see also ADHD,
Those suffering from Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
are not able to properly process the information coming from
eyes, ears, touch, etc. and may respond in unusual ways.
SPD, formerly referred to as Sensory Integration Disorder,
is not yet recognized by some medical professional
organizations but it is diagnosed by many professionals.
Usually it can be noticed in infants and is increasingly
recognizeable as it affects young children. They can
overreact to certain sensory experiences or in other cases
can under react. Examples of this are:
overreact to light touch from another person or even an
article of clothing.
Unusual reactions to texture of foods
Intense sensitivity to some odors
Unusual sensitivity to light
Require unusual activity and sensory stimulus before falling
Interpret sensory information incorrectly appearing to be
Seeming to ignore others or not enter into interaction
Avoidance of activity that may be confusing or uncomfortable
Uncontrollable responses (tantrums) to what otherwise might
be a minor event
Unusual fears or distress
There is not yet an understanding of the reason for this
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Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Balance, citrlus oils, Elevation, Lime, Wild Orange
Essential oils based
In Tune, Peaceful Child*
understand the E and C superscript go to Home and
scroll to New Helps.
Note - Since many with this type of
disorder are highly sensitive to odors and sometime touch do
not force the application of oils if it is a negative
experience as this will build a experiential resentment
towards their use in the future. Many times it is successful
letting them make their own selection from a few choices of oils.
Topical application of 1 or 2 drops to the back of the
neck, suboccipital triangle (see ADHD) or the bottoms of the
*The following blend was submitted by a mother that had
great success with 3 children. (Editor's note: now also
available pre-made, search for Peaceful Child Blend
Peaceful Child Blend
drops Ylang Ylang
drops Clary Sage
drops Fractionated coconut oil
Blend in a roll on bottle and apply to
bottoms of feet and on the brain/ spinal reflex points
of the feet right after showering in the morning.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Has anyone had any positive changes using
essential oils with sensory integration
disorder (or sensory processing disorder)?
It is a neurological dysfunction. Any help
would be appreciated!
Nicole – Balance on the feet morning and
Naomi - My sons are 5 and 6 years old -
they are full biological brothers, and we adopted them
through foster-adoption. We started with them as foster
children when they were 12 months old and newborn. They both
have confirmed prenatal cocaine exposure, and it's safe to
assume that in addition to that they were exposed to
who-knows-what and didn't get much in the way of prenatal
They are smart, bright, loving children who have a hard
time getting through the day. They need lots of help
regulating emotions, anxiety, managing sleep and eating.
They are very sensitive to bright light, textures on their
skin, noises, and smells (these symptoms are all indicative
of Sensory Processing Disorder, SPD). I'm fairly new to oils
and have been trying some things with them since the spring.
I am generally encouraged and there's lots I would like to
sort out and report to this group -- perhaps when school
starts for us in a few more weeks I’ll have the time to do
In the meantime, I want to share this quick story from a
couple of months ago. It was bedtime and my 5yo was bouncing
off the walls, more than he normally does. This is not a
metaphor -- at bedtime he literally starts bouncing off the
walls. He tries to stand on his head and puts his feat up on
the wall, does flips, etc. This is even if he's been fairly
calm up just before bedtime. (His mind/body requires a lot
of gross motor sensory input to calm down, and as an
infant/toddler we would have to "bounce" him pretty
vigorously for 30 minutes before he could fall asleep.) I
had recently got Balance and had started putting it on their
feet at night, so it was handy. They object strongly to any
kind of lotion on their skin and to most strong smells.
But, I just got bold and put some on my finger and
reached up and dabbed some on the back of his neck and on
his feet, trying to be subtle. We have a lot of "contact"
during his "bouncy" bedtime I wasn't sure if he even noticed
I did it. But then... one to two minutes later he just looks
me in the eye and says "thanks for that thing you put on my
neck, Mom. -- I'm feeling better now ... I'm back!" I asked
if he wanted more, and he wanted to do it himself.
(Remember, they hate it when I put anything on their skin
and insist they would rather be itchy than use lotion.) I
gave him a q-tip, he dipped it in, and put in on the back of
his neck, his shoulders, and on the inside of his elbows.
Then his brother wanted some, and they were putting it on
each other! And then my 5yo says, "it's going all through my
blood now, Mom!" as though he could feel it making a
difference as it went through his body! I would never have
believed it if I didn't see it myself!!
To be honest, we've got so many factors/possible triggers
going on each day that it's often hard to be conclusive
about when it's an oil making the difference, or something
else. I'm still trying to nail down what's very best for
them. But it's moments like these that have helped me
understand the amazing potential of DoTERRA essential oils.
Tomorrow I'm sending some samples (balance, frankincense,
lavender) across the country to an old friend whose daughter
is suffering from a brutal condition that is kind of an
autism/epilepsy all rolled together. I'm so hopeful about
the difference that can make for their little girl and their
Detoxqueen - Great experience! Thanks
for sharing. I would definitely consider testing out
cilantro to detox heavy metals. All foster children are
vaccinated (sometimes with each move!) and will have that
added burden of toxicity as well as whatever toxins the
cocaine may have been cut with. Be sure to have only
full spectrum lighting in the home and school even if you
have to pay for the school to do it for their classrooms if
you can't home school. This is crucial. Read this book
please: “Light - Medicine of the Future” to see why. I
cannot over-emphasize this enough. It will make a huge
difference for the SPD as well as making the teacher's life
a lot easier!
Chris - Naomi, that's a fantastic
testimony. My daughter was exactly the same--could be as
mellow as a Sunday morning just before bed, but mention
brushing her teeth, and holy tornado she's gone, literally
bouncing off the walls, handstands on her bed, kicking the
wall until that fated day when we put Balance on her late in
the day. She had been having a completely raucous time of
ripping off couch cushions, knocking over dining room
chairs, pulling the sheets and blankets off her bed, just
At this point, my wife was the only "believer" in the
oils. I called BS on them, and I wasn't backing down. That
is, until I saw the oils in action. My wife put a single
drop of Balance on the back of her neck, and 3 minutes
later, she was back to Sunday morning calm. I thought, "Okay
... there's no way that's coincidental." But being the
skeptic that I was, I waited for her to start acting up
again. I had to wait an entire 24 hours, at which point we
re-applied Balance. Same result. I told my wife that she had
carte blanche to order whatever she felt was necessary or
even just wanted.
At this point, in our oils arsenal, we only lack Melissa,
and I plan on remedying that by the end of the month. I will
testify to my dying breath the power of these things. I have
made the complete 180. As my wife teaches classes, or we
attend classes that others are teaching, we encounter the
skeptics. I always tell them the same thing: "Be skeptical!
Prove these oils with your own test." And invariably, we run
into the previous skeptic who has some miraculous story to
share. Why? Because these oils work exactly as they're
purported to work. There's no going back for us. We're
completely doctor-free. Common cold? On Guard it! Some flu
bug managed to escape the On Guard? Oregano to the rescue!
Unrelenting cough? Eucalyptus! Can't sleep? Lavender! Thanks
again for you story, Naomi. It warms us all to the core.
PS - Any experience
out there using the oils for sensory processing disorder?
Mindy - I haven't found the right oil
for my daughter, I highly recommend a Zyto scan and I did
find some relief with high doses of high quality fish oil,
like 1000mg a day
Kathy - DoTERRA xEO Omega complex is
1000 mg and it's the highest quality! I would try the
AromaTouch therapy with Frankincense.
Rochelle - Hi Janine, when my daughter
was struggling SPD was one of the possibilities. Her's
turned out to be ADD. But, something you could try is the
Peaceful Child blend. “The Peaceful Child Blend works
wonders! The oils in this blend are known to help with
Hyperactivity, ADD/ADHD, Emotional trauma, Fear, Stress,
Anxiety, Behavioral and Cognitive disorders and neurological
disorders. They are calming, soothing and stabilizing to the
central nervous system. This blend creates a deep, languid
calm; has sedative properties; frees the nerves from
excessive tension, which allows a person to spiritually
center themselves. It nourishes and protects the brain and
nervous system. It restores feelings of hope and mental
strength and promotes a positive outlook on life. It eases
the pain behind anger and quiets the mind chatter."
Gin - It is expensive to make. I mix it
up, split it into roller balls and others from my group buy
the extras. (This isn't my recipe, it was posted previously
on the list). Okay, here is the blend recipe... (Editor's
note: also available pre-made, search for Peaceful Child
85 d Vetiver (1/3 bottle)
30 d Ylang Ylang
20 d Frankincense
15-17 d Clary Sage
10 d Marjoram
35 d FC0 (optional)
Ramona - I have a 7 year old son who has
SPD and is greatly affected in just about every sensory
system. While the oils do help him, especially at
certain times, I have found other things that help as well.
First of all, because he is very sensitive to smells, there
are only a few oils he will even tolerate. And most of
those he will only let me put on his feet. However, he
absolutely adores citrus-particularly Elevation. I
have seen this oil literally take him from total meltdown
mode to calm within a minute. This oil, I can put on
his back, his neck, etc. and he loves it. He can't
have lavender at all, as it will give him nightmares, so I
think that as with all of us, it is important that you
either muscle test what he needs or do some trial and error
and watch for reactions.
Beyond the oils, we have a sensory diet set up for him.
I have researched the different systems and using his
evaluation, we have put different activities, massage, deep
pressure activities, etc. into place throughout the day.
He also attends a school where they focus a lot on this.
It has been amazing for him. My son is mostly sensory
seeking, so it was apparent at first that he even had this
disorder, but now that we know, we have seen huge
improvements in his behavior.
Riki - Has anyone
already dealt with the issue of schools not allowing the
oils? It would be nice if you could share your experience
for some of us who are just beginning to get flack from the
schools. What steps did you take? Were you successful?
Thanks for any help.
Valerie - We live in Utah and we have an
IPC that has had good success w/putting a diffuser in an
elementary classroom. First of all, they had a teacher that
was in favor of helping the student in this way. Then the
pediatrician got on board because he could see the
difference it was making for the young girl at home and was
willing to write a letter so the diffuser would become part
of the IEP (Individual Education Plan). She and her sister
even have their own EO roller bottles that they bring to
school and I think they are allowed to keep w/them.
HA - Thanks Riki for speaking up.
It's not to be true here in Saratoga Springs by any means.
I am taking my kids elementary school complaint to the ACLU.
I believe I have a discrimination case on my hands and my
rights be questioned. I won't stand for it any longer.
I will fight for my children tooth and nail.
Especially when they are telling me nature's medicine is not
allowed in the school anymore. But it’s ok to have the
synthetic garbage that is toxic to the children's health.
Whatever! There I'm done ranting.
Laura - So far we have not run into any
problems. I have mixed a couple drops of eo in mango butter
and a little bit of solid coconut oil in tiny jars so my
girls can always have their own "health balm" to take with
them and I don't have to worry about them spilling them, or
getting too much or in their eyes as easily, etc. I have
made one for peppermint, lavender, and melaleuca (works
great on eczema flare ups!). I also send a tiny sample
bottle of the oil needed mixed with FCO if they need a
certain oil, and they keep it in their backpack or desk. If
the teacher asks they just tell them it is essential oils
and they have had no problems. Good luck. Keep speaking up
for your children. As long as they are not sharing the oils
with other kids I see no reason they cannot have them in
school as part of their health.
Oil Girl - What oils are you using in
Valerie - They've used wild orange a
lot. The report from Lillian,the family’s mom is
We diffuse Wild Orange with the Ace diffuser in
class, I have also recently given the teacher a Lime bottle
so she alternates the oils. We also have it in roller
bottles Vetiver and Wild Orange in case the teacher notices
she is hyper and Serenity in case she is anxious. Because
she is a 1st grader and in the past other little kids have
taken her roller bottles or she has given them away because
the kids like the smell, I decided that the oils should be
kept by the teacher or the office. The oils were written
into her 504 Plan so we have had no problems in utilizing
them for medicinal purposes since our physician thought it
necessary for her care. My daughter suffers from a Central
Auditory Processing Disorder, Anxiety, ADHD, and Depression.
All which have been improved. In September she was bottom of
the class in her last round of school district tests she was
above reading level and above Math level.
Mandi - Does anyone
have an oil blend or advice for sensory processing disorder?
Amelia - This is similar to autism,
right? If so I have a gal whose son has this...she uses the
Peaceful Child blend recipe 1 of the main oils in this is
Vetiver so you may want to try it but mix some Geranium w/it
b/c geranium tends to help people w/sensory issues more
receptive to smells. Apply the vetiver to bottoms of feet
layer w/geranium and even lavender if needed.
GM - My question
is, does anyone have experience using oils with people who
don't like being touched? I am in contact with a mother of a
nine year old boy who has some behavior issues but pulls
away when anyone tries to just put a hand on his shoulder.
He has been diagnosed with mild ADHD. Hoping ATT might help
Mellanie - I am new to the oils, so I
can't help much with that part. So far as not wanting
to be touched though, it sounds like the boy has some
sensory processing. For people with SPD, their brain
doesn't process sensation (touch, movement, heat, cold,
sound, etc.) the same way as other people process these
sensations. Many children diagnosed with ADHD actually
have sensory processing disorder. His issues could be
that he needs a really firm touch in order to process it, or
it could be that he needs to be able to anticipate the touch
before it happens. Always let him know you are about
to touch him and exactly where before you do it.
Brenda - I am a massage therapist and
have had several youths who have been diagnosed with austism.
Massage therapy can be useful in helping them become
accustomed to touch. You must always respect their personal
space and ask their permission before touching them. Start
slowly and work gently; use a soothing voice and if at any
time they resist you must respect their request to stop. Ask
permission again before going further. After several
sessions they usually begin to look forward to the massage.
This is a big advance for them. You are on the right track
with the ATT, which should help him in many ways. Good
Laura - I was thinking the same thing.
I used to be a preschool teacher and have seen many
different children come through my doors. I saw some with
autism, ADHD/ ADD, and sensory processing issues. They all
had similarities. One thing I remember with all of them was
that they needed a more firm touch; it was almost like the
light touch was painful to them? One boy I had with severe
sensory processing issues cringed when anyone tried to touch
him like you were hurting him, but would calm down so much
if you wrapped him in a bear hug- or massaged his arms and
legs with a lot of pressure. This was what we needed to do
to calm him for naptime. I agree with talking to him and
telling him you are going to touch him, and ask him how it
feels, and what would be more comfortable. Then again he may
just not like to be touched for a while. Using the oils
aromatically would be a good way for him to benefit from
them without touching him. good luck
Ramona - Amen to this I have a little
boy with sensory processing disorder and he loves deep
pressure! Even just forms of playing with them,
anything to give them deep squeezing.
Gin - Roller ball on the bottom of his
feet. Or teach him to use them himself. I hesitate to say it
but it is a red flag sometimes that something is going on.
There is a difference between not wanting displays of
affection in front of friends and trying to be a little man
and not wanting anyone to touch them ever. I always consider
that there may have been some abuse or there is some sort of
neurological issue or pain issue.
Nicole - I have ADD and have issues with
touch, especially light touches. It is physically
uncomfortable and I get the feeling like nails on a
chalkboard type feeling. (Hope that makes sense). I agree
with the suggestion of a firm touch. That is much easier
for me to handle than a light touch. If you can help with
the ADHD, it should help with his sensory issues.