The Secret to Larger Breasts
Thanks for the mammaries!
I've always wanted to say that.
Now, in addition to I-must-I-must-I-must-increase-my-bust exercises, push-up bras, and pricey implants, you can increase breast size by stimulating the mammary glands using all natural ingredients: lavender and tea tree oils! Just apply, and presto! Instant gynecomastia.
Gynecomastia is the sexy term that is applied to breast development... in men. That's right - it's science-talk for man-boobs. Gynecomastia can be caused by a number of factors, and isn't terribly uncommon. It turns out that tea tree and lavender oils, both common ingredients in soaps, bath oils, and all kinds of body lotion, may promote breast development in young boys.
This isn't breaking news by any means, but I'm currently researching for a post about aromatherapy, and I keep coming across these articles. Having mentioned it to a friend who hadn't heard about it (OR the pet food recall), I thought I should post something about it.
As reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, at least three boys, aged 4 to 10, developed breasts after months-long use of "natural" bath products that contained lavender and tea tree oil. Just like young women during puberty, one of the boys even experienced soreness. According to ABC News:
The oils appeared to mimic estrogen and block the male hormone androgen.... On product labels, the oils sometimes are listed by their scientific names: Lavandula angustifolia (lavender oil) and Melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree oil). Such products do not require government approval to be sold unless they make specific health claims.
This is interesting given how often lavender is touted as a "relaxing" scent, and even added to bath oils formulated for babies. Tea tree oil has long been used as a disinfectant, and is often pitched as a homeopathic remedy for infections, from scratches to pimples.
Apparently, the gynecomastia subsided and the boys' newly blossoming bosoms disappeared after discontinuing use of the product. This is the recommended course of action - actually, I don't want to start any widespread panic, but perhaps just lay off the lavender/tea tree essentials for a while, yes? I took a course in natural perfumery, which is a whole other load of bunk altogether, but basically, lavender, eucalyptus, and tea tree were the oils to avoid; they were that caustic.
No one has yet called for a ban on either of these natural products, and the problem seems to be relatively benign in the long run, unless you count the mental scarring that those poor kids had to go through. Hey, being a kid is difficult enough as it is. Throw boobs into the equation and you've got some therapy up ahead.