OCD is a type of anxiety disorder that leads a person
into a repetitive cycle of thoughts and compulsions that,
for the person, need to be performed almost ritualistically.
The person may well be aware of the cycle but often feel a
strong urge to repeat them even to the point of disrupting
their normal life.
Some of the unusual thoughts or fears are fear of germs
or disease, fear of failure, a need for orderliness, a need
to count or enumerate or a need for reassurance. These
thoughts can lead to compulsions such as repeated washing or
cleaning, unwillingness to touch others or things,
constantly counting or rearranging, feeling a need to do
routine tasks (eating or toiletries) in a specific order or
collecting certain items.
Oils, blends & products
Oils & Blends:
Balance, CypressC, Frankincense, GeraniumC, LavenderC,
Patchouli, Ylang YlangC
Essential oils based
Bergamot, Purify, Sandalwood, Serenity
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scroll to New Helps.
Many suggest using Patchouli, Balance or another of the
recommended oils in a roller bottle and applying it behind
the ears, on the wrists or on the bottoms of the feet 2 or 3
If the odor is inviting rubbing 2 - 3 drops on the palms
of the hands and cupping them over the nose and inhaling
deeply is another successful application technique.
Experiences and Testimonials of others
Charly - Ideas?
I've been researching OCD for a friend. Usually it’s a
secondary issue to other things, so you treat the primary
condition first, then the OCD. However, in this case, it's
the primary diagnosis. I need some help.
Kristina - Someone had mentioned
Patchouli for OCD and I have been using it for OCD with
success. 3 drops under the belly button or the bottom
of the feet daily or I do it even more often if I feel like
I need it (location information is from the Emotional
Healing book by Daniel Macdonald). I even gave a
sample to an OCD friend and she said she felt more laid back
after 1 application.
Lynn - Patchouli worked wonders for my
daughter. Behind ears, on wrists, bottom of feet with roller
bottle a couple times a day is what we did.
Jen - I have a
friend whose life is consumed by OCD (obsessive compulsive
disorder) and I would like to help her out. She's a new mom
and at a breaking point. I have checked others opinions and
the recommendations are cypress, geranium, lavender and
ylang ylang. I am wondering if anyone has their own formula
that works for them. Also, what's the best way to apply
Emily - The Emotional Healing book
recommends Sandalwood, Bergamot, and Purify for OCD.
Lynn - I have seen Patchouli work
wonders for this. Just apply as needed behind the ears,
bottom of feet and wrists.
I had a friend, a girl that was suffering from OCD. It
was pretty bad. We tried a number of oils with no success.
Then we tried patchouli and it helped immediately. After a
week or so, she quit using it and the OCD started to come
back. So she used it again for a few weeks longer and then
quit and she has had no symptoms since! She had applied it
twice a day, using a roller bottle, behind the ears and on
bottom of feet. It's very exciting when you realize this
has saved her from a lifetime of medications!
Mitchell’s Mom - I
use a blend, peaceful child for my elder son who has
anxiety, with much success. I am looking for information
and another blend for my younger son who has PDD-NOS and
anxiety with tendencies for OCD and some ADD. I have tried
many oils and have not found the perfect match yet.
I have read everything on Autism, but found nothing about
sensory. I am diffusing wintergreen every night while he is
sleeping which is helping him the next morning in his
preparation for school. Big improvement! I am
dealing with a developmental delay of the executive function
of his brain—frustration, tolerance and flexibility. Any
information would be helpful!
Kristy - Hi! I am a mom of a 3 year old
boy that also has PDD-NOS, OCD, ADHD, speech delay etc. We
were introduced to DoTERRA because of him 1 year ago before
we knew what he had. We started with Balance and Serenity on
the back of his neck or spine every 4 hours. Huge difference
in him! I have tried the Peaceful Child Blend on him and I
don't see results. My 10 year old ADHD/Anxiety daughter has
huge results with it though (off her meds because of it).
For now we are using Balance on his spine followed
by Frankincense down his spine as often as I can through the
day. He still has his issues and sensory is the worst. But
we are trying our best to just try new oils and see what
works for him.
April - Does anyone
know what oils to use for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder
(PTSD) and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?
Ryan - I have been using Balance for
both. Specifically, my Dad goes into some weird seizure-like
spells whenever there is a loud noise. We have found that
Balance used aromatically (like smelling salts) has brought
him out of these spells much more quickly than if we simply
allow them to run their course. Additionally, rubbing the
oil on his feet in the morning has seemed to help reduce the
number of attacks he has in a day.