Lavender oils = bad

I had a suspicion about herbal and tree oil extracts and their lack of real merit for use. Now it looks like it is confirmed, but with potentially dangerous side effects: causing young boys to grow breasts, upsetting hormonal balances and other health oddities.

Lavender and tea tree oils found in some shampoos, soaps and lotions can temporarily leave boys with enlarged breasts in rare cases, apparently by disrupting their hormonal balance, a preliminary study suggests.

Dr. Clifford Bloch, a hormone specialist in Greenwood Village, Colorado, who treated the three boys, recommended that parents “be cautious” with such products, especially for prolonged use. “I would not give these products to my children,” he said in an interview.


Personally, I dislike the smell of these extracts and the mountain of commercials exhibiting their special inclusion in shampoo and soap products.

Better to be safe and just avoid them!


2 Responses

  1. I always thought the smell of lavender was terrible. It smells rancid to me personally, but generally most women love it. I bought one shampoo for Robin by mistake that had the scent of it and I immediately threw it out. The fact that doctors are finding out that it is linked to hormonal issues is just awful. Boys growing boobies, Mitu would be confused for life!

  2. Omi hows it going? Long time no talk. How is everything and everybody up there? Are you missing all the traffic here yet?

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