[The treatment of respiratory ailments with essential oils of some aromatic medicinal plants]

Harefuah. 2008 Oct;147(10):783-8, 838.
[Article in Hebrew]


In-vitro and clinical studies suggest the therapeutic potential of aromatic herbs in the treatment of respiratory ailments. The pharmacological and clinical activity of Eucalyptus citriodora, Eucalyptus globulus, Mentha piperita, Origanum syriacum, Salvia fruticosa and Rosmarinus officinalis, include anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-viral activities. Some of these herbs have direct activity on the respiratory tract, the coughing reflex and the airflow in the nasal tract. This article reviews the evidence on the efficacy and safety of aromatic trees and herbs which grow in Israel, in the scope of the field of otorhinolaryngology.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anti-Bacterial Agents / therapeutic use
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents / therapeutic use
  • Antiviral Agents / therapeutic use
  • Eucalyptus
  • Mentha piperita
  • Oils, Volatile / therapeutic use*
  • Origanum
  • Plants, Medicinal*
  • Respiratory Tract Diseases / drug therapy*
  • Rosmarinus
  • Salvia


  • Anti-Bacterial Agents
  • Anti-Inflammatory Agents
  • Antiviral Agents
  • Oils, Volatile