Taking medications to treat diseases generally has possible side effects. If taken without precautions, either prescription drugs or herbal medicines possibly trigger unwanted interaction in human body. The same thing applies to lavender oil which actually offers great benefits for human health. The most common side effects of lavender oil are as follows.
Lavender oil is a potential allergen to some people. Allergic reactions may include vomiting, headaches, nausea, and chills. People who are allergic to lavender should avoid using it either topically or through inhalation. If you have sensitive skin, you may need to run a patch test before applying lavender oil topically for any treatment. If any allergic reaction appears within minutes, you must stop using it or call a doctor to prevent more severe reactions.
2. Not be safe for children
Applying lavender products in young boys who have not reached puberty yet may not be safe. Lavender is known to trigger certain hormonal effects that cause abnormal breast growth in young boys’ bodies called gynecomastia. Running a patch test may not be enough to figure out if your boys are allergic to lavender, so it is recommended to consult doctor before treating your boys with the oil. Side effects of lavender oil to young girls are not known.
3. Interactions with drugs
Lavender is a natural sedative which produces relaxing effects to human. Certain sedatives such as CNS depressants, barbiturates and chloral hydrate can interact with lavender oil, intensifying the sedative effects. In most cases, the noticeable side effect is drowsiness. It is worth mentioning that lavender oil is basically a traditional medicine thus you will want to check with your health care provider before you start using it.
Either in food or medicinal amounts, lavender oil is generally safe to consume orally for most adults. Everyone may need a different dose, so doctor’s advice is necessary to prevent some common side effects such as increased appetite, constipation, and headache.
5. Slow down the central nervous system
Lavender oil produces its relaxing effects by slowing down your nervous system. When used at the same time with anesthesia or other drugs during and after surgery, the combination may slow down the nervous system too much. If you are scheduled to undergo a surgical operation, you should stop using lavender oil at least two weeks before the surgery.
6. Not be safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women
Pregnant women should avoid using lavender oil since it promotes menstruation thus it increases the risk of miscarriage. If you are pregnant, avoid any treatment with lavender oil in any condition unless your doctor allows you to use it. There is not enough clear evidence on how lavender can affect breastfeeding women. However, it is always necessary to stay safe and consult doctor regarding this issue.