Avid users of essential oils rave about how essential oils help them relax, fight colds and focus. Some also find them useful for skin care, while others clean with them and use them as pick-me-ups. The applications for essential oils seem almost endless!
As open minded and curious parents of a girl with autism, we had heard about the benefits of essential oils, and were eager to learn this: Can essential oils also help individuals with autism? Can they boost sleep, decrease hyperactivity and improve other conditions typical of autism? If that proved to be the case, we certainly wanted to give them a try!
An education session with Angela Dodge, Registered Dietitian in Pediatrics and an Essential Oil Educator, provided a great opportunity to ask all these questions and to learn the basics of essential oils.
Here´s Angela on how essential oils can help individuals with autism:
AD: “Essential oils are powerful forms of “medicine’ from the most basic plant sources. They can be soothing and calming for people on the autism spectrum, and they can provide an increased level of consciousness and focus for them.”
Q: What are the top three essential oils for a person with autism?
AD: “Although every person is different and may react and respond to essential oils in their own ways, three excellent essential oils that may be helpful for a person with autism include:
This rich, thicker essential oil is known to provide a calming, grounding effect on a person’s emotions. It truly calms the mind and body. It can be diluted with a carrier oil such as fractionated coconut or almond oil and rubbed on the back of the neck from the base of the brain stem all the way to the shoulders.
This is known as the “King of Oils”. Frankincense promotes feelings of peace and overall relaxation. It promotes focus and helps to develop a higher level of consciousness. It stimulates the limbic system in the brain and can be diluted with a carrier oil and applied topically or inhaled.
This is such a classic oil and known by so many to calm the body and relax the brain. It can be added to epsom salts in a calming bath, diffused at bedtime, or worn topically throughout the day to promote these feelings.
A blend of all three of these oils can be made in a roller bottle mixed with fractionated coconut oil to be easily applied daily on the back of the neck or the bottoms of the feet.”
Q: How does one use essential oils?
Q: Are there any precautions to keep in mind when using essential oils?
AD: “People should always be cautious when using essential oils. They are powerful and can cause skin irritations if not diluted properly. They should never come into contact with eyes, inner ears, or other sensitive areas. If in doubt…dilute dilute dilute. A little essential oil goes a long way and it’s always better to start with a small amount and work up.”
6) Where can one purchase essential oils?
AD: “People need to do their research when purchasing an essential oil. Due to the popularity of using essential oils, many companies are launching brands which are not necessarily pure or therapeutic. doTERRA is the brand and company that I choose to align myself with and the one that I feel 100% confident using on myself and my children. I know that what it says on the bottle is what is actually in it. From one bottle to the next, they are consistent and safe.”
Q: How much do essential oils cost?
AD: “Essential oils range in price from $13 to over $100, depending on the plant and sourcing of the oil. They are a therapeutic investment and you pay for the quality you receive. Cheaper quality oils will give you just that…a cheap, unwanted response. Investing in a reputable company and pure oil will give you the results you are looking for.”
Angela Dodge is a Registered Dietitian in Pediatrics, an Essential Oil Educator and a mom to three children. “I know the importance of taking care of ourselves and our children and empowering women to do so in the most natural ways possible. If you would like more information on using essential oils in your home and with your families, please feel free to contact me. I am always here for you.”
This is what happened after the education session with Angela: We did get a few oils and have started to use lavender as a sleep aid for Linnea. We apply it with a roll-on bottle on the back of her neck and on the soles of her feet before she goes to bed every evening. So far so good. We’ll let you know how things progress in a future blog post!