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The Best Essential Oils For Respiratory Health


The colds and flu just keep circulating, I need some essential oils for upper respiratory support!  Tightness of the chest seems to be prevalent this month as we go from warm summer days to crisp fall mornings.  It seems like every place we go there’s a sneeze here, a cough there, and inevitably germ sharing.  This year I’m prepared to help offer my family a bit of relief when it comes to any upper respiratory issues they may experience.

What chemical constituents are best to support upper respiratory health?

When I prepare to make a blend for upper respiratory support my favorite chemical family (to learn more, go to the blog post; Chemical Families) is the oxides and my favorite constituent is 1,8 cineole.  Here’s a great blog post written by Andrea Butje of Aromahead Institute with tons of information about this amazing constituent, Essential Oil Chemistry: Oils High in 1,8 cineole.  This constituent aids in upper respiratory healthy by;

  • Clearing congestion
  • Breaking up unwanted phlegm
  • Warding off seasonal threats
  • Shortening the length of illness
What essential oils are high in 1,8 cineole? 

Since Plant Therapy provides their GC/MS reports on their main website I was able to determine the exact content of each constituent so these numbers reflect the 1,8 cineole content in my particular batch and can vary batch to batch.

We don’t put our KidSafe stamp on essential oils that contain in excess of 40% 1,8 cineole.  Some oils high in 1,8 cineole are not recommended for children under the age of 10 due to the potential to cause breathing concerns (exactly what you’re trying to address by using these oils!).

How to safely and effectively use these oils to support a healthy respiratory system?  



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17 thoughts on “The Best Essential Oils For Respiratory Health”

  • I have respiratory health problems and this article was very helpful. I’m always looking for new oils to try out and add to my routine.

  • This article has been so helpful for me. As I have gotten older, my lungs are less tolerant of those around me and these are my lifesavers.

  • I know this is an old post but something important for me as my colds always go to my respiratory system. Anything new on this front?

  • Looking for something for respiratory support that would also be good to use at night time to help with sleep.

    1. Tessa, you could use a combination of the oils on this post (be sure to use Kidsafe oils for children 2-10) and just follow the recommended dilution percentages on the oils you use, for a 10ml roller bottle.

  • I think my favorite application route is roller bottle. I’m not a fan of salves because they can get sticky and slimy. I can’t wait to try my immune aid in one

  • My son has G6PD deficiency. Could you help me list oils that contains menthol and mint or anything with same chemical composition as them so I could avoid giving it to him. Also, other internet sources say mint that is from natural sources is okay to use. Does it mean essentail oils can be used since they are from natural plants and trees?

    It would be nice if you could make a blog or article abo essential oils and G6PD.

    Thank you.

    1. Jayme, Balm Mint Bush, Kunzea, and Lavandin all have 1,-cineole in varying amounts. I hope this helps!

    1. No, we don’t recommend using most of these essential oils with little ones (except Fragonia). Some other safe alternatives would be Rosalina, Pine, or Sniffle Stopper (my personal favorite for my little ones!).

  • My oldest called home sick from school today so I was looking for something to help him. Thanks so much for this!!

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