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adverse side effects of lavender

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Fri Nov 21, 2008 9:47 pm      Reply with quote
Lately I've been using a lot of lavender lotions and creams on my skin. I read somewhere that too much lavender applied topically could lead to adverse side effects like nausea, vomitting, headaches, and drowsiness. How likely is it that this would occur? Or am I being a bit paranoid!
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Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:01 pm      Reply with quote
blackmamba wrote:
Lately I've been using a lot of lavender lotions and creams on my skin. I read somewhere that too much lavender applied topically could lead to adverse side effects like nausea, vomitting, headaches, and drowsiness. How likely is it that this would occur? Or am I being a bit paranoid!


these side effects are said to be allergic:

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Although side effects are rare, some individuals may develop an allergic reaction to lavender. Nausea, vomiting, headache, and chills have also been reported in some individuals following inhalation or absorption of lavender through the skin.

Pregnant and breast-feeding women should avoid using lavender.

- from http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/lavender-000260.htm

but lavender oil is assumed to be cytotoxic (from in vitro studies):
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Topically, lavender oil is cytotoxic. It increases photosensitivity as well. A study demonstrated that lavender oil is cytotoxic to human skin cells in vitro (endothelial cells and fibroblasts) at a concentration of 0.25%.

- from wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lavender

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Sun Feb 01, 2009 4:50 pm      Reply with quote
I topically apply lavender to my ears when I feel an ear infection coming on and I've never had a problem yet.
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Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:52 am      Reply with quote
You should be fine since you are not applying lavender EO straight to your skin. I would like the think the % in the lotion you are using is appropriate.
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Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:23 pm      Reply with quote
I used an organic liquid hand soap with lavender as a main ingredient last year and I got a rash on the back of my left hand. I didn't make the connection at the time, it could have been a combination of a couple of things. The rash was extremely itchy and unsightly. When I stopped using the soap however it cleared up and has never returned. Personally, since then, I keep away from lavender. Every now and then is ok but not on a daily basis. Just my experience.

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Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:12 am      Reply with quote
If you are not allergic to lavender, using just cream and lotion on your skin daily should be ok as they are present in small amounts in any case. Just avoid using any pure essential oil in large amount on your skin directly.
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Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:04 pm      Reply with quote
I try to stay away of products with Lavendar Oil. Philosophy's HIAJ really did me in!
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