Re-Focusing: Working with Essential Oils in ADD/ADHD

With Internationally renowned teacher: Jonathan Benavides (The Netherlands)

About ADD / ADHD and Aromatics Course

Attention deficit disorder (ADD) is a subtype of ADHD wherein there is no hyperactivity. Outdated term, but in my opinion, not for aromatherapy purposes. ADD used to refer to someone who had trouble focusing but was not hyperactive (since 2013 it has not been officially diagnosed, but it falls into the category A1: inattentive). Sixty five percentage of ADHD children remain with the disorder throughout their whole life. In adulthood we see a range of 78% of ADD and 22% of ADHD (within the 65%).

ADHD is a condition that affects people’s behavior. And it is the most common neurobehavioral disorder in children (5 to 9% of school children). For 65% of them, it will persist through adulthood. Symptoms tend to be noticed at an early age and may become more noticeable when a child's circumstances change, such as when they start school. Most cases are diagnosed when children are 6 to 12 years old.

It manifests itself in inattention, often accompanied by hyperactivity and impulsivity: the child has difficulty concentrating, needs to have something constantly in his hands, intervenes inappropriately. However, they are creative, imaginative, rich and sensitive. Essential oils cannot cure attentional deficit but can support the daily life of the sufferer and their families and peers.

Aromatherapy can be used in a very personalized way and that can have very good results in ADHD sufferers. Also, next to a healthy lifestyle they can benefit from a relaxed and rebalanced nervous system to restore calm, concentration and their capacity for reflection. Different interventions have been developed to help children and adults with autism, and this re-connecting technique, using aromatherapy, is one of them.


Re-Focusing: Working with Essential Oils in ADD/ADHD

Aromatherapy Techniques with Jonathan Benavides

Theoretical Approach

Course content:

In this 2-full day course we will see:

    • What is ADD / ADHD (attentional deficit without and with hyperactivity)
    • Causes and symptoms
    • DSM V Diagnosis criteria
    • Types of ADHD
    • Essential oils
    • Olfactory training
    • Routes of administration
    • Supporting the family
    • Living with ADHD
    • ADHD and aromatherapy
    • Learning Processes
    • Re-focusing in different levels
    • Aromatic interventions for boys
    • Aromatic interventions for girls
    • Aromatic interventions for ADHD adults
Spinner fidzhet spinner rotator of for hands a dark blue and golden boy holds two in hands on face
Methods used
  • Aromatherapy components
  • Multi sensorial approaches


Protocols and current safety requirements for:

  • Different ages and applications at home and private practice
  • Safety, precautions and contraindications


Practical demonstrations include:

  • Re-focusing techniques
  • Touching and massage


Who is this course for?

This course is for any health care professional, aromatherapists, medical personnel, health care student, parent, carer or anyone interested in learning to help cope with ADD/ADHD using aromatherapy within a health care environment, home care or private practice.

  • Aromatherapists
  • Massage Therapists
  • Acupuncturists
  • Social Workers
  • Psychologists
  • Mental Health Workers
  • and Individuals 
Trauma and Aromatherapy

Tuition: $375.00


Meet Your Instuctor: Jonathan Benavides

Jonathan Benavides
Jonathan Benavides

Before becoming a clinical aromatherapist Jonathan studied psychology and specialised in autism and communication disorders where, working at the Department of Psychiatry and Clinical Child Psychology (Leiden University, The Netherlands) in vertical groups with an emphasis on short diagnosis and treatment of autistic children and children with developmental problems between 5-18 years of age, he got first in touch with aromatherapy while developing multisensorial therapies for autistic children.

He has participated in several seminars, conferences and congresses in aromatherapy, complementary therapies, psychology and music therapy and Jonathan has always been involved in training, research and developing different therapeutic approaches for complimentary and Integrative care.

Jonathan is also:
Reiki Usui Shiki Ryoho Master,
HEARTS (UK) Teacher (trained and certified by Ann Carter),

Trainer and Lecturer.

Since 2009 he has been working within the Palliative Home Care system in the Netherlands with the very sick and the dying. During this time, he has developed, used, trained and lectured different therapeutic interventions (conventional and non-conventional) such as:

“Into the tunnel” for autistic children (1987)“Bio-gymnastics, integrating the emotions in your body (1989)

“Ahava, the Reiki of Love”, a new Reiki approach (2001)

“Anointing, a spiritual seance”, an energetic chakra harmonisation (2008)

“Into the Light”, psychological approach for the sick and dying (2011)

“Integrative Reiki, Reiki Usui together with essential oils, electromagnetic frequencies and roses energy” (2013)

“Reinforcing your T-cells”, a holistic immunological approach” (2015)

“Let be free again”, a trauma release aromatic approach (2017)

“Train to the Light” aroma and sound for HEARTS (UK) (2018)

“Remembering and Honouring you”, aroma and texture for HEARTS (UK) (2018)

“Adjusting, a multisensory self-compassionate approach for cancer related distress” (2019)

“De-Compression: the art of letting go” (2020)



Tuition: $375.00