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.


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-convulsant: helps relieve seizures

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

Anti-emetic: alleviates nausea or vomiting

Anti-fungal: inhibits fungus

Anti-histamine: relieves hayfever

Anti-infectious: prevents spread of infection

Anti-inflammatory: alleviates and reduces inflammation

Anti-microbial: inhibits the growth of bacteria or fungi

Anti-oxidant: protective to cellular damage

Anti-parasitic: destructive to parasites

Anti-rheumatic: relieves aches and pains associated with rheumatism

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

Aphrodisiac: increases sexual desire

Astringent: shrinks tissue and reduces fluid loss

Calming: relaxing

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

Deodorant: reduces odor

Depurative: cleanses and purifies the blood and intestinal organs

Digestive stimulant: increases ability to digest food

Digestive tonic: balances the digestive system

Disinfectant: destroys micro-organisms on objects

Diuretic: assists with kidney/bladder and urine production

Emmevnagogic: regulates and promotes menstruation

Energizing: bringing forth more energy

Estrogenic: similar to acting like estrogen

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

Febrifuge: reduces fever

Hormone balancer: harmonizes the hormones 

Hypotensive: lowers blood pressure

Immune support: strengthens the body's defenses to infection

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

Mucolytic: dissolves or breaks down mucus

Nervine: strengthens the nervous system

Rubefacient: causing redness to the skin (increased circulation)

Sedative: soothing or reducing activity

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

Warming: increases sensation of heat

Wound healing: skin repair