I recently received a message from one of my readers saying the following:
“Thank you for the essential oils chart, but I have to look up online or in a dictionary what the meaning of the headings are unless you have a sheet of that as well. A few of the titles I know, but a lot of them I don’t’ know what they mean.”
First off, I am glad I received this feedback. Without it, I would not know if my readers and clients were having difficulties understanding what all the terminology means! And in the technical world of Aromatherapy, these terms can get tricky.
My reader was right, most everyone does not know what febrifuge means or what the process of cicatrizing is, and I want my Chart of Benefits of Essential Oils to be something that anyone who is interested in Aromatherapy can pick up and learn without barriers. SaveSave
I created a Glossary of Therapeutic Properties. This glossary not only comes in handy when viewing the chart, but it also helps with getting more familiar with aromatherapy in general:
TERMINOLOGY – GLOSSARY OF THERAPEUTIC PROPERTIES
The following words are widely used when discussing essential oils.Analgesic: this is pain-relieving, for mild and sever pain, for shoulder pain, knee pain,back problems, muscle pain. An agent that relieves or diminishes pain.
Antidepressant: this lifts the mood, for depressed people. An agent that is uplifting and counteracts melancholy.
Anti fungal or fungicidal: this inhibits mold and fungi growth. An agent that resists or destroys fungi.
Anti infectious: this prevents uptake of infection.
Anti inflammatory: this helps to reduce and prevent inflammation.
Antispasmodic: this relieves muscle spasm in smooth muscle. An agent that prevents and eases spasms and relieves cramps.
Antiseptic: this is cleansing and prevents the development of microbes.
Aphrodisiac: this increases sexual desire. An agent that provokes sexual interest and excitement.
Astringent: this contracts blood vessels and body tissue. An agent that contracts, tightens and binds tissues.
Calming: this produces a sedative or tranquilizing effect.
Carminative: this reduces intestinal spasm, settles the digestive system. An agent that settles the digestive system and the expulsion of gas from the intestines.
Cicatrizant: promotes healing of scar tissue.
Cephalic: this is stimulating and clears the mind.
Decongestant: this reduces or relieves congestion.
Deodorant: this destroys or inhibits odors.
Digestive: this aids the digestion of food.
Diuretic: this aids urine production.
Expectorant: this expels mucus in the respiratory system.
Febrifuge: this helps reduce fever. An agent that cools and reduces high body temperature.
Immune stimulant: this stimulates the correct function of the immune system.
Hormone influencer: this is a tonic of the hormone system. An aent that stimulates the action of hormones.
Rubefacient: this is warming and increases blood flow.
Sedative: this slows down functional activity and lessens excitement, calming. An agent that reduces nervousness, distress, or agitation.
Stimulant: this has an uplifting effect on the body. An agent that stimulates the physiological functions of the body.
Tonic: strengthens and enlivens the body or parts of the body.
Vulnerary: this prevents tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds.
Reference: Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. 2nd edn, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
© 2017, Cristina Proano-Carrion, Aromandina LLC
This information is based on traditional use of aromatherapy and it does not intend to diagnose or treat any condition. This information should not be used as a substitute for medical counseling with a health care professional. No part of this article may be reproduced in whole or in part without the explicit written permission of Aromandina.