Essential Oils for Autism

English: Leaves of Eucalyptus olida packed int...

English: Leaves of Eucalyptus olida packed into steam distillation unit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

As I said before I am researching any and all natural ways to help our Sarah with her struggles with Autism and other challenges. Right now I am taking a closer look at Essential Oils.

 

 

 

I found this information through Wikipedia and thought it would be helpful for you my readers as well;

 

 

 

Essential oils are generally extracted by distillationSteam distillation is often used. Other processes include expression or solvent extraction. They are used in perfumescosmeticssoaps and other products, for flavoring food and drink, and for adding scents toincense and household cleaning products.

 

 

 

Essential oils have been used medicinally in history. Medical applications proposed by those who sell medicinal oils range from skin treatments to remedies for cancer and often are based solely on historical accounts of use of essential oils for these purposes. Claims for the efficacy of medical treatments, and treatment of cancers in particular, are now subject to regulation in most countries.

 

 

 

Interest in essential oils has revived in recent decades with the popularity of aromatherapy, a branch of alternative medicine that claims that essential oils and other aromatic compounds have curative effects. Oils are volatilized or diluted in a carrier oil and used in massage, diffused in the air by a nebulizer, heated over a candle flame, or burned as incense.

 

 

 

The earliest recorded mention of the techniques and methods used to produce essential oils is believed to be that of Ibn al-Baitar(1188–1248), an Andalusian physicianpharmacist and chemist.

 

 

 

The recondensed water is referred to as a hydrosol, hydrolat, herbal distillate or plant water essence, which may be sold as another fragrant product. Popular hydrosols include rose waterlavender water, lemon balmclary sage and orange blossom water. The use of herbal distillates in cosmetics is increasing. Some plant hydrosols have unpleasant smells and are therefore not sold.

 

 

 

Aromatherapy is a form of alternative medicine in which healing effects are ascribed to the aromatic compounds in essential oils and other plant extracts. Many common essential oils have medicinal properties that have been applied in folk medicine since ancient times and are still widely used today. For example, many essential oils have antiseptic properties. Many are also claimed to have an uplifting effect on the mind. Such claims, if meaningful, are not necessarily false but are difficult to quantify in the light of the sheer variability of materials used in the practice.

 

 

 

The potential danger of an essential oil is generally relative to its level or grade of purity. Many essential oils are designed exclusively for their aroma-therapeutic quality; these essential oils generally should not be applied directly to the skin in their undiluted or “neat” form. Some can cause severe irritation, provoke an allergic reaction and, over time, prove hepatotoxic. Non-therapeutic grade essential oils are never recommended for topical or internal use.

 

 

 

Now this is what got my attention;

 

 

 

Toxicology

 

 

 

The following table lists the LD or median lethal dose for common oils; this is the dose required to kill half the members of a tested population.LD is intended as a guideline only, and reported values can vary widely due to differences in tested species and testing conditions.

 

 

 

Common Name Oral LD50 Dermal LD50 Notes
Neem 14 g/kg >2 g/kg
Lemon myrtle 2.43 g/kg 2.25 g/kg
Frankincense >5 g/kg >5 g/kg Boswellia carterii
Frankincense >2 g/kg >2 g/kg Boswellia sacra
Indian frankincense >2 g/kg >2 g/kg Boswellia serrata
Ylang-ylang >5 g/kg >5 g/kg
Cedarwood >5 g/kg >5 g/kg
Roman chamomile >5 g/kg >5 g/kg
White camphor >5 g/kg >5 g/kg Cinnamomum camphora, extracted from leaves
Yellow camphor 3.73 g/kg >5 g/kg Cinnamomum camphora, extracted from bark
Hot oil 3.80 g/kg >5 g/kg Cinnamomum camphora, oil extracted from leaves
Cassia 2.80 g/kg 0.32 g/kg

 

It is important to understand that the foregoing figures are far less relevant in everyday life than far smaller, often localized levels of exposure. For example, a dose of many an essential oil that would do no harm if swallowed in diluted solution or emulsion, could do serious damage to eyes or lungs in a higher concentration.

 

Essential Oils Box

Essential Oils Box (Photo credit: luxomedia)

 

I figured that Essential Oils would be toxic to a degree. Then I think about the traditional medicines that are being prescribed, and how toxic they become over time.

 

 

 

As with anything you have to be very careful and responsible. Essential Oils can get in places of the body faster, in a way that traditional medicines cannot penetrate.

 

 

 

So much of Sarah’s issues are neurological. I am seriously thinking Essential Oils is the way to go for her. I did introduce her to certain oils when she was little to the degree of which she could tolerate, but they were mainly for fragrance and not for medical issues.

 

 

 

I sure wish I would have known then what I know now. That is ok though, better late than never 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Essential Oils for Autism

  1. Pingback: Essential Oils for Autism | Sarah's Voice

  2. I am new to blogging so don’t know how to communicate with you privately. Perhaps you could click on my website and send me a note through that. http://www.sharescents.com I would like to put you in touch with a friend who is a special education teacher for autistic children. She uses essential oils with her students with great success. Blessings, Joyce

  3. Pingback: Essential Oils and Mental Health – Robert Tisserand | Sarah's Voice

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