The Language of Aromatherapy


When learning Aromatherapy it is super important to have a grasp of the common vernacular - below is a list of common therapeutic terminology. Analgesic: Relieves pain Anaphrodisiac: Reduces sexual desire Anti-emetic: Helps to reduce or alleviate vomiting Antimicrobial: Kills pathogens - similar to antiseptic, however, antimicrobial kills pathogens whereas antiseptic inhibits growth. Antipruritic: Relives itching Anti-sudorific: Reduces excessive sweating Antiviral: Inhibits the growth of viruses Calmative: Produces sedative effect Cephalic: Relates to disorders of the head, especially stimulants of the mind Cicatrisant: Promotes the formation of scar tissue Demuculent: Soothes, softens and prevents irritation of mucous membranes Emmenagogue: Induces menstration Expectorant: Promotes the removal of mucous from the respiratory system Febrifuge: Reduces fever Hypotensor/Hypotensive: Lowers blood pressure Hypertensor/Hypertensive: Raises blood pressure Nervine: A nerve tonic Rubefacient: Local circulatory stimulant - may cause reddening of skin Styptic: Stops external bleeding Vulnerary: An agent that is applied externally to help heal cuts, sores and other open wounds. There are plenty of other terms but they are much more obvious - having a good understanding of the above allows for a better understanding of all the incredible uses of essential oils.

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