Expectorant and Mucolytic Essential Oils, some Chemistry

Winter is almost there, and the first cold are (usually) following.

In a former post, I shared how I use Origano essential oil as an antibiotic (look at this scientific publication: origano essential oil is a more effective antibiotic against escherichia coli than usual antibiotic drugs used), as soon as I feel my nose tingling or my throat aching. But for these who missed the first step


Category of expectorants

The molecule group presenting expectorant properties are the oxides.

Monoxides and dioxides

Oxides are exocrines glands stimulators. The main example being the eucalyptole action from eucalyptus globulus essential oil. Indeed eucalyptol has an action on mucin glands.

Exocrine-stimulating properties

Some oxides have the property to stimulate exocrine glands, and especially the respiratory and digestive mucus cells.

Expectorating properties

Monoxides are stimulating mucin glands as well as the cilio motricity of mucus cells in the respiratory system.

It is extremely important to underline the importance of using natural complete essential oils (fractioned essential oil will mainly be composed of eucalyptol, but won’t present the balancing effect of the natural composition of essential oil) in this case, eucalyptol can have a powerful dessicating effect on mucus cells. Indeed the natural and pure eucalyptus globulus is composed of molecules acting in synergy with eucalyptol. By using this pure essential oil, we will end up having the expectorant effect coupled with the immuno balancing benefit of the entire oil molecules.

It is important to note that essential oils rich in eucalyptol shouldn’t be used on asthmatic patients under any form: nor massage nor inhalation. In case of asthma, essential oils containing mainly linaloloxyde (other oxide) are free of any aggressively for asthmatic patients. Therefore, essential oils such as Hyssopus officinalis var. Decumbens can be used on asthmatic patients.


Category of mucolytics

In case of treatment of infection diseases, it is important to approach the aspect of secretions’ eliminations. Indeed, it is very common to have accumulation of colloido-lipidic (mucus secretions), and it is a necessity to flush out these secretions, allowing pathogen agents to be reachable and destructed.

It is to be noted that in respiratory infections ( as shown by Jean Riou), lungs’ mucus is mainly formed from food lipids which have been absorbed in small intestine.

Therefore, it is extremely interesting to use ketones molecules present in certain essential oils. Ketones and lactones they present strong lytic properties.

Essential oils rich in ketone and lactone ( but also verbenone, thujone, carvone, cryptone, pulegone, menthone, pinocamphone) are important molecules to be used to treat respiratory secretion issues.

Example of mucolytics essential oils:

Agathosma betulina (Buchu leaf essential oil)

This essential oil is classified one of the less toxic in the Ketone family, and still, has powerful mucolytic properties.

Cedar wood essential oil, mentha (piperita, arvensis, spicata…) are located in the middle of the classification of toxicity. ( it means that it shouldn’t be used full time, though it is OK to use it for a couple of days to help you with your coughing.

Abies Alba ( silver pine) is in the higher risk of neurotoxicity.

It is to be noted ketones are lytic substances (they dissolve fat), the myelin coating the neurons are mainly lipid. The neuro toxic risk is understandable. Some patients will tolerate very well ketones, other will have very strong reactions only by inhalation. It is therefore important to always offer an individual treatment.

Essential oils are powerful plants concentrated “nectars”…always use under an expert advise for healing maters….you will, that way, receive the best of nature…and only the best.

Be a healthy beauty….with nature