Essential Oils and ADHD?

I was excited this month to place my LRP order with doTERRA, excited because part of my order this month is Vetiver and Cedarwood. I will be reviewing these oils as part of my 30 Days, 30 Oils challenge, but I’m also going to be doing a little side project specifically detailing how these oils affect my son with focus, attention and anxiety issues. A study was done in by Dr Terry Friedman, M.D. 2001, showing an amazing correlation and improvement in patients age 6-12 with ADHD with the use of Vetiver, Cedarwood and Lavender as well as another oil blend from a different oil company. Below is an overview of the study. 


This case study was conducted for two years, from
1999-2001. Using Children between the ages of 6 to 12
years. Twenty subjects not diagnosed with ADD/ADHD
were used as the control group. Twenty subjects with a
confirmed diagnoses of ADD/ADHD were used as the study

Each group was pre-tested using a baseline evaluation
with real time EEG and The T.O.V.A. Scale.

The essential oils chosen for the case study were
Lavender, Vetiver, Cedarwood and Brain Power (a blend
of Frankincense, Sandalwood, Melissa, Cedarwood, Blue
Cypress, Lavender and Helichrysum.)

The oils were administered in this fashion: one of the
oils were administered by inhalation 3 times a day for
30 days. An inhalation device was also used at night
to administer a continuous inhalation of oil.

The subject then inhaled when needed, about 3 times
during the day when they began to feel “scattered”.
The inhalation of the oils proved to settle the
brainwaves back into normal patterns and improved
their scholastic performance and behavioral patterns.

Each subject was tested on each oil for 30 days and
then reevaluated by testing. Then another oil was used
for 30 days and reevaluated, until each
of the oils had been tested. Lastly, oil combinations
were used, each for a 30 day period. (Brain Power with
Lavender, with Cedarwood, and Vetiver.)

The final results were: Lavender increased performance
by 53%, Cedarwood increased performance by 83% and
Vetiver increased performance by 100%.

Now I need to mention that I am not proposing that you go and treat anyone with essential oils. I’m not a doctor, but I do find the study interesting. I also find interesting, the suggested uses of some of the doTERRA oils to help with different symptoms that can give my little man trouble throughout  the day. There have been plenty of people that have had success with essential oils in helping with focus, attention and calming. I want to see what these essential oils can do for my boy.


I am not a doctor and the statements on this blog have not been evaluated by the FDA. Any products mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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