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Parts of this were taken with permission from Essential Oils Overview and Reference Guide, published by: The Family Tree, 2008


Dyslexia, also know as Developmental Reading Disorder, is a learning disorder usually noted among children but is a lifelong disorder and in some case will not be recognized until adulthood. There are not medical suggestions for preventing or curing the condition.

Dyslexia is not a measure of intelligence and most children with the disorder can succeed very well in school. Also it is not a result of impaired hearing or vision but rather a condition wherein the brain does not recognize or process symbols in the expected way. Symptoms of dyslexia include the common transposition of letters or numbers but may also include difficulty in recognizing words, difficulty in determining meanings of a sentence or not being able to construct or recognize rhyming patterns.


 [search helps: DRD, specific reading disability]

Oils, blends & products recommended:

Oils & Blends:  Frankincense, Lemon, Peppermint, VetiverC

Essential oils based products: LLV supplements

Also consider:  Focus BlendC

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Suggested protocols:

One drop each Frankincense, Lemon, Peppermint taken internally in a capsule. Some suggest using the oils under the tongue or topically on brain stem or suboccipital triangle below and behind the ear. Experiment with drops, application and frequency to individual needs.

Basic Vitality Supplements (LLV) for nutrition and also consider Vetiver or other oils common for ADHD, etc. that cross the blood-brain barrier.


Experiences and Testimonials of others

Lisa - Has anyone had any successes with essential oils and Dyslexia?  Please let me know.  Thanks!

Jan - Ha, Yes! I am dyslexic, and have had great success with Peppermint, Lemon and Frankincense (in a capsule, one drop once a week). Whenever I need to "remember" I grab my Peppermint. If my typing or reading is starting to reverse, I grab my Peppermint; swipe a drop on the back of my tongue and everything starts to straighten out. Helps to keep me alert too. Also I drink Lemon, Wild Orange and Grapefruit in my water daily...all day long. Been doing this for at least 10 years now, but just recently saw the difference the Peppermint has made. I wasn't putting that in my water. Oh, and I sometimes add the cinnamon.

Protocols folks recommend for children



Diet and Nutritional complements to essential oils


What Science & Research are saying

Essential Oils and ADD/ADHD

Editor's note: The following research is oft quoted and suggested to be published in the AMA Journal.  We have not be able to verify that this is in an official publication.

In a two year case study (1999-2001), Dr. Terry Friedmann M. D. found significant results when children that had previously been diagnosed with ADD/ADHD were administered therapeutic essential oils by inhalation. The essential oils of Brain Power, Vetiver, Lavender and Cedarwood were used. The oils were administered in this fashion: one oil was administered by inhalation 3 times per day for 30 days. An inhalation device was also used at night to administer a continuous inhalation of oil. The inhalation of the oils proved to settle the children's brain waves back into normal patters and improved their scholastic performance and behavioral patterns. The final results were:

 Lavender increased performance by 53%

 Cedarwood increased performance by 83%

 Vetiver increased performance by 100%.

This study will be published in the American Medical Association Journal.


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