Calm Your Squirrel – A DIY ADHD Aromatherapy Blend

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I have ADHD and so does the Hippy Hubby. It has been a reality for me my entire life. My mom did a good job at trying to avoid diet triggers and shoved me outside to play as much as possible, but sometimes it can still be very difficult to shut off my brain and just focus on one specific thing at a time until I am actually finished with it.

Syfy has already started showing signs of the same attention issues that myself and the Hippy Hubby have grown up experiencing. I am by no means labeling him, nor do I intend to medicate him or even get a Doctor's diagnosis for it. After all, I do not intend to medicate him with Ritalin just because of an ADHD diagnosis. From personal experience, the Hippy Hubby has said that Ritalin caused him a whole host of problems, as a child, and one of them was making him feel like a total zombie.  He hated taking that medication and this experience combined with current research has led us to make different choices than those of our parents.

I have spent the last 9 months developing this aromatherapy blend so that it would be helpful to every member of my attention deficit, hyperactive clan. After doing as much research as I could, as well as testing out my creations on myself and the rest of my hyperactive clan, I have developed this aromatherapy blend, Calm Your Squirrel! Utilizing this blend along with making healthier life choices has drastically helped all of us to find our focus and calm our squirrels.

The wrong foods can give your child ADHD symptoms

Before we get to the aromatherapy of this subject, I think it's very important to talk about diet and ADHD. Scientists have been studying the effects of food additives and ADHD since the 1970's. There was always a suspicion that certain additives in our food were causing children to act out of the ordinary, but it wasn't until clinical trials in the early 2000's that solidified these suspicions. This new study, held by Dr. Lidy Pelsser of the ADHD Research Center from the Netherlands, has shown that

Food is the main cause of ADHD. The study found that in 64 percent of children with ADHD, the symptoms were caused by food. It's a hypersensitivity reaction to food.

If you or your child are experiencing ADHD symptoms, the first thing to do is to eliminate specific triggers from your diet. Many of the leading causes of these symptoms are additives in our food. Artificial food dyes, preservatives, high fructose corn syrup, and other artificial sweeteners have all shown to either create ADHD symptoms in a child without ADHD or exacerbate these symptoms in children with ADHD. This pretty much means that highly processed foods and fast foods need to be avoided at all costs. Some of the worst offenders that should be avoided or made at home with healthy ingredients are:

  • Candy – Made with all sorts of artificial dyes and artificial sweeteners.
  • Sodas, Kool-Aid, Gatorade, Fruit Punch, and other sugary non-juice type beverages – these toxic beverages do not contain juice or anything healthy related…these are laden with artificial dyes, artificial sweeteners, high fructose corn syrup, preservatives, and more!
  • Frozen fruits and veggies – look at the package because these can contain artificial colors and if not organic, can be treated with pesticides.
  • Cake mixes and frosting – Just like the above, these have plenty of artificial sweeteners, artificial dyes, and additives that should be avoided. Cakes and frosting are very easy to make yourself at home, without all the nasty additives!
  • Energy drinks –  “Energy drinks are high on the list of things that cause teens to display behaviors mimicking ADHD,” – Dr. Barnhill
  • Popsicles/Ice cream treats – many of the Popsicles on the market contain water, artificial sweeteners, and artificial dyes…no juice whatsoever!!! It's ADHD on a stick!!!

Aromatherapy has shown in studies to help calm your squirrel

From 1999-2001, Terry S. Friedmann, M. D., A.B.H.M., conducted a case study involving the use of specific essential oils for children between the ages of 6-12 years, that had been diagnosed with ADHD. Using each oil for 30 days, at the end of the study, he came to the conclusion that essential oils DO help reduce the symptoms of ADHD, and some of them can make a drastic difference! The essential oils that were used in this study were:

  • Lavender essential oil – The use of lavender essential oil increased performance by 53%
  • Atlas cedarwood essential oil – The use of atlas cedarwood essential oil increased performance by 83%
  • Vetiver essential oil – The use of vetiver essential oil increased performance by 100%

There also are other essential oils that are known to help with concentration, focus, calming, and more. Using this information, I created my own essential oil blend to use in our own home. After help from some of my favorite Facebook fans, this blend was named Calm Your Squirrel!

Calm Your Squirrel ADHD Aromatherapy Blend

This blend has been very helpful for my entire family. Being a blogger and author requires a LOT of focus and concentration….with Pinterest, Youtube, and Facebook it can be terribly difficult to pay attention to my own work, but this blend helps me to get my work done with minimal distractions. For my son this blend helps him to take more time to think about his choices, helps to keep his emotions in check, and really helps him to listen in the heat of the moment. For the Hippy Hubby, this blend has helped him to increase his focus for practicing music (he's a drummer and guitarist!). This recipe fits in a half ounce bottle with plenty of room to spare. Dilute accordingly before use! This blend is safe for use on children 2+ years of age. Combine these oils and store in a dark glass bottle away from heat, when not in use. This is a pure undiluted blend, so please follow dilution instructions below for topical use!

The many uses for Calm Your Squirrel essential oil blend

There are many uses for your Calm Your Squirrel blend. This blend is not only great for ADHD, but can help to calm and soothe those that experience anxiety, ADD, PTSD, and even help some with Autism (Please consult your medical practitioner to be sure that these essential oils do not interfere with any medications you are currently taking). I like to dilute this blend in a carrier oil and carry it in a roll-on bottle so that I can always have mine with me. This can be useful for your children to be able to take with them to school and use when they need it!

  1. In the diffuserYou can calm the entire household with this blend in the diffuser. When you are seeing fights break out among siblings, or have a study group over, this is a great option! The amount you use in the diffuser can vary depending on the diffuser size. Follow your diffuser's directions for use.
  2. In a Body & Room Spray – It is great to have this spray on hand in your bag or purse. You can spray yourself, the air around you, or even pillows and couches, to give the room a concentration boost. Combine in a 2 oz. bottle: 2 Tbsp. witch hazel, 1 tsp. aloe vera gel, 1 tsp. vegetable glycerin (or other carrier oil), essential oils, and water to fill. For children 2+ years add 24 drops essential oil blend. For children 6+ years add 36 drops essential oil blend. For adults and children 10+ years add 50 drops essential oil blend.
  3. In a massage oil/roll-on bottle – This method is very effective. I utilize this once in the morning and once around lunch time to keep Syfy and I on track throughout the day. I like to add the essential oils with a carrier oil to a roll on bottle and then massage this onto the bottoms of the feet as well as the spine/back of the neck, and even on the chest sometimes. Combine 1 Tbsp. carrier oil with the age-appropriate essential oil blend. For children 2+ years add 8 drops essential oil blend, for children 6+ years add 10 drops essential oil blend, for adults and children 10+ years add 15 drops essential oil blend.
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  • Amanda Waters Gurkin

    hi Christina, I have visited your etsy page and plan to order the “Calm Your Squirrel” roll on. If it does work on my son, I eventually want to make my own batch of this recipe. What size bottle do you put the full recipe in?

  • Treena Phipps Vickoren

    Hi Christina, Happy to have found your site. I have a some that has been diagnosed with ADHD , so bad that we can only get 12 mins of attention at a time for school. I was curious, do you make a blend with a substitute for lavendar, as I am very allergic to it.I’d like to order some, but wanted to check first if something could used instead. thank you

    • coriander has a very similar chemical profile, rich in linalool like lavender! It also smells citrusy so it will impart a lovely scent to the blend!

  • you can try using coriander! It’s got many of the same chemical constituents that lavender has! I also love the smell, very citrusy!

  • Jodi Dugan

    I’m knew to Essential Oils but I would like to try this for my daughter who has ADHD. If I were going to start with just a few on a diffuser bracelet for her to wear to school what would you suggest?

    • calluna13

      I’m not the author, but as someone who has ADHD as well as 2/3 of my kids, plus I teach in the local middle and public high schools, I highly suggest a blend involving rosemary! I’ve tried so many variations and blends personally, and while I love some of them for simply smelling pleasant, Rosemary kicks my hyper focus into full gear. Peppermint is good for clarity, but my nose actually starts running after a prolonged exposure lol. Vetiver is potent, but good for at-home study sessions when blended minimally with lavender. Play around at home and you’ll notice the differences. Rosemary isn’t something I sought after. It makes an undeniable difference though!

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  • With the type of diffuser necklace that I have, there is no dilution needed because the actual essential oils are not touching my skin in any way!

  • Sarah Carpenter

    I dont think I have thanked you for this blend yet. It is amazing. It is exactly what i need. I didn’t use the last two ingredients, and added patchouli instead. I use it to sleep at night, shut off the brain and stop it from running. I use it to work, focus and stop the wandering mind. I actually just got a new job, a complete 180 from my current position, but wearing this in my diffuser necklace, will arm me with the greatest ammunition I could ask for. Thank you.

  • those would be acceptable replacements!

  • Sarah Carpenter

    I love this blend. I don’t use the last two (too expensive and I HATE Marjoram). I am thinking of adding some Patchouli. Has anyone else ever done this?

    • Autumn Cabral

      I used patchouli in my blend today, because i’m also not using sandalwood and I liked it. I did not, regrettably, replace the marjoram, but I think a lovely replacement might be Ylang Ylang, just in terms of treating anxiety. Another sub for sandalwood in this case might be geranium.

  • Nicole

    Do you add carrier oil then Nurse Froggatte? I just put all the drops into an old 15 ml Lavender bottle. I am wondering if I should fill the rest of the 15ml with liquid coconut oil so I can stick a roller ball on top and just roll it on his brain stem? TIA!! I can’t wait to try.

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  • Cyn Lin

    Can I substitute Grapefruit with Lemon or orange?

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  • that is so fantastic to hear! I am so glad that it helps you guys out!!!

  • when i first started doing research on this, I too had the same question about the use of cedarwood. While the virgina kind will still help with calming, it does have slightly different chemical properties to it than the atlas kind. The atlas kind was the one studied so I can say for sure that one works. Virginia does work well though, so you might just give it a try in any case!!! They are very similar!

    • Nora Jeanne

      Thank you Christina!

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  • Desiree Hanson

    I have sandlewood- santalum album and marjoram- origanum marjorana. Should I just leave these out or will these work?

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  • I do sell this blend in my Etsy shoppe if you don’t want to purchase all the ingredients to make it yourself!

  • I do sell this blend in my Etsy shoppe if you don’t want to purchase all the ingredients to make it yourself!

  • yes you can definitely sub patchouli and yes i would use the same amount, being a base note it does tend to be pungent so i wouldn’t use more than that!

  • cabelle

    ok so i hav no clue about tghis health stuff or how to use the oils, my son is 7. has been mid tantrum for about 5 miniutes because im worried about him and what to change his diet etc, so no macdonalds. how do you do it, do u mix the oils together, or wit water. please help

  • any work great but some have a more pungent smell than others (hemp, avocado, neem, olive) while others have less scent to them. The most commonly used ones in roll-ons and for dilution are fractionated coconut oil (because regular coconut oil goes solid at 76 degrees or below), grapeseed oil (often used in natural perfumes because it tends to carry the scent the longest), sweet almond oil, jajoba oil and rosehip seed oil. I prefer grapeseed and fractionated coconut oil for my dilution carriers, but when i’m making body butters and creams I always use hemp seed

  • a drop or two will likely diffuse off of a clay diffuser for a couple of hours. You can also dilute this in a carrier oil (fractionated coconut oil, almond oil. grapeseed oil, etc.) and if diluted properly, shouldn’t cause irritation unless he or you are allergic to a specific plant that’s in the blend! Essential oils are very different than fragrance oils so while you have to avoid fragrance in your body care products for your sensitive skin, many essential oils have therapeutic properties that help heal and soothe all sorts of skin conditions including rashes/owies and the likes!

  • Erica Nicole Malek

    How would this blend work with using a clay necklace, would I still need to dilute it or would it be ok going straight onto the necklace?

    • on clay diffusers you don’t have to dilute them since you are putting them onto the diffuser and not the skin. You would just add a couple drops to the clay and let it sink in, then it’s good to go! Clay diffusers work great but sometimes can diffuse pretty quickly, so you might want to keep a small bottle of your oil on you to re-up it whenever you need!

  • Amy

    Do you know how many drops of each if I just wanted to do a test run in a amber 1 oz bottle? I don’t want to use all my oils if this isn’t going to help my son. I will be out 40 or so drops from my oils and have a completely hyper child lol Does that make sense?

  • I will be sharing so many more blends! Definitely keep your eyes peeled because there will be more and more!

  • yep! 2 Tbsp. = 1 oz!

  • Erin Gross

    We are seeing a homeopath and need to avoid Lavender while going through treatment. What would you recommend as a substitute for Lavender? Could I use Clary Sage?

    • coriander essential oil is the perfect replacement for lavender in this recipe!!! Also it smells amazing lol

      • Erin Gross

        Thanks! 🙂

  • Sharon Sibbald

    What carrier oil would you recommend for this blend?

  • I most definitely beleive in diluting all essential oils for physical applications! This is merely an essential oil blend to dilute in a roller bottle and use on your body OR drop into a diffuser, etc. DEFINITELY dilute before topical application 🙂 The post gives ideas for use and dilution a little further down after the recipe!

  • sarah Janssen

    I’m totally new to this. Is the ADHD blend a combo of all those oils or just the three? I honestly have no idea what I’m doing. I just know I don’t want to medicate. We’ve had issues with one of our other kids.

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  • may i just give you a hug!?? (a virtual hug of course!) my world has been spinning out of control for so long and recently i decided to really put more effort into calming my world and bringing at least SOME order to it. i’m learning more and more about myself and the world around me… i somehow got lucky enough to stumble upon your blog and i’m grateful. i have an amazing 15 yr old who has kept me on my toes since his birth and even more so now. he’s struggling and so am i. thanks to the above i finally feel a pang of hope. now all i gotta do is buy all the oils! MRH here i come!

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  • Sinthia

    Good morning
    I went ahead and mixed all the essential oils now my question is how much carrier oil do I use for that whole mixure? My son is 12 going on 13 but this wont be just for him itll be for my husband to. Thank you

    • Sinthia

      I feel silly… I figured it out. Have a great rest of the weekend.

  • Sinthia

    Thank you

  • Sinthia

    One more question if I may, Sorry I am new to all this and I really don’t think medicating is the way to go. I have all ingredients listed except Sandalwood would there be another that can take it’s place or more of certain ones? The carrier oil I have is almond oil would that work ok? Thank you

    • Christina

      Hi there! You can omit the sandalwood if you like! almond oil is a great carrier! This recipe will make quite a few roll ons! plus you can use it in your diffuser too!

  • Sinthia

    I want to make this for my 12 year that has ADHD, my 9 year and husband that both have ADD. The listed amounts above yield how many roll on bottles?

  • I love how your references and ideas, here, Christina. I have been looking at your blog for some time now… just started following today. Thank you for looking into real food and giving straightforward insight into healing without medicine as the focus. Great stuff.

  • Great stuff! We have the ADHD / meltdowns under control with my kids for now, but great to have on hand.