Children and ADHD
Our children face a whole range of issues that seem to becoming more prevelent in modern western society. In an article on Mercola.com the site reported,
“About 11 percent of U.S. children (or 6.4 million) have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD),1 which is characterized by a pattern of inattention, hyperactivity and/or impulsivity that interferes with learning, daily functioning and relationships. Rates have been increasing by about 5 percent a year. Among very young children (2 to 5 years), behavior therapy is the first-line treatment recommended for ADHD, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). However, data from the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that about half of preschoolers with ADHD were taking medication, and 1 in 4 were being treated only with medication. Further, only half of 4- to 5-year-olds with ADHD received behavior therapy, despite it being the recommended go-to treatment. By age 6, the so-called “best practice guidelines” for ADHD include treatment with both medication and behavior therapy.”
What is an essential oil?
Medicinenet.com defines an essential oil as,
“An oil derived from a natural substance, usually either for its healing properties or as a perfume. Some pharmaceuticals, and many over-the-counter or ‘holistic’ remedies, are based on or contain essential oils. For example, products containing camphor or eucalyptus essential oils can help relieve congestive coughs, and many essential oils are used in the practice of aromatherapy.”
Mercola explains essential oils as “concentrated, aromatic plant extracts that have been used for thousands of years for emotional, cosmetic, medical and even spiritual purposes. The term “essential oil” actually comes from the idea of “quintessential oil.” Aristotle believed that in addition to the four physical elements (fire, air, earth and water) there was a fifth element, quintessence. This was considered to be the “spirit” or life force of the plant, and distillation or evaporation were used to remove the “spirit” for human usage (this is also why distilled alcoholic beverages are referred to as “spirits”). Today, essential oils, which contain complex mixtures of beneficial plant chemicals, are extracted from plants via two primary methods: distillation, which has been used since ancient times; and expression or cold pressing, which is used to extract citrus essential oils.”
Essential Oils to combat ADHD symptoms
In a study conducted by Terrys. Freidmann, M.D., A.B.H.M six subject were given Vertiver oil. ” The subjects were asked to inhale the oil three times a day, using a technique of holding the open bottle next to the nostrils and taking three deep inhalations. The essential oil was inhaled daily for a period of thirty days. At the end of thirty days, the subjects were asked to return to the clinic where they retested on the real-time EEG.”
The results were very promising. out of the subjects tested in the Vertiver essential oil group the sympotoms improved by 32%. Dr. Freidmann summarized the study by stating that,
” I received several letters from parents of the ADHD children stating that their behavior at home had improved for the better. In several cases, they also stated that school educators informed them that their performance was observed to improve in the classroom. The report cards in some of the subjects had reflected this improvement as well.” The doctor continued, ” based on this study, I would not hesitate to recommend the use of the essential oil Vetiver in the treatment of children diagnosed as having ADHD.”
While essential oils may not be a cure all for ADHD the results of the study provide a beacon of hope for children suffering from ADHD symptoms and are a safe, natural, and non-invasive way to improve the lives of children. They can assist in the overal improvement of mental health for the growing percentage of children afflicted by this ailment.
Dr. Terry S. Freidmann