Journal of Endocrinological Investigation

, Volume 36, Issue 1, pp 50–54 | Cite as

Possible efficacy of Lavender and Tea tree oils in the treatment of young women affected by mild idiopathic hirsutism

  • G. Tirabassi
  • L. Giovannini
  • F. Paggi
  • G. Panin
  • F. Panin
  • R. Papa
  • M. Boscaro
  • G. Balercia
Original Articles


Background: Hirsutism is defined as the presence of excessive terminal hair in androgen-dependent areas of a woman’s body. Regarding this it has been suggested that Lavender and Tea tree oils may have antiandrogenic activities. Aim: To evaluate therapy based on Lavender and Tea tree oils in women suffering from mild idiopathic hirsutism (IH). Subjects and methods: A prospective, open-label, placebo-controlled, randomized study was performed: women affected by mild IH were randomly assigned to receive oil spray containing Lavender and Tea tree oils (group T) (no.=12) or placebo (group P) (no.=12) twice a day for 3 months in areas affected by hirsutism. Evaluation of hirsutism was carried out at baseline and after 3 months by Ferriman-Gallwey score and by measuring hair diameter taken from some body areas. A hematological and hormonal evaluation was carried out at baseline and after 3 months. Results: No significant variations were found in any of the hormones studied in groups T and P between baseline and after 3 months. A statistically significant decrease of hirsutism total score and of hair diameter was found in group T, while no statistically significant difference in these two parameters was observed in group P; in group T percentual reduction of hair diameter was significantly greater than in group P. Conclusions: Lavender and Tea tree oils applied locally on skin could be effective in reducing mild IH; this treatment could represent a safe, economic and practical instrument in the cure of this disease.


Androgens hirsutism plant oils treatment women 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Tirabassi
    • 1
  • L. Giovannini
    • 1
  • F. Paggi
    • 1
  • G. Panin
    • 2
  • F. Panin
    • 2
  • R. Papa
    • 3
  • M. Boscaro
    • 1
  • G. Balercia
    • 1
  1. 1.Division of Endocrinology, Department of Clinical and Molecular SciencesUmberto I Hospital, Polytechnic University of MarcheAnconaItaly
  2. 2.Hulka S.r.l.RovigoItaly
  3. 3.Centre of Socio-economic Gerontological Research, Scientific-Technological AreaINRCA (Italian National Institute on Aging)AnconaItaly

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