Lifestyle - Leisure | 0-18 yrs

Are Essential Oils Bad For Your Child?


Mala's house always smells good, and so does her little son Ravi. Ravi is starting to develop some unusual physical changes. His mother noticed that the boy's chest was growing. Mala started to worry about him. The worrisome mother rushed her son to the physician and learnt that her son had Gynecomastia. She also came to know the reason behind this was her good smelling essential oils. 

Gynecomastia is a rare disorder in young boys where their breasts start to grow. It is an unusual case which is due to the usage of essential oils such as tea tree oil and lavender oil. Children may also develop allergic reactions to certain perfumed oils.  

Would you want to risk your child's health for a good smelling house? Essential oils have a high concentration of Cineole, menthol and other compounds that can be harmful to your child.

Flip through the ClipBook to know more about the effect of essential oils on children's health.  


What Are Essential Oils?

Essential oils are concentrated hydrophobic liquid with the aroma from plants. They are usually used for aromatherapy for soothing senses and provide relaxation. They are also used in a number of ways to acquire health benefits. They have been use...

Which Essential Oils Are Safe?

Although most essential oils are safe for kids, there are age criteria for different oils. There are some oils that should be applied topically and some are very high in concentration, that it can cause side effects on kids' skin.

Using Essential Oils Safely With Children

Essential oils are usually of high concentration. Direct application on baby's skin can cause irritation and inflammation. It is advised to always dilute these oils with regular almond and coconut oils before application.

Essential Oils And Young Boys' Hormones

Essential oils are said to have effects on the endocrine system of young boys. Endocrine Society’s ENDO 2018 has proven that these disruptions in the endocrine can produce abnormal hormone changes in boys.

Lavender Oil, Tea Tree Oil, And Boys: The Whole Story

Lavender oil and tea tree oils can disrupt the endocrine system of young boys resulting in prepubertal gynecomastia. This means the growth of male breasts. Usage of products like shampoo, perfume and oils which contain lavender and tea tree oils c...


Gynaecomastia is a rare disorder in male and had no major cause of the occurrence. Recent studies have proved that essential oils have a major contribution to this hormonal disruption. The same properties that give out the aroma, boost oestrogen ...

What's Safe, What's Not

There are many essential oils can benefit your child's health. However, every pro has a con. There are certain essential oils that are high in concentration which can be difficult for your child to adapt to. Peppermint and rosemary are two types w...

Hormone Disruption

Gynecomastia is a rare case. Studies have proved that reducing the use of tea tree oil and lavender oil in our day to day life can help cure gynecomastia. Eucalyptol, 4-terpineol, dipentene/limonene and alpha-terpineol are tested chemicals that ar...

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