Natural Alternatives for ADHD
Natural Alternatives for ADHD
First of all, let me place a disclaimer, I am not a physician and I truly recommend that all information for any medical condition be discussed with your doctor. I write this post today to share information as a mom of children with ADHD. Let me first tell you my story.
My son and daughter were both diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), my son took ADHD medication that seemed to work until he developed uncontrollable movements that the doctor called “tics” and was taken off that medication. Despite trying we never found anything else that worked well. One medicine made him mean, one just didn’t seem to work at all and eventually, after trying several different medications, we gave up on medicine.
11 years later I had a daughter and she began to exhibit difficulty in schools. I had a meeting with the teacher and school personnel to discuss talking to my doctor about the possibility of her having ADHD. As you can imagine I tried to fight it this time, but each year and each conference it was the same thing. I thought perhaps there would be new medicines that would work better. Perhaps my daughter would react differently to medication. Honestly, I was hopeful and wanted to stop looking like the parent that wasn’t doing anything to help at school. If you are in this boat, I know you can relate. We did ultimately try medicine for a short time, but unfortunately, she developed medical conditions that forced me to have to research and find some alternatives. I would like to share what I found.
My experience suggests that ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) is characterized by such symptoms as an inability to focus, not considering consequences of various actions, and even the inability to be still. Many times the symptoms can interfere with a sufferer’s quality of life. They find that they are making bad choices, turning people against them, and doing poorly in school. As adults, some people even suffering from financial difficulties due to forgetting to pay important bills or focus at work.
As people seek out medical treatment for ADHD, they can find that the medical treatments are scarier than the illness with many side effects. For example, many of the ADHD medicine warns parents that use of the medication can cause addictions. For a parent that is frightening. It can be very difficult for a parent to sit down with the school personnel and be told that their student is not focusing, only to go to the doctor and hear about these possible side effects of medication. Thankfully, there are some natural alternatives for ADHD that you can try first or if the medical and pharmaceutical treatments don’t work for you or aren’t right for you for whatever reasons – such as side effects or affordability. We should all have options for when ADHD medication doesn’t work.
Natural Alternatives for ADHD
* Eliminate Certain Things from Your Diet – Many people believe that additives and food colorings can promote issues with ADHD. It won’t hurt to try an elimination diet to get rid of these potential causes of ADHD. Try eliminating added sugars, processed foods, and unnatural food colorings and preservatives. In our family, we eliminated gluten and found that very helpful. It takes a commitment to change diets. I would suggest giving it a try for a few months to notice a difference.
* Avoid Various Allergens – In addition to eliminating the above from your diet, try getting rid of milk, eggs, chocolate, and wheat to figure out if you’re having an allergic reaction to these common food ingredients. Wheat products contain gluten. At first, we even eliminated milk, because some children cannot handle the protein in milk called Casein. Now we only limited our intake of milk and choose Almond milk instead.
* Try Biofeedback – An EEG is attached to the head to measure brainwaves, and then certain activities are done to see what activities cause issues with paying attention. The machine can tell when the person is concentrating and when they’re not, thus enabling the therapist to recommend coping techniques.
* Get Regular Massage – Many people with ADHD have a very hard time relaxing, so doing things that help improve the ability to relax such as massage can help improve the ability to concentrate. Relaxation™ Massage Oil combines specifically selected vegetable oils with the soothing essential oil scents of Lavender, Tangerine, Coriander, and Spearmint for maximum relaxation.
* Get Regular Exercise – Any type of exercising is going to help your brain work better due to the increased oxygen intake and the focus required to exercise. Try yoga or tai chi for the best results. Exercises that you can do alone that force focus are best.
* Consider Supplements – It is best to get a blood test to find out if you have a deficiency before using supplements, but many people have reported results from herbs such as ginkgo biloba. Consider supplements from Young Living such as OmegaGize³™, Mineral Essence™, and NingXia Red®
* Eat Regularly – Dips and dives in blood sugar can cause problems with focus and concentration. Try to eat six small meals per day to keep your blood sugar regulated.
* Find Ways to Improve Sleep – A good night’s sleep can improve a lot of factors to do with losing focus. Try meditation and taking a hot bath with lavender essential oils to help you relax enough to sleep well.
* Limit Screen Time – One of the biggest factors today in our lives that cause lack of attention are screens. Try to limit the time spent on screens before work and before bed to help your mind focus.
*Essential Oils– There are several essential oils that can be used to support maintaining focus and remaining calm. For example
Essential oil Singles that may be beneficial as a natural alternative to people with ADHD include:
- Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile): soothes and comforts. Its warmth and gentleness can help create a relaxing and calming atmosphere. It can make a wonderful addition to children’s play areas.
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia): calms and reduces anxiety. Supports relaxation.
- Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata): stimulating and calming for increased feelings of well-being.
- Vetiver (Vetiveria zizanioides): calms, focuses the mind. Has a grounding effect for those who are distressed or panicky. It may help with supporting emotional balance in times of anger, distress, and hysteria.
- Frankincense (Boswellia frereana): this empowering oil supports a perfect opportunity to collect your thoughts.
- Patchouli (Pogostemom cablin): soothes the nervous system. Use its calming, relaxing aroma during meditation or yoga practice.
- Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) creates a comforting, uplifting experience, can also create a calming yet powerful environment when you diffuse this oil or add it to massage oil blends.
Essential oil blends that may be beneficial as a natural alternative for people with ADHD include
- Peace & Calming® essential oil is a gentle, sweet blend of Ylang Ylang, Orange, Tangerine, Patchouli, and Blue Tansy. With a comforting, fresh aroma, Peace & Calming oil creates a relaxing environment that’s especially great for homes with children. It may calm overactive and hard-to-manage children.
- GeneYus™ is an excellent blend to diffuse for young minds that are focusing and concentrating on projects.
- Brain Power™ is a blend of essential oils high in sesquiterpenes—like Royal Hawaiian Sandalwood, Blue Cypress, and Frankincense—to promote a sense of clarity and focus when used aromatically.
- Clarity™ blends Basil, Rosemary, Peppermint, and other essential oils for an aroma that invites a sense of clarity and alertness.
By trying these natural alternatives perhaps you may find that you don’t need to introduce potentially dangerous chemicals into your child’s life. That is truly my hope and prayer. I use Young Living essential oils and I enjoy quality oils. If you are not familiar essential oils or are wanting to get started with essential oils. I would recommend starting with the premium starter kit so that you can get a variety of oils and a diffuser. You will also want to sign up for essential rewards so that you can buy additional oils and earn free products.