Respiratory System

Respiration is the process of inhaling, warming, filtering, controlling the humidity of, ad exhaling air. Lungs exchange oxygen for carbon dioxide, and the heart pumps oxygenated blood to the rest of the body. Additionally, the cilia in the lungs secrete mucus as they move back ad forth, carrying out of the lungs; dust, germs, and other matter, where it is expelled by sneezing, coughing, spitting, and swallowing.

Breathing is controlled by the diaphragm, located at the base of the rib cage. When the diaphragm contracts, it pulls down on the thoracic cavity, causing the lungs to expand and air to be inhaled. When the diaphragm relaxes, the lungs retract ad air is exhaled. The breathing process, one of the most basic and important functions performed by the body, often is taken for granted.

How Essential Oils Work with the Respiratory System

Essential oils and other natural solutions can be helpful to maintain clear airways and breathing, as well as promoting overall respiratory health, by supporting the health of the lungs and respiratory tract. Essential oils can also assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.

Essential Oils for Respiratory System Support

Single Oils

Black Pepper — Provides antioxidant support*; Supports healthy circulation*

Cardamom — Promotes clear breathing and maintains respiratory health.*

Douglas Fir — Promotes feelings of clear airways and easy breathing.

Eucalyptus — Promotes feelings of clear breathing and open airways.

Fennel — May help to support the health of the lungs and respiratory tract.*

Lemon — Supports healthy respiratory function*; Take internally to assist with seasonal respiratory discomfort.*

Oregano — Supports healthy respiratory function.*

Peppermint — Promotes healthy respiratory function and clear breathing.*

Rosemary — Supports healthy respiratory function.*



OnGuard Protective blend — Promotes healthy immune and respiratory function.*

TriEase season blend softgels — Promotes clear breathing and healthy respiratory functions.*

Breathe respiratory blend — Maintains feelings of clear airways and easy breathing; Helps minimize the effects of seasonal threats; diffuse at bedtime for a restful night’s sleep.

Zendocrine Detoxification blend — Supports healthy cleansing and filtering functions of the liver, kidneys, colon, lungs, and skin.*

Purify Cleansing blend — Protects against environmental threats.


doTERRA A2Z Chewables™ — Contains a superfood blend that helps support overall health and wellness.*

PB Assist® + Probiotic Defense Formula — Support healthy functioning of the digestive and immune systems.*

Zendocrine Detoxification Complex — Helps cleanse the body of toxins and free radicals that can slow the body’s systems down.*

xEO Mega® Essential Oil Omega Complex — Promotes healthy cardiovascular, nervous, and immune system function.*

TerraZyme® Digestive Enzymes — Supports healthy production of metabolic enzymes.*

GX Assist® GI Cleansing Softgels — Making a healthy lifestyle change, GX Assist can be your first step in an essential oil digestive maintenance program.*

On Guard® + Softgels — Supports and maintains a healthy immune system.*

TriEase® Softgels — Protects against seasonal and environmental elements.*

Microplex MVp™ Whole Food Nutrient — Supports healthy immune function.*

 Usage Tips

For best supporting the respiratory system, consider:

Aromatic — Diffuse or inhale selected oil(s). For a quick benefit, drop oil(s) in hands, rub together, cup around nose and mouth area (can avoid touching face), and repeatedly, deeply inhale through mouth and nose. Additionally, oils can be applied under the nose, on clothing or bedding, or on jewelry made for diffusing purposes or such to create long-lasting inhalation exposure.

Topical — Apply oils topically on chest (for aromatic benefit), back forehead (sinuses), and on back side of toes and ball of foot (reflex points for head and chest).

Internal — Place drops of oils in a capsule or in water for system or ongoing benefit.

Surfaces — Make a spray mixing essential oils in water with witch hazel for surfaces such as countertops and door knobs for cleaning purposes.



Do no use essential oils internally unless they are labeled for dietary use. Look for the Supplement Facts box on the label. Avoid oils labeled “for external use only”, “for aromatic use only”, “not for internal use,” or “do not ingest.”