Dr. Hawkins' Blog

enjoy the latest updates, professional tools, and study helps from FSIHS Executive Director, Dr. Jessie Hawkins

Lavender, tea tree, and breast growth in… little girls?!?

After the release of a case series/lab study pre-print earlier this week, my inbox has been exploding with questions about the latest claims regarding lavender essential oil, tea tree essential oil, and the growth of breasts in young children. You can read the abstract of the manuscript here.

While the claim that exposure to personal care products containing lavender and tea tree essential oils may cause breast growth in young boys has...

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How do Essential Oils Work?

“How do essential oils work?” They (usually) smell nice. They are all natural. They are fun to explore. But when it comes to medicinal actions, how do essential oils work is one of the most frequent questions we receive. It’s immediately after “Do essential oils work?” And it is such a good question to ask, especially if you are just starting to dive into aromatherapy. (Though it’s also...

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