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, I’m talking about 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 8 year old nephew Jeddy. He is my sister Dori’s youngest child, and he was diagnosed with severe ADHD when he was in first grade.
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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.
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.
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.
Since it’s that time of year when kids are heading back to classrooms across the country, I thought a reminder of this wonderful tool in the battle against ADHD was a timely topic. Hopefully it will help someone out there dealing with this same issue. And that’s all I can ask for. :-)