While there isn't a great deal of scientific evidence to support aromatherapy for medical conditions, it has been around for around 5,000 years and can be traced back to ancient China, India, Persia and Egypt and is still popular today. Based on this, I researched what scents are thought to help with some of the major symptoms of ADHD, specifically scents which are thought to promote focus and relaxation. Remember, you may react differently than others so if you are interested in trying aromatherapy, try out different scents to see what works best for you.
Scents to promote relaxation or reduce hyperactivity:
Scents to promote focus, mental alertness and concentration:
How to Use Essential Oils
Aromatherapy uses essential oils which can be purchased in many stores and online. There are a number of different ways you can use these oils:
If you have health conditions, such as asthma, seizures, high blood pressure, are pregnant or are currently receiving chemotherapy, you should speak with your doctor before trying aromatherapy. In some cases, aromatherapy can cause rashes, headaches, or liver or nerve damage. You should speak with your doctor if you experience any of these side effects.
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