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.