Essential Oils Linked To Men Developing Breasts

March 19, 2018

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Researchers are cautioning young men to avoid essential oils such as lavender and tea tree oils after a study found eight chemicals contained in the oils interfere with hormones and cause abnormal breast growth. Researchers from National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), in North Carolina found that key chemicals in the oils boost estrogen and inhibit testosterone. It echoes additional studies that lavender and tea tree oil had properties that hindered the hormones that control male characteristics, which could affect puberty and growth. A growing number of reported cases of male gynecomastia have coincided with topical exposure to the oils. After they stopped using the products, the symptoms subsided. The Aromatherapy Trade Council says when used appropriately, essential oils and aromatherapy products are safe for all the entire family and suggests that you shouldn't apply undiluted essential oils directly to the skin, never use undiluted oils on children under the age of three and seek the advice of your doctor if you are pregnant.

SOURCE: BBC

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