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Aromatherapy & Medical Definitions


Aromatherapy & Medical Definitions


Analgesic ~ Provides pain relief. May stimulate secretion of some hormones which lessen sensitivity of nerves to pain.


Anti-bacterial ~ Destroying or inhibiting the growth and reproduction of bacteria. This is particularly helpful in treating infections.


Anti-biotic ~ A naturally produced substance that kills or inactivates bacteria and fights infections


Anticonvulsant ~ Controls convulsions, preventing or reducing seizures


Anti-depressant ~ Fights depression and gives relief from anxiety, sadness, negative feelings, tiredness. Supplies an uplifting, fresh, happier feeling with hope.


Anti-inflammatory ~ Preventing or reducing inflammation that causes swelling, tenderness, fever, and pain. Hundreds of herbs have natural anti-inflammatory properties. Anti- inflammatory drugs include cortisone, aspirin, or ibuprofen. In skin care, when inflammation is reduced there is less skin redness and blotching of the complexion. Your skin looks more evenly colored which benefits your appearance.


Anti-microbial ~ An agent capable of destroying or inhibiting the growth and replication of microorganisms (bacteria, fungi or protozoan) that might carry disease.


Anti-oxidant ~ Any substance that reduces oxidative damage that are caused by free radicals. Anti-oxidants are nutritional powerhouses that protect against age-accelerating free radicals.


Anti Parasitic ~ Destroys or reduces parasites.


Antiphlogistic ~ Reducing inflammation or fever.


Anti-putrescent ~ Counteracting, or preserving, antiseptic.


Anti-rheumatic ~ Alleviating or preventing rheumatism, which causes stiffness or painful conditions in muscles, tendons, joints, and bones.


Anti-spasmodic ~ Controls spasms. Relaxes nerves and muscles to give relief for cramps, convulsions, painful muscle contractions


Anti-seborrheic ~ Pertaining to a drug or agent applied to the skin to control seborrhea or seborrheic dermatitis. Seborrheic dermatitis is an inflammatory skin disorder affecting the scalp, face, and torso. Usually marked by scaly, flaky, itchy, and red skin.


Antiseptic ~ Inhibits the growth of microorganisms on surfaces of the body. Helps to control infection.


Anti-toxic ~ Counteracting toxic influences. Antidote or treatment to counteract the effects of poison


Antiviral ~ An agent that kills a virus or that suppresses its ability to replicate so inhibits its capability to multiply and reproduce.


Astringent ~ Cosmetic astringents close the pores of your skin. Astringents are also effective in toning and firming muscles and skin. Helpful for face lifting and reduction of wrinkles. Daily usage causes younger and healthier looking skin. Often referred to as toners these beauty products also possesses medicinal properties. Fungal infections are treated by lotions with medicinal astringent properties. It tightens the gums when mixed with water and used as a mouthwash.


Carminative ~ Induces the expulsion of gas from the stomach and intestines.


Cephalic ~ In aromatherapy, the oil is used to stimulate the mind.


Cholagogue ~ Promoting the discharge of bile from the system.


Choleretic ~ Stimulating bile production by the liver


Cicatrizant ~ Helps scars and other spots and marks on the skin to fade and vanish. It also makes the distribution of pigments and melanin even and uniform, resulting in the fading away of marks. It stimulates blood circulation just below the surface of skin.


Cordial ~ Refreshing, stimulating or invigorating to the heart


Cytophylactic ~ Promotes cell health and also encourages recycling of dead cell and regeneration of new cells. This helps in the growth of the body cells to defend the body against infection.


Demulcent: Soothes, softens and allays irritation of mucus


Deodorant ~ In room sprays, incense and candles the nice aroma drives away odor. Added to bathwater, creams, butters, massage oils to apply on body, it kills body odor as well as the germs causing the odor.


Demulcent ~ Soothes, softens and allays irritation of mucus membranes.


Depurative ~ Helps to detoxify and to combat impurities in the blood and body.


Diaphoretic ~ Increases sweating and promotes removal of toxins and other unwanted stuff like excess water, fat and salts from the body. This makes the body feel lighter, keeps the skin healthy and also reduces fever. This also protects you from certain infections.


Digestive ~ Activates and increases secretions of the digestive acids, enzymes and bile and facilitates digestion. It also synchronizes the peristaltic motion of the intestines which also helps digestion.


Diuretic ~ Promotes and facilitates urination, in frequency and in quantity, helping removal of toxic substances from the blood through urine like uric acid, excess bile and acids, salts, water and fats. This helps reduce weight, drain out infections in the urinary system, frees the body from toxins, synthetic or chemical substances, heavy metals, pollutants and even sugar. Urination also helps in lowering blood pressure, losing weight and improving digestion.


Emmenagogue ~ Stimulates and bring about regular menstruation for those with obstructed and irregular menstruation.


Euphoric ~ Induces a feeling of immense joy, confidence, pleasure and high spirits and fill you with the desire to live your life to the maximum.


Febrifuge ~ Reduces fever, lowers body temperature


Galactogogue ~ Increasing secretion of milk.


Haemostatic ~ An agent that can stop flow of blood or promotes clotting of blood.


Hypoallergenic ~ Having a decreased tendency to provoke an allergic reaction.


Hypotensive ~ Lowers blood pressure.


Insecticide ~ Kills insects.


Laxative ~ Aids bowl evacuation.


Mucolytic ~ Dissolves or breaks down mucus.


Nervine ~ It is good on nerves. It sedates nervous convulsions and other disorders such as nervousness, vertigo, dingy feeling. Helps people with nervous disorders such as shaking hands or limbs, nervousness, vertigo, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and convulsions, sluggishness, lack of reflexes. It strengthens nerves and activates them.


Rubefacient ~ Warming and increasing blood flow.


Sudorific ~ Increases perspiration.


Stomachic ~ Digestive aid and tonic, improving appetite, increasing disgestion.


Tonic ~ Tones up respiratory, circulatory, digestive, excretory, nervous system as well as skin and muscles. Strengthens and improves bodily performance.


Vermifuge ~ Kills worms.


Vulnerary ~ Protects open wounds from infections. Prevents tissue degeneration and arrests bleeding in wounds


The information provided on this site is for educational purposes only and is by no means complete, it only scratches the surface. There is much more information out there and I am always learning more through my own and other peoples experiences. I encourage everyone interested in essential oils and natural healing to do your own research. This information is not intended to assess, diagnose, or prescribe for any medical condition. Always seek the counsel of a qualified holistic health care practitioner or a conventional medical doctor for health concerns.


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