Common Terms and Therapeutic Properties

Therapeutic properties

Analgesic — numbs pain.

Antibacterial — destructive to bacteria.

Antifungal — inhibits growth of fungus.

Anti-inflammatory — alleviates inflammation.

Antiseptic — assists in fighting germs/infections.

Antispasmodic — relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.

Anti-tumoral — preventing the initiation, promotion and progression of cancer cells.

Antirheumatic — prevents and/or relieves rheumatic pain and swelling.

Antiviral — inhibits growth of viruses.

Astringent — firms tissue and organs; reduces discharges and secretions.

Carminative — relieves intestinal gas pain and distention; promotes peristalsis.

Cicatrisant — cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars.

Decongestant — reduces nasal mucus production and swelling.

Diuretic — promotes activity of kidney and bladder and increases urination.

Emetic — induces vomiting.

Expectorant — promotes discharge of phlegm and mucus from the lungs and throat.

Immune stimulant — stimulates functioning of the immune system.

Mucolytic — breaks down mucus (pulmonary).

Sedative — calms and tranquilizes by lowering the functional activity of the organ or body part.

Stimulant — increases functional activity of specific organ or system.

Tonic — strengthens and restores vitality.

Vasodilator — helps to dilate blood vessels.

We make no claims that essential oils can cure or heal you of these types of conditions. This list comes from studies done on the chemical components and their therapeutic benefits of various essential oils.

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