ADHD stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder

  • Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a chronic condition that causes various hyperactive and disruptive behaviours

  • People with ADHD often have trouble focusing, sitting still and controlling their impulses

  • According to the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Support Group of Southern Africa (ADHASA), ADHD affects 10% of the South African population and is found in all ethnic and socio-economic clusters.


  • ADHD is a chronic condition and its symptoms will last a long time. In severe cases, it interferes with daily function, relationships and even learning habits.

  • ADHD is sometimes referred to as ADD, generally when the person with the disorder does not display symptoms of hyperactivity


  • There are three main types of ADHD, which differ according to the symptoms that present most commonly. 

  • ADHD, combined presentation: This is the most common type of ADHD. The person will show impulsive and hyperactive behavior, as well as getting distracted easily and struggling to maintain attention.

  • ADHD, predominantly impulsive/hyperactive: This is the least common type. The person will show signs of hyperactivity and the need to move constantly, as well as displaying impulsive behavior. They do not show signs of getting distracted or inattention.

  • ADHD, predominantly inattentive: People with this type of ADHD do not exhibit signs of hyperactivity or impulsivity. Instead, the person will get distracted easily and find it difficult to pay attention.



Misdiagnosis is common, which means many children may be taking medication, eg: Ritalin unnecessarily

Resulting in alarming side effects like:

  • Nerve damage

  • Hormonal disruption

  • Growth stunting

  • Sleep problems

  • Loss of appetite

  • Increase heart rate

  • Seizures


This is why alternative treatment options are urgently needed. 


The Connection Between ADHD and Sleep Disorders

Many children and adults with ADHD battle to sleep for the following reasons:

  • Biologically, the same part of the brain that aids attention, also aids sleep.  Children with ADHD will battle to attend during the day and sleep at night because of this


  • 50% of children with ADHD have sleep disordered breathing.  Not only do they sleep fewer hours, but they also have poor sleep quality


  • It takes children with ADHD longer to fall asleep than other children even if they are tired.  Add to this that they are frequently impatient, irritated and impulsive and it makes them less likely to be able to lie still in bed and resist the urge to play or talk so that they can fall asleep


  • Sleep medications that help many sleepless adults, do nothing or many have the opposite effect on a child who has a developing brain

  • According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, even moderate sleep deprivation – losing less than one hour per night of sleep, can affect the academic performance of children with ADHD

  • ADHD and the medication used to treat the condition are known to disrupt sleep patterns, making it difficult to fall and stay asleep. This, generally making bedtime a nightmare for parents of kids with ADHD

  • Adults with ADHD or ADD rarely fall asleep, because ADHD’s mental and physical restlessness disturbs a person’s sleeping  pattern



Alternative treatment options are urgently needed.

  • Among very young children (2 to 5 years), behaviour therapy is the first-line treatment recommended for ADHD, according to the American Academy of Paediatrics (AAP).

  • However, data from the U.S. Centres of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed that about half of pre-schoolers with ADHD were taking medication and 1 in 4 were being treated only with medication.

  • Further, only half of 4- to 5-year-olds with ADHD received behaviour therapy, despite it being the recommended go-to treatment. By age 6, the so-called "best practice guidelines" for ADHD include treatment with both medication and behaviour therapy.

  • Kids taking these powerful drugs may suffer from side effects ranging from sleep problems and loss of appetite, to seizures and increased heart rate, which is why alternative treatment options are urgently needed. 

Essential Oils

  • Fortunately, one age-old option, essential oils, has shown promise in helping to relieve the symptoms of ADHD. 

  • Although Essential Oils cannot cure ADHD, it has proven to have many benefits in relieving symptoms of ADHD

What are Essential Oils?


  • Essential Oils are fragrant oils derived from plants. They can come from a variety of plants which cover the earth in different shapes, sizes, colours and scents.  Many of these plants contain compounds that typically can’t be seen with the naked eye – they hide within the roots, bark, stems, flowers, seeds or other areas of the plant. 


  • The oils capture the plant's scent and flavour, also called its "essence." They are highly concentrated, making them extremely potent. 


  • Unique aromatic compounds give each essential oil its characteristic essence. They are most often obtained from the plant through a process of distillation. Once the aromatic chemicals have been extracted, they are combined with a carrier oil to create a product that's ready for use.


What is the benefit of an Essential Oils Blend

  • Essential oils are dynamic organic liquids that work in synergy with each other.

  • Essential Oils work better when mixed with other essential oils.

  • Each essential oil has a multitude of compounds and while we come to know them for their beneficial, healing properties, each oil also has weaker components that may even trigger adverse reactions in some people.

  • When blending essential oils, one oil can actually balance out the weaker part of another and even negate the possible side effects that oil could have if applied on its own.