Essential Oils Glossary

Essential Oils are highly concentrated liquids that come from a plant. It takes thousands of seeds, roots, or flower petals to create a single bottle of oil. All oils should be diluted before application. Although essential oils assist in promoting good health, they can be toxic and should not be used without the guidance of a professional.

Rules of thumb – DO NOT TAKE INTERNALLY IN ANY WAY; DO NOT APPLY UNDILUTED TO THE SKIN; DO NOT USE WHEN SUFFERING FROM HEART PROBLEMS, OR EPILEPSY; DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT OR NURSING; KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN AND PETS.

  • ANTI-ALLERGIC: a substance that combats an allergic reaction.
  • ANTI-BACTERIAL:  a substance that destroys certain bacterias.
  • ANTI-DEPRESSANT:  a substance that helps to alleviate depression.
  • ANTI-FUNGAL:  a substance that destroys fungi.
  • ANTI-INFLAMMATORY: a substance that alleviates inflammation.
  • ANTI-MICROBIAL: a substance that destroys harmful micro-organisms.
  • ANTI-OXIDANT: a substance that reduces the deterioration or oxidation of certain materials.
  • ANTI-PARASITIC:  a substance that destroys parasites.
  • ANTI-RHEUMATIC:  a substance that helps to alleviate rheumatism.
  • ANTI-SEBACEOUS: a substance that reduces the flow of sebum from the sebaceous gland.
  • ANTI-SPASMODIC: a substance that relieves muscle spasms.
  • ANTI-VIRAL: a substance that is effective against illness-causing viruses.
  • APHRODISIAC:  a substance that stimulates sexual arousal.
  • ASTRINGENT: a substance that contracts or shrink the tissues.
  • CARMINATIVE: a substance that relieves flatulence.
  • DECONGESTANT: a substance that reduces congestion, particularly of the mucous membranes
  • DEODORANT: a substance that eliminates and/or masks unpleasant odors.
  • DETOXIFIER: a substance that eliminates toxins.
  • DIGESTIVE: a substance that promotes the process of digestion.
  • DIURETIC: a substance that increases the elimination of urine.
  • EUPHORIC: a substance that produces elated sensations.
  • EXPECTORANT: a substance that increases the elimination of catarrh from the chest.
  • HYPNOTIC: a substance which may cause sleep and/or a trance-like state.
  • INSECTICIDE: a substance that kills insects.
  • LAXATIVE: a substance that increases the frequency of elimination from the bowels.
  • STIMULANT: a substance that increases the activity in a function or body system.
  • TONIC: a substance that promotes well-being in the whole, or in specific parts of the body.