Is Lavender & Chamomile Really Safe?


As a mother I’ve got the suggestion many times, “Just soak your baby in a lavender bath it’ll calm them down.”

Now since I have daughters it isn’t all that bad.  The mothers with sons that don’t know are the ones I worry for.  What drives me pretty crazy is the fact that our babies are being bathed in something potentially hormonally damaging.  How?  Those wonderful bath time lotions & soaps that help put our little ones to sleep are doing much more than we think.

After deciding to go natural & getting Julie Gabriel’s Green Beauty Guide there were rumours I heard confirmed…many will go on to argue it but it’s always best to take caution when it comes to our bodies & our children.  Better safe than sorry!

In Julie’s book she explains not only the three teenage boys that developed gynecomastia but she also referred to the study in Japan that found lavender as an essential oil enhanced free radicals and decreased cortisol levels.  As for chamomile in the form of essential oils, tinctures, or distillates it’s known to cause contact dermatitis.

For her list of ingredients to avoid check out Julie’s site.   She doesn’t say to avoid chamomile and lavender all together but to use them with great caution.

Check out these links as well for your own research:

Live Strong

Lavender Not Always Safe To Smell

Lavender Not Safe For Males

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