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.
Reference: Battaglia Salvatore. The Complete Guide To Aromatherapy. 2nd edn, The International Centre of Holistic Aromatherapy, Australia, 2003
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