Side Effects Of Lavender Oil

Lavender oil has many benefits including a proven effect on reducing anxiety, stress and migraines, as well as an analgesic effect for pain relief. But used incorrectly and any essential oil is dangerous. In this article we look at the side effects of lavender oil.

With care, essential oil has an extremely low incidence of any side effects whatsoever, but it is always worth knowing – just in case something goes wrong.

“Lavender oil is an essential oil obtained by distillation from the flower spikes of certain species of lavender” (Wikipedia). 

As perhaps one of the most used of the essential oils, there is considerable proof around the potential benefits of using lavender oil.

However, if you decide that lavender oil sounds like something that could help you, then it is worth remembering that ALL essential oils can be dangerous in their pure form.

When it comes to using lavender oil, a carrier oil or similar compound is needed to avoid skin/ internal reaction to the concentration of a pure essential oil.

When used with a carrier or dispensed via a diffuser, lavender oil is generally a very safe form of medicine. Particular care should always be taken however, when ingesting any form of oil and you should always consult your family doctor before starting a new treatment regime.

We cover below some of the more common side effects of lavender oil. However, it should be pointed out that these are all quite rare and, in comparison to some common medications, essential oils are very safe to use (if used correctly)

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Side Effects of Lavender Oil…

When using lavender oil, there is a slight chance that you may start to suffer with one or more of the following..

  • Skin Irritation
  • Allergic Reaction
  • Drowsiness.
  • Constipation.
  • Headache.
  • Increased Appetite

Contraindications…

  • Do not use any lavender oil in infants or children before puberty.
  • Do not use any lavender oil when pregnant or when breast-feeding.
  • Lavender oil should not be used in combination with anaesthesia.
  • Take caution if you feel drowsy affecting using lavender oil, especially if operating machinery during the day.

Interactions With Other Medications…

Potential problems may occur if lavender oil is taken in conjunction with some other medications. These include –

Increase the drowsy effects of Chloral hydrate

Decrease blood pressure so exercise caution with medications for high blood pressure. Example medications include Secobarbital (Seconal), Phenobarbital (Luminal), Penobarbital (Nembutal), Amobarbital (Amytal), Butabarbital (Butisol) and others not listed here.

Provide an undesirable level of drowsiness if used in combination with sedatives (such as Benzodiazepine and others).

For the same reason of increased drowsiness, caution should be given when used in combination with CNS depressants such as Phenobarbital (Donnatal), Zolpidem (Ambien), Clonazepam (Klonopin)

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References Used –

1. www.wikipedia.com. ‘Lavender Oil’

Information for the side effects/ contraindications/ Interactions are sourced from www.rxlist.com