6 Essential Oils To Help Relieve ADHD Symptoms

ADHD or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder affects children, teenagers and even adults. According to the American Psychiatric Association (APA) 5 percent of American children have symptoms of ADHD. Symptoms of ADHD in children include hyperactivity, inability to control impulses and difficulty paying attention. ADHD is usually discovered in the early school years and boys are far more likely to have ADHD than girls. Adults who have ADHD commonly have problems with time management, organizational skills, setting and achieving goals and regular employment. Whether in children or adults ADHD is often associated with disrupting school, work and home life, self esteem issues, getting along with others and various kinds of addictive behavior.

Essential Oils For Relieving ADHD Symptoms

1. Melissa officinalis (lemon balm)

Lemon balm leaves and flowers can help with ADHD


Steam distilled flowers and leaves. Best locations for growing and distilling Melissa oil are England, France and Bulgaria.

• Study with ADD showed significant benefits in cognition.


Research was conducted on patients with mild to moderate symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD). The study showed those using Melissa essential oil experienced significant benefits in cognition after 16 weeks of treatment. Also called lemon balm and “Balm of the Heart’s Delight,” the scent of Melissa is softly sweet and lemony with a clean, fresh, earthy coolness. Melissa oil may likely be the most adulterated oil in the perfume industry. The aroma is characteristically fresh and clean, not at all murky, medicinal or citronella-like. As the yield of Melissa oil from steam distillations is very low the cost of pure Melissa is extremely high. It takes approximately three tons of plant material to yield 1/2 kilo of the pure essential oil.

2. Peppermint (mentha x piperita)

Peppermint oils can soothe ADHD


Steam distilled flowering tops. One of best locations for growing and distilling peppermint oil is the USA.

• Known to clear brain fog
• Helps improve ability to focus and sustain attention


Considered a basic necessity for your aromatherapy first aid kit peppermint oil is a fluid colorless oil with a clean, fresh, minty scent that is distinctly penetrating. Peppermint oil is known to clear brain fog and better than coffee as a stimulant. Great for helping to improve your ability to focus and sustain attention use peppermint oil when you need to get going fast. A research study on both peppermint and cinnamon oil showed the effect of each oil was to relax tension, as well as relieve fatigue while increasing alertness.

3. Lemon (citrus limonum)

Oil extracted from lemon can also help with ADHD


Cold pressed peel. Best location for growing and distilling is warm Mediterranean climate and soil of Italy.

• Research effect of lemon to increase ability to focus
• Helps you stay in control of emotional outbursts


Genuinely reminiscent of the clean fresh scent of fresh fruit lemon peel the aroma is sharp, sweet, fruity, light, and fresh. The Mediterranean climate and Italian soil produces the finest lemon oil with a superior scent. Lemon oil energizes and refreshes your body and mind and increases your ability to focus and memorize! Japanese scientists studied the effect of lemon essential oil on the ability to focus. They discovered that the typical mistakes were reduced by 54 percent when lemon oil was diffused into the work room.

4. Rosemary (rosmarinus officinalis ct. verbenon)

Rosemary oil relieves ADHD symptoms


Steam distilled herb and flowering tops. Best locations for growing and distilling rosemary verbenon are Corsica, Italy and France.

• Research shows boosts memory recall

A 2013 study had two control groups in separate rooms. In one room there was a diffuser emitting the scent of rosemary and one with no diffuser. Both groups had memory exercises to complete. Subjects in the room with the scent of rosemary oil were shown to perform better. Blend with frankincense, sweet basil, orange, atlas cedarwood to enhance this effect of boosting memory recall.

5. Atlas cedarwood (cedrus atlantica)

Cedarwood oils help with ADHD

Steam distilled wood. Best location for growing and distilling Atlas Cedarwood is Morocco. In danger of potential extinction substitute Himalayan Cedarwood. Best locations growing and distilling in Nepal. A sweet, warm, rich, balsamic, woody aroma with fruity and honey undertones atlas cedarwood oil has a fortifying effect on the mind and emotions and bolsters one’s courage in times of great change and unsettled circumstances. In general all cedarwood oils are very grounding and stabilizing to the nervous system.

• One of most grounding stabilizing oils in aromatherapy
• Promotes self esteem and courage

6. Basil (ocimum basilicum ‘linalool’)

Basil oils help in relieving ADHD symptoms

Steam distilled leaf. Best locations for growing and distilling are Egypt and Nepal.

• Mental clarity
• Helps you to focus
• Use to stay alert
• Great in a study blend
• Fortifying effect
• Stabilizes nervous system

Sweet Basil oil smells like the fresh picked herb. Rich in camphor Sweet Basil’s aromatic scent is tenacious in any blend. Basil oil helps you to clear your mind and focus your attention. Use it alone or in a blend when you need to be alert. Sweet Basil can provide you with a pronounced increase in your ability to be mentally alert when studying for an exam, or in any situation where your prolonged focus or need to retain information is required.
Psycho-emotionally Basil supports self-expression and feeling secure and has a stabilizing and fortifying effect on the nervous system.


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