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The Best Essential Oils for ADHD

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The best essential oils for ADHD, including frankincense, vetiver, bergamot, ylang ylang, lime, chamomile, and sandalwood. These oils are the most recommended for helping people manage their ADHD and ADD. Essential oils have the power to deliver specific beneficial healing properties from plants in a highly concentrated, direct form to your body. When used properly, they have been recognized for centuries for having therapeutic properties. If you’ve ever asked, “What are the best essential oils for ADHD?” before then you have come to the right place!      

The best essential oils for ADD help calm the brain, increase focus and concentration, and keep you awake. Depending on the type of oil used, the healing effects of essential oils are limitless, from antibacterial defense to relief of pain to even aid in emotional therapy. From a strictly scientific perspective, essential oils are so effective due to your 50 million smell receptors. They connect directly to the brain’s limbic system, which is responsible for emotions and memories. In addition to the medical benefits of oils, on a more practical note they make us feel better simply because they smell so nice!      

This list discusses the most popular essential oils for ADHD. If you’ve ever tried aromatherapy for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, vote up the essential oils that worked best for you - and add any that I missed.
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    Frankincense is believed to be useful for stimulating the limbic system of the brain. When rubbed on the feet nightly before bed it can provide a calming effect and reduce inflammation. Studies have shown that it can also allow the brain to focus more easily.  Frankincense Essential Oil (Boswellia carterii or Boswellia Sacra) Carries much-needed oxygen into the brain and stimulates the limbic area of the brain, which includes the hypothalamus, pineal and pituitary glands.Can be blending with all oils. 
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    Lavender Essential Oil (Lavendula angustifolia) Relaxes you and makes you more alert; can balance any personality. Possible dangers of not using lavender properly are: irritation of the skin, allergic reactions, nausea, headache, chills or vomiting. Can be applied topically or diffused in a room.
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    Ylang Ylang

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    A study taken on the use of ylang ylang showed that it produced sedative effects in the brain. It also decreases pulse rates and blood pressure, relieving symptoms of ADD and ADHD. When inhaled it can produce alertness and attentiveness. Ylang Ylang Essential Oil (Cananga Odourata) Can be either stimulating or calming; useful for dealing with anger stress and by inhaling the aroma one can stimulate circulation and lower blood pressure. Can be applied topically (on the feet, neck, wrists and back) or diffused.
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    Cedarwood Essential Oil (Cedrus atlantica) Has calming properties; has been found in clinical tests to be of benefit to children suffering ADD and ADHD. It stimulates the limbic region of the brain  and the pineal gland, which releases melatonin, aiding in sleep cycles. Can be diffused or applied topically. Best place to apply it is to the base of the neck.
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