The Low down on Essential Oils and Special Needs

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The Low down on Essential Oils and Special Needs

“My kid didn’t have a problem with vaccines. He’s perfectly healthy. Oh sure he has some eczema and doesn’t really sleep all that well. Oh, and he has a speech delay {he is a boy after all} and a little ADHD. Touches the walls because he experiences some sensory issues. But that’s it. See? He’s healthy.”

And….that was from me, about my child. Clearly I was disillusioned from western medicine and their treasure trove of drugs.

What was the ONE thing that shifted our health and a game changer for my children? The inner workings of plants~essential oils. Let me tell you with two boys that required an incredible amount of help with their needs, I was seeking out the most affordable and effective natural options, is just so happened essential oils fit that bill immediately.

We were in a pretty rough place with health and our boys autism diagnosis. There were many days and nights of tummy troubles, ear infections, sleep disruptions, skin eruptions and off the wall behavior. Then we decided to take a different path. Western medicine just failed to give us answers. While we would happily choose the emergency room for a trauma situation, we hit dead end after dead end with the allopathic approach for general wellness and most importantly, a Doctor that would even acknowledge our son was toxic and could have a fighting chance at recovery.

It was like an avalanche of sickness hitting our home every day without fail. On top of that we were struggling with the acceptance of a diagnosis of autism; well more like it was stirring a fire in us to prove all the medical doctors wrong that autism can be recovered.

As the mom of my sweet boys I felt lost. I had acquired a newfound love of all things natural and knew the dangers of pharmaceuticals and OTC’s. I was committed to not giving them unless a trauma situation arose. I knew it would be a tough road but one that God opened my heart up to accepting little by little.

Let me share with you first WHY I whole-heartedly believe in essential oils.

Essential OILS 101

Genuine, pure and unadulterated essential oils bring about immediate physical and emotional change when used. They naturally assist bringing the body back into alignment, support the immune system and calm our sometimes out-of-control emotions; especially useful for children’s behavioral imbalances. When properly planted, grown, harvested and distilled {NOT your common oils at the store} they are just as powerful or more, than the chemicals and synthetics pushed by Big pharma. Yet, no side effects.

They are our most ancient form of medicine. Think about it…for thousands of years mankind has used plants to support wellness. There was no CVS on the corner in biblical days. Granted times have changed in terms of what society demands, but sickness has not. We are actually sicker than ever and our children are at serious risk. How can we be so ill, yet have such wonderful medicine/pharmaceuticals at our fingertips? Well, thank goodness we have access to oils. They are a choice only you can make and you have to be open and ready to make a shift in your health care choices.


Have I mentioned we have not been to the doctor in over 3 years! That is tremendous for having a 7, 5 and 3 year old. While I firmly believe it is a whole body approach like good, organic food, rest and exercise; essential oils are no doubt a huge part of keeping us well. It seems many children with special needs, and autism, have a lower functioning immune system. Oils are an effective way to target that without adding MORE chemicals to their systems. When my son began feeling better, he acted better. So using specific blends made a huge difference for our family, plus he never had to miss school or therapy which helped him recover faster from his diagnosis.

Essential oils like Lemon, Marjoram, Rosemary, Frankincense and essential oil blends that are formulated to protect the body against viruses and microorganisms are high in antimicrobial properties and are highly effective in fighting colds and influenza. Inhale, diffuse, apply topically, inhale with steam baths, and ingest in capsules for quick recovery from illness.

And do you know what is pretty cool, not even having to worry about these things because we are HEALTHY! Oils keep us thriving and well!


Generally caused by bad bacteria, fungi, or viruses, unhealthy diet, injuries and hormonal imbalances, inflammation may be effectively supported using essential oils like German Chamomile, Peppermint, Wintergreen, Thyme and Marjoram.

Read a research study HERE

Children with special needs often have a high amount of inflammation in the brain, joints and stomach. Anything we can do to reduce and correct it permanently without the use of pharmaceuticals is incredibly  important. Our boys were suffering from leaky gut and brain inflammation due to toxic exposures from vaccines and environmental pesticides. Using natural essential oils significantly helped to reduce that load and we were astounded with the results we saw.

Utilizing the protocols of the GAPS diet also helped tremendously.


Inhaling and diffusing essential oils including Rose, Frankincense, Lavender, Bergamot, Orange, Palmarosa and Myrrh stimulate the amygdala which aids in clearing memories of negative traumas and old wounds, lifting moods, and attaining balance and equilibrium of emotional well-being.

This is an incredible way to help children who suffer from severe emotional trauma, oppositional defiance challenges and even violent dreams.

Our oldest son, who was recovered {by the age of 5}, spent those first precious years of his life in cold, stale therapy rooms, never had the “typical” day to day life a normal thriving child would have in playdates and regular preschool settings. I never realized the extent to which those experiences would imprint upon his emotions eventually effecting his stored memory. It brought me to tears one day once I saw the incredible changes that essential oils had. He was happier, more balanced, less tantrums and easier transitions from one place to another. He also began to express a different {memory} of those years in therapy than before. More joyful and expressive; it is an incredible sight to watch.

We use the oils extensively in a diffuser at night when he sleeps, deep inhalation and even on trigger points of the body. I experimented with many types and brands and in the end only one brought about the immediate results and I felt {safe} using them on my family.


Essential oils like Clove, Mountain Savory, Lemon, Cinnamon, Oregano and Tea Tree contain molecular compounds that mimic immunoglobulin, elevate lymphocytes and stimulate our immune system naturally. Once again, a game changer for us when the bug come around and we can stop them quickly {or have a much speedier recovery}.

Read more HERE


When you look at the dependency that common drugs create and the fact that they never, ever heal the root issue of sleep disturbances there is no wonder that Big Pharma counts on people consistently refilling their prescriptions so they can catch  few hours of shut eye.

Then think of the child who is struggling with autism and awake all night long, unable to shut their brains off. Parents turn to drugs not realizing the long term effects that are occurring in their child’s body. Dependency, endocrine {hormone} disruption and brain trauma.

Lavender out performs common drugs in promoting sleep, enhancing relaxation, and decreasing anxiety, according to the 1988 International Journal of Aromatherapy. Additionally, essential oils like Valerian, Cedarwood, Roman Chamomile, Frankincense, and Sandalwood aid in a restful night’s sleep. They actually heal the receptor sites of each cell that cannot code information correctly. Meaning, sleep will be corrected without the use of pharmaceuticals.


The circulatory system passes nutrients (such as amino acids, electrolytes and lymph), oxygen, hormones, blood cells, etc. to and from cells in the body to help fight diseases and help stabilize body temperature and pH to maintain homeostasis. The circulatory system is of great importance, and is often referred to as ‘the lifeline of the body’. Essential oils like Basil, Cypress, German Chamomile, Myrtle, Helichrysum and Grapefruit are highly supportive of the circulatory system.


The fragrant aroma of therapeutic grade essential oils triggers physiological and psychological responses. They aid in lifting moods, reducing “the lows”, increasing awareness of present time, and reducing and eliminating anxiety. Essential oils like Bergamot, Cedarwood, Frankincense, Idaho Balsam Fir and Spruce work beautifully.


The antimicrobial properties of essential oils like Lemon, Clove, Orange, Rosemary and Grapefruit make them a safe and non-toxic choice as house cleaners and disinfectants.

There are high amounts of very toxic substance in every commercial cleaner. This must become more of a concern for parents! Each time they use these in the home it can cause major respiratory issues and hormonal disruption. People often “claim” lavender oil can trigger estrogen production in boys…are you kidding me? Look what people are doing using toxic cleaners in the home? And by the way, a good powerful lavender will never cause that to happen.


Clinical studies prove that inhaling essential oils like Peppermint increase student test scores by 28%. Other essential oils that help with mental focus, clarity, decreased forgetfulness, brain fog and dementia are Rosemary, Frankincense, Sandalwood, Cedarwood, Lavender and Orange.


Essential oils like Peppermint, Fennel, Lemon, Ginger and Tarragon are exceptional at resolving digestive disorders including acidity, diarrhea, constipation, and indigestion. Rub on the stomach area, take internally in capsules or in teas (use hot oils in capsules only), inhale and diffuse oils for maximum benefits.


A balanced endocrine system and healthy, functioning hormones go hand in hand. Essential oils like Clary Sage, Fennel, Nutmeg, Rosemary, Myrtle, and Lemongrass can play an important role in creating a healthy balance in the endocrine glands. Also look to natural progesterone from wild yams.


Essential oils that have anti-fungal properties include Mountain Savory, Lemon, Black Pepper, Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Lemongrass, Oregano, and Ocotea, and are effective in fighting candida, athlete’s foot and other fungal infections.


Parasites leave the body depleted, nutritionally deficient, and susceptible to infectious disease by using up nutrients and giving off toxins. Effective essential oils that help eliminate parasites include Lemongrass, Ginger, Tarragon and Fennel.

Did you know that organic fruits and vegetables are one of the most common places to contract parasite? Because they do not use herbicides or pesticides these are laden. So wash them well with apple cider vinegar and essential oils.


It is a well known fact that bacteria in the mouth lead to disease in other parts of the body, especially the heart. Therapeutic grade essential oils like Clove, Mountain Savory, Myrrh, Thyme and Peppermint kill microbes associated with tooth decay, gum disease, systemic infections and unpleasant mouth odor.


Antioxidants play a vital role in one’s health and help promote longevity. Essential oils high in antioxidants include Clove, Myrrh, Citronella, Coriander, and Clary Sage. It is interesting to note that Clove essential oil is the highest in antioxidants with an ORAC score of 1,078,700. Myrrh’s antioxidant capacity is documented at 378,800, Citronella is 312,000, followed by Coriander at 298,300.

**keeping in mind this must be a true pure essential oil and not anything cut with synthetics, which is about 99.9% of oils on the market. Be very careful, there is only one brand we trust.

There is no doubt our family has been forever changed by incorporating true and pure essential oils into our routine. We are WELL not SICK and it feels pretty darn good.



I am passionate about educating others in the ancient ways of natural medicine. I am the mom of two boys recovered from autism and the wife of a high school football coach. I can be found educating other moms in her seminars, mentoring autism families about interventions available to bring healing and visiting the yoga mat quite often.

One Comment

  • Amy Kastello says:

    We are in the process of doing essential oils for our girls. We have PANDAS/PANS and many other issues. Unfortunately our twins are 14 and we are finally finding a path directing us in the right direction. I believe we could be on the spectrum, have severe memory issue, receptive and expressive language delays, difficult time in social situations, poor learning ability, leaky gut, food intolerances and on and on. We started treating the PANS and are much better, though not healed (mycoplasma levels still high). We now all these other things yet to tackle. Can you tell me how you help others, what you charge, and what oils you use? Thanks so much. Amy

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