Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Natural Alternative To Prescription Medication for A.D.H.D.

natural ADHD relief

As many of you know, I am a big fan of Essential Oils. I am by no means an expert on them, but I love using them in homemade cleaning products, health and beauty products and even take them internally for different health conditions.

Today, however, I’m talking about something I don’t have any PERSONAL knowledge of, but something I feel strongly needs to be shared for those parents and kids who are suffering from ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

This is a story about my 7 year old nephew Jeddy. He is my sister Dori’s (RichesToRagsByDori.com) youngest child, and he was diagnosed with severe ADHD when he started school one year ago.

 

jeddy

 

As you can see from these pictures he is a happy, fun-loving kid. What you CAN’T see in these pictures is the “heart of gold” he possesses and the “demons” he faces everyday because ADHD makes life incredibly difficult for a kid.

When Jeddy started first grade, Dori received a call from the school principal. They actually made him and Dori sign a legal discipline code document because he was so disruptive in class. Think about how devastating that would be to a little boy who suddenly found himself in a classroom all day and didn’t know how to control his boundless energy!

The school authorities also informed Dori at the time that they needed to see a doctor and get Jeddy on medication right away.

 

adderall

Psychostimulants (also known as stimulants) are the most commonly used ADHD drugs. These drugs include:

Amphetamine-dextroamphetamine (Adderall)
Dexmethylphenidate (Focalin)
Dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine, Dextrostat)
Lisdexamfetamine (Vyvanse)
Methylphenidate (Ritalin, Concerta, Metadate, Daytrana)

Some ADHD medicines have been linked to rare sudden death in children with heart problems. Side effects can include stunted growth in young people, sweating or shaking, and occasionally a psychosis can occur.

 

blending oils

Dori is also a big believer in Essential Oils and decided there had to be a better way. She began researching and eventually came up with her own blend of essential oils to help Jeddy cope with his ADHD symptoms.

She started applying it to his feet in the morning before school. After just one day Jeddy was ASKING for “that oil” because it made him feel so much better at school.

After a week of using the blend, at a scheduled Parent-Teacher conference, Jed’s teacher told them that he was an entirely different kid in class.

As a Mom, I can only imagine the relief and joy both Jeddy and his parents felt at hearing this.

Does any of this sound familiar to you? If you are the parent of a child suffering from ADHD, or know of anyone else who is, this might be an option you haven’t considered before.

Today Dori is sharing an offer to buy a pre-made bottle of the blend to sample.

 jeddys blend

Because this is an all-natural treatment, Dori was given permission to send the blend with Jed to school everyday, in case he needed it. But so far, a morning and after school application have been sufficient.

 

roller bottles

The following sizes are available to order:

1/3 oz. glass roller bottle – $58
1/6 oz. glass roller bottle – $28

{price includes shipping within the US – additional charge outside of US}

Please send an email to richestoragsbydori@gmail.com with any questions that you may have about Jeddy’s Blend and how to order.

Dori can accept payment through PayPal to richestoragsbydori@gmail.com. Please note this is a non-refundable limited offer! (I have not been paid anything for this post, nor will I make anything off the sale of these sample blends.)

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I want to say one final thing about essential oils in general before I conclude this post. I feel like I’m in a love/hate relationship! I LOVE what they can do….I HATE how much they cost! Even more than that, I HATE that there are people out there that want/need them and can’t afford them.

I just want you to know that I am well aware of this and consider it a personal mission to somehow find an answer to this dilemma.

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160 thoughts on “A Natural Alternative To Prescription Medication for A.D.H.D.

  1. lisa morton

    I just love all the recipes and homemade solutions. I have an adhd child. anxious to try this natural cure for adhd. I live in Muncie ind. where in my area can I find essential oils?

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    1. Zoquara

      Lisa, you can get these particular oils and blends from DOterra’s website, OR from Amazon.com. I think the price I actually got for all 6 products was just under $190. I can’t afford them myself, but my step-mom is ordering them for me. My son is ADHD/ODD, and he’s in a growth spurt right now, so his medication needs are changing, and the last week with him has been a roller coaster. The other day, he went from being happy and lovey to throwing the worst fit he has ever thrown and running away in WalMart. Most of this past week, I’ve kept him home from school because he hasn’t been in a good place as far as his moods go. I’ve never been happy about having him on medication, so I am looking forward to trying this on him.

      I’m also wondering, though, if there’s anything like this (or if this will) that will help him sleep at night. In addition to the other issues, he’s also on medication to sleep at night (chlonidine and melatonin). I don’t mind the melatonin, but the chlonidine bothers me, since its other usage is also as a heart medication.

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      1. Lauren

        zoquara , thank you for your comment! My 10 y/o son has AD/HD & ODD and I was wondering if this would help him at all. He takes Vyvanse 50 mg in the AM and Kapvay .1 mg in the AM and PM. Kapvay is the long acting version of Clonidine. I’m not satisfied with how it’s working though.

        I’m curious to know how it’s working for kids who also have ODD. Also, how quickly does it work? How long does one mixture last? If this really does help, I would totally find a way to afford it!

        Whoever tries it, please check back in!

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      2. Elizabeth

        What sleep issues does he have? I have had trouble sleeping, mostly my mind won’t shut down. Sleeping pills, including melatonin, give me terrible nightmares. I finally stumbled upon 5HTP (they have it at Walmart). It does not make me drowsy but it shuts my mind down so when I lay down to sleep I can, and when I toss around at night I can go right back to sleep. I take it about 2 hours before I plan to go to sleep, just so I know it’s working. It has left no side effects on me, not tired or groggy in the morning, since it doesn’t cause me to be drowsy at all. I don’t know if it would still help if he’s not able to fall asleep, but worth a shot maybe.

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        1. silverdust

          Elizabeth, I too have trouble getting my mind to shut down. If I don’t take something I feel burnt-out and crabby the next day. I used to take the 5HTP and or melatonin/valerian, but they irritated my system enough that I had to get up to use the bathroom without fail! Then I couldn’t get back to sleep.

          The cheapest, most dependable solution I’ve found is Equate Nighttime Sleep Aid, which is 50 mg gel caps of Diphenhydramine HCI. IIRC, it’s a decongestant, and this time of year I wake up with awful sinus headaches with weather changes, so it’s doing double duty. It’s not super strong. In fact, I have to take one with dinner to be drowsy by 10:30.

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          1. Mary

            Diphenhydramine HCI is the ingredient in Benedryl. I used to take it to fall asleep, though over time I needed more and more and had to stop taking it. I thought I’d let you know that you can get huge bottles of generic Benedryl pretty cheaply. When they market it as a sleep aid, they usually charge more. Walmart has a 100 count 25mg pills for $4 on their website.

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          2. Brigitte

            That’s not a decongestant it’s an antihistamine, and long-term use of antihistamines have side effects. Maybe it’s worth the nasal surgery my dad is having for the third time, but there are so many other options I’d exhaust first.

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        2. Rose

          Thanks so much for the info on 5HTP. I’m going to get some today. I have the same problem you do…my mind just won’t quit thinking! Hope it works for me.

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      3. Maria

        Melatonin is Not recommended for children as it can stunt the growth of their sex organs. My sons’ doctor had recommended Melatonin for them, because they are both ADHD and had problems sleeping. I asked the pharmacist and they looked it up in their books and that’s what they said. He suggested giving the giving them Benadryl to help them sleep. I did try it and it does work, But I found a more natural way for my younger one to relax and fall asleep. He listens to audio stories when he goes to bed and that has really helped him. My older son who is 19, prefers to listen to cartoons and take chlonidine if he needs it. Just because something natural, does not make it safe. It is medication too.

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      4. sara h

        Look into Hyland’s Calmes or Calmes Forte. (www.hylands.com) Its a homeopathic medicine that worked amazing on my daughter when she was having night terrors. (One is for adults one for kids, not sure of weight cutoff) but you can usually get them from vitamin stores/catalogs. The description for its use says something about calming your mind so you can fall asleep. They have a lot of great products, all natural ingredients!

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        1. Dawnia

          Hi,
          We use the Calms Forte also. But there is another great natural product that shuts off “brain chatter”. Look for the flower essence White Chestnut, by FES Services.
          They have it on vitacost for around 10$. It works like a charm.,just a few tiny drops under you tongue. I guess it’s sort of like an essential oil, as its a flower extract in alcohol. I was told to try Melatonin, it gave me bad Migraines. Never again. I researched it, lots of side effects. It is actually a hormone that works on the pineal gland in your brain. I’m not messing with that!! Hope this helps!!

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      5. Lenora

        Lavender essential oil is excellent for helping sleep. My son, ADHD as well, uses lavender on the bottom of his feet before bed. It is helping him calm down faster and sleep through the night, and he started asking for it after a few nights!

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      6. anonymous

        Hey can u send me the recipe n all ingredients via email on mheikl@aol.com..I will be eternally grateful..as I cant find the recipe…they have taken it down…pls…I m not a spam person…thanks in advance

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  2. Calliope

    Just a reminder: these kind of medications in Europe are not prescribed in children. And attention disorders don’t even have a name. Just sayin’…
    Our societies aren’t that different, so you may have to search for the root of the problem somewhere else like food (too much boxed maybe?), activities (too many for a small child to handle?), family issues etc
    I am a teacher in a school for children w special needs and almost all children receive some kind of medication but in “normal” schools it is unthinkable for a teacher, principal or school to push a family or child into receiving medication of this sort. Usually the child and any other children in the school, or area of the same hyperactivity are taught with different methods in different classrooms until the “problem” subsides.
    I’d say to follow your maternal insticts, inform yourself and don’t give in to external pressures. I hope everything turns out well for your family and sweet kid!

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    1. Anna

      I can appreciate that Europe has their opinions on ADD/ADHD disorders, but I can testify as a 27 year old that has dealt with ADHD my entire life, it is a very real thing. We can certainly debate the causes (vaccine injury, diet, what have you). I had a normal home life as a child and ate a variety of things produced from my family’s large garden, not to mention my diet has changed many times over the years and my symptoms have not. The only thing I have managed to control over the years are my impulsive outbursts. The inability to focus on any given class lecture, or task at home or work for more than 30 seconds to 2 minutes is next to impossible. I took medication during school, without meds I absorbed nothing in class, with it I had mild feelings of hopelessness and a desire to isolate myself. It is a very difficult decision for some parents, because many essentially have to decide between medicating their child or allowing their child to fail miserably in school and relationships. My mother was also a special needs teacher and she knew that was not the place for me. I’m not trying to tell people what they should do, (because I honestly don’t know) I just want to defend the fact that ADHD is very real and has strongly impacted my life in a negative way. I choose not to be on medication any longer (now that it is my choice) but if I ever went back to school, it would be a must for me, I know that now (after going from A/B student to D student my only unmedicated semester)

      I am hopeful that these essential oils might have an impact. Strong coffee (a stimulant, like most ADD meds) has been the only thing to ever make a small difference, my symptoms were a lot worse when I was pregnant/breastfeeding and had a minimal caffeine intake.

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      1. Jenny

        Anna,
        Thank you for sharing your experience. I appreciate hearing it.

        I am a teacher, and in our district, maybe even state, we are not allowed to propose medicating a student. We can talk about what we see in class, suggest testing for ADD or ADHD, but that is it. We can do what we can, but we can’t require or push medication on anyone.

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      2. CarolinaWren

        I appreciate your comments so very much. I am a sixty year old with ADHD (not so much the H at this age :). Following a very successful career as a teacher of students with special needs, I retired and own a small business. As a teacher, I attended many professional development and college classes. One was a course on ADHD that I took when I was in my 40′s. Hearing the professor discuss students with ADHD brought me to tears. She gave a name (unheard of in the 50′s and 60′s) and positive solutions. I thought I was just plain stupid throughout all my schooling. C’s and D’s were my norm although I was able to achieve success in some classes if I especially loved the material, the teacher could “get my learning style”, or it was a hands on course (for girls in the 60′s, Home Economics and some art classes were the only choice). I did not have study skills, organization or structure to help me achieve. Medications were not available or were not mainstreamed that I would know about them. I struggled through college but loved my special education coursework and volunteering in schools. My last two years of college were all A’s and B’s, helping me gain enough credits to graduate. Securing employment and positive evaluations was gratifying. I always went above and beyond, my social skills with children and parents was strong, I only had one supervisor in my 30 plus years that I struggled with, and I learned constantly to be an outstanding teacher each and every day. My students knew and appreciated that I struggled with learning, attention and memory; my style of teaching was energetic, creative, hands on, and individualized as much as possible. I struggled with the mandated paperwork demands that constantly changed; more time, more specific detail, and more meetings. As an adult, postpartum depression forced me to seek medical support in both prescription and counseling. The anti-depressant that I take also helps somewhat with adult ADHD, as well as to lift my spirit, enabling me to strengthen my personal control . My symptoms remain present in my everyday life although I am able to manage these better. I cannot live without my calendar and clipboard with my daily schedule written down. ADHD continues to be misunderstood by families and school personnel although strides have been made. I am indebted to those who loved and love me just as I am. I know I am quirky and struggle with staying on task and conversation frequently. Be kind and patient and loving. Find the individual’s gift and honor it. We beat ourselves up enough without any additional help. I love the idea of an herbal formula that might work for one who struggles with ADHD. I would also advocate that if you or your child needs medical intervention to find the best doctor you can, one who monitors frequently. I would also advocate counseling on some level if self-esteem, self-image, and confidence seem poor. Research demonstrates that early ( and this begins as early as infancy; being seen as different hurts) poor self-image leads to an increase in poor choices as a teenager and on; use of non-prescription drugs, sexual promiscuity, eating issues, etc. If your child’s teacher doesn’t understand and honor your child, either help the teacher learn or change teachers. Advocating for your child may be uncomfortable but you must! Schools don’t want parents to be upset. Present your knowledge and evidence factually and calmly; your child deserves an education that embraces and honors his or her individuality. Thanks for letting me write at great length about my story. I appreciated reading yours. Here’s to us!!

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      3. CTY

        I think what Caliope is trying to say is that in Europe ADHD behaviors are addressed differently. From her response they recognize the disorder because there are specific school, teaching methods available. As far as not naming it–I don’t think that is a denial that it exists but rather an awareness that ADHD has so many “levels” and demonstrates such an array of behaviors/symptoms that each person needs to be helped on an individual basis. To me it sounds like Caliope’s school system is simply not applying a “One size fits all label” and leaving the medication issue to be the personal choice that it is.
        There are no sure fire answers to this. I am a true believer that medications can help but to rely solely on them is a mistake.

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    2. Anna

      Sorry Calliope but that isn’t quite accurate in the UK, and Europe is a huge place, it includes Russia. In the UK If a child is diagnosed with ADHD then schools then the child is classed as special needs, the school gets extra funding and tax benefits (for things like classroom assistants) and parent can also apply for extra help whether it being practical support or funding for things that would help. If fact this is being reviewed/discussed because schools for extra money are classifying so many children for various disorders as special needs for spurious reasons not those professionally diagnosed we have a special needs epidemic! Almost 1 in 5 children which is clearly ridiculous and the extra funding is being abused. We have lots of names for lots of disorders some have been classed as special needs because their parents are addicts (don’t get me started about people allowed to drag up their children), kids not being fed properly at home, again inadequate parenting. This of courses means the at home reasons for struggling children is not dealt with (a sticky plaster over a festering wound) and those with genuine disorders don’t get the funding they could. Last year they said this programme wasn’t fit for purpose so they’re reviewing but of course with the credit crunch many are worried that’s just an excuse for cutting funding.

      As for the medications, they’re trying to find a balance, many children are medicated but it was felt about 5-10 years ago this was inappropriate and damaging towards the child in some cases where they ceased to be the child they were, stripped away their personality and of course all medication has side effects and they can be serious. So there’s a definite push to finding alternatives, coping mechanisms, outlets for energy, schools can use the extra money to supply these alternatives. We certainly don’t have all the answers though.

      Anyway that’s the UK, don’t know about the rest of Europe,

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    3. Shannon

      This post really bothered me. “Problem” ? Get to the root of the problem? That sounds horrible. Yes there can be alot of contributing factors to ADHD (genetics, environment, maternal health etc) however the biggest is when people see it as a ‘problem’ rather than an opportunity to educate themselves about the illness and find ways they can support it and/or help educate the child and families alike. I have a child with Global Developmental Delay. He has autistic tendencies but also has a few fits that could be similar to those of ADD/ADHD children. I’m not big on medications and thankfully my son doesn’t need any but this just really rubbed me the wrong way. To each his/her own as to opinions but if this or any other natural remedy works for this little guy, I’m all for it. Call it what you want but if it works for him, thank goodness!

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    4. Jeni Rose

      I wanted to comment to your post because I want to share my experience with my son.

      My son is 8.5 and has an IQ of 138. He was diagnosed with ADHD about 4 months ago. My husband and I were dead set against medicating our child because we did not want him to turn into a “zombie” or into someone other than our fun, sweet boy. I did TONS of research on how to treat ADHD naturally, and we tried many, many things. We cut out red and blue food dyes, processed food, increased his activity, and we even tried essential oils(Vetiver and Sweet Orange) but at the end of the day, we had to realize that our son has a problem focusing and retaining information. Our son DESERVES to be able to learn and retain what his teachers are telling him. Since being put on Focalin XR 7 weeks ago, our son is STILL the sweet, funny, caring boy he always was, but now he is focused and able to APPLY himself to whatever he does. Our son himself even says he feels better and can focus so much better!

      So, for the record, this isnt bad parenting, too much activity, too much sugar, too much boxed food, too much ANYTHING. Simply put, we are doing what is best for OUR son, and I can sleep at night knowing we tried MANY avenues before deciding to medicate him. Please do not judge those who medicate their kids for the right reasons!!!!

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      1. Shawna

        Jeni,

        I believe the goal of this post and the numerous comments is to inform parents that there are other methods to cope with ADHD and other attention disorders besides medicating, and while unsaid, the majority of us believe that many people can cope with disorders by natural methods of treatment such as essential oils, taking certain things (gmo’s, artificial food colorings, etc) out of the diet, or other coping techniques. While we believe that natural methods can help many people overcome ADD and ADHD, we don’t doubt that in some cases, these methods won’t help and medication is necessary.

        My personal belief, not only in many mental health scenarios, but also physical health and general well-being is that man-made drugs should be the last option. I believe that many times eating a well-rounded diet of natural foods with little to no processing involved, getting sufficient physical and mental exercise, and having healthy relationships with those around us can prevent quite a few problems. But I also acknowledge that sometimes you can do everything as perfectly as you know how, and still get sick or have a disorder of some sort, and medication is the only option.

        It sounds like you love your son very much and explored numerous options and did your homework before you made the decision to include medication in his routine. I respect you as a mother and as a peer for caring so much for your son and doing what you believe is best for him- that is all that any of us can do for our families. I would hope that anyone reading this post and the comments would be like us in that we are simply looking for solutions to problems that many of us face in everyday life.

        I don’t believe anyone here intended to give the impression that we believe parents that choose to use medication for themselves or their children are bad parents. Nor do we place blame for conditions like ADHD or ADD on one factor, so many of us realize there is no one-size-fits-all solution to these problems. But when someone comes across a solution that works for them, its hard to not be so excited that they want to share it with the world! Jillee has done just that by sharing this with us, and I’m sure everyone who has commented was doing the same thing- sharing what has worked for them.

        I too struggle with my youngest son over his schoolwork. I have discussed the possibility of ADD with his teachers and school psychologist in the past, and while they thought there was a chance he might have ADD, the family doctor at the time was also wishy-washy and we never received a diagnosis of anything. He will be going to middle school next year, and I’m scared to death that he won’t be able to handle the responsibility that middle school brings- right now he has a hard enough time remembering to bring his homework home, to write down what his homework is, to study his spelling words, to take things back to school, to turn things in… and all the while his dad and I are constantly reminding and nagging him.

        I have tried giving him a time and space after school to sit down to work on his homework where I can keep an eye on him and he doesn’t have televisions or radios or other outside disturbances to distract him. I have tried turning his spelling words into cross words and word searches to make studying them fun. We have tried disciplining him by grounding him from different things, hoping that one of his ‘losses’ would motivate him to work harder. We have been cooking at home more and eating out less. The boxed mac and cheese and other boxed meals are almost entirely out of our diets (mac and cheese and hamburger helper is used in our dinners MAYBE once a month at the most). Other than what is used in my homemade breads, there is no sugar in his diet that isn’t natural (no artificially sweetened drinks, no sodas, no candy, etc).

        My biggest dilemma is getting him to eat more than proteins and carbs. The only vegetables he will willingly eat are green beans and corn, and that depends on how they are fixed. And I can’t get him to try any fruits. We vary the vegetable we have with dinner each night, and he gets a little bit of veggies on his plate regardless of whether he likes them or not (usually only a couple of bites)- just to get him accommodated to eating a more varied diet, but it’s a battle every night.

        I haven’t tried essential oils yet, as money is extremely tight (we’re a family of four living on $456 a week), nor have I tried too many other methods besides a few different coping techniques and adjusting the family’s diet some.

        Anyone who has any ideas they’d like to share on homework/studying techniques or ways to get picky eaters to eat a larger variety of foods, by all means, please let me know!!!

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        1. Murphy

          Here are a few tips to sneak in veggies and help kids grow into veggie eaters that have worked FOR US. Hope some of them work for you!
          1. Set a good example (I’m sure you are already doing this.) Both parents eat a variety of veggies, discuss favorite veggie dishes, favorite prep style, complement each other’s veggie cooking. (see tip 7.) Mention veggies ‘in season’. ‘Try ‘em now while they are at their best.
          2. Remember that tastes and preferences change as they get older. ‘Oh, ok, you haven’t grown into asperagus yet, ok, we’ll try again next season.’
          3. When they eat at a friend’s house, they will usually be polite and try something. My daughter (13) has almost grown into a spinach eater this way. She eats it anywhere except at home. She’s still growing on it. Last week, she even ate a few bites of her brother’s spinach pizza.
          4. During kitchen prep, have a pile for snagging for thru traffic. During no-growth spurts, I have found that is a good time for veggies, since the tummies are too small for meat and veggies at the same meal. Allow grazing! Even cooled, steamed caulifower and broccoli, with an approved dip.
          4. Use the grater, food processor, and stick anything into spaghetti sauce, noodle casserole, potato pancakes (great with other white veggies like parsnips, Jerusalem artichokes, that are so nice and cheap at my farmer’s market in the winter).
          5. Serve salad, salad bar style. After filling the bowl with the favorites, a few other colors for pretty will be the child’s own choice. Use serving bowls on the table, and let the children decide on the amount (after the ‘bite for taste’ if you want to continue that.) If they are still hungry when the last piece of chicken is gone, they will take some more.
          6. Have a bit of trust that if you really are limiting access to unhealthy snacks and doing the above, they will instinctively develop a taste for veggies. Give positive attention to good choices, do Not stress about how long it takes. Do not make veggies a battle ground.
          7. If your spouse had a less healthy background, discuss the plan in private with him/ her, and say you could really use the back up here. If you are worried about your partner’s health, too, mention it if you must (manipulation is not pretty), but again there trust, and emphasize it is a parenting issue that is important to you.
          8. Keep cooking your own favorites as well, not just those the family likes.

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        2. Allison Pryor

          If you have issues getting your child to eat adequate fruits and veggies every day, try Juice Plus+. You may find a distributor in your area, and if not email me and I will be happy to help you. A cost-effective way to add nutrition from fruits and vegetables to the diet without a daily battle to eat all of them!

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      2. Liz

        Anna & Jeni- Rose- Thank you for being so brave in sharing your stories. ADHD is a hot topic for sure. I am adult in my 40′s also living with ADHD, and at times is has taken a toll in EVERY aspect in my life since I can remember at times creating utter choas. I was a “day dreamer” in elementary school, overly social in High School. I have started and stopped more things that I can count. All because of my inability to remain on task and staying engaged and interested, but never was diagnosed until my child was.

        Then my oldest child started to struggle in 3rd grade (8.5), exactly as I did but the difference is that my child is a boy, and boys tend to be more hyper than girls. We struggled as a family that school year. I finally took him to a doctor and he was diagnosed. Then the doctor asked me if there was a family history, that this is often genetic and I broke down right there and told him my story. My child’s experience had me reliving my own nightmare, sad to say I am still scarred from that school year. I never really recovered in the eyes of my peers, I was the weird one who had to sit by herself facing the wall :(. He would cry on my shoulder, then I would have to leave the room so I would not cry in front of him. His doctor told me that I should be seen too, that I needed to get my symptoms under control for his sake (and mine), I could not effectively help him manage his symptoms if I was all over the place. I spoke with a very dear friend of mine, and when I confided in her, she told me that as she got to know me, she saw the same things and was trying to figure out how to approach me. So I took the step for treatment and glad I did.

        We tried dietary changes, we tried herbal remedies, I tried giving him coffee in the morning, tea at lunch. It just did not work. Medication was our last resort.

        I wish for both of our sakes we had gone that route sooner. We saw a change in our child almost immediately. He was for the first time in his life speaking to us in complete sentences that were coherent because his brain had slowed down enough for him to be able to communicate his thoughts. He did not get frustrated with me because I was not understanding what he was trying to tell me. He could also write in complete coherent sentences….He wasn’t the weird kid on the flag football team flapping his arms like a bird turning circles on the field because it took too long for the ball to snap.

        He went from c’s to straight a’s this year. I told him that medication or not, you have to have the underlying intelligence to be able to work hard and achieve straight a’s. The school actually started this journey with testing because of his communication skills and troubles in school from the academics to behavioral to social. Through the special ed testing we found he is highly intelligent (they did an IQ test) but performing no where near his potential (and below grade level) but no learning disability.

        He has blossomed from a down on himself borderline depressed child to one that now BELIEVES he is smart, BELIEVES he has something to offer. What was devastating, because he has always had one of the biggest, kindest hearts of anyone I have ever known. He told me all the time last year how “dumb” he was. He tells me how much better he feels, how much calmer he feels how much more confident he feels. He still has “break through” especially in the evenings and early mornings and maybe those are the times the oil may come in handy for us. We can really see it too, he has zero impluse control.

        Bottom line is this, there are children and adults who truly need these treatments. Our doctor told me, “you give him an inhaler for his asthma, giving him the medication to treat this condition is no different.” He is right. Because of his asthma I have found this site. I already cooked mostly from scratch, but I was looking for ways to cut down on the toxic chemicals in our house.

        Thank you Jillie for this post, this site…You have made a big impact in our lives, and our lives are richer for it….. I can clean when my son is home and NOT have his inhaler out and ready for use!

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        1. Kristin

          Hi Liz!
          My gosh, our stories are so similar! You’re a great mother for helping your son the way you did. So many are afraid to give thier child this label, then they struggle through life not understanding what’s wrong. Like us!
          My son, now 13, ADHD & Tourette’s SURVIVOR! I say that because we won’t let those diagnoses define who he truely is as a person. He’s amazing for qualities outside those ADHD & Tourette’s walls. Our son too has the thoughts running so fast that he can’t speak the words fast enough. It’s getting better as he gets older, no more tantrums because he can’t “get it out”. Sometimes still as a teen it takes him time to get his thoughts to roll off his tongue into words & it kills me but I think to myself ” I’m/we’re blessed that he can live a normal life, walk, talk, joke & be silly. Others aren’t so lucky”. That’s when I count my blessings!
          We also did all natural first, diet, no artificial anything, stopping wheat & dairy, adding magnesium etc… then tried all the types of patches & meds( which we were dead against) but felt we had to help him. Some worked for a short time but there was always a problem with it making him tired, giving him a belly ache, nausea, not being hungry at all. For a growing boy, this worried us. My husband was always reluctant to take the child out of the child, we were at odds ALL the time about weather or not tocontinue the meds. So we would stop & restart, on & off for about 5 years! Exhausting! And now from reading your post I think omg he gets this from me. I’m an undiagnosed ADHD parent. As you can probably tell my thoughts are ALL OVER the place :)
          Although school has been a challenge, we found that educating & working with the teachers on my son’s issues helped tremendously. As much as I hated having to conference with one of them every week when he started middle school. Having 7 different teachers meant seven different teaching styles & routines that we had to deal with, so communicating back & forth was key. Now that he’s 13 he’s telling us he can focus without the meds, not really, but he hates the side effects. We don’t force him to take the meds but do implement methods to make up for the lack of focus. Not writing assignments down or completing classwork is a big problem for him as well as lack of attention in class( which you know you cant tell someone w/ADD or ADHD to do). I let him make the no med choice & remind him that if he doesn’t have something written in his agenda for each class he’ll be walking back to each one at the end of the day to do it, that seems to work, for now :) At the same time he’s learning to be more responsible for himself. I was told “be his advocate”, so I am, full force. As exhausting as it is sometimes, this is the way God made our children & us. So, we just listen to the advice, take & use what we feel is best & pray it works! Good luck to you and your son, you’re not alone!

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          1. katie

            I’ve been recently diagnosed, and am still trying to figure everything out. In trying to research how to deal with ADHD, I read that as a high school/college student it would be a good idea to have a friend take notes for you. I know I could never focus enough in school to take notes because if I wasn’t looking at the professor/power point I wasn’t paying attention. I did find that I could take notes on my laptop, since I didn’t have to look down to type. It worked really well when the professor made his/her power point available online so I could download it to my laptop and take notes on that. Just wanted to share what worked with me in case it would help somebody else. I did have to be extremely strict with myself to stay offline and away from games, so with some a laptop might be too distracting.

            I can’t tell you how much it encourages me to hear of parents listening to their child’s feelings about medicine and letting him cope with it in his own way. While I am on medication myself, I never want to suggest medicine to my students’ parents because while most parents care about their children, they don’t always pay attention to the negative affects it may have on their child. Like other brain styles, what works wonders for one child with ADHD makes a zombie out of another.

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      3. jenny

        Thank You for your response. I have two boys with ADHD. As you stated we tried everything before meds. We ended up using medications & it is like night and day. I am tired of people blaming bad parenting. One son is 18 and graduating in May my other son is 16 both have done well in school, have grown to be taller than both my husband and myself and are wonderful people. Parents need to be supportive of each other, not critical. Thank You,

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    5. Ellen

      Actually, its NOT unthinkable in public schools. We were bombarded by the principal, the school counselor, the 1st grade teacher and the school nurse in a meeting about our son when he was entering 1st grade. All of them ganged up on us and insisted he be taken to a doctor to get meds. The doctor wisely demanded a documented log of his disruptive behavior before prescribing.
      After all was said and done, he was diagnosed with mild ADD, not ADHD and it was found out that the teacher (of only 2 years) had had complaints filed against her by over half the parents of students in her class, 8 sets of parents out of 15 students.
      Although my son is now 20 and in college, he still feels the need to use Adderall. I can’t help but think that if alternative methods of teaching had been used early on, he might have developed better study skills and a better way of coping than with drugs. Now as an adult, it is increasingly more difficult to get his medication due to it being a controlled substance.
      It’s so easy to say “follow your instincts” but with our only child, there were no other kids to compare to and it was pretty much impossible to know who is right when 4 authority figures gang up on you.

      So Jillee, does this oil work well on adult ADD?

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    6. Caroline

      Calliope, I’m french and live in Ireland. ADHD is very much recognised in Ireland, where there is a lot of talk about its being over diagnosed and over medicated.
      My 7 year old son has been ‘diagnosed’, I used ” because the whole process is a problem in itself. The list of side effects is atrocious and worrying, half of them being behaviour you want to help your child stop, not get worse, the rest being really nothing short of a threat to your child’s health. We said no, because frankly while he is a challenge for us, its not constant. And because we don’t want him to be drugged unless he really needs it. And because of the side effects. His teacher and helpers were shocked that this was presented to us as the only option and nearly forced upon us and him. He is lucky that he goes to an ‘Educate Together’ school where each child is given an equal chance and nurtured and supported in reaching his or her potential. They have the chance to have several small group workshop during the week where the children work on specific areas that they might have difficulties with. Through this I found a lot depends on the teacher, their experience and attitude. Which you or your child can’t control. We don’t eat a lot of processed foods, we have no more family issues than the next family with young children, getting a lot of exercise makes him so much more difficult to handle because he doesn’t know how to calm down. We are now looking into private diagnostic and care to get help with behavioural technics but this costs money we haven’t got.
      It is not so commonly diagnosed in France, where they seem to regard it as some american whatnot while acknowledging there is something in some children that isn’t ‘bad behaviour’ because they simply can’t help themselves.
      It is very difficult to get reliable information on this either way. I know I have used lavender oil at night before and he even asks for it when he gets worried he won’t be able to sleep. Why should he worry he won’t be able to sleep? He eats proper food, gets fresh air, has a bedtime routine, he knows the rules. But sometimes he just can’t turn himself off. Lucky for us the school’s ethos embraces this and only asked for an official diagnostic so they could get him help hours during the school day to go to those small groups or just get out of the class if it gets too much. It’s a miracle he’s not failing miserably. Or a mis-diagnostic.
      Sorry for going on so much and completely diverging. My pojnt was that I aknowledge your experience, being a special needs teacher, but my exprience as a parent of a ‘ADHD’ child (I’m still not convinced and progress in school this year follows my intuition) I can confirm that it very much is recognised and medicated in at least 2 european countries. And as ‘medication’ goes i’d much rather use one that, although it might not be recognised by ‘mainstream’ medical professionals, doesn’t have side effects like anxiety, agressivity (which are our problems in the first place), sleeplessness, loss of appetite, tachicardia!

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    7. Joke Vermanen

      @ calliope
      I disagree on your comment. I live in the Netherlands and my nephew had the exact same experience as Jeddy did. The first week he was in the classroom he was sent home because the teacher could not handle him ánd they only would allow him back if he was on medication… (Ritalin/Concerta IS prescribed to children!) and yes he is diagnosed with ADHD but at the age of 4 that diagnosis is very difficult to accomplish. And this was only 3 years ago….
      Yes the school can get extra funding’s but no funding can help a kid with ADHD to be calm and quit in a classroom filled with 30 others who also pick their nose, cough, sneeze and wiggle.
      So he was send to a special needs school which made him away from home from 7 am until 17 pm. And that was it…

      But what I am really interested in is if the names of the essential oils mentioned in the blog post are international. I want to find out if I can buy them in the Netherlands, or even Europe because shipping from the US is costing us a lot more than I can afford for 1 bottle of oil.
      I hope to hear about it.

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  3. Amy

    I found this so interesting but I was wondering what the effects would be on a child that hasn’t been diagnosed and who doesn’t have ADD/ADHD but just a lot of energy and trouble staying focused on tasks….I’ve talked with his pediatrician and teacher and neither think he should be diagnosed. Do you think it would just have a calming affect? My son is 7 and in 2nd grade and he does well academically, for the most part. His teacher’s only concern(if you can call it that) is the he has trouble settling down and finishing tasks….He is not at all disruptive. Thanks so much for the article and info!!!

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    1. Christine

      Hi Amy – just because your child has not been labled with the official diagnosis of ADD or ADHD does not mean that he does not have it. What you described “just a lot of energy and trouble staying focused on tasks” is exactly what ADD / ADHD does to the person. I know first hand my son is almost 30, his pediatrician said the same thing… that he was just a boy and had lots of energy. I had to pursue other opinions as well and they all agreed and diagnosed him with the ADHD. The medicine they put him on changed his ability to stay focused and absorb his lessons. The difference was night and day. HOWEVER had I known then what I know now, I would have definitely tried the essential oil blend. The Medicines that they give to them are nothing more than a “stimulant” or speed if you will. People who suffer from ADD / ADHD react differently to medicines. Medicines that would make us sleepy would make them hyper. Stimulants (including caffiene) slows them down… Just as the lady above stated how caffiene helped her, albeit ever so slightly. Hope this helps :) I personally am going to make a batch of this to try on my granddaughter (my son’s child) she has not been officially diagnosed, but from personal experience I KNOW she has ADD, (not hyper) just cannot focus or retain no matter how many hours of study she does. God Bless you on your journey and hope this helps your little man.

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      1. Ellen

        Christine, you are correct. I too, wish there had been an alternative to speed for my ADD son. He was like night and day with the Adderall and it did NOT turn him into a Zombie which is what convinced me he needed something.

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    2. Kathryn

      My son was never diagnosed,, but he was a very bright and energetic boy. A Sunday school teacher allowed him to pace in the back of the room during class–guess what? He learned more than those who sat and fidgeted. I am forever thankful for that lovely person’s insight. When I began homeschooling him, I also let him pace and planned lots of hands on learning. Today he is a bright young father and enjoying life. he does have one habit . . . his knee is almost always bouncing when he sits. :-) I wish you well.

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      1. Tristine

        Kathryn, thanks for that info. I started homeschooling my little boy 8 months ago (he’s almost 4 now), and he was so fidgety. Even just reading to him at night, he canNOT sit still. He has to be moving constantly. I actually stopped homeschooling him for a while because it was so frustrating, however, he absorbed everything I taught. He’s incredibly brilliant. I tried to start up again a couple of months ago, hoping if I moved our “classroom” to a secluded area with little distractions, he might do better. That didn’t work either, and it only lasted a couple of days. But now he’s getting to that pre-school age and I need to hunker down. I’ve been wondering how I homeschool him that is appropriate for his “needs,” if you know what I mean. I need more learning activities that involve hands-on and keeping him active. I am going to try this essential oil mix and see if that helps, too, but if you wouldn’t mind (if you happen to read this) sharing with me the lesson plans you used, or if you have any suggestions for a curriculum that would be beneficial for his type of learning style, I would truly appreciate it! If you’d like to contact me personally, please email me at tristinedenise@live.com. Thanks for your insight!

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        1. Amie

          I home schooled my two sons. While they were not diagnosed with ADHD, I did learn while researching how to teach there are different styles of learning. Some people are physical learners. I had my boys jump on my old mini trampoline while doing memorization type learning, like arthmatic tables. Of course, one at a time. They are now 26 and 24. For these types of learners, memory is enhanced by physical movement while inputting facts. The mini trampoline worked well. They saw it as fun.

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    3. Dori

      These are some wonderful oils by themselves but together they have created something wonderful for our family. It has not only helped ADHD but it has helped with my husbands anxiety attacks. The only way to really know is to try because every person is different. Good luck!

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    4. Shannon

      What does your gut tell you? If you think he should be tested, then seek out those resources and get him tested. Better to test now and help him than never test him and have him suffer long term.
      Best wishes!

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    5. Ellen

      As a mom who does regret caving to meds for my ADD son, I say if he’s learning all the material and doing well, even if he hasn’t been diagnosed, don’t worry! The oils might help him settle down. I don’t think they could be as dangerous as an ADHD RX.

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  4. Ane

    Thank you so much for sharing this information and the recipe for this blend of oils. My daughter has ADD without the hyperactivity and was diagnosed when she was five. She was on medication for a couple of years but she stopped putting on weight and suffered stomach complaints. She struggled through school and as a young adult still finds it very difficult to manage in many ways. I’m considering making up some of this blend for her to see if it makes a difference.
    Once again thanks to you and your sister.
    Anne

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  5. jennie

    My husband felt the same way about the cost of essential oils, especially when we have the plants in our garden and yard to get the basic oils like lavender. He actually researched it because he is an uber geek he created a still and we distill our oils. This is of course expensive because of the start up…but there are other methods-perhaps if people were taught how to cold press they could work in cooperative settings to create the oils to satisfy common daily use…?

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  6. jan

    oh my gosh……i just love this……….it makes me really sad when so many children are on such high doses of meds to help their issues…..if only information like this could be broadcast more to innocent parents who know no better……
    thanks so much for sharing!!!

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    1. Jillee Post author

      Kristina…..this is from my sister Dori….

      “It is hard to say how many applications there are in a bottle exactly because everyone applies it differently. I have been using the large bottle for over two weeks now and there is still half of the bottle left and I use it liberally, it goes a long ways.”

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  7. Shelly

    Is anyone concerned about lavender oil being a possible endocrine disruptor, or has that been proven false? I’ve been avoiding using it at the advice of my daughter’s endrocrinologist due to her early onset puberty (along with tea tree oil and soy), but I’m wondering if that’s unproven speculation? I haven’t kept up, I’m embarrassed to say.

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  8. Sabby

    My daughter and I both have ADD/ADHD. She was on meds for a few months as an elementary aged child. Eventually learned to use her extra energy for her own good, and was able to keep attention in classes by getting up frequently and running errands for teachers. I think some exercise during classes would help all kids. But I digress….much of her behavior I found directly in response to sugar. Now that I know more 32 years later, food additives and so forth probably also played a part. As for me, in the past 5 years learned by accident what causes me to not keep on task. For the most part, gluten. A gluten free diet has made a world of difference. And mostly stress free as well. You need to keep experimenting as we all have to learn to live in the world, can’t stay isolated forever. Homeschooling can work for some, but not for everyone. Best of luck.

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  9. Kristin

    My oldest son has ADHD and Aspergers. Not wanting to put him on a prescription, my doctor talked us through a more natural route. For the last 3 months he has been on a Gluten Free Dairy Free diet and we’ve also elimanated food coloring (mainly red 40 and yellow 5) from his diet. He is a totally different kid. Attention at school and home is much better and grades are back up. This usually means that I pack his lunch everyday – but that’s really not a problem considering how much he has changed. His meals consist of meat, fruit, veggies, etc.. and almond milk to drink. The more natural and less “boxed” we can make our food – the healthier we will all be. I love this alternative of the essential oils – we may have to try it.

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  10. Teresa

    Thank you for your honesty. I have a son who is 19 now and we kept him on meds to get through school. we hated it. He still could use the meds but didn’t like the side effects. how long would the full bottle last. love your practical site. Teresa from Joplin, mo.

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  11. Kim Ward

    Hi Jill,
    Have followed your blog now for some time and so enjoy it – lots of wonderful ideas. I have a very ADHD grandson who is on medication to be able to “fit in” at school, so was very curious about your sister’s blend. I went on over to her site to read more about her experience with it and found that the oils she has listed in the blend are somewhat different than the ones you have listed. Is there a mix-up in recipes??? Is your recipe and updated one – very curious about this. Thanks so much for your help.

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  12. RainyDaisy

    While I love finding a natural alternative whenever possible and I tend to distrust prescription medications, I am also a special education teacher, and I’ve worked with many different children who present with ADHD in many different forms. I would like to warn people to PLEASE be careful with this. ADHD is not the same for every child, and just as one prescription medication may not be the answer (and most of these students have to try several before they find one that works), one natural remedy probably won’t cover everything.

    Secondly, ADHD, while still being researched, may result from not enough of a naturally-occurring chemical in the brain, in which case, the child would need medication to replace the chemical. The prescriptions meds have been studied objectively to make sure that there is no other possible conclusion but that the medication works – whereas when you try things at home, you can definitely get the placebo effect, where you believe it works because you want it to work. I am guilty of that myself.

    Finally, I’ve done research on outcomes for students who NEED medication and do not receive it ( I had a brilliant student who could NOT function in school, because his mother was not comfortable with meds – so the boy suffered) and a FREQUENT result is that kids who need medication and are not medicated will tend to SELF MEDICATE when they get older with various illegal drugs. And THAT is a scary thought.

    I don’t want to tell anybody what to do, but parents should absolutely be able to make an informed decision and evaluate their options carefully. Please be sure to make decisions that are best for the child, not for the parent. If that means using the essential oil blend, then great! But if the oil is not working, then PLEASE don’t hesitate to talk to your doctor about other options.

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    1. Holly

      Actually, while I understand your point of view on medication, you are misinformed that people NEED medication if their body is not producing enough of any chemicals. There are natural supplements for what your body is lacking and with the help of a natural doctor or a MD that is also trained in homeopathy, you can find what your body is missing and where the imbalances are and try to counter them directly instead of trial and error with different medications to see which one works for you. Its not going to be a quick fix and it may take quite a while to see significant results when working with diet and using natural remedies and supplements to work with your body, but I think its worth it to try and help your child’s body instead of taking a chance on all of the side effects they could end up with.

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      1. Rainy Daisy

        There is very little research supporting natural remedies for ADHD, and the research that is there is flimsy at best…..small sample sizes, narrow generalizability, and wide room for error. I also believe that there SHOULD be more research on this, but for the time being, the research still heavily supports medication for ADHD, and while you are experimenting with natural remedies and diet changes and so forth, your child is struggling in and out of school with attention, outbursts, starting and completing even simple tasks, and building relationships. Personally, I would have a hard time watching my child struggle while I experimented with a treatment that is not supported by science.

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        1. Holly

          How is it any different than watching your child struggle while you try one medication after another to find the one that works for them? The only difference that I see is that a natural route addresses the root of the problem instead of trying to cover up the symptoms. We started with cutting out foods last November and by this November my son’s music teacher made a point to let me know what a huge difference he’s seen happen in my son. So while its trial and error as far as what works BEST, we saw some improvement right away.

          There’s little research to natural remedies for ADHD because the pharmaceutical companies are funding research for their prescriptions and not natural remedies. There are lots of people who have seen incredible results with diet change and the help of an ND. I’m not talking about just picking out a remedy that you want to try and seeing if it cures you, I’m talking about having your child tested- with blood work and whatever other methods the doctor needs in order to see what their body is deficient in and working to help their body in those specific areas as well as seeing if there are any kind of toxins in their bodies that are inhibiting their health. No prescription can do that, can it?

          And maybe my son struggled for a month or two while we were waiting to see significant results, even though we saw some results right away, but I won’t have to worry about what I’m going to do when he hits puberty and he needs to be taken off a medication or if it becomes ineffective from long term use. One of my close friends went the medical route while I was doing this and they’ve tried at least 3 medications (and the trial periods were about 3 months or so) and they’re still not seeing any significant results and she’s asking me who she can talk to.

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    2. Liz

      “Finally, I’ve done research on outcomes for students who NEED medication and do not receive it ( I had a brilliant student who could NOT function in school, because his mother was not comfortable with meds – so the boy suffered) and a FREQUENT result is that kids who need medication and are not medicated will tend to SELF MEDICATE when they get older with various illegal drugs. And THAT is a scary thought.”

      Excellent points that I forgot to mention in my own rather long post. My biggest fear for my child was I saw he was starting to ‘give up’ out of frustration because he could not function in school. He was ridiculed at school because of his behaviors and also because he is extremely bright on several topics, but when he would try to share is knowledge with others his mind was moving so quickly that his spoken word would be several thoughts mashed together that would often not make sense. So then he would be teased. The drug of choice of those who do self medicate METH, stimulants quiet the ADHD mind as we all know. Our doctor point blank told me that as long as we maintain his treatment and he is on the correct dosage, he won’t even have the urge to try it. I asked about addition to these medications, he told people that are TRULY ADD/ADHD do not have issues with it. My experience so far is that is true. If we skip a day I feel physically fine…. My brain goes to hypersonic speed, and I do notice that.

      Around the same time the struggles started with my own child, I also started working as a teacher’s aide in special ed. It really opened my eyes for my own child. I believe that opportunity was meant to be. I can see first hand how ADHD/ADD that is untreated (be it through natural remedies or medications, because treatment is a not a one size fits all deal) really derails some of these kids.

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    3. Heather

      RainyDaisy:

      Love your post.

      Well said.

      People can argue until the cows come home but when your child is suffering, try everything. Try changing your kids diet, try essential oils, try praying to God. Try whatever floats your boat.

      But don’t rule out drugs because of pre-conceived ideas around them.

      Sorry people. Drugs work and a lot of people suffer because society frowns on them for any use related to mental issues ie) depression, adhd, you name it.

      I resisted medicating my child’s ADHD out of preconceived notions and prejudice against drugs. But now that she is on medication, my daughter can get along with others and shine like the beautiful sensitive girl that was masked previously by her struggles.

      She is no zombie and she is still the wonderful girl she was before. Only now, the outside world can see it too instead of seeing her as a problem child or the mean girl.

      Good luck moms. We have the hardest job in the world! Try not to judge each other! :)

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  13. Gidget

    I have had ADHD all of my life, when I was young I wasnt quite sure what it was, but the older I got I would start to recognize what was happening and do my best to try to keep it under control. It has been a crazy ride, now I have two kids of my own, and my son was diagnosed with it, and we are working on things. He tried the medication and he does not like it at all, and we have been looking at different remedies. I have yet to find one that seems to really help the mood swings (happy to rage) yet, and think I am going to try to give this a go.
    I remember his doctor asking if his dad has it, because its usually “only in males” and I laughed at her and said, nope it was all me! She tried to tell me again that its very rare in females, but after reading here I see there are a few others also. My daughter has also began to realize that she too, has her moments.
    She deals with them differently and instead of letting the anger take over, she just says..”mom, Im have an ADD moment, leave me alone for a bit”
    I have been taking her advise and doing that myself… thanks for the article and I will also be sharing this with a few other moms that I know deal with this same thing!

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  14. Ruth Elaine Chidley

    My husband, age 56, still suffers from ADD/ADHD and has been on and off medication all of his life. My heart breaks for anyone who has this very real condition. We have just recently changed to a gluten free diet for me, but are hopeful it might be helpful for him also. I’m very excited to read about the essential oil remedy and we will be looking into getting the essential oils to make it up. Thank you Jill and your sister for sharing with us your findings, it is greatly appreciated.

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  15. Stephanie

    It is really sad to see there are syill teachers that don’t believe in ADD/ADHD, and there just isn’t enough time to educate such people on a forum. Please read lots of books. It took me living with an ADD husband and ADHD child and reading tons of books to truly realize what it means to be ADD. I’m sure there are some families that feed their children junk and that don’t let their children get enough exercise that might mimic ADD symptoms. There are children that have reactions to food dyes and such. There are even vision issues that mimic it. However, there is a population out there with a true case of ADD/ADHD.

    These children are very intelligent, but need to move to learn which is a distraction in public schools. Without that movement or being stimulated by the actual learning material, they will more than likely need to be medicated to be successful in public school. Otherwise they lose their self confidence, because a teacher is constantly reminding them of what a distraction (problem) they are. It takes being praised/edified 5 time to balance out one negative comment in children. The medication helps the child do what they so desperately want to do — pay attention.

    Homeschooling is a wonderful option for these children. They can move all over the room and still learn the necessary material without the constant negative feedback. School work can be made stimulating to hold their attention and gentle reminders to stay on task for the ore times. That eliminates/reduces the need for medication.

    For this that don’t believe that ADHD is real, consider fostering ADHD children. You will either cure them all, or eventually figure out what it means to live with true ADHD. Either way, so long as you are keeping an open mind, you could be a blessing to a foster child.

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    1. Elizabeth

      Nicely said! My husband and youngest son are also ADHD. As much as my son drives me nuts sometimes, educating myself on this has made me more able to deal with my husband and we have a better relationship after 17 years of marriage than we ever had. It’s is real, it is over-diagnosed, but it is real. As you said, spend time with a true ADHD person is the only way to understand it. Just like depression, which we deal with with myself, if you don’t have it or take the time to understand someone that does, you can’t understand it. It is hard to listen to those that argue it’s not real, but hopefully people will start to realize, these people don’t live your life, they’re ignorant, ignore them and move on!

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  16. Elizabeth

    I can’t thank you enough for this. I read something a few months ago about essential oils (probably on your site!) and a commenter said about this… I remember she said she put it on her son’s feet. I tried to email that commenter, she linked to her blog, but never got a response. Because of the extreme cost I could never convince (and won’t try to) DH to let me try this on our DS. I’m a strong believer in alternative medicines. Gluten free has helped DS some, I’m trying to slowly adjust things to dairy free and I watch the food dyes and such. I’ve really wanted to try this, being able to purchase a sample is exactly what I needed. I’m going right now to do so. Thank you so much!!

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    1. Diane H.

      Elizabeth, I am a big fan of essential oils. I cannot afford DoTerra right now. There are other brands to use but you cannot ingest them. You can make this blend yourself affordable with another brand. Check your local health store or health co-op. You can also buy affordable oils from Vitacost.com, Puritan’s Pride and Amazon.

      My son has ADHD. We recognized it at 3 years old. When we asked our pediatrician about his highly active out of control behaviour, the doctor said the school would let us know if he should be tested. We DID NOT want to use prescriptions for treatment. We tried everything natural that was available. Oils were not readily available and popular options at that time.

      As a firm believer in the healing effects of essential oils, I would absolutely buy the oils wherever I could get them affordably and make this blend. I would not want to delay treatment for my child. They do suffer in school. They are passed on through the system and sent into the world without really being prepared for life as a result.

      I would do anything I could for my children who are now grown and I talk to people with children with ADD/ADHD and explain to them about the affect of essential oils. I don’t care to have pharmaceuticals being pushed into our lives or our food being tampered where it affects our health.

      I use oils every day. It’s made a difference in my focus, concentration, sleep, stress – you get the idea. We haven’t been sick in years and I know it’s because of our use of oils.

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  17. Laura

    Great post, thanks for sharing all of the information! Quick question, my sister has severe ADHD, but she also doesn’t have a sense of smell. Like a deaf of blind person, she has no smell. Would this not work for her because she can’t smell the aromas?

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    1. Jillee Post author

      Laura….the short answer is…yes. :-)

      While aromatherapy with essential oils is useful…essential oil applied to the skin passes into the bloodstream and diffuses throughout the tissues, making it even more effective. So it’s not necessary that she be able to “smell” them.

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  18. Amy

    I was wondering if this would work on someone with autism? I was just recently talking with a lady from my church whose grandson was just diagnosed with a mild form of autism and they don’t want to used medication to control it. they have used a form of extract (I can’t remember what kind) with some success, but I know that essential oils are more powerful and pure than extracts. If this blend isn’t recommended then do you know of one that is? On a side note is the DoTerra company part of the Morman Church?

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      1. Jillee Post author

        There is no relationship between doTerra and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I can’t speak to the religious affiliation of the owners of the company. I am not a doTerra distributor.

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  19. Sheila

    My son was diagnosed with ADHD in grade 5. The pediatrician told me to research, research, research because I flat out refused to put my son on drugs. I limit his junk/premade foods, limit his sugar and caffeine and he takes Omega supplements. While it didn’t ‘cure’ it, it became manageable, to the point where my son noticed the difference. I wish I could say that his school turnaround was miraculous…it wasn’t, not because he wasn’t calmer, but because the little rat used his problem to slack off and he totally charmed his teachers into letting him get away with it. I asked him why he didn’t work harder at school and his reply was that “if they see what I can do, they’re going to expect me to actually work, mom”. He ended up switching schools, because all the teachers at his school let him do nothing…he’d bat his baby blues at them and say I’ve got ADHD and he’d be given something else to do. Good grief. Anyway, he’s in grade 12 now, and he’s a much calmer kid (thank you puberty).

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  20. Mary S

    I am a mom with two son’s on the autism spectrum who also have ADHD.My children were in school and medicated up to the 7th grade.The med.’s we put them on would work for a week or 2 then stop working.In 7th grade the school system decided they should be sent to a alternative school at which time I ended up pulling hem out and beginning to homeschool.My youngest was removed from school this past December.It has been rough but most of our problem’s stem from his lack of self confidence.He is now starting to love learning again like when he was little and we are having more good day’s than bad.I wish that I had homeschooled from the start but I did not know he could receive speech therapy and not have to be enrolled in public school.I would love to try something like the oil’s but the cost is way out of our budget.The last medication they had my youngest on was a anti seizure medication which caused excessive weight gain.

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    1. Kristin

      I wrote something earlier about this, but my son also has ADHD and Aspergers (spectrum disorder). We have him on a gluten free dairy free diet and also eliminated food coloring – mainly red 40 and yellow 5. Every moring after breakfast he takes an omega 3, vitamin c and magnesium vitamin. At night he gets a melatonin pill 1 hour before bedtime. By doing this, we have seen a huge difference in him. These were all things suggested by his pediatrician since we didn’t want to medicate him – these were also very affordable things to do. Good luck!

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  21. Carole

    This information is a winner for so many! I didn’t realize that so many good people suffer from these conditions. Thanks for making this information available, Jillee. By the way, Jeddy is my grandson.. He is a VERY special little boy, and I am so grateful for the help these wonderful oils give him. Good luck to all of you in your search for help..

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  22. Lyn

    Greetings All:
    Jillee I tried to get to the website you said was your sisters but got a warning that it was labeled as a hazardous site – linked to ‘phishing data’…. so instead I tried to send an email… came back as undeliverable…..
    Sadly our country thinks so little of the people instead favoring greed and high profits regardless of known health hazards and toxicity….. NO wonder our country sees higher rates of learning disorders and allergies than other nations who would rather pay more to be sure toxins are banned from their foods and medications…
    We seem to want bigger profits and instant results rather than HEALTH and smart choices….. oh well I can not change this but I would be so very interested in the real good results your sister claims to be experiencing with your adorable nephew. NO reason to subdue children with toxins and chemicals when there are good alternatives… I would love to see my 9yr be offered something none chemical to help her beyond that which limits her and allows her to reach her full abilities to live learn and be happy!!! Thanx with any help you may be able to offer.

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  23. Anna

    There are credible scientific studies being done on lavender, it’s a very powerful essential oil and has been shown on boys to affect their hormones. http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jan2007/niehs-31.htm

    Lavender and Tea Tree Oils May Cause Breast Growth in Boys

    A study published in this week’s issue of the New England Journal of Medicine suggests that repeated topical use of products containing lavender oil and/or tea tree oil may cause prepubertal gynecomastia, a rare condition resulting in enlarged breast tissue in boys prior to puberty, and for which a cause is seldom identified.

    Stopping use of essential oils reversed the breast growth mentioned above. It’s even been implicated in male infertility and can have a detrimental effect on sports people, they tested it and saw 10-15% drop in energy and performance if it’s inhaled before activity.

    I think the ritual would play a large part in helping your nephew but also the lavender as it has proven to be calming but I thought I better mention the research on lavender and the recommendations for boys.

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  24. Theresa

    I am curious as to what is in the Serenity and Balance Blend? Different websites carry these products but have different ingredients. My daughter is very sensitive to salycilates and I cannot apply anything that is high in salycilates to her skin.

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  25. W@nd@

    I hope parents putting their kids on a healthier diet helps decrease ADHD, but ever since reading that site’s recommendation to take Tea Tree Oil internally (under a different name), I don’t trust that site one bit.

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  26. Denise

    When you say balance blend are you talking about the actual recipe itself or is there an essential oil called balance blend, I am confused and feel stupid but I really need to know.

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  27. Paulette

    Jillee,
    I love your blog. Every time I see something new it’s useful. I particularly like that you are showcasing the benifits of essential oils. I just discovered Doterra oils, myself, and there is so much to learn. I wouldn’t wan to be without them. I’ve thrown out so many medicines that didn’t ever really work anyway! This latest post will improve so many lives. Doterra has a blend called Intune that my husband who has Asberger’s syndrome uses, and it is amazing to see the change in him!
    Thank you!

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  28. CTY

    Parents/Caregivers know that you are the child’s advocate. Do not let schools wiggle out of their responsibilities. Do not allow yourself to be bull dozed into something that is wrong for the child.
    As a veteran teacher of 11 years, I have seen ADD, ADHD, ODD, OCD, and many other disorders. All I can say is that every parent I have met is a saint. I have met parents with high levels of education and financially secure to parents that are living in a shelter on government assistance and everywhere in between. Every one of them were doing all they could, everyone of not knowing what the best choice is. Yes, at times they blame the schools (emotions run high). Yes, at times they defend that their child has done no wrong. Yes, at times they deny it is really a problem. IMO the only solution, in the classroom is to treat every incident as isolated one. So many educators hold past behaviors/outbursts against the child. This is not the way. For me in my classroom (7th-8th grades), everyday (and for some students every 15 minutes) is a clean slate. I do this for every student not matter their abilities. All students are held responsible for their assignments and behavior, without penalty for past mistakes. I teach social studies– the first academic class that students with learning disabilities/disorders are “main streamed” into. I have seen them react to this new environment many different ways. I get the worst of it because change comes hard for so many.
    All I can say is (in the states) for parents to get an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for their child(ren), the more specific the better. Have the school implement RTI (Response To Intervention), the more specific the better. If the schools don’t know what RTI is, research it, educate them & give them the research. Explain the plan to the child and have him/her sit in on as many portions of meetings he/she can understand. Outside of the states, draw up a plan with educators to address all the problems & revisit them often–revise as needed.
    And finally, as an educator please leave the choice to medicate or not, up to the parents & support their decision.

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  29. Leah

    I have been using essential oils for several years now on our family, and have found them to be nothing but amazing. I truly believe that God put these plants, which then can be made into essential oils on earth for our healing. I have done a lot of research into essential oils, and have used many companies of oils. Both DoTerra, and Young Living Oils are exceptional oils–however you do pay the multi level marketing price tag. If you are interested in building a business, and/or having a wonderful support and learning network with essential oils they can be great to be a part of. I have found in the last few years however that you can buy theurapeatic grade essential oils elsewhere and have the same amazing results for a MUCH lower price tag. Two companies that I highly reccomend and use for my family (no–I don’t have any affiliation with either one!!) are: Mountain Rose Herbs, and also Rocky Mountain Oils. I priced out the same blend at Rocky Mountain oils in 5ml containers. If you would purchase: Aligning (which is the same as the Balance blend), Tranquility (which is the same as Serenity), patchouli, lavander, and vetiver. It comes to a total of $53.25 without shipping. A 5ml container has approximatly 125-150 drops in each bottle so you would have quite a bit to mix up. I hope this helps!

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  30. Marijke Briggs

    Thanks. This sounds great. We are going to try it out with our 8.5 year old son who has great difficulty remaining focused and attending to most tasks. Even with additional support in school, he is still below grade level as a result. We’ll let you know how it goes.

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  31. Elena T

    I love essential oils too and am going to recommend this to a friend who battles ADHD.
    My only “complaint”, so to speak, is that this recipe includes blends. I already own many oils and don’t want to buy duplicates, so it would be nice to have the recipe broken down into the actual oil components.

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    1. Diane H.

      You can go to doTerra’s site and find the blend. The ingredients are listed for every blend. I make my own blends using the doTerra “recipe” from affordable oils and they work great.

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  32. Holly

    I was just wondering if you were to purchase these oils in the 15ml bottles, approximately how long would it last?

    We are currently using Synaptol, which is a homeopathic remedy for ADD and ADHD for my 8 year old son. We’ve cut gluten, dairy, corn, soy, and dyes out of his food, which has cut out pretty much all processed food as well. We’ve seen a lot of improvement, but if this is something that would help him that much more, I think it would be worth it.

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  33. Valerie Myers

    Thank you for such a wonderful post. I will definately be saving this one for reference in the future for anyone who is having these issues with their kids. It upsets me that the school sytems want you to drug your kids so it makes their life easier. I have a friend who was forced to do this and her child begged her not to have to take the meds because of the way they made him feel. Bless your sister for having come up with an alternative and you for sharing.

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  34. Ana

    On your final thought about the cost of essential oils.

    I’m fortunate to have very few expenses so the paycheck lasts comfortably, however I don’t appreciate overpaying for anything.

    To me, worse than having to pay a high price for essential oils is the not knowing how good or bad they are. The price range is so ridiculously huge how can you tell for real?

    Yes you trust the terra something, but why? every time I go to their website, the woman in the videos gives me such a headache, that right away I reach for my lavender pillow.
    I don’t mean to challenge you, my reasons to not like them are just based on my impression of the video… I know that is lame, I also know there has to be others that are high quality but how can one know?

    I want good quality for a fair price, why does it have to be so difficult?. when is karma going to swallow the people that make a profit with fake oils?

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  35. Sarah

    I am so glad I have found this and can’t wait to try this on my son. I have been having severe problems his whole life, he is 14 now. It seems to get worse every year and I just feel helpless as a mom because I can’t find a way to help him, we have tried everything, including medications. The medications didn’t work and they wanted me to keep switching so I finally gave up with medications. And along the way different doctors gave him me different diganoses from bi-polar to adhd to autism. It’s so frustrating.
    I think I will try this on my other son too, who is borderline autistic and having problems of his own. Thank you so much for publishing this and talking about an important subject to thousands of families out there, struggling that feel so alone and helpless.

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  36. Loulou

    Thank you so much for this post and offer.
    My son is more on the ASD side, but definitely has trouble focussing and shifting focus. I’m willing to try this!

    Good luck to all the wonderful parents and workers out there … don’t forget that love, compassion and patience are also necessary ingredients in the care of our children :)

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  37. Jody

    What a terrific remedy! The ingredients make sense to me and what a blessing that Dori is willing to sell her good remedy.

    One other cheaper idea is to use magnesium oil. It can be made easily and helps with so many problems from insomnia to fibromyalgia to ADHD. I take magnesium citrate orally, but I also use magnesium oil topically and it really has helped me with sleeping, with joint and muscle pain/spasms as well as life-long back pain (now gone). Some people don’t tolerate too much oral magnesium, but the magnesium oil works great too. Here’s a link to Wellness Mama’s article on it.
    http://wellnessmama.com/3610/are-you-low-on-magnesium/

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  38. Ginny K

    At least in Texas, no public school employee can tell a parent that a child must be medicated, and certainly not as a condition for a child to be able to attend school. A private school does have that option. Also, if a public school tells a parent that the child must see a doctor, the parent can ask the district to pay for the visit, tests. I was a school counselor and school psychologist for over 30 years, and had to ask teachers to use the wording, “You might want to consider…”

    I won’t get started about how the school day is arranged that leads to so many other problems.

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  39. Penni

    I agree 110%!!! And agree even more about the benefits of essential oils! I grew up around them, as my mom believed whole heartily in them. I still use them today. And I think you are a wonderful woman, sister, and aunt for posting this!!! I also agree the oils are way to expensive for as much good as they do!

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