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
    • Purgative: laxative
    • 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 and the increase of functional activity or efficiency of an organism or any of its parts
    • 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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Aloha! I'm Carien. I live in South Africa in an area called the Swartland (Black Land). I live on a small holding (Homestead) and I am a full time house wife with one husband (yes, only one), one son, one dog, a few sheep and plenty of chickens. Living as natural as possible is a passion of mine. Inclined to a mostly organic vegetarian diet I tend to post healthy food recipes, green tips and information on natural and organic and natural living.

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