choices to provide the desired results you are seeking.

ADHD can be:

  • Hyperactive, over-excited, hysteria, spastic
    • To balance this, you will need calming and relaxants.
  • Cognitive imbalances – short attention span, short-temper, not complete tasks, inattentive, easily distracted, impulsive or reactionary, trouble communicating
    • To balance this, you will need cephalic and circulatory remedies
  • Restless, nervous, anxious
    • To balance this, you will need antispasmoic, calming and blood sugar supporters (blood sugar imbalances have been linked to anxiety)
  • Adrenal fatigue, thyroid issues, gastrointestinal issues
    • To balance this, you will need nutritive, nourishers and restoring remedies

Essential oils that support, enhance and balance these issues are:

  • Calming and Relaxants: Chamomile, Cypress, Geranium, Lavender, Palmarosa, Patchouli, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang
  • Cephalic (brain enhancing, boosting, balancing): Black Pepper, Cedar, Frankincense, Lavender, Lemon, Rosemary
  • Anxiety & Nervousness: Bergamot, Cedar, Cinnamon, Helichrysum, Lavender, Marjoram, Neroli
  • Adrenal Support: All Citrus especially Orange, Pine, Tanacetum annuum, Vetiver



.33 ounce roll-on bottle
.33 ounce carrier oil (do not use a thick oil, or one that solidifies)
3 drops Lavender, Lavandula angustifolia
2 drops Roman ChamomileAnthemis nobilis, Chamaemelum nobile
1 drops VetiverVetivera zizanioides
1 drop Patchouli, Pogostemon cablin

Combine all essential oils into the roll-on bottle and swirl around gently so the oils do not splash out. Next, add in the carrier oil, secure on the rollerball, cap it and roll between your hands to blend it together. Label it and use as needed to calm emotions, thoughts, behaviors, responses and reactions. Great to quiet mental chatter, especially before bed. This is a small dilution ratio for children. Adults, if needed can double this formula.



2 ounce bottle with spray top
2 ounces distilled water and/or liquid plant enzymes
4 drops Rosemary, Rosmarinus officinalis
4 drops Lemon, Citrus limonum
2 drops Cedar, Cedrus atlantica
1 drops Black Pepper, Piper nigrum



5ml amber bottle
4ml carrier oil (do not use a thick oil, or one that solidifies)
6 drops Orange, Citrus sinensis
5 drops Pine, Pinus sylvestris
4 drops Grapefruit, Citrus Paradisi
3 drops Cinnamon, Cinnamomum zeylancium
2 drops Marjoram, Origanum marjorana

Combine all essential oils into the 5ml bottle and swirl around gently so the oils do not splash out. Next, add in the carrier oil and  secure the cap (without the orifice reducer). Shake well. Use once or twice daily, and as needed to nourish adrenals and nerves. To use, remove the cap and drizzle 1-2 drops of this blend into the palm of your hand. Then you can apply to your wrists, neck or as a hand moisturizer to receive the benefits.  You can also cup your hands over your nose to breath in the scents. 


Disclaimers: Information provided is for educational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure or prescribe. It is recommended that if serious health issues exist, you consult a licensed medical provider. JennScents does not assume liability or responsibility for the use and/or misuse of this information.

References: This blog contains excerpts from JennScents Aromaversity Certification Courses and the JennScents Holistic Aromatherapy Comprehensive Guide.


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