Can Vetiver Essential Oil Help ADHD & Autism?

Can Vetiver Essential Oil Help ADHD & Autism?


The owner of Moonbeams and Eco-Dreams has an autistic son.  (I wish I knew her name but couldn’t find it on her blog).  One day she noticed that he liked to smell bottled spices.  So she started researching aromatherapy options that might help him.

Using 3 criteria which she shares in the article, she was led to Vetiver.  This is a plant that has many medicinal uses.  It’s inhaled for nervousness, stress, insomnia, and joint and muscle pain.

She also lists links to other moms of ADHD children who have benefited from using Vetiver.

After all of this research, she let her son sniff Vetiver periodically throughout each day.  She also tried Vetiver herself.  Read the complete article to see what results this mom experienced in using Vetiver to help her autistic son.  I will say that they were positive results (yay!).

What I like about this article is that this mom looked at traditional medical research sources, mainstream medicine aromatherapy links, and experiential evidence from other moms of autistic children before deciding to use Vetiver.

This is a good read, and should be a source of hope for families with children with Autism and ADHD.

Can Vetiver Essential Oil Help ADHD & Autism?


  1. Hi there! I saw your website in my stats. Thank you so much for the kind words. I am medical data based geek and I love alternative medicine, so I’m combining the two for my blog posts. Funny, the spice he likes to smell the most is black pepper and it always makes him sneeze. When I researched black pepper essential oil it is listed as grounding, just like Vetiver. I look forward to trying that one next. Your website looks great. I look forward to looking around.

    • Thank you so much. It is a joy. I’m still in that early stage of discovering essential oils where you want to absorb as much as you can. Exciting times for my family. Another thing he said (he’s 11 and minimally verbal): “I don’t like to smell the peppermint” (referring to loose leaves). When I looked into peppermint I saw that the essential oil is not recommended for epilepsy. He is epileptic. It really is an intuitive journey he and I are together figuring things out, but I try to balance it with science as much as possible.

      • Wow that’s so amazing. Your son really is intuitively leading you to some solutions that might help him. Yay! I think it’s wise to look at all points of view including traditional medicine and science. Anything that contributes to knowledge is a good thing. Please stay in touch!

      • Hi there! I thought it was such an amazing story. First you saw your son’s reaction to spices. Then you methodically zeroed in on vetiver after looking at the medical and anecdotal evidence. The joy is that it has had a positive impact on both your son and others. I read a lot of articles about herbs ad oils but yours was the best! You have a great day too 🙂

  2. Sorry for all those typos! I forgot to mention about my name – I blog anonymously for now, to protect my son’s privacy, so I usually just go by M & E. Have a great day. 🙂

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