When I first started using essential oils a friend asked me if I knew anything about the potentially estrogenic qualities of Lavender and Tea Tree oils when using them on little boys. A study was done showing that using these oils on little boys could cause them to grow breast tissue. However, this many researchers questioned the validity of this study since it was done on such a small sample group and the details on the purity and quality of the essential oils was not provided. The study has not been repeated and most experts refute it’s findings. To read more about how researchers responded to this very small and singular study, click here. Robert Tisserand also explains in detail why Lavender is not estrogenic in this article.
Just a little bit of digging deeper really set my mind at ease. I think the bigger concern for me was making sure that I was using pure, therapeutic grade essential oils on my little boys (and my little girl). Most essential oils sold in the store are not 100% pure, even when they say “organic” or “100% pure” on the bottle. They are not required to list what solvents may have been used to process the oils and since most oil companies here in the U.S. get their essential oils through brokers and don’t even know which farms they come from, it is extremely common for the oils to be diluted or adulterated somewhere along the way in the processing or packaging before they ever make it to the shelf. This is the number one reason I started using Young Living essential oils, since they not only own their own farms or work extremely closely with co-op farms to maintain quality and purity, but they also process and distill the oils themselves and then after they have tested them, they get them tested by a third party to verify their purity and potency. If I am going to put anything on my children’s skin (which will then absorb into their bloodstream in less than 30 seconds), I want to know exactly what it is and that it is safe and beneficial to them, not potentially toxic!
Read your labels! Make sure you know what is in your products and that you trust the companies you are buying from. To learn more about how I get Young Living essential oils wholesale, click here. Or join the Cheerfully Imperfect essential oils Facebook group to ask questions and get answers about essential oils and their many uses.
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