Lavender & tea-tree oils unsafe for boys...

Tiph - posted on 01/30/2009 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I recently heard something about this, but have not done any personal research on the issue, as I have yet to be blessed with a son. Can y'all give me more info on this? My sister is having a boy, and would like to know more about it. Thanks gals!!

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Johanna - posted on 10/02/2009

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Actually, I have also heard a while back that lavender and tea tree should be avoided in boys. I am an Aromatherapist and I use a lot of lavender and tea tree, a couple of years ago my 13 year old son pointed out that one of his nipple was a little bit enlarged. I stopped with both oils and it disappeared a few weeks later. I always added the mix to soap and stuff...However, I don't think occasionally use will harm, but when it is added to shower soap, ointment, deodorant the body get exposed daily..also, when using essential oils it is important to rotate the oils being used. Which I normally do and only use therapeutic blends for kids no more than 7 days at a time. I just forgot the shower gel...For adult I would also change the essential oils used after a while.

"Researchers at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), confirmed in laboratory studies what a pediatric endocrinologist at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Science Center’s School of Medicine suspected after diagnosing three of his young male patients with prepubertal gynecomastia. The researchers found an association between the use of products containing these oils and the rare disorder, but cautioned more research is needed. At this point, the findings are only applicable to young males with unexplainable enlarged breasts who are regularly using products containing these essential oils."
http://www.nih.gov/news/pr/jan2007/niehs...

I am happy to answer any questions.
Johanna
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Anna - posted on 11/13/2012

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doTERRA essential oils are completely safe. That's why doTERRA as a company was even started. What oils were used for this study? doTERRA is the safest purest oil on the market today. There is no industry standard in place. They could've used an oil that said 100% pure on the bottle, and it still could contain solvents and other pesticides etc.. in them. Not all essential oils are the same. I have 4 boys, I use Lavender on them 3x's a week and sometimes daily.

You can't just take a study and lump in all Essential Oils. For this reason doTERRA started CPTG. Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade. It has invited all other EO companies to join them, and all have declined... why? because no oil company wants to pay what it takes to test every batch. To run a whole scope of testing, to be picky on where the oil was harvested. To make sure all the right constituents are in that oil, to receive the effect needed. I would for sure do you research before using anything on your children.

Johanna - posted on 10/27/2009

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As I said, I don't think occasional use will do harm. It is a difference in having it in your first aid kit and to  daily expose a boy with lavender in shower gel, hand soap, deodorant, shampo etc at the same time..Especially if we consider all the xeno estrogen from plastic, pesticides, pollution, chemicals, dairy and the hormones in the meat children are also exposed to. Then it is un necessary to use only  lavender in the home made products. Even though  if the oils are safe you can still build up allergies/sensitivity to essential oils, therefore they shall be rotated.


Jo


Quoting Janene:

Definitely not true!!!! Although you shouldn't use essential oils on babies less than 3 months....unless a qualified Aromatherapist has customly made something for a specific condition......Lavender and Titree are the 2 oils I have in my First Aid kit! They are universal oils and the only danger is using them undiluted - they are powerful but amazing! (PS you can use Lavender undiluted in small areas, like burns!)


 

Julie - posted on 01/30/2009

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Tiph,



I have never heard such a thing!  Lavender is one of the safest oils for babies in general --again, as long as it's a pure, unadulterated, theraputic grade oil.  And tea-tree (Melaluca alternifolia) -- it's also one that I wouldn't hesitate putting on my children and I have three boys.  With my youngest (he'll be 3 in March) I've been using the oils on him since he was a newborn, and he has not had any problems at all.  Do you know why they are saying these oils are not ok for boys, as I'd love to know?!



Also, there is a book out, "Gentle Babies:
Essential Oils and Natural Remedies for Pregnancy, Childbirth and Infant Care." by Debra Raybern, ND.  I have not read it myself yet, but actually am about to order several copies, on in particular for my sister who is pregnant with her first baby. 



I hope this helps and if you can get me more specifics, I will see if I can get you more detailed information as well.



Julie

Alana - posted on 01/09/2012

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Lavender IS safe for boys !!! I use and diffuse in TNT two year old twins room nightly as well as other oils and our doctor is happy we use oils before conventional meds. Propermint brings down a fever, geranium helps with bruises it's never ending I have over 100 oils I used on the kids and our family and our twins have been sick a total of three times combined since birth.

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Jorge - posted on 06/10/2014

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There are a lot of misinformation web sites, and just because the government says so...is no proof of anything, if anything if the Feds are saying it's not good for you, and most people say the opposite, I will believe the one's who are not getting their funding from the Pharmaceutical companies.

Lauren - posted on 01/03/2012

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My family sees a Naturopathic Dr and she has recommended lavender for both my boys. I also recently took an essential oils class and both tea tree oil and lavender were on her list of oils thatare safe for children.

Natalie - posted on 10/20/2010

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That is so untrue! I got my son through the worst allergy season ever with Lavender Oil. As long as the lavender oil is 100% pure therapeutic grade and FDA approved for ingestion it is not harmful to boys or and children for that matter. Applying an oil to the bottoms of the feet is the safest way to apply an oil to a child.

Alana - posted on 08/27/2010

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This is not true. I use doTERRA certified pure therapeutic essential oils that are safe for children. I put lavander on my boys feet every night and diffuse it in their room. I use plenty of other oils on my twin boys as well.

Janene - posted on 10/26/2009

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Definitely not true!!!! Although you shouldn't use essential oils on babies less than 3 months....unless a qualified Aromatherapist has customly made something for a specific condition......Lavender and Titree are the 2 oils I have in my First Aid kit! They are universal oils and the only danger is using them undiluted - they are powerful but amazing! (PS you can use Lavender undiluted in small areas, like burns!)

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