Essential oils and autism The essential oils that relieve autistic symptoms Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) that affect the cerebral functions and appears before the age of 3 years old. It is characterized by isolation, perturbation of social interactions, communication and language difficulties, stereotyped behaviors (with repetition of some movements) and remarkable intellectual capacities. This syndrome affects 1 person out of 1000 and 4 times more of boys are concerned in contrast to girls. The original causes of autism are not yet clear; scientists consider a group of genetic and environmental causes (infections, toxic products such as heavy metals…) affecting the development and function of the brain. Today we still do not have any curative treatments, but several datas have demonstrated that an individual accompaniment on the educational level as well as behavioral and psychological would contribute to an improvement of social interaction and autonomous capacities. Essential oils can bring a support for some disorders and/or pathologies associated to autism, such as sleeping disorders, anxiety and depression. Essential oils for appeasement and relaxation Among the appeasing essential oils, lavender oil (as a diffusion or as a massage) brings benefits that will appease and will help with falling asleep. Cedar wood essential oil helps boost and motivate the spirit and relax the body at the same time. On the psycho-emotional level, helichrysum and bergamot oil allow an improvement in mood and fights against depression; cinnamon essential oil is also part of the essential oils that are the most accepted among children affected by autism; peppermint essential oil allow to calm nerves and brings a sense of security; ylang-ylang oil allow to calm fears and geranium oils as well as marjoram reduce anxiety, soothe and help with environmental stress. Vetiver essential oil shows positive results on hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders, as well as on anxiety and stress. We must not forget that essential oils are to be used with an exact dosage and strict mixtures are to be respected. We must also not neglect the age of the child. Essential oils: usage warning These suggestions do not replace your doctor’s advices. The use of essential oils is not recommended in the following cases: pregnant or breastfeeding women, children younger than 6 years old, respiratory allergies. If in doubt, consult your doctor.