Therapeutic Properties

For quick, easy reference, we have included a list of terms that may be helpful for understanding some of the terminology used in our descriptions regarding therapeutic properties. The items listed below are standard terms in the healthcare industry. A thoughtful practice of aromatherapy does not seek to treat or heal complicated or more serious health concerns. Please talk with your doctor, naturopath, acupuncturist, nurse practitioner, or other qualified practitioners as needed, and as soon as possible, if experiencing serious issues or abnormal symptoms. Essential oils are incredibly supportive when someone is struggling with a health challenge that requires the care and supervision of a qualified healthcare provider.

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.