The Best Essential Oils For Autism & ADHD

Essential oils have been used throughout history for medicinal purposes, dating back as far as the Egyptians in 4500 B.C. There are many known uses and benefits to essential oils. Here is my list of the best essential oils for autism and ADHD and a guide on how to use them correctly.

1. Peppermint

Peppermint helps to heal digestive issues, relieve headaches, clear the digestive tract and help with aches and pains in sore muscles. It is common for children with Autism to also have gastrointestinal problems, which is why it is important to support healthy body functions in our kids.

2. Mandarin

Mandarin helps in reducing anxiety and stress. It’s great for children because most love the sweet scent. It can also act as a sedative, promoting better sleep.

3. Ylang Ylang

Ylang Ylang is known for it’s ability to improve your mood. It has a calming effect, and also helps to strengthen the nervous system.

4. Vetiver

This oil is particularly beneficial for children with ADHD because it calms and focuses the mind. It’s strong, grounding scent can help your child focus better, and feel more relaxed.

5. Sandalwood

This is an amazing oil. It has so many benefits. Sandalwood is not only calming, it also works as a memory booster and it helps promote mental clarity. It can also be used as a natural expectorant (cough remedy).

6. Bergamot

Bergamot works as an antidepressant and a sedative. It can improve mood and help your child sleep better. You can also use it for pain relief and muscle spasms, or to reduce a fever. It’s great for daily use and has medicinal benefits, too.

7. Lavender

It’s common knowledge that lavender improves sleep. It also reduced anxiety and emotional stress.
Tip: I add a couple drops of lavender oil to a container of baking soda and mix it up. Then while I am washing my family’s bedding I sprinkle the baking soda over all of our mattresses. I vacuum it up a couple hours later. The mattress becomes infused with the lavender scent, and the baking soda neutralizes any bad odors that may have been present.

8. Chamomile

Chamomile tea is well known for helping people fall asleep. Chamomile oil is also relaxing, making it a sleep aid. It can also be used for pain relief and to sooth dry skin.

9. Cedarwood

Cedarwood promotes the production of serotonin, which our brain uses to create melatonin. This oil can help your child have a peaceful sleep and to feel more rested.

10. Frankincense

Last but not least is Frankincense. It reduces stress reactions and negative emotions, helping to reduce meltdowns. It also helps children with ADHD stay focused.

Best Essential Oils for Autism and ADHD

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Blending Essential Oils

There’s a bit of an art behind blending essential oils. Which ones you mix can have added benefits, depending on the effect you want it to have. The idea of blending oils sounds intimidating and it needs to be done a certain way. You can find blending recipes online. If you aren’t comfortable blending at home. you can also purchase essential oils that are already blended.

How Do You Use Essential Oils

There are several ways to use essential oils. You can use a diffuser, or apply them to the skin, some can be ingested. If you enjoy DIY activities you can even learn how to make your own essential oil diffuser bracelet. Use Caution when you use essential oils for children. There are many benefits to using essential oils for autism and ADHD, however they are highly concentrated. A little goes a very long way. It’s important to read the labels and use the correct amount.

Also, some essential oils are mixed with chemicals or vegetable oil. They could be a skin irritant, or simply not provide the expected results because they aren’t pure. Always ensure that you are using pure, therapy grade oils.

You can purchase roll-on essential oils that are made for kids. Some are a single oil, and some are pre-blended combinations of multiple oils,  with their own specific benefits, so you don’t have to mix them yourself.  There are a lot of great and affordable options on amazon. You only need a small amount, they last a while.


If you truly want to become an expert in using essential oils you can purchase the  ultimate guide to using essential oils   .The bundle comes with 26 e books/e courses so you can learn everything you need to know from one reliable source.


This may seem gross, but worth mentioning because it’s something that isn’t talked about often. Scatolia, better known as fecal smearing, is common in children with autism. It often happens in their bedrooms, after nap time or when they wake up in the morning. But it can occur at other times too. There are a number of causes for fecal smearing, but the most common reason is that the child is trying to meet a sensory need. Being in a quiet bedroom can be under stimulating, causing sensory seeking behaviour. It’s not always a tactile thing. Sometimes it’s about the sense of smell, and the strong odor. Trying an essential oil diffuser in their room  could help to meet that sensory need and stop the problem.

If you truly want to become an expert in using essential oils you can purchase the  ultimate guide to using essential oils   .The bundle comes with 26 e books/e courses so you can learn everything you need to know from one reliable source.



7 thoughts on “The Best Essential Oils For Autism & ADHD

  1. Love this!! My kiddos have a really hard time calming down when are on vacation, so before bed time I’ll put lavender on their feet and it really does help.

  2. I love essential oils, and I had no idea about some of these uses. We love ylang ylang, lavender, and cedarwood, but there are a few of these that I’ve never tried. Thank you for sharing this!

  3. I am a essential oil newbie so this was great info! My brother has autism and ADHD so I will pass this information along to my mom.

  4. I would also highly recommend copaiba oil for focus and concentration, as well as lemon, which is highest in sesquiterpenes (sp?) and Vitamin c and helps with attentiveness.

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