A recent study published in the Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism found that abnormal breast growth in young girls can be caused by lavender oil exposure.
About the study
Previous studies have proven that lavender oil can contribute to abnormal breast growth in young boys. This latest study is the first study to report abnormal breast growth in young girls.
The researchers found that certain components of lavender oils mimic estrogen and block testosterone, which can cause the breast growth observed in girls and boys. When discontinuing these products, the breast growth problems were resolved.
What the public should notice
For common people, they should consider all evidence before deciding when to use lavender oils.
For parents, they should know that lavender oils can cause premature breast growth, so it may be better to discontinue using them on children.
For physicians, they should be aware that lavender oils contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals. In addition, this factor should be taken into consideration in the evaluation of premature breast development in young girls and boys, and the swelling of breast tissue in adult men.
What is lavender oil?
Lavender oil is an essential oil and an increasingly popular home remedy. Lavender oil is derived from the lavender plant and can be taken orally, applied to the skin or breathed in through aromatherapy.
Lavender oil can benefit you in numerous ways, including:
—Help healing wounds
—Improving hair health
—Soothing eczema and dry skin
—Treating face wrinkles