The Essential Oil Glossary: Common Aromatherapy Terms & Their Meanings (A-D)

One of the first things I noticed when I started getting hot and heavy with my research on aromatherapy and essential oils is that there is an entire jargon that surrounds the industry and can get pretty confusing to the average reader. If you’ve ever done any research on the benefits or history of essential terms, you’ve probably seen these terms and asked yourself, “What in the world does that mean?”

Now you can know!

If you’re thinking about investing in your own kit of aromatherapy inhalers and have started looking into all of the benefits, here’s some of the lingo you’re likely to encounter.

Anti-Fungal

This just means that the essential oil in question has been heralded for an ability to treat or prevent fungal growth or infections. Be sure to check these facts against credible studies before buying what you read hook, like and sinker.

Anti-Inflammatory

Reducing inflammation.

Antineuralagic

Inhibiting or preventing the occurrence of sharp pains along the course of a nerve or nerves.

Antiplogistic

Another word for anti-inflammatory, but can also include fever relieving properties.

Antiseptic

Indicates that an ingredient is clean and pure and that it prevents growth of disease-inducing agents or other microbials.

Antispasmodic

Something that works to relieve spasms that occur in involuntary muscles (like the intestines or the heart, that you can’t start or stop at will).

Apertif

An essential oil that works to stimulate your appetite.

Aphrodisiac

Something that stimulates or titillates sexual desire, attraction or excitement.

Aromatherapy

A branch of holistic medicines that utilizes plant materials and oils (including essential oils and compounds) in an endeavor to alter mood, mental prowess, psychological and/or physical well being of enthusiasts. For centuries, aromatherapy was the cutting edge of chemistry. Today, it is viewed as an alternative medicine, though new scientific studies emerge on a consistent basis showing that aromatherapy can have powerful applications.

Astringent

A solution that causes contractions in the tissues of the body in general, but is almost universally used in conjunction with the skin in health and wellness applications.

Bactericidal

This is a rather broad term that indicates a myriad of agents that kill bacteria, including disinfectants, antiseptics and antibiotics.

Carminative

A rather polite term for something that helps to relieve gas, specifically flatulence. Think Bean-o.

Cholagogue

Bile is a digestive fluid that is produced by the liver and measured out by the gall bladder. Cholagogues are items that promote the discharge of bile through and out of the system.

Cicatrisant

A pretty archaic term that basically translates into the process of being healed through the formation of scar tissue.

Cordial

Since this is also a pretty popular foodie term, ferreting out details on this one was pretty tough. As far as I could gather, it’s something that is reviving and invigorating. It’s also synonymous with medicine, specifically a stimulant or a tonic. The good news is that cordials, as the earlier association implies, are said to have a comforting or pleasant taste.

Cytophylactic

Certainly not a term that pops up over the typical dinner conversation, a cytophylactic is believed to protect cells and fight infections. They are thought to increase something known as leucocytes, which are responsible for stimulating cellular regeneration and repair.

Depurative

Those who are into detoxing and cleansing are all about the depurative, a term that means something has purifying and detoxifying properties, cleansing away wastes and toxins from the system.

Digestive

Something that aids in digestion.

Disinfectant

This means that the solution has anti-microbial properties or agents.

Diuretic

If you look to the very center of the word, “ure”, you’ll get a hint. Diuretics cause your body to increase the production and passage of urine.

That’s all for the A-D aromatherapy glossary.

Herbal Incense – An Essential Part of Aromatherapy

Incense is Essential to Aromatherapy

For those that believe in the relaxing and therapeutic abilities of aromatherapy, herbal incenses are an essential part. Aromatherapy involves all kinds of methods that infuse perfumed herbal fragrances into a room or your personal space to stimulate your mental state of mind and offers relaxation when you are stressed or need peace of mind. It is believed to improve the quality of your life and health because the perfumed smoke is believed to have magical abilities, when it comes to increased imagination and creativity, relieving stress and anxiety or depression and increasing sexual and erotic notions.

Aromatherapy is considered an alternative medicine practice that uses the therapeutic abilities of a variety of essential oils, whether they come from flowers, plant resins or tree leaves.

Because these essential oils are what give the plants fragrance, it is believed that they also have magical or medicinal powers when use in herbal incense and it is also believed that they have a wide range of healing effects. Essential oils have been used in a wide range of pharmaceuticals and they are capable of a variety of remedial effects, whether used in incenses, bath oils, candles or skin care treatment products for topical applications.

  • When it comes to examples of where it can be helpful, you just have to consider that these essential oils that are used in the manufacture of herbal incense products, which are commonly used in a variety of aromatherapy products for a variety of remedies. They have been known over the centuries to have the ability to fight bacteria and viruses, affect digestion and induce sleepiness, in addition to inducing heightened creativity, imagination and sexual awareness and desire.

Incenses can be used as part of an aromatherapy treatment that can affect arthritis, headaches, stress-related insomnia and anxiety.

There are a variety of things that essential oils are used for and herbal incense contains sufficient amounts, which indicates that it can be used for the same things that the essential oil is reputed for, in alternative medicine practices that involve aromatherapy.

  • For example, peppermint oil is good for a stimulant, nausea and travel sickness while lavender is for headaches, stress, insomnia and it has also been proven effective as a topical treatment for cuts, burns and insect bites. Those that have coughs or colds could benefit from the therapeutic properties of Eucalyptus, while Sandalwood and Rose essential oils are known as aphrodisiacs that promote the sexual and romantic imagination. No matter what herbal incense you choose, the importance of the essential oils contained in herbal incense offer a variety of cures for a variety of ailments.

The mental benefits of aromatherapy and incense come for the perfumed smoke or smells and feelings of the essential oils that are present when burned in the incense, soaked in as bath oils or applied as skin care treatments. The balanced mental states that herbal incenses can invoke are well accepted throughout many civilizations and have been for a number of centuries. Today, incenses are an essential part of aromatherapy treatments.

Essential Oils and War Veterans – The Psychological and Emotional Benefits of Using Essential Oils

Most of our soldiers have experienced physical or emotional traumas. Some have returned to a seemingly normal civilian life and others remain in special veterans hospitals with an uncertain future.

Even if they appear to be okay, the war has scarred them and made them into a different person than they were before they left. What I would like to share with you is how therapeutic grade essential oils can assist our veterans in overcoming these psychological and emotional traumas. This is a three-step process.

1. Deal with past traumas.

2. Create a more positive present.

3. Help create a more hopeful future.

Past Traumas and Memories

How can aromatherapy possibly help deal with memories or traumas from the past? Because certain essential oils contain compounds that help release them. When some of these negative memories are released, it is possible to find forgiveness and even some gratitude.

All of this is possible without essential oils, but with them, the process is so much faster and easier. Examples of oils that are used in releasing negative memories and letting go of the past include geranium, jasmine, valerian, and more.

The Present

When the past has been dealt with in an attitude of gratitude, one can have more grounding in the present time. After one has acceptance of what is, one can begin to believe in oneself again. When this happens, clarity increases, and one can begin gathering inspiration about the future.

Essential oils that are often used for this purpose include balsam, pine, spruce, white fir, and more.

The Future

Therapeutic grade essential oils can sometimes act as a sort of dream catcher by taking one into the future. They can make it easier to have hope. They can make it easier for the veterans to envision the future they want. Essential oils that can be helpful here include balsam fir, cedarwood, white fir, and more.

Before beginning service to our country, most vets had dreams about how they were going to achieve their highest potential in life. Sometimes, their service interrupted these dreams in a major way. Aromatherapy can help our veterans reclaim and magnify their purpose in life.

As they use these essential oils to help them reach their highest potential, they can look into the future, where they can be proud of the legacy they will have left behind.

The Power of Natural Lemon and Aromatherapy Lemon Essential Oil

The Power of Lemon!

“When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade.” Dale Carnegie

The lemon is one of my top fruits. It’s full potential is often overlooked. It helps cleanse the body, provides us with a wealth of vitamins and minerals, helps balance acidity in the body so that your immune system and your healthy inner flora can survive!

Lemon Facts

Did you know that the lemon originated from China? That lemonade was a favorite of the Chinese Emperors? That lemon was used for bleaching and as an internal and external astringent way back then?

The lemon tree is a small evergreen that grows up to six meters tall and is now widely cultivated throughout the World.

For you folks in the United States, lemons made their way to you through the Catholic Missionaries and were first of all planted in Arizona and California!

Lemon’s Vitamins & Minerals:

Vitamin C, B5 & B6, Calcium, Potassium, Copper, Thiamine, Riboflavin, Iron and Magnesium

The lemon make’s up for one of nature’s top sources of potassium. Potassium helps with brain and nerve function, helps regulate blood pressure and works with sodium to regulate the body’s water balance.

Acid-Alkali pH Balance – Your body thrives on a delicate balance of acid and alkali. Lemons help this delicate balance. Despite its acidic nature, the impact it has on the body once ingested is to increase the alkali balance so in turn becomes Alkaline and restoring your immune system.

And talking about the immune system, the lemon also aids this system with its bioflavonoid, antioxidants and vitamin C content, which in turn helps with inflammation too.

Yeap, all of this goodness is one little yellow fruit!

Fresh Lemon Tips:

First things first, always rinse thoroughly the lemon skin. For the tips below, only the inside of the lemon is used for its juice.

To reduce fever & for detox:

Fresh lemon juice promotes perspiration & helps block pain. When lemon juice is heated, salicylic acid (probably best known as a compound that is chemically similar to the active component of aspirin) is produced. The juice of half a lemon in warm water morning, noon, and night helps eliminate toxins and ease aches & pains.

Sore throat quick fix: Squeeze from a fresh lemon or lemon slice 5-10 drops of juice onto your tongue & swallow these drops. Let the drops linger at the back of your throat. Do this 20 mins before & after eating, drinking. Do this twice a day for a week to help with throat infections & boosting the immune system for colds & flu.

Coughs: Drink lemon juice straight up or mixed with a fruit juice. Also as a hot night cap drink, lemon is great in a hot toddy or grog: Add warm boiled water to half a squeezed lemon juice, add an amount of quality honey to taste.

Weight loss & detox: Lemons are great to help loose weight and detox. Do half a freshly squeezed lemon juice with a small glass of fresh carrot juice or warm water first thing in the morning before breakfast and late afternoon, for a couple of weeks.

Lemon Essential oil

In Aromatherapy, lemon essential oil has many therapeutic uses. If you don’t like eating lemons, this could be an alternative for you in order to get the benefits of the lemon’s good stuff another way.

Lemon essential oil has long been used as a remedy for fevers, infectious diseases, particularly the common cold. It strengthens the immune system, stimulates the kidney and liver functions.

Main therapeutic uses for:

Acne, greasy skin, warts, corns, cellulite, arthritis, brittle nails, colds, throat infections, herpes, high blood pressure, kidney stones and varicose veins.

Mixes well with other essential oils:

Chamomile, ginger, lavender, juniper, frankincense, fennel & other citrus oils.

Safety data:

Non-toxic. Possible irritant in high concentrations on the skin. Increases photosensitivity – avoid direct sunlight after use.

Lemon Essential Oil Tips:

Throat/Cold & Flu / Immune booster:

Use 4 to 5 drops of the oil into your aromatherapy oil burner with some water. Place the burner for 20 minutes in your bedroom before going to bed.

Flick some drops of the oil on your shower unit walls (only on tiles or plastic) before getting in the shower. The steam of the hot water from your shower drives the essential oil molecules into the air giving you a lemon steam inhalation.

Before getting in the shower drop a couple of drops of oil on to your face towel. Use the face towel in the shower and rub the towel on your chest and around your neck.

Cellulite mix: (following amounts are only a guideline) For 10ml of carrier oil (almond & wheat germ preferable) add to 2 drops of lemon oil, 1 drop of grapefruit oil & 2 drop of lavender oil, or 3 drops of lemon oil & 2 drops of lavender oil.

Warts: Add a few drops of lemon oil onto a Q-tip bud and apply directly to the wart. You can also directly use lemon juice instead. The lemon oil is more concentrated and is more effective but both are good.

Recipes:

One tip which lemon is great for food is to help preserve it and stop it going brown with the help of the lemon’s antioxidants. For example, squeeze some lemon juice over your avocado guacamole and this will help keep it preserved and stop it going yucky brown!

Lemon mustard sauce for meat dishes

6 T unsalted butter or alternative cooking oil

2 large cloves garlic, crushed

3 T coarsely ground French mustard

juice of 2 lemons

salt and pepper

Put butter (or cooking oil) & garlic in small saucepan. Cook over low heat 3 to 5 minutes. Just before serving, whisk remaining ingredients; heat mixture briefly. Do not leave on heat because sauce will curdle.

Healthy Lemon Ginger Yogurt Crumble Dessert

Easy, peasy, lemon squeezy!

CRUMBLE: Mix together crushed up rolled oats, crushed walnuts, add small raisins or sliced & diced raisins and a sprinkle of cinnamon powder. This mix can be to your taste so have fun making your own healthy mix! The crumble makes up the base and 1/3 of the dessert. Put this crumble directly into your dessert bowls / cups. I usually serve this dessert in glass cups.

LEMON/GINGER YOGURT: Use a low fat healthy plan yogurt. Greek style yogurt is good. Add freshly squeezed lemon juice, a small amount of freshly squeezed ginger juice and mix well but gently into the yogurt. This yogurt mix should make up about 2/3 of the dessert. Add this now on top of the crumble base mix.

TOPPING: Fresh strawberries hulled & sliced (or other fruit). Now drizzle quality honey over the top of the strawberries and yogurt.

Put in the fridge for 15-20 minutes to cool and there you have it!

I hope you have found this information interesting and helpful.

NB: The contents of this article is for information purposes only. The reader is recommended to think carefully about any difficulties he or she is having with their own health and to consult their doctor if uncertain as to its cause or nature.