Essential oils can alter normal hormonal activity

New research suggests that the chemicals found in essential oils such as lavender oil and tea tree oil can disrupt the normal functioning of hormones, leading to a condition called male gynecomastia in preadolescents.
Male gynecomastia is a condition in which children appear markedly due to abnormal levels of estrogen and female sex hormones.

Research has already linked the status of essential oils such as lavender oil and tea tree oil.

These oils are regularly used in personal care products and cosmetics, as well as laundry detergents, candles and aromatic devices.

A previous study in 2007 found that gynecomastia coincided with the use of essential oil-based products, and the symptoms of the disease disappeared when these products were not used.

Not only that, but the study itself did research on human cell lines and also found that lavender oil and tree oil had potentiated effects of the effects of estrogen and antiandrogens.

A new study, presented at ENDO 2018, the annual meeting of the Endocrine Society, held in Chicago, IL, now strengthens the relationship between these essential oils and gynecomastia.

Researchers led by J. Tyler Ramsey, of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, tested the effect of eight components commonly found in the tea tree and lavender oil on human cancer cells to study their effect on hormonal activity.

The results indicate that chemicals are endocrine disruptors: substances that alter the normal activity of hormones in the body.

In the past, researchers have discovered a wide range of chemicals that cause endocrine disorders in common products such as toothpaste, sunscreen and lip balm, prompting activists to call for a formal ban on these products.

Lavender, tea tree oil as endocrine dysfunction
Essential oils contain hundreds of chemicals. For the new study, Ramsey and the team were selected and analyzed:

4 terpene
dipenteno / lemonade
Alpha Trephenol
linalyl acetate
Alpha terpinene
Gamma terpineno
The first four ingredients are common to both tea tree oil and lavender oil. The investigation revealed that all the tested chemicals had caused endocrine disorders to some extent.

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While some compounds had little or no estrogenic or testosterone activity, the changes caused by essential oils correspond to those of gynecomastia.

“Lavender oil and tea oil pose potential environmental health problems and should be studied further,” Ramsey explains, especially since many of the tested chemicals can be found in 65 other essential oils currently marketed as safe.

The public should now recognize the potential risks of the use of aromatic oils and urge the authors to study, suggesting that the Food and Drug Administration could regulate these products in the future.

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