Can essential oils help children with ASD remain calmer during transition periods and sleep better?

Parents say essential oils help children with autism sleep, but is there proof?

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Parents often use essential oils on their children with autism to help them remain calm and sleep better. A scientific study is underway at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Nisonger Center to see if there are actual benefits.

Parents Say Essential Oils Help Children With Autism Sleep, But Is There Proof? msn, 10/28/2015.

Transition periods are especially challenging for many children with autism spectrum disorder. One of the most problematic times of the day occurs when children make the transition from dinner to bedtime. Reports have indicated that up to three out of four children with autism spectrum disorder experience trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, and there are currently no Food and Drug Administration-approved medications for treating pediatric sleep problems.

But over the last few years, parents across the country have been sharing success stories about the use of essential oils. Lavender and sandalwood oils, along with vetiver and frankincense, have been said to help children with autism remain calmer during transition periods and to even sleep more soundly.

Can essential oils help children with autism? medicalxpress, January 11, 2016.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center’s Nisonger Center has launched a randomized, double-blind crossover study comparing two different combinations of 18 essential oils to test which is the safest and most effective for improving quality of life, by increasing relaxation and enhancing sleep efficiency in children with autism spectrum disorder.

Author: DES Daughter

Activist, blogger and social media addict committed to shedding light on a global health scandal and dedicated to raise DES awareness.

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