Glossary of Therapeutic Properties

Posted: June 13, 2018 by Cristina Proano-Carrion


I’m sure any times it has been very difficult for you to understand some of the words to describe the properties of essential oils because you don’t come across them in everyday life.
With that in mind, I present you this A-Z Glossary to help you understand some of the technical terms and their corresponding essential oils.

Alterative:
cleanses the blood and corrects impure blood conditions: Carrot seed, Cypress, Grapefruit, Everlasting, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Mandarin, Rosemary.

Analgesic
: reduces pain sensation: BasilBay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Fir, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Tea Tree.

Antidepressant: lifts the mood. Alleviates depression: Basil, Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ginger, Grapefruit, Jasmine, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Ylang Ylang

Anti fungal or fungicidal: inhibits mold and fungi growth.  Basil , German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rosemary, Spearmint, Spruce, Tea Tree

Anti infectious: prevents uptake of infection: Basil, Bay LaurelBergamot, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Niaouli, Patchouli, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Spruce, Tea Tree, Thyme

Anti inflammatory: helps to reduce and prevent inflammation: BasilGerman Chamomile, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Lavender, Litsea Cubeba, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Spearmint, Spruce, Tea Tree

Antispasmodic:  prevents and eases spasms and relieves cramps: Basil, Black Pepper, German Chamomile, Cinnamon, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Geranium, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram,Orange, Peppermint, Rose, Spearmint, Spruce, Thyme

Antiseptic:  destroys microbes and prevents their development: Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cinnamon, Cypress, Helichrysum, Fir, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Rose, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Antirheumatic: can relieve rheumatic problems: Black PepperGerman Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Marjoram, Pine, Rosemary,
Thyme.

Aphrodisiac: increases sexual desire: Cinnamon, Jasmine, Patchouli, Rosemary, Rose, Ylang Ylang

Astringent: contracts blood vessels and body tissue: Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rosemary,

Calming: produces a sedative or tranquilizing effect:  Basil, Clary Sage, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Marjoram, Pine

Carminative: relieves flatulence, easing abdominal pain and blotating: Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Cinnamon, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Thyme

Cicatrizant: promotes healing of scar tissue: Bergamot, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Lemon, Niaouli, Patchouli, Rosemary, Rose, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme

Cephalic: stimulates and clears the mind: Basil, Cardamom, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint

Cholagogue: Increases the secretion and flow of bile production into the duodenum: Peppermint, Fennel, German Chamomile, Lavender.

Cytophylactic: encourages cell regeneration and growth of skin cells: German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Frankincense, Geranium, Lavender, Rose.

Decongestant: reduces or relieves congestion: German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Eucalyptus radiata, Fennel, Geranium, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Lemon, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Orange, Patchouli, Peppermint, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose

Deodorant: masks or removes unpleasant smells: Bergamot, Clary Sage, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Fir, Geranium, Lavender, Lemongrass, Patchouli, Pine

Diaphoretic: promotes perspiration and by this action restores circulation and dispels fever and chilles while eliminating toxins from the body via the skin: Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon,  Eucalyptus, Ginger, Rosemary, Thyme

Digestive: aids the digestion of food: Basil, Bay Laurel, Cardamom, German Chamomile, Helichrysum, Fennel, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Niaouli, Orange, Peppermint, Rosemary, Rose

Diuretic: promotes the removal of excess water from the water: Cardamom, Cedarwood, Cypress, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fennel, Frankincense, Geranium, Grapefruit, Mandarin, Patchouli, Pine, Rosemary, Thyme

Emmenagogue: Promotes and regulates menstruation: Basil, Clary Sage, German Chamomile, Cinnamon, Ginger, Jasmine, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Rosemary, Fennel, Marjoram.

Expectorant: expels mucus in the respiratory system: Basil, Bay Laurel, Cardamom, Cedarwood, Eucalyptus radiata, Helichrysum, Fir, Frankincense, Ginger, Marjoram, Niaouli, Peppermint, Pine, Ravensara, Tea Tree, Thyme

Febrifuge: helps reduce fever: Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Black Pepper, Eucalyptus radiata, Ginger, Lemon, Lemongrass, Niaouli, Patchouli, Peppermint, Spruce

Galactagogue: increases the secretion of milk: Fennel, Jasmine, Lemongrass

Hepatic: acts on the liver: Chamomile, Lavender, Geranium, Immortelle, Rosemary, Carrot seed, Peppermint, Cardamom, Ginger, Grapefruit

Hypotensive: reduces blood pressure: Marjoram, Lavender, Litsea Cubeba, Ylang Ylang.

Immune stimulant: stimulates the correct function of the immune system: Cypress, Frankincense, Niaouli, Patchouli, Tea Tree

Nervine: strengthens or tonifies the nerves and nervous system: Bergamot, Lavender, Clary Sage, Geranium, Ylang Ylang.

Rubefacient: a counterirritant producing redness of the skin: Black Pepper, Eucalyptus radiata, Fir, Ginger, Lemon, Niaouli, Pine, Rosemary, Vetiver

Sedative: slows down functional activity and lessens excitement, calming: Bergamot, Cedarwood, German Chamomile, Clary Sage, Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Mandarin, Marjoram, Orange, Patchouli, Rose, Vetiver, Ylang Ylang

Stimulant: increases overall function of the body: Basil, Cardamom, Cinnamon, Fir, Ginger, Grapefruit, Juniper Berry, Litsea Cubeba, Niaouli, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Tea Tree, Thyme

Tonic: strengthens and enlivens the body or parts of the body: Basil, Bay Laurel, Bergamot, Cardamom, Clary Sage, Cypress, Helichrysum, Fennel, Ginger, Juniper Berry, Lemon, Litsea Cubeba, Marjoram, Niaouli, Pine, Ravensara, Rosemary, Rose, Spearmint, Spruce, Thyme,Vetiver

Uterine: Tonic to the uterus: Clary Sage, Jasmine, Frankincense, Rose.

Vulnerary:events tissue degeneration and promotes healing of wounds: Bergamot, German Chamomile, Eucalyptus radiata, Frankincense, Geranium, Juniper Berry, Lavender, Marjoram, Niaouli


© 2018, 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.




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