Studies of a lavender oil product that is taken orally (by mouth) have suggested it might be beneficial for anxiety, but because of limitations of the research, including the small size of the studies, no definite conclusions can be reached about its effectiveness.

It’s uncertain whether oil used as aromatherapy is helpful for anxiety or other conditions.

Side Effects Of Lavender

Consumption of lavender in the amounts typically used in foods is likely to be safe. Short-term oral use in the amounts tested in studies for anxiety or other conditions may also be safe.

The topical use of products containing lavender may cause allergic skin reactions in some people.

A few cases of swelling of breast tissue have been reported in children who used topical products containing it. However, it’s unclear whether the lavender was responsible for breast swelling, a condition that can have many causes.

Little is known about whether it’s safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.


Take charge of your health—talk with your health care providers about any complementary health approaches you use. Together, you can make shared, well-informed decisions.


All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.