Glossary of Terms

There is a lot of terminology used on our products that you may not be familiar with; we have therefore compiled a useful list of words and phrases that are commonly used in Aromatherapy, so that you know exactly what each product does.

Therapeutic Properties

Alterative
Tending to restore normal health; cleans and purifies the blood; alters existing nutritive and excretory processes, gradually restoring normal body function.

Analgesic
Numbs pain.

Antibacterial
Destructive to bacteria.

Antifungal
Inhibits growth of fungus.

Anti-infectious
Helps the body strengthen its own resistance to infective organisms and rid the body of illness.

Anti-inflammatory
Alleviates inflammation.

Antipyretic
Dispels heat, fire and fever (from the Greek word pyre, meaning fire).

Antiseptic
Assists in fighting germs/infections.

Antispasmodic
Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.

Antirheumatic
Prevents and/or relieves rheumatic pain and swelling.

Antiviral
Inhibits growth of viruses.

Astringent
Firms tissue and organs; reduces discharges and secretions.

Carminative
Relieves intestinal gas pain and distention; promotes peristalsis.

Cephalic
Remedy for the head, generally clearing and stimulating.

Cicatrisant
Cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars.

Decongestant
Reduces nasal mucus production and swelling.

Diaphoretic
Causes perspiration and increased elimination through the skin.

Diuretic
Promotes activity of kidney and bladder and increases urination.

Emetic
Induces vomiting.

Emmenagogue
Helps promote and regulate menstruation.

Emollient
Smoothes, softens and protects the skin.

Expectorant
Promotes discharge of phlegm and mucous from the lungs and throat.

Haemostatic
Stops the flow of blood. An astringent that stops internal bleeding or hemorrhaging.

Hypotensive
Lowers high blood pressure.

Immune stimulant
Stimulates functioning of the immune system.

Laxative
Promotes bowel movements.

Mucolytic
Breaks down mucus (pulmonary).

Nervine
Strengthens the functional activity of the nervous system; may be either a stimulant or sedative.

Rubifacient
Increases local blood circulation, can cause minor skin irritation, vasodilation and local analgesic effect.

Sedative
Calms and tranquilizes by lowering the functional activity of the organ or body
part.

Stimulant
Increases functional activity of specific organ or system.

Stomachic
Increases functional activity of specific organ or system.

Tonic
Strengthens and restores vitality.

Sudorific
Increases sweating.

Vasodilator
Helps to dilate blood vessels.


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