This is about lavender, including its hormonal properties and use for breast enhancement.
The genus of Lavender goes by the scientific name of Lavandula. Like Mentha, it also belongs to the Lamiaceae or Mint family. Labiatae is another name for the Mint family.
Lavender products have been linked to gynecomastia. It has a reputation of being estrogenic and of modulating dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Oil of lavender upregulates ERβ in the spleen, so it is likely that it also upregulates ERβ in the reproductive tract too.
Lavender has a reputation for being estrogenic, and having DHT lowering ability. However, lavender's effects on the body are dependent on menstrual phase, amount taken and presence of other herbs. This can be explained by its sensitizing effects on ERβ.
Lavender promotes the menstrual cycle, suggesting it has mild androgenic properties.
In small doses, depending on which other herb it is taken with, and which phase it is taken, lavender can cause androgen symptoms such as acne and body hair. A sign of lavender's estrogenic properties is its potential to cause elongation of breast appearance, suggesting lavender has effects on Estrogen Receptor Alpha (ER⍺).
Lavender for breast enlargement
Lavender cannot be used in any combination for menstruation, early proliferative phase, and late premenstrual phase.
Herbal concentrates can be tens of times more potent by weight than herbs in dry form. For this reason, concentrate extracts are not recommended for extended or excessive internal use, especially during fertility years. Another issue with herbal extracts, is that they may not have the full range of properties of the herb. If opting to use herb extracts, use no more than 1 drop at a time, diluted in a food-grade carrier oil (like unrefined olive oil) or water.
If you have hirsutism, PCOS, hot-flashes, other signs of high androgens or estrogen deficiency, see estrogen-deficiency and treating hirsutism blog first. Also, check for the latest updates in the blog.
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- Prepubertal gynecomastia linked to lavender and tea tree oils. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17267908.
- Physiological effects and mechanisms of action of endocrine disrupting chemicals that alter estrogen signaling. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4782146/.
- Unraveling the Rat Intestine, Spleen and Liver Genome-Wide Transcriptome after the Oral Administration of Lavender Oil by a Two-Color Dye-Swap DNA Microarray Approach. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4498626/.
Etymology & Definitions:
- USDA Plant profile: Lavandula. https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=LAVAN.
- U.S. National Plant Germplasm System: Lavandula. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomygenus.aspx?id=6567.
- U.S. National Plant Germplasm System: Lamiaceae. https://npgsweb.ars-grin.gov/gringlobal/taxonomyfamily.aspx?id=619.
- Wellness Mama. http://wellnessmama.com/26519/risks-essential-oils/.