Study: Can essential oils help children with autism?

Historically, essential oils have been used medicinally throughout the world for everything from skin care to cancer treatments. In the modern era, such oils are more commonly used with massages and aromatherapy for their calming and soothing effects. Now a study aims to find out to what extent they can help children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).


Photo: a watch in front of drugs

Researchers will use essential oils and a watch-like activity monitor known as an actigraph on children with autism to see if the oils improve sleep; © The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center