GLOSSARY OF THERAPEUTIC ACTIONS
These oils are 100% natural, therapeutic grade essential oils. This means they all have a unique natural chemical makeup that produces a particular effect and therapeutic quality. Molecules such as terpenes, esters, aldehydes, ketones, alcohols, phenols, oxides and acids are important to an Aromatherapist because of the effects and actions. Below you will find a glossary of therapeutic actions to help you when choosing your oils. These are words that are widely used when discussing the properties and effects of the essential oils.
Analgesic: a pain-reliever, for mild and sever pain.
Anti-depressant: this helps lift depression, melancholy and related symptoms.
Anti-fungal: this inhibits mould and fungi growth. An agent that resists or destroys fungi.
Anti-infectious: fights infection.
Anti-inflammatory: this helps to reduce and prevent inflammation.
Anti-spasmodic: this relieves muscle spasm in smooth muscle and relieves cramps.
Anti-septic: cleansing, prevents and removes infection.
Aphrodisiac: this hightens sexual desire.
Astringent: contracts and tightens blood vessels and body tissue, especally the skin.
Bactericidal: kills bacteria
Balancing: it creates a balance in emotions or in an activity within a part of the body
Bisabolol: anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory
Calming: this produces a sedative or tranquillising effect.
Carminative: this reduces intestinal spasm, settles the digestive system and preventing flatulence.
Cicatrisant: promotes healing of scar tissue.
Cephalic: this clears and focus the mind.
Cooling: cools and reduces the temperature where applied
Cordial: a stimulant and a tonic
Cytophylactic: a cell re-generator
Decongestant: it relieves or reduces congestion.
Deodorant: this removes or inhibits odours.
Digestive: it aids with the digestion of food.
Diuretic: this increases urine production.
Emmenagogue: provokes mensuration, contraindicated for pregnancy
Expectorant: this helps remove mucus in the respiratory system.
Febrifuge: this helps reduce fever by reducing high body temperature.
Fungicidal: destroys fungi
Galactagogue: it increases the secretion of breast milk
Hypertensive: increases blood pressure
Hypotensive: lowers blood pressure
Hormone influencer: a tonic of the hormone system. It stimulates the action of hormones.
Immuno-stimulant: it stimulates the immune system.
Laxative: it stimulates or facilitates the evacuation of the bowels
Nervine: it strengthens and tones the nervous system
Oestrogenic: it promotes the production of oestrogen
Refreshing: a refreshing effect
Relaxing: a general relaxing effect
Rubefacient: this is warming and increases blood flow by dilating the blood vessels in the area applied.
Sedative: this slows down and calms the nervous system. It lessens excitement, reducing nervousness, distress, or agitation.
Stimulant: this has an uplifting effect on the whole body or a specific system, depending on the oil.
Stomachic: aids digestion and eases indigestion
Sudorific: increases perspiration
Tonic: strengthens and enlivens the body or parts of the body, depending on the oil.
Vermifuge: expels intestinal worms
Vulnerary: this prevents tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds with external application.
Warmth: creates a feeling of warmth