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Old 03-30-2010, 12:36 AM
 
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Yeah that. I use such tiny amount of essential oils, I'm not the best person to ask about it. I feel like, with homeopathy it's at worst a sugar pill, but with herbals and essential oils it's entirely possible to do bad things accidentally, so it's better to ask someone who knows. The active components are stronger. There may be an herbalist forum here? I'm sure there are MDCers who know lots about this.
Hey mamas,
I wanted to chime in on the essential oil safety issue. I own an organic baby care company and we choose to use lavender essential oil in many of our baby and mama products. It is an ingredient with a long and safe track record and only a recently has this come into question.

I have copied and pasted in an email that I wrote last year addressing this question with a customer. I hope it adds some clarity to this question.

Blessings,
Rachel

Hi <Name removed for privacy>,
Thank you for your email! As a mother to two young children, I certainly understand your concern (and experienced it myself when these reports were first published in the mid 1990's). After hearing about the three cases of gynecomastia we spent many hours evaluating the data and networking with our peers in the natural body care industry. After looking hard at the data, LuSa Organics (and nearly all other natural body care companies) has continued to use low concentrations of lavender and tea tree essential oils in our products. The basis of that decision is as follows:

1. Lavender essential oil is considered safe by the most stringent challengers of body care safety, Skin Deep/Environmental Working Group (see links).
http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ing...ngred06=703480
http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ing...ngred06=703483
(As a point of comparision, please see the ratings of fragrance oil, something found in nearly all mainstream/department store baby care products:
http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/ing...ngred06=702512 )

2. Lavender essential oil offers many wonderful benefits when used in low concentrations.

3. The research in the article, though interesting, appears to be deeply flawed (see attachment below <attachments not included in the MDC, but let me know if anyone wants more information>) with only three test subjects, no control group, and actual ingredients not disclosed (only "lavender scented" on some items). It caused a great stir but scientifically was lacking substance.

4. Follow up in-vitro research shows a likely link with high concentrations of essential oils, something that cannot be experienced using even extravagant quantities of any products containing low concentrations of essential oils (even our very conservative midwife points to the extremely high levels of exposure in these tests versus normal everyday use and recommends lavender essential oil to her pregnant and nursing clients).

To respond to LuSa Organics product safety as a whole, I encourage you to check out our safety ratings: http://www.cosmeticsdatabase.com/bro...p?comp_id=3153
Our scores are excellent, and we believe in the safety of the products that we make. That being said, you should do only what makes you feel comfortable, especially in terms of your children! Any product you find that is free of synthetic preservatives, stabilizers, and fragrance oils is step in the right direction.

I appreciate that you took the time to write us. Do let me know if you have additional questions or if I can be of further assistance.
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