Lavender oil may lead to abnormal breast growth in young girls

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Lavender oil exposure is associated with abnormal breast growth in young girls, suggest a study.


The study was published in the ‘Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.’


Previous
research has associated breast growth in boys with lavender-containing
fragrances. This study is the first to report abnormal breast growth in
young girls.


The researchers found that breast growth in young
girls and boys resolved after discontinuing lavender-containing
fragranced products. They also determined that certain components of
essential oils mimic estrogen and block testosterone, indicating that
essential oils could be a source for the breast growth observed in these
cases.


“The public should be aware of these findings and
consider all evidence before deciding when to use essential oils,” said
J. Tyler Ramsey, the study’s lead investigator.


“It’s also
important that physicians are aware that lavender and tea tree oils
contain endocrine-disrupting chemicals and should be considered in the
evaluation of premature breast development in young girls and boys, and
the swelling of breast tissue in adult men,” Ramsey added.


“It appears that essential oil products have the potential to cause premature breast growth in young girls and boys, so it may be best to discontinue using them on children,” Ramsey said.


Source – ANI

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