A 41-year-old member asked:
is it safe to apply lavender essential oil to the skin?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Joseph Eastern answered
44 years experience Dermatology
Yes...: ...As long as you're not allergic to it. But there is no credible evidence that it is going to do anything beneficial either - although you may attract some bees.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
Dr. Erik Borncamp answered
25 years experience Wound care
Probably but...: By definition, "alternative" is different than modern western medicine. Generally any drug, herb, treatment, or oil that stands up to rigorous scientific scrutiny is included in modern medicine. Many alternative practices, oils etc do not stand up to scientific scrutiny and cannot be shown to work.nor safe. Some could do serious harm. Check https://nccih.nih.gov/ for research
Answered on Jun 23, 2017
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