We have never been able to give Lira oral medication. The stress we have endured on the nights we tried were so tremendously painful for her and for us that for a long time, we just resorted to shots if antibiotics were needed. Those trips to the doctor’s office were not pretty either.
When we began experimenting with essential oils, I was not sure how Lira would react since she is so adamantly opposed to medication. Imagine my surprise when she actually enjoyed the essential oils! The smell. The sensation. My touch.
Recently, she told me that essential oils were the ONLY medication she would ever need or want. I am fine with that.
Beyond the common ailments (like headaches) for which we use essential oils, I decided to try treating her Autism. After much research, this has become our essential oil regiment.
Calming Autism with Essential Oils
The most traumatic parts of our day are at bedtime or during a tantrum. Essential oils have proven to be a tremendous benefit for reducing the stress in our home during these times. Granted, the reduction of anxiety in our child with Autism might be from the firm touch on her feet or the reassuring stroke down her spine, but if it works, IT WORKS.
Peace and Calming ~ Place on feet at bedtime. Also can be used on the feet or diffused during tantrums and meltdowns. We have also put a few drops in their bath, and at the end of a stressful day, I place a drop on my children’s “blankies.” TESTIMONIAL
Lavender ~ This is a personal favorite for bath time. When the children are especially tired, stressed, or sick, I like to put a few drops of lavender in the water. I have also used it on Lira’s pillow at bedtime.
Grounding ~ While I have not personally used Grounding, I have read that if Peace and Calming seems to lose its usefulness, you can alternate with Grounding from week to week. Not to be used together but on a rotation. TESTIMONIAL
Using Essential Oils to Bring Focus
If Lira is having a difficult time focusing on her schoolwork due to her Autism or is steming uncontrollably, I will put a warm neck wrap on her shoulders. Using the wrap with its warmth and weight in tandem with the essential oils seems to bring her concentration into focus.
Brainpower ~ Containing a blend of Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Melissa, Frankincense, Blue Cypress, Lavender, and Helichrysum, Brain Power can be diffused during school time to increase concentration and focus. Brain Power can also be applied to the neck and throat.
Vetiver ~ Used by Dr. Terry Friedmann, M.D in testing the brain activity of children ages 6 to 14 who were diagnosed with an attention deficit problem, Vetiver was shown to help 100% of those who participated in the study. Just a heads-up… Vetiver is a very thick oil. I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I thought I had received a bad bottle. On Lira and the boys, I dilute the Vetiver with a drop of olive oil to make it more manageable and smear a drop along the back of their necks from the base of the brain stem to where their spinal column meets their shoulders. SOURCE
Other oils that can be used include:
Soothing stomach issues with Essential Oils
Di-Gize ~ Lira used to complain of stomach pain frequently, although lately those instances are much fewer. When she still doubles over with tummy pain, I ease her discomfort by putting Di-Gize across her stomach and lower back. I will also place two drops of peppermint on the warm neck wrap to place over her stomach. The pain seems to release immediately.
Do you use essential oils on your child with Autism?
I would love to know how they work for you. Please leave a comment.
NOTE: I am not a doctor and these statements have not been proven by the FDA. I’m just a mom sharing what works for us.
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