Essential Oils are linked to development of ‘Man Boobs’, scientists warn

Posted 21 March 2018

Peter Dockrill 19 March 2018

Science Alert

Young boys receiving regular exposure to essential oils such as lavender or tea tree oil could be at risk of a rare condition that makes their breast tissue swell abnormally, a new study suggests. 

The findings, being presented this week, add further evidence that certain plant-derived oils contain chemicals capable of disrupting human hormones – a stark reminder that just because these extracts come from nature, they aren’t necessarily good for us.

“Our society deems essential oils as safe,” says developmental biologist J. Tyler Ramsey from the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

“However, they possess a diverse amount of chemicals and should be used with caution because some of these chemicals are potential endocrine disruptors.”

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Can Lavender and Tea Tree Oils Hurt Kids?

Posted 21 November 2016

An article by Dr Hansa Bhargava, MD, published in Medscape week, asks whether Lavender and Tea Tree oils are safe for children: “Both are touted as safer and more natural alternatives to chemical ingredients. But are they really safer? It is difficult to know for sure, because the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t oversee essential oils that are not used in a drug.”

“Tea tree and lavender essential oils are two popular ingredients in many personal care products, including ones marketed to children. Tea tree oil has become a common addition to kids’ hair and body products. Lavender oil is often added to calming sprays and aromatherapy products.”

“Over the past few years, the safety of these oils has been called into question after a few small studies suggested that frequent use might cause gynecomastia in boys as young as 4 or 5 years Read the rest