Friday, January 16, 2009

Recipe: Natural Baby Oil

1 empty 6 oz. bottle
1/2 cup of olive oil
10 drops Lavender Essential Oil
5 drops Mandarin Essential Oil

The blend of Lavender and Mandarin is not only beneficial to the skin, but is relaxing and can calm a baby along with the massage given as you apply the oil. Mix ingredients in the chosen container. Shake well to blend oils and apply.


Jenny said...

I've previously thought that lavender oil is fairly innocuous, but just recently read some discussion that it may be implicated in causing breast enlargement in boys. You might want to do some research before using this baby lotion. Here's a website that has a good article discussing the potential problems.

Donna said...

Thank you for the concern for the health of children! Caution is always a good rule.

The report doesn't give any conclusive information and considering the number of ingredients in all those products, it would be hard for me to blame the Lavender. Especially when some scented products don't even use real essential oils, but instead, synthethic perfumes.

Lavender is a common oil used in baby products due to it's relaxing benefits. We would certainly be getting more than this one incidence reported if it was a real issue.

The article also states:

"In fact in the reported study, a fraternal twin brother of one of the boys also used the lavender skin lotion, but not the lavender soap, and did not show any signs of gynecomastia [breast enlargement]."

And the problem went away when products were discontinued.

There's been a lot of information circulating about parabens and estrogenic activity also, as you can see from this article:

When you consider that drugstore baby oil contains mineral oil as the main ingredient. This is a definite danger:

"The problem is that mineral oil is foreign to the human body and has many harmful effects, especially on infants.

¤ Mineral oil acts as a thin plastic layer on the skin.

¤ It is difficult to absorb and clogs the pores, which slows the skin’s ability to eliminate toxins. Remember, the skin is the body’s largest organ and plays an important role in maintaining overall health!

¤ Once the oil is absorbed, it is broken down by the liver and passes through the intestinal tract. And once the oil is present in the intestinal tract, it will absorb all of the fat-soluble vitamins found there. It is essentially stealing important vitamins from the body, which the body will not be able to replace. This can eventually lead to nutritional deficiencies.

¤ Studies have also shown forms of pneumonia caused by mineral oil decreasing lung function, known as lipoid pneumonia. Because of these dangers, the medical community has condemned the use of mineral oil taken orally or as an ingredient in medications."

Further information on mineral oil:

These are just my thoughts ... but we all need to be better informed so I'm thankful to Jenny for caring about children.

Danielle said...

I was just reading an old issue of the Purest Products newsletter ( that refers to the same study and makes the interesting point that the chemical causing the gynecomastia in the five boys (a VERY small sample, as the article points out) could be leeched from the bottles the products were stored in, possibly BPA. BPA was "originally made as a chemical estrogen," is known to leech into the contents of storage containers in which it is present, and was a common component of plastic containers at the time. Knowing how the products used by the boys in the study were packaged is an important missing piece of that puzzle.

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