Essential Oils Descriptive Terms (Cathartic – Cytotoxic)

Glossary of Descriptive Terms – Essential Oils Properties, Actions & Effects

Cathartic – a purgative

Cephalic – relating to the head

Cerebral – pertaining to the largest part of the brain

Chemotype – plants of the same genus which appear externally identical but having a variation in their chemical constituents, often due to climatic, altitude, or soil conditions

Chlorosis – rare form of anemia

Chologugue – stimulates secretion of and flow bile

Cholecystokinetic – agent that stimulates the contraction of the gall bladder

Choleretic – aids excretion of bile by the liver, so there is a greater flow of bile

Cholesterol – a naturally occurring steroid alcohol. Excess can lead to gallstones

Cicatrizant – wound healing agent, aids formation scar tissue for burns, cuts, scars

Cirrhosis – degenerative change in any organ (especially liver), resulting in fibrous tissue overgrowth

Colic – Pain due to contraction of the involuntary muscle of the abdominal organs

Colitis – inflammation of the colon

Compress – substance applied hot or cold to an area of the body, for relief of inflammation and pain

Concrete – a concentrate, waxy, solid, or semi-solid perfume material prepared from previously live

plant mattter, usually using a hydrocarbon type of solvent

Constipation – congestion of the bowels, resulting in infrequent movement

Cordial – stimulant and tonic

Counterirritant – anti-inflammatory agent

Cutaneous – pertaining to the skin

Cytotoxic – toxic to all cells

PLEASE NOTE: There are many cheap, synthetic copies of aromatic oils, but these are not recommended for therapeutic use. For best results purchase the highest quality oils you can possibly find. Use certified organic essential oils, or oils that have been tested and are pesticide free.

Holistic MindBody Therapy, including pure essential oils, are gentle, noninvasive complementary forms of health care for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind and spirit and a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being. Holistic health care may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

Essential Oils Descriptive Terms (Poultice – Sialogugue)

Glossary of Descriptive Terms – Essential Oils Properties, Actions & Effects

Poultice – the therapeutic application of a soft moist mass of herbs to the skin

Prophylactic – preventive of disease or infection

Psychosomatic – the manifestation of physical symptoms resulting from mental state

Pulmonary – pertaining to the lungs

Purgative – a substance stimulating an evacuation of the bowels

Pyelitis – inflammation of the kidney

Rubefacient – agent which reddens skin, dilates vessels increase blood flow

Refrigerant – cooling -reduces fever

Regulator – an agent that helps balance and regulate the functions of the body

Relaxant – soothing, causing relaxation, relieving strain or tension

Renal – pertaining to the kidney

Resolvent – an agent that disperses swelling, or effects absorption of a new growth

Restorative – an agent that helps to strengthen and revive the body systems

Revulsive – relieves pain by means of the diversion of blood or disease from one part of the body to another

Rhinitis – inflammation of nasal mucous membrane

Sclerosis – hardening of tissue due to inflammation

Scrofula – tuberculosis

Seborrhea – increased secretion of sebum

Sedative – agent that exerts a soothing, tranquilizing, calming effect on the body, good for nervous tension, stress, insomnia, anxiety and palpitations

Sialogugue – an agent that stimulates the secretion of saliva

Holistic MindBody Therapy, including pure essential oils, are gentle, noninvasive complementary forms of health care for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind and spirit and a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being. Holistic health care often produces satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

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.