Although essential oils are natural, you need to take precautions when using them because they are very potent. There were three inconclusive case studies that have given people quite a scare on their safety. The use of essential oils are very beneficial. I don’t want anyone to be swayed by misinformation. In the studies there are three young boys between the ages of 4-7. They are all showing signs of gynecomastia (enlarged breasts in males). They are each using a different product (whether it be soap, lotion or shampoo) that contains either lavender or tea tree essential oil. Several months after the products are stopped the breast growth decreases.
This is not an accurate study considering it only included 3 people. Plus, no information was provided about the constituents in the products, let alone what products were actually tested. We do not even know for sure if the products used by the boys contained essential oils since the were never assessed by researchers.
Robert Tisserand has been studying essential oils since he was a teenager and has written many books. He goes into depth about these studies.
He points out that there are many other factors that are involved including diet and the environment.. The researchers never tested for harmful contaminants, such as organochlorine pesticides, PCBs, polychlorinated dioxins, alkyl phenols, pthalates and parabens. All of which can be present in cheap essential oils.
In conclusion any connection with either lavender or tea tree oil is unproven. Please pass this information on. Essential oils like tea tree and lavender are antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral. They smell wonderful and can be used safely for cleaning and in bath and body care products. They are also healing to the mind and body!
I want to thank safbaby.com for providing this important information as well!