Lavender Side Effects

Increased appetite, constipation, and headaches are side effects that may occur with oral use of lavender. Side effects that may occur if lavender is applied to the skin include skin irritation, breast development and enlargement in males, and allergic reactions. If you develop any potential lavender side effects, be sure to notify your healthcare provider immediately.

Does Lavender Cause Side Effects?

Lavender is a flowering plant used in a variety of ways. It is used as a flavoring agent in foods and beverages, as a scent in various products (such as cosmetics or cleaning products), and as an aromatherapy oil. It is also used medicinally as an herbal remedy (either taken by mouth or applied to the skin). Even though it is a natural product, lavender can cause some side effects.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with lavender. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of lavender side effects with you.)

Possible Side Effects of Lavender

When taken by mouth, lavender may cause the following side effects:
When applied to the skin, the following lavender side effects have been reported:
  • Skin irritation
  • Allergic reactions
  • Breast development and enlargement in males.
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider if you develop any side effects that you think may be related to lavender. Your healthcare provider will likely be interested in such possible lavender side effects and may even want to report such findings (especially if the side effects are particularly serious or interesting). You should also let your healthcare provider know if you develop something that "just does not seem right" during treatment with lavender. While it may not be a side effect of lavender, your healthcare provider will be able to diagnose and treat the problem.
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