Therapeutic Properties

Science has now confirmed what has been known for centuries, pure essential oils have therapeutic benefits or properties for both physical and emotional wellbeing.  These properties can be absorbed through the skin, and through inhalation via the olfactory brain connection.

The naturally occurring chemical constituents in essential oils play a big role in defining the therapeutic benefits of any particular oil. Familiarizing yourself with these therapeutic properties enables you to find essential oils based on the therapeutic benefits you are in need of.

Abortifacient: an agent that can induce abortions

Alterative:  gradually restore the proper function of the body and increase health and vitality

Analgesic: reduces pain

Anti-allergenic: non-irritating

Anti-anxiety: reduces anxiety or nervousness

Anti-arthritic: soothes joints

Anti-asthmatic: reduces asthma symptoms

Anti-bacterial: destroys or inhibits the growth of destructive bacteria

Anti-biotic: an agent to inhibit growth of, or destroy, bacteria

Anticarcinogen: an agent to counteract cancer

Anticatarrhal: an agent to counteract mucus formation

Antidepressant: an agent that counteracts mental depression

Anti-convulsant: helps relieve seizures

Anti-depressant: helps alleviate minor depression and apathy...lifts mood

Anti-diarrheal: an agent to relieve diarrhea

Anti-emetic: alleviates nausea or vomiting

Anti-fungal: inhibits fungus

Anti-histamine: relieves hayfever

Anti-hyperlipidemic: an agent to reduce arterial plaques.

Anti-infectious: prevents spread of infection

Anti-inflammatory: alleviates and reduces inflammation

Anti-lithic: an agent to removes stones; lithotryptic

Anti-microbial: inhibits the growth of bacteria or fungi

Anti-oxidant: protective to cellular damage

Anti-parasitic: destructive to parasites

Anti-pyretic: see febrifuge

Anti-rheumatic: relieves aches and pains associated with rheumatism

Antisecretory: an agent that dries the body tissues

Anti-septic: destroys micro-organisms on living tissue

Anti-spasmodic: relieves spasms and cramps

Anti-tussive: relieves a cough

Anti-viral: prevents or destroys the growth of viruses

Aperient: a gentle laxative

Aphrodisiac: increases sexual desire

Astringent: shrinks tissue and reduces fluid loss

Beta-Carbolines: tricyclic MAO inhibitors, hallucinogens

Calming: relaxing

Cardiotonic: has a favorable effect upon the action of the heart

Carminative: relieves intestinal gas and bloating

Cephalic: relating to the head, clearing the mind

Cicatrisant: wound healing

Circulatory stimulant: increases blood flow

CNS depressant: slows down brain activity

CNS sedative: calming

CNS tonic: balancing to the central nervous system

Cooling: reducing heat

Decongestant: reduces nasal mucous production and swelling

Demulcent: relieves irritation of the mucous membranes in the mouth by forming a protective film

Deodorant: reduces odor

Depurative: cleanses and purifies the blood and intestinal organs

Diaphoretic: a compound that increases perspiration

Digestive: increases ability to digest food and balances the digestive system

Disinfectant: destroys micro-organisms on objects

Diuretic: assists with kidney/bladder and urine production

Emetic: an agent to induce vomiting

Emmevnagogic: regulates and promotes menstruation

Energizing: bringing forth more energy

Emollient: an agent that smooths and protects the skin

Emmenagogue: a preparation that hastens the onset of menses

Estrogenic: similar to acting like estrogen

Euphoriant: an agent to stimulate mental or physical pleasure

Expectorant: helps bring up mucus from the chest and lungs and removes excess mucous

Febrifuge: reduces fever

Galactagogue: increases milk supply during lactation

Hemostatic: prevents or stops bleeding

Hepatoprotective: prevents damage to the liver

Hepatorestorativeprotect the liver and promote the regeneration of diseased liver cells

Hormone balancer: harmonizes the hormones 

Hypotensive: lowers blood pressure

Immune support: strengthens the body's defenses to infection

Immunomodulant: offers regulatory adjustment (natural immune suppressant) to the immune system

Immuno-stimulant: increases the functioning of the immune system

Insect repellent: keeps bugs away

Liver supporter: strengthens the liver

Lymph decongestant: relieves lymphatic congestion

Lymphatic support: helps the body detoxify

Parasiticide: an external or internal agent to destroy parasites

Pedicullicide: an agent to control lice

Mucolytic: dissolves or breaks down mucus

Nervine: strengthens the nervous system

Nutritive: providing nourishment

Refrigerant: an agent to cool the body down

Restorative: improves health and well-being

Rubefacient: causes a blush to the cheeks and increases circulation

Sedative: soothing or reducing activity

Sialogogue: an agent that promotes the flow of saliva

Stimulant: increasing activity

Stomachic: stimulates digestion

Strengthening: fortifying or building up

Tonic: promotes feeling of vigor or well-being

Tonifying: nourishing and replenishing

Uterine tonic: Strengthens and restores vitality to uterus

Vein tonic: enhancing blood circulation through the veins

Vermifuge: destroys parasites

Vulnerary: an agent to increase the healing of wounds

Warming: increases sensation of heat

Wound healing: skin repair