This is a family of chemicals within the oils that can do great things for ones respiratory system- however they also can do some real damage, please see the safety notes below. A quick note- avoid use in children under 5 and with care in asthmatics. The shelf life of oils high in oxides is two to three years.


Chemical constituents of Oxides and their known therapeutic benefits:

1, 8 cineole-expectorant, anti-inflammatory, increases blood flow to the brain

Bisabolol oxide- anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic

Essential oils high in Oxides and their known therapeutic benefits:

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) – analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antiemetic, antispasmodic, carminative, cephalic, decongestant, digestive aid, rubifacient, tonic, warming

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) – airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, antiviral, cephalic, decongestant, expectorant, increases cerebral blood flow, mucolytic

Laurel Leaf (Laurus nobilis) – airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, antispasmodic, carminative, decongestant, diuretic, emmenagogue, febrifuge

Ravintsara (Cinnamomum camphora ct. 1, 8 cineole) – airborne antimicrobial, analgesic, antibacterial, antispasmodic, antiviral, decongestant, expectorant, increases cerebral blood flow

Spike Lavender (Lavandula latifolia) – analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antidepressant, antirheumatic, antispasmodic, decongestant, expectorant, mucolytic

Safety information related to the Oxide family:

These oils are best avoided for use on children under the age of five due to the high cineole content that could cause CNS issues along with respiratory depression issues.

Spike lavender (Lavandula latifolia) is best used during the day time as it can be stimulating, and should be avoided in pregnancy as an extra safe precaution.

Eucalyptus (Eucalyptus globulus) may act as an antidote to other homeopathic remedies and should not be used on children under the age of 10. Take care when using this oil with asthmatics as it could set off an asthma attack. This oil is also to be avoided for internal use when the person has severe liver disease and/or inflammatory diseases of the gut.

Cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) is a hot/spicy oil in nature, due to this it can cause skin irritation issues and needs to be diluted and used with skin nourishing oils.

Disclaimer: None of the above information has been evaluated by the FDA. I am not a medical professional as such none of the information provided is intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any injury, illness or disease. Always seek the opinion of your medical provider before beginning any alternative therapies, and/or altering your current medical plan.

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