Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils | Abnormal Breast Growth in Girls & Boys

Lavendar & Tea Tree Essential Oils | Abnormal Breast Growth in Girls & Boys
Lavendar & Tea Tree Essential Oils | Abnormal Breast Growth in Girls & Boys
Lavender & Tea Tree Essential Oils | Abnormal Breast Growth in Girls & Boys

Lavender and Tea Tree Essential Oils – Use in Children

Lavender and tea tree oils may have negative side effects in children.  These oils may increase estrogen activity while inhibiting androgen activity.  Estrogen is the female sex hormone. Androgen is the male sex hormone.  Essentially, lavender and tea tree essential oils imitate estrogen and block testosterone.

 

The potential negative side effect in these lavender and tea tree essential oils are abnormal breast growth & breast growth before puberty.  Essential oils are being used widely, but not enough studies have been done to evaluate their negative side effects.  This is extremely important, as so many people are using essential oils due to the benefits of their antimicrobial properties, relaxation, and overall improvement and prevention of ailments.

 

Latest Study Published in Endocrine Journal

This groundbreaking study was published on August 8, 2019, in the Endocrine Society’s Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism. The study also revealed that breast development resolved shortly after these lavender and tea tree essential oils were stopped.

 

Essential Oils in Many Children’s Products?

Do you use these essential oils on your children?  Even if you don’t use essential oils on your kids, you may be doing so without realizing it.  May common skin products, especially for babies contain lavender, such as lavender lotion or lavender baby bath products.

 

Should I Stop Using Essential Oils on My Children?

At this point, it’s probably best to hold off on using these lavender and tea tree essential oils on children, at least until after puberty is complete.

 

 

 

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About Nancy M. Silva, MD, FAAP

I'm a Board Certified Pediatrician. I've been in practice since 2000. I'm happily married with two children. I graduated Medical School from the State University of New York (SUNY) Downstate College of Medicine in Brooklyn, NY. My Pediatric Residency training was at University of South Florida, College of Medicine. I've been in private practice since 2000. As a medical student, I had the privilege to care for children at Kings County Hospital & Downstate Medical Center in urban Brooklyn. As a resident, I cared for children at Tampa General Hospital & All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg, Florida. These experiences helped shape the Pediatrician I am today.

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