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Do you use lavender oil or products containing lavender on your baby? Have you heard anything negative about lavender and children?<br><br>
My answer is no to both of these, but I am just poking around with some questions after talking to a friend who told me that using lavender gave her child health problems.
 

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I haven't - I don't use tons of scented stuff, lavendar is one of my favourite scents. I suppose any essential oil could be dangerous used imporperly, but I've never heard of lavendar being riskier than others.
 

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From all the child aromatherapy books I've read it sounds like lavender eo is okay to use on babies. Also, when my DS was born; my midwife gave us some olive oil with a drop of lavender in it for massages. I'm perfectly comfortable using lavender (diluted) on my babes. . .even my newborns.
 

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I've use lavendar eo on my ds ever since he was born, we use it in his bath water and in baby oil sometimes for massages. No problems here
 

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I have heard that Johnson Baby lavender (I think the bedtime line) can cause temporary hormonal changes in baby boys. I don't have any sources though, just talk.<br>
I use lavender eo in her baby wipes and have not had problems.
 

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Wasn't there something about lavendar (EO and in mainstream products) and tea tree oil causing diruptions in hormones, the whole early puberty thing? I'd be especially cautious about boys, but TBH I cut it out of my dipe wipe mix for my DD finally, too. I'm sorry I don't have the links; I know I was referred to some around this time last year on MDC...
 

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Yes, that was what my friend was telling me about. She thinks it may be responsible for her child's early puberty. She didn't use any e.o., just johnson's and aveno type products. I am noticing it in SO many baby products now! I only use lavender e.o. for myself, but haven't since DS was born. I do use tea tree oil around the house, though...
 

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<a href="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/showthread.php?p=5551829" target="_blank">Here's the link</a> to the other thread discussing this issue. Honestly, I couldn't find much online about it. . .all I could find were articles/sites talking about how lavender eo was safe to use on babies and children. I guess if you are worried about lavender eo, maybe use lavender tea instead. . .I used to bathe my children in lavender tea baths. . .use it in their baby wipes, etc. . .I mean the tea wouldn't be as strong as the eo. There's always chamomile too.
 

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I read the old thread when it first came out- the "dangers" were based on very limited studies, something like 3 cases, and never with plain simple lavendar or tea tree oil- only commercial products containing those oils. I didn't consider that to be a strong enough reason to stop using lavendar in my son's bath water.
 

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No, but simply because I'm allergic to it (hives, difficulty breathing/swelling, asthma) and chemically sensitive to lavendin (migraines, severe brain fog).
 

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I would be willing to bet that any problems caused by commercial "Lavender scented" products is caused by the slew of chemicals in those baby wipes/bath products, creams, etc. Most of them don't even contain any real Lavender essential oil.<br><br>
I worked with a Master Aromatherapist (had a degree from Perdue) and she highly recommends Lavender for use on babies and kids. The only oils I can think of right off hand that have a real affect on sex hormones would be geranium, rose, and clary sage.
 
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