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Coming Out Of The Haze Of Autism

Author: Celeste F.
Date: 08-06-2012
Views: 9,217
Word Count: 466
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Testimonial ID: 7668-OR
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Scientific Studies: 8

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Two months ago one of my friends started using essential oils on her son whom I tutor. J has autism with echolalia, hyperlexic (can read but has a hard time comprehending or speaking comprehensibly) and some pretty intense behaviors with his anxiety. His mom started using Young Living Common Sense, Clarity, Valor, Brain Power and Vetiver on him night and day rubbing a drop of each on his neck in the morning, feet at night.

A week later his reading performance dramatically improved as well has his anxiety related behavior. Before oils he would have intense anxiety when reading and have a very hard time focusing on reading more than a word or two at a time. After using the oils for a week he was reading paragraphs fluently! He still wasn't showing good comprehension of those passages but the progress was startling. He was also much more in control of himself.

Now it has been two months, his mom has added the Raindrop oils on his feet at night as well as Peace & Calming, Lavender and Trauma Life. He is now showing comprehension in what he reads! J is homeschooled and we are rethinking what curriculum would suit him best because he's making such great strides and showing what he knows!

When I first started working with J, if I asked him to do something new or unexpected, he would have a pretty big tantrum over it. Today when I worked with him he yelled for a few seconds but I was able to reason with him. I told him "I know you want to do it the right way, we don't have to do it the same way each time, and it's ok to do it this way today." He was able to accept that, calm down and move on. His rigidity is melting as well as his self stimulating behavior. He used to have an odd need to get up and touch the wall during our sessions- this has disappeared!

The most exciting development in J's skills has been his language. He still uses echolalia and repeats a lot of favorite phrases but he has started talking about people, places and things he does. For example, after the grocery store the other day he told his mom about "the lady with the brown skin" who they talked to. He is showing more language comprehension by finishing sentences given to him such as "I wear a hat on my ____."

It is amazing and miraculous to see J slowly come out of his autistic world and into ours. I am honored to be a part of his life and see how the oils and educational materials are helping him learn and grow.

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Supporting Scientific Studies
1.Associated topics: behavior — "The present study indicated that lavender aromatherapy as a potential therapeutic modality could alleviate premenstrual emotional symptoms, which, at least in part, is attributable to the improvement of parasympathetic nervous system activity. This study further implies that HRV could evaluate the efficacy of aromatherapy using various fragrances to relieve premenstrual symptoms, and ultimately, support the mind and body health of women."Link
2.Associated topics: anxiety-/-worry — "After inhalation of clary sage oil, cortisol levels were significantly decreased.... Thyroid stimulating hormone was also reduced.... Clary sage oil has antidepressant-like effect...."Link
3.Associated topics: anxiety-/-worry — "Lavender, mint [peppermint], orange, rose, chamomile, rosemary, and sage were used.... Depression levels in the touch-music-aroma therapy group... showed a larger decrease than in the... control groups [that did not include aromatherapy].... [FMS] symptoms such as restless sleep, headache, morning fatigue, exhaustion, feeling like crying, and bowel complaints were also significantly reduced."Link
4.Associated topics: behavior,anxiety-/-worry — "Beta-Caryophyllene [component of cannabis, clove, copaiba], a CB2 [cannabinoid] receptor agonist produces multiple behavioral changes relevant to anxiety and depression in mice.... these preclinical results suggest that CB2 receptors may provide alternative therapeutic targets for the treatment of anxiety and depression. The possibility that BCP may ameliorate the symptoms of these mood disorders offers exciting prospects for future studies."Link
5.Associated topics: behavior,anxiety-/-worry — "A number of essential oils are currently in use as aromatherapy agents to relieve anxiety, stress, and depression. Popular anxiolytic oils include lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rose (Rosa damascena), orange (Citrus sinensis), bergamot (Citrus aurantium), lemon (Citrus limon), sandalwood (Santalum album), clary sage (Salvia sclarea), Roman chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), and rose-scented geranium (Pelargonium spp.)."Link
6.Associated topics: behavior,anxiety-/-worry — "Most studies, as well as clinically applied experience, have indicated that various essential oils, such as lavender, lemon and bergamot can help to relieve stress, anxiety, depression and other mood disorders. Most notably, inhalation of essential oils can communicate signals to the olfactory system and stimulate the brain to exert neurotransmitters (e.g. serotonin and dopamine), thereby further regulating mood."Link
7.Associated topics: behavior,anxiety-/-worry — "The ylang ylang oil caused a significant decrease of blood pressure and a significant increase of skin temperature. At the behavioral level, subjects in the ylang ylang oil group rated themselves more calm and more relaxed than subjects in the control group. These findings are likely to represent a relaxing effect of the ylang ylang oil and provide some evidence for the usage of the ylang ylang oil in aromatherapy such as causing a relief of depression and stress in humans."Link
8.Associated topics: behavior,anxiety-/-worry — "Lavender essential oil has been used as an anxiolytic [anxiety] drug, a mood stabilizer, a sedative, spasmolytic [muscle spasms], antihypertensive [high blood pressure], antimicrobial, analgesic [pain] agent as well as a wound healing accelerator.... The present study suggests that inhalation of lavender essential oil may be an effective and safe treatment modality in acute management of migraine headaches."Link

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