Natural Remedies for ADHD

Those with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) tend to lose focus and frequently act impulsively. Although ADHD currently has no cure, natural treatments can be helpful in coping with the symptoms. Natural treatments include: supplements, essential oils, herbal medicines, and lifestyle changes.


According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, there is evidence to support the use of the following:

1) Melatonin: for better sleep.

2) Iron, Zinc & Magnesium: helps if one has a deficiency.

3) Omega-3: fish oils are shown to slightly lower the symptoms of ADHD.

Keep in mind, there are always risks associated with taking supplements, so check with your doctor before starting a new regimen.


Herbal Medicines

1) French Maritime Pine Bark Extract: increases visual-motor coordination while reducing hyperactivity and inattentiveness.

2) Ginseng: alleviates some hyperactivity and inattentiveness.

3) Ningdong: helps reduce ADHD symptoms.

4) Bacopa: reduces restlessness and improves self-control.

Always check with a doctor first before using any natural medicines.


Essential Oils

1) Lavender: can aid better sleep.

2) Vetiver: enhances focus.

3) Rosemary: is linked to better test speed and accuracy.

Always speak to a doctor before using any essential oils to make sure the oil and the method of delivery are safe.


Lifestyle Changes

1) Exercise & Relaxation: helps reduce the symptoms of ADHD. The most effective way is to have a set routine and exercise at least three times per week.

2) Connect with Nature: betters concentration.

3) Get a Full Night’s Sleep: will reduce symptoms.

4) Organize Yourself: ensures that everything is getting done, while allowing breaks in between, as needed. A routine is key to managing ADHD symptoms.



Successful treatment for ADHD combines natural supplements, behavioral therapy, and sometimes medication. While natural and lifestyle remedies are shown to help, make sure you are combining it with the appropriate treatment plan.

Alternative treatments can have side effects and may interact with other drugs. Always speak to a doctor before trying any new remedies, including supplements.

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