Lavender Essential Oil Side Effects
There are several possible side effects from using lavender oil. Here are some of the side effects of using lavender oil you need to know:
Side Effects in Children.
In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2007 stated that lavender oil can be unsafe if used by children because it can cause hormonal disturbances that lead to the impaired growth of the breast. It is advisable to only give lavender oil topically in children, and only after diluted.
Some people may be allergic to lavender. Symptoms of a lavender allergy include nausea, vomiting, chills, and headaches, either by inhaling or applying lavender oil to the skin. Those who are allergic or sensitive to lavender oil should discontinue their use and consult a doctor.
Lavender can slow the performance of the central nervous system and can increase the effects of anesthesia. Do not use lavender oil for at least two weeks before performing a medical operation.
Sedatives such as barbiturates and chloral hydrate may interact with lavender oil. Combination of sedative and lavender oil can enhance the effects of sedatives. Lavender oil also has the potential to interact with other herbal remedies. So be sure to consult a doctor before using lavender oil, while you are doing other treatments.
Other side effects.
Some people report an increase in appetite and constipation when using lavender oil orally. Side effects of pregnancy and breastfeeding are not fully known, so it is advisable to avoid lavender oil in this period.