Lavender is only poisonous to small animals

Lavender is only poisonous to small animals

Lavender is ideal for the family garden

Due to the strong smell, lavender or certain parts of the plant are often considered poisonous. But that's not right, on the contrary: The plant is explicitly one of the plants that can be safely planted in family gardens - the little ones can put the plant parts in their mouths without anything happening.

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No lavender oil for children under two years of age

Parents only have to be careful with lavender oil, as it contains very high concentrations of essential oils. Children under two years of age should never be treated or rubbed with essential oils of any kind - this can lead to respiratory failure. However, this is not a problem with older children.

Cat and dog owners don't need to be afraid

All parts of the plant are also non-toxic for cats and dogs. Some cat owners may conclude from the fact that most cats instinctively avoid lavender that the plant is poisonous, but the animals just don't like the strong smell. So you don't need to worry if your cat accidentally nibbles on lavender.

Lavender is only dangerous for small rodents

Be careful with small rodents like

  • Guinea pig
  • Forage
  • Rabbits
  • as well as mice

because the plant is very poisonous for these animals due to the high concentration of essential oils. Rabbits and guinea pigs in particular can die of lavender poisoning.

Side effects possible

Although lavender is non-toxic, it can cause reactions such as headaches in susceptible people - especially if lavender oil is burned in a fragrance lamp. In some people, lavender oil or lavender cream causes skin irritation and even rashes. Cat and dog owners should give their animals the opportunity to avoid a strong smell of lavender.

Tips & Tricks

Also keep in mind that special varieties such as crested lavender and spear lavender contain much higher concentrations of essential oils and should therefore be used extremely sparingly. The real lavender is much better suited as a scented and aromatic plant.