One of the most difficult things as a parent to hear is that your child has a learning set-back, whether it is medical or simply genetic, it doesn’t really matter. It is a heart wrenching thing to be told. Years ago my son was told he was ADD, not ADHD because he was not hyper. He just couldn’t stay on task. Personally, I think that most boys are like that at the age he was (4 years old).
Over the years, we discovered that my son did have some trouble paying attention. Although, I never took the diagnosis too seriously because I do not believe in labeling children, I watched and adapted to help him learn. As he grew older, he began to express frustration with not being able to concentrate despite all of his efforts to do so.
When I stumbled across essential oils, I thought they would be great as a “mood lift”, but didn’t really think it could help with anything else. I took a chance and decided to purchase Focus from Native American Nutritritionals. I had tried a couple of other brands of essential oils and while I thought they worked some, I was completely taken by surprise at how well NAN products smell. There is a huge difference in the quality.
Focus has worked wonders! During school study hours (we homeschool), my son will often open the bottle of Focus and just breathe deeply in for a few minutes with the bottle just under his nose. He reports a quick feeling of both calm and heightened attention. For a mom wanting her son to feel happy and attentive during school studies, this was a dream come true! The results are immediate and best of all, there are no pills to take and no side-effects. He feels completely like himself.
Another way to use it is to dab some on the inside of the wrist, behind the ears, and at other pulse points. This allows the child to smell it on an ongoing basis for several hours, making it useful for children who go to school to “take it with them” without it being conspicuous. If a more intense smell is needed, simply put their wrist up to their nose and take a deep slow breath.
Many parents report that medications prescribed for these types of disorders “deaden” the personality of their child. There are even studies out there reporting more serious possible problems related to drugging ADD, ADHD, and Asperger’s children (See the book Boys Adrift: The Five Factors Driving the Growing Epidemic of Unmotivated Boys and Underachieving Young Men ).
What does it cost?
I purchased a bottle of Focus almost three years ago. We use it regularly as an aromatherapy and still have about half a bottle left. If we had gone the medication route, we would have paid out a ton of money.
$25 per month X 12 months = $300 per year
Focus Essential Oil
$18 for one bottle – Has lasted 3 years so far
NOTE: Advice given through this website is not meant to replace medical advice. Please do not stop medications without speaking to your doctor first.