Using peppermint oil (and other essential oils) for autism is a fresh concept that many
people are willing to consider as a supplement or replacement to many traditional therapies
that may be falling short. In order to benefit from the use of this alternative medicine for
treatment, children and adults along the autism spectrum need to be generally accepting of
the oil (mainly, to the scent) in order to reap the most benefits.
Essentially, the root of all chronic illness has clinically been found to lie in various forms
of inflammation. Peppermint oil (mentha arvensis) has wonderful anti-inflammatory
properties that, when used on a regular basis, can help to combat inflammation in the
body. In people with autism, limiting the amount of inflammation within the body can, over
time, help to reduce many diverse symptoms of autism. Additionally, peppermint oil can
be stimulating to the brain. Since autism is a physical condition linked to abnormal biology
and chemistry in the brain, peppermint oil helps to oxygenate brain cells and maintain
focus. When used over time, many people on the autism spectrum can greatly benefit from a
regimen including this brain stimulating oil.
Diffuse 20-30 drops in a vaporizer throughout the day. This can be especially beneficial in a
therapeutic or classroom setting.
Clay necklaces can be purchased, and just one drop of peppermint oil can be applied so that
the oil is dispersed to an individual’s personal breathing space throughout the day.
Apply 1-2 drops on the inside of the wrists. This will allow an individual to choose when
he or she wants to inhale the scent, and can help those on a higher-functioning end of the
spectrum play an active role in the benefits of treatment.
Peppermint oil can also be applied (1-2 drops) behind the ears, on the back of the neck, and
behind the knees.
Apply on feet in the morning. This can be done using 3-5 drops of undiluted peppermint
oil, or mixing 5 drops with a teaspoon of carrier oil (such as almond or jojoba). Cover with
socks. By applying in the morning, the oil can absorb into skin and blood throughout the
course of the day, providing gentle internal benefits.
This information is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to prescribe,
treat, prevent, or diagnose any disease or condition. As always, before you begin any
sort of regimen using essential oils, please consult with your physician, naturopath, or
aromatherapist before doing so. The use of oils can be very empowering and effective
in the treatment of a variety of ailments. However, use your own discretion; the medical
community is there to help us when oils can't.