Part 5: Oxygenated Compounds—Oxides


Oxides include an oxygen atom that is part of a hydrocarbon ring structure. Oxides can be distinguished based on their proper name which generally ends with the suffix “-oxide” or “-ole.” Common oxides found in essential oils are eucalyptol (also called 1, 8-cineole), rose oxide, linalool oxide, and pinene oxide.

Main Health Effects:

  • Protects against environmental threats1
  • Promotes feelings of clear breathing2
  • Supports healthy respiratory function3*
Essential OilMain Oxide Constituent(s)Amount
Eucalyptus 1,2eucalyptolApproximately 75%
Rosemary 3*eucalyptolUp to 40%
Peppermint 3*eucalyptolUp to 10%
Thyme 1eucalyptolUp to 10%



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