The European Union towards a ban on lavender essential oil: will it be classified as toxic?

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French producers are concerned about the new green chemistry regulation that could also ban natural products.

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French producers are concerned about the new green chemistry regulation that could also ban natural products.





THEessential oil of lavender it is a precious natural remedy for anxiety, insomnia, menstrual pain and many other ailments. Its virtues have been exploited since ancient times and demonstrated by numerous studies but soon we may not enjoy them anymore.

Indeed, the European Union would like to ban this extraordinary product as it is potentially toxic. The European Commission is in fact moving towards an environment free of toxic substances and characterized by green chemistry, as envisaged by the European Green Deal.

With this in mind, by the end of 2022, the EU should present a regulation regarding classification, labeling and packaging of substances. For the moment, the Commission's draft law has not yet been presented, but the draft was enough to alarm producers, distillers, processors and consumers, especially in France, a country that has 2.500 producers, 130 distilleries and hundreds of companies in the sector. of essences.

Essential oils would in fact fall within the legislation and must comply with these standards both as finished products placed on the market and as ingredients in the composition of cosmetic products. The producers of essential oils fear that, as a precaution, the essences could be considered carcinogenic, endocrine disruptors or simply deemed too dangerous and therefore subject to restrictions or prohibited.

Essential oils would disappear, just as trades, traditional uses and ancient knowledge would disappear and, following a ban on natural products like lavender oil, it would open the door to the use of synthetic fragrances in perfumery and in the production of soaps.

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The new European regulations also worry other sectors as they could have disastrous consequences, for example, for the honey production. If lavender essential oil could no longer be produced, there would be little convenience in cultivating this species and, consequently, there would be fewer plants for bees.



Furthermore, taking risks is not only lavender essential oil, but also the essences of rosemary, thyme and others, all characterized by the presence of hundreds of molecules that could fall into the category of toxic ones.

The French representation of the European Commission has reassured the French producers by declaring that it is unfounded fears. The European Union would have no intention of banning essential oils and any changes to the regulation will in any case be discussed with operators in the sector since the aim is to protect consumers and the environment, not to harm the market.

Despite this, the French union of professionals in the Perfumes, Aromatics and Medicinal Plants sector (PPAM) has launched a petition “Against the disappearance of essential oils and natural products”, addressed to the European Commission to ask for a specific approach, adapted to natural products and essential oils. The petition, launched less than a week ago, has already exceeded 80 signatures.

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Sources of reference: France Info / European Commission / change.org


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