Therapeutic Terms Glossary

As some of you may have noticed, many of the terms used to describe the wonderful properties of essential oils are somewhat unfamiliar. As a result we have decided to compile a list of terms and their relevant descriptions.

  • Abstergent: A cleansing or purifying agent
  • Alterative: Tending to cure or restore to health
  • Analeptic: Stimulating the central nervous system
  • Analgesic: Capable of relieving pain
  • Anaphrodisiac: Tending to diminish sexual desire
  • Anhidrotic: An agent which prevents excessive sweating
  • Antiarthritic: A remedy employed to subdue inflammation of the joints
  • Anthelmintic: Capable of expelling or destroying parasitic worms
  • Antibacterial: Destroying bacteria or inhibiting their growth
  • Anticoagulant: Impeding the clotting of blood
  • Antidepressant: Uplifts and counteracts depression
  • Antiemetic: A remedy that prevents vomiting
  • Antifungal: Capable of destroying fungi or inhibiting their growth
  • Anti-inflammatory: A remedy intended to reduce or suppress inflammation
  • Antipyretic: Preventing or alleviating fever
  • Antirheumatic: An agent that serves to counteract symptoms associated with rheumatic disease
  • Antiseptic: Referring to substances that prevent the growth of disease-causing microorganisms
  • Antispasmodic: Capable of preventing or relieving spasms,especially of the smooth muscles
  • Antitussive: Relieving or preventing coughing
  • Antiviral: Effective against viruses, enhancing cellular immune responses or suppressing their replication
  • Anxiolytic: Anxiety relieving
  • Aperient: Mildly laxative
  • Aperitive: Stimulating the appetite
  • Aphrodisiac: Exciting sexual desire
  • Astringent: Tending to draw together or constrict soft organic tissue
  • Bronchitis: Inflammation of the membranes lining the bronchial tubes
  • Calmative: Having a mildly sedative effect
  • Carminative: Relieving gas in the alimentary tract so as to relieve flatulence or abdominal pain
  • Catarrh: Inflammation of a mucous membrane, increasing production of mucus and affecting the nose and air passages
  • Cathartic: Accelerates defecation
  • Cicatrizant: Promotes healing through the formation of scar tissue
  • Cytophylactic: Promotes growth and development of cells
  • Decongestant: Relieving congestion;decreases pulmonary and respiratory congestion
  • Deodorant: Counteracts body odours
  • Depurative: Remove impurities; purifying or cleansing
  • Dermocaustic: Substance causing irritation to the skin
  • Detoxifying: Remove toxic substances or qualities
  • Diaphoretic: Inducing perspiration; sudorific
  • Digestive: Relating to or having the power to cause or promote digestion
  • Diuretic: Any substance that tends to increase the flow of urine, which causes the body to get rid of excess water
  • Dyspepsia: Indigestion
  • Emetic: Endusing nausea and vomiting
  • Emollient: Having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
  • Expectorant: Promoting the removal of mucus, phlegm
  • Febrifuge: Agent that lowers body temperature to prevent or alleviate fever; antipyretic
  • Fungistatic: Inhibiting fungal growth but death of the fungus does not occur
  • Hepatic: Pertaining to the liver, beneficial to the liver
  • Immunostimulant: Substances that stimulate the immune system
  • Insectifuge: Repels insects
  • Laxative: Tending to loosen the bowel contents, promoting evacuation
  • Lipolytic: Breaks down fatty substancewithin cells
  • Parasiticide: Kills parasite
  • Percutaneous: Through the unbroken skin; refers to remedies applied directly to the skin
  • Phlebotonic: Having a toning action on the veins
  • Phlegm: The thick substance secreted by the mucous membranes of the respiratory passages
  • Phototoxic: Causing skin sensitivity and discoloration by exposure to sunlight
  • Prophylactic: Preventing or contributing to the prevention of disease
  • Pruritus: An intense itching sensation that can have various causes
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  • Rosacea: A skin disease of adults (more often women) in which blood vessels of the face enlarge resulting in a flushed appearance
  • Rubefacient: Causing redness of the skin
  • Sedative: Promoting calm or inducing sleep
  • Soporific: Sleep inducing; inducing mental lethargy
  • Spasmolytic: Relieving convulsions or spasmodic pains
  • Stimulant: An agent that temporarily quickens some vital process

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  • Stomachic: Promoting the appetite or assisting digestion
  • Sudorific: Inducing perspiration
  • Taenifuge: Clearing the intestines of parasites
  • Vermifuge: Capable of causing the evacuation of parasitic intestinal worms
  • Vulnerary: Useful in healing wounds


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