This is a story from another autism mom, as she told it to me. She tells about how she used essential oils for helping with autism issues in her family. Our experience in autismland has been similar. Let me preface her story by saying that this is what works for her child. As with everything in autism, what works for one child with autism may not work for another child with autism.
Using essential oils for autism has been life changing for our family. Before using essential oils, we had tried a lot of different things. Pre oils, our little princess (age 5) would smear poop all over the place. She only slept for a few hours a night. It was impossible to take her out to eat or shop. We had no way to communicate with her. She had no eye contact. She was essentially living in her own little world. Since we began using essential oils, our life has done a complete turnaround. We still have struggles, but our situation is so much better now. We no longer feel helpless or hopeless. This is our testimonial about how essential oils (or EOs) have helped our little girl.
I was first introduced to EOs a few years ago and I thought, “These people are hippies and are a bit crazy!” As it turned out, I was the one who was crazy not to start using EOs with my severely autistic child. Sometimes what we consider off the wall is exactly what is needed to help our children, and there are minimal side effects. A natural approach is always a great place to start; it also helps to have an open mind to unconventional therapies. Autism has a habit of introducing you to things you never knew existed.
A Great Place to Start with Essential Oils
The first oil we tried was peppermint. My daughter had a high fever. Since she won’t take medications, I used peppermint as a fever reducer. To my surprise, it worked! In a pinch, I put a drop right on her forehead. What is ideal is to have a roller bottle with a mixture of the peppermint oil and a carrier oil like fractionated coconut oil. You can then rub this mixture on the forehead or the back of the neck.
The second oil I tried was lavender. It works great for relaxing and winding down before bedtime. As I mentioned earlier, my daughter was only sleeping a few hours each night. Something had to change! Using lavender helped her sleep longer at night; it also helped her sleep more soundly. Lavender, alone, doesn’t do it for her. Diffusing at night helps as well as putting some in a spray bottle with water to mist the pillow cases and sheets. Another great option is to use the Counting Sheep roller bottle at the temples and the back of the ears. The bottom of the feet is always a good place to apply oils on children as well.
Another great use for lavender has been for first aid. Our sweet girl will not let us put a band-aid on her. We found that a drop or two of lavender EO helps the bleeding stop when she hurts herself. We also use it for minor burns, sunburns, and bug bites. Also, Ouchie blend is perfect for traveling. It is easy to apply and is easy to transport for on-the-go.
The third oil we added was Vetiver. Vetiver EO is psychologically grounding, calming, and stabilizing. It was studied by Dr. Terry Friedmann for improving children’s behavior with ADD and ADHD. It may help people cope with stress and recover better from emotional trauma and shock. We found that this oil helps our daughter so much with meltdowns! Before we added vetiver EO, she would scream for hours, and nothing we did would help her calm down. With this, the screaming has decreased and her overall demeanor has become happier.
There are a number of blends you can use.
Some of our favorites are:
How to Apply Essential Oils
- Topically, by mixing a few drops with fractionated coconut oil then applying to the base of the neck with a roller ball.
- Adding a few drops to a diffuser (make sure the diffiser is in the same room as the child)
- Adding one or two drops directly on the child. (Be careful with this as some oils are considered hot and can burn, so look at the label beforehand.)
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