My kiddo no. 2 is extremely hyper but performs poorly in her studies. Being a typical kiasu parent, I decided to get her tested, after every subject teacher called me just one month into the new school term. From them, I heard the same complaints that she was performing poorly, not concentrating in class and submitting her homework late. The calls got me seriously worried that she might be dyslexic or suffering from ADD or ADHD as I have always noticed that she learnt more slowly compared to her siblings. I ran through the symptoms and convinced myself that I probably passed the genes to her because I seemed to have the adult ADHD symptoms....
After spending almost 2k on various tests, it was concluded that her scores in the tests were not low enough to be deemed dyslexic or ADD. I am relieved that she is simply just hyper, slightly over average attention deficit, and perhaps more tiger mom nagging, nudging and reminders to do her homework might solve the academic problems.
Relieved that my child will not need to be dependent on Ritalin, the drug often prescribed to ADD/ADHD sufferers, I wanted to find some natural remedies to calm her down, help her sleep better and improve her concentration.
Enters, Young Living oils and the Raindrop Technique. I heard so much about the Raindrop Technique but did not find any reason to try until a friend with a similar kiddy situation passed me this recipe. It has a calming effect on No. 2 and she has been sleeping better since I started this on her once a week. She used to have hereditary sinus issues, but has been sniffling less since we started the Raindrop Technique. Although she sleeps with baby in the same bedroom, she did not catch his HFMD despite the boy sneezing into her face a few times. (Also thanks to Thieves and Purification diffusing in their room).
Steps for the Raindrop technique:-
Note of caution : Do not use the oil on very young children. Do not start the oil neat if you are sensitive to spicy/hot oils - dilute with carrier oil for starts. Do not apply the technique if there are open wounds. Do not use Wintergreen on people with asthmatic conditions.
Oils in this order :-
Valor > Oregano > Thyme > Basil > Cypress > Wintergreen > Marjoram > Peppermint
On the feet first, starting with Valor, few drops on each foot, pressing right hand on right foot and left hand on left foot, feeling the pulse on each foot. After a few minutes, Valor should stabilise the pulses, then you start massaging the spinal vita flex points on each foot, using the finger tip rolling vita flex motion. Do the same for each oil in the order above, ending with peppermint.
After you are done with the feet, drop few drops of each oil from the bottle directly along the spine 6 inches up - starting with Valor. Brush the oil upwards with gentle feathery strokes weaving towards the neck. Then, light feathery strokes across the spine on either side outwards to sooth the organs. Do this for each oil in the above order. After completion, use finger tips to apply slight pressure in circular motions, on each side of the spine, moving muscles outwards away from the spine, opening the inner space along the spine, moving from the base of the spine all the way upwards to the neck, three times.
Use a massage oil to massage the back. Finish with Aroma Siez (optional) in feathery motion upwards and sideways (like before) then use 2 fingers from one hand on either side of the spine, apply pressure using the other hand, rocking back and forth, applying pressure and pulling up the spine to the base of the skull, three times. This helps straighten the spine out.
Lastly apply a hot wet towel over the spine.
More on the oils :-
Valor helps balance the body's electrons.
Oregano is a hot oil and may sting. It is an immune stimulant, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. Apply to vita flex sole to big toe
Thyme is antibacterial and antiviral.
Basil is antispasmotic and a muscle relaxant
Cypress is good for alleviating water retention, and improving circulation
Wintergreen supports our skeletal and bone development and provides pain reliefs for joints, muscles and nerves. Caution not to use on very young children and people with asthmatic conditions.
Marjoram sooth muscles and is a relaxant, making it an ideal oil for massages. It is a nerve repair oil and is also high in antioxidants.
Peppermint is a pain reliever, and also reduces swellings and inflammation in the body and works to seal the oils
On ADD and ADHD. Is there a difference between the two ? Yes.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and attention deficit disorder (ADD) symptoms may begin in childhood and continue into adulthood. ADHD and ADD symptoms, such as hyperactivity, impulsiveness and inattentiveness, can cause problems at home, school, work, or in relationships.
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a common condition that affects children and adolescents and can continue into adulthood for some.
A new research by the Bond University in Australia concluded that about 7 percent of children worldwide have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHA) - which is still lower than the 2011 U.S. data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which reported that 11 percent of U.S. school-age children had been diagnosed with ADHD.
Children with ADHD generally have problems paying attention or concentrating. They can't seem to follow directions and are easily bored or frustrated with tasks. They also tend to move constantly and are impulsive, not stopping to think before they act. These behaviors can be normal in children. But they occur more often than usual and are more severe in a child with ADHD.
The behaviors that are common with ADHD interfere with a child's ability to function at school and at home.
What are ADHD symptoms in children?
Symptoms of ADHD in children are generally grouped into three categories: inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsiveness.
Inattention -- A child with ADHD:
- Is easily distracted
- Does not follow directions or finish tasks
- Does not appear to be listening when someone is speaking
- Does not pay attention and makes careless mistakes
- Is forgetful about daily activities
- Has problems organizing daily tasks
- Avoids or dislikes activities that require sitting still or a sustained effort
- Often loses things, including personal items
- Has a tendency to daydream
Hyperactivity -- A child with ADHD:
- Often squirms, fidgets, or bounces when sitting
- Does not stay seated as expected
- Has difficulty playing quietly
- Is always moving, such as running or climbing on things (In teens and adults, this is more commonly described as a sense of restlessness)
- Talks excessively
Impulsivity -- A child with ADHD:
- Has difficulty waiting for his or her turn
- Blurts out answers before the question has been completed
- Often interrupts others
Adults with ADHD may have difficulty with time management, organizational skills, goal setting, and employment. They may also have problems with relationships, self-esteem, and addictions.
What causes ADHD?
The exact cause of ADHD is not known, although researchers continue to study the brain for clues. They suspect that there are several factors that may contribute to the condition, including:
- Heredity: The fact that ADHD tends to run in families suggests that children may inherit a tendency to develop ADHD from their parents.
- Chemical imbalance: Experts believe an imbalance of brain chemicals (neurotransmitters) that transmit nerve impulses may be a factor in the development of ADHD symptoms.
- Brain changes: Areas of the brain that control attention are less active in children with ADHD than in children without ADHD.
The following are other factors that may contribute to the development of ADHD or that may trigger symptoms:
- Poor nutrition, infections, and substance abuse (including cigarette and alcohol use) during pregnancy may be contributing factors. That's because they can affect the development of the baby's brain.
- Exposure to toxins, such as lead or PCBs, in early childhood can also affect brain development.
- Injury to the brain or a brain disorder may play a part in the development of ADHD.
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