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    Quote Originally Posted by toonia View Post
    Do any of you have experience researching and using essential oils?
    Yes, but only those with psychoactive properties through steam distillation. That was 15+ years ago - I gave up my research because so many essential oils, even those that are not psychoactive, are neurotoxic.

    I'd still do it for mint leaves for iced tea though.


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    Quote Originally Posted by aeon View Post
    I'd still do it for mint leaves for iced tea though.
    I love this. Delish.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jen View Post
    I love, love, love lavender! I'm always spraying it all over the house or burning it in a diffuser. It really is calming. I even use Mrs. Meyers lavender dish soap, window wash and surface cleaner.
    Extensive use of lavender has been linked to prepubertal gynecomastia in boys. It is also cytotoxic to skin cells.

    NEJM -- Prepubertal Gynecomastia Linked to Lavender and Tea Tree Oils

    BBC NEWS | Health | Oils 'make male breasts develop'


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    Quote Originally Posted by aeon View Post
    Extensive use of lavender has been linked to prepubertal gynecomastia in boys. It is also cytotoxic to skin cells.

    NEJM -- Prepubertal Gynecomastia Linked to Lavender and Tea Tree Oils

    BBC NEWS | Health | Oils 'make male breasts develop'


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    I wonder if women could use it to enhance their breasts, too.

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    geoff's gonna rub it all over his body!

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    Maybe I've done a little too much research on this topic (but c'mon what's the interwebz for if not random information trolling?) but apparently women like lavender, patchouli, and licorice. Jasmine is equally attractive to men and women, and men like the smell of pumpkin pie and...donuts. Like these scents are physically arousing to men. Yes, inside every man is a Homer Simpson just waiting to bust out. And jasmine and Lavender really do help people sleep more soundly though.

    And Aeon, yikes, thanks for the info.

    There's actually all sorts of effects common household chemicals and items have on us. Like the plastics in everyday items like phones, kitchen cabinets, and even bottles degauss toxic fumes, soy is supposedly linked to cancer and messed up estrogen levels in boys (this is hotly contested, btw), and showering too much washes away precious pheromenes people need to bond.

    With a lot of aromatherapy, from my own trial and error days, it's really about getting the 'purest' (or safest) distillations of the scents and using the proper carriers. Some essential oils are really strong and aren't meant to be put straight on the skin and you can also get food grade essential oils.

    And Geoff, now you're sounding like TBGO!

    But if we're gonna go there, supposedly women's breasts do naturally hold a higher concentration of bonding pheromenes than the rest of the body, but maybe that's only in lactating or pregnant women?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post
    showering too much washes away precious pheromenes people need to bond.
    So THAT'S why my family's so close!
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    Pumpkin pie definitely drives me with the urge to eat treats... or at least anticipate the happy euphoria of doing so. I could totally imagine a lady lowering my guard by sticking a hot pumpkin pie (or appropriately scented facsimile) nearby.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aeon View Post
    Yes, but only those with psychoactive properties through steam distillation. That was 15+ years ago - I gave up my research because so many essential oils, even those that are not psychoactive, are neurotoxic.
    I am completely unfamiliar with that. There is a chapter on the chemistry and a safety discussion. If you have links to sites that examine the problems I would be glad to read those. What makes something have psychoactive properties? Are you saying they are all neurotoxic? I'm just a bit confused by that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CzeCze View Post

    And Geoff, now you're sounding like TBGO!

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