Definitions

Anaphrodisiac: Opposite of being an aphrodisiac.  Essential oils with this quality helps to suppress or control sexual desires. This property is beneficial for those who are suffering from abnormal and extreme sexual urges.

Amenorrhea: is the absence of menstruation - one or more missed menstrual periods.

Analgesic: reduces the pain associated with colds, fevers, inflammation, overexertion of muscles, toothaches, and headaches

Anthelminthic: expels parasitic worms and other internal parasites from the body by either stunning or killing them and without causing significant damage to the host

Antiarthritic & Antirheumatic: Warming, stimulating and improves circulation, thereby giving immediate relief for rheumatism and arthritis, particularly during the winter when the symptoms are aggravated the most. It is also effective in removing toxins like uric acid from the blood, thereby benefiting people suffering from chronic rheumatism, arthritis, and gout.

Antibacterial: Protection against most bacterial diseases, such as infections in the colon and urinary tract, as well as typhoid, cholera, sores, skin infections and temporary problems like food poisoning.

Anticatrrhal: Helps dissolve and eliminate, as well prevent the formation of mucus and inflammation of the mucus membrane. It is a symptom usually associated with the common cold and chesty coughs.

Anticonvulsive: Calms down and reduces convulsions, whether they're epileptic or from some other nervous disorder or mental condition. Brings about peace of mind and acts as a sedative for tense nerves.

Antidepressant: Stimulates the release of certain hormones in the body, including serotonin, which results in the boost of energy and the uplifted mood.

Antiemetic: Effective against vomiting and nausea

Antihematic- Helps clear the accumulation of blood or blood clots which result from a hemorrhage. This can be very helpful in clearing blood clots out of the brain after a brain hemorrhage. 

Antihistamine-When your body comes into contact with whatever your allergy trigger is -- pollen, ragweed, pet dander, or dust mites, for example -- it makes chemicals called histamines. Antihistamines reduce or block histamines, so they stop allergy symptoms

Antioxidant:  Protects you from the damages done to the body by free radicals (oxidants), and it neutralizes the free radicals, while repairing the damage already done. This slows down the aging process and protects against certain cancers, macular degeneration, degeneration of muscle due to aging, wrinkles, loss of vision and hearing, nervous disorders and many such ailments related to premature aging and the effects of free radicals

Antipholgisticacting against inflammation or swelling

Antiscorbutic: Counteracting scurvy

Antiseptic: Wounds will not become septic, nor will they be infected with tetanus germs if oil with antiseptic properties is topically applied to them. Protects the body during periods of surgical recovery and in all varieties of wounds that are typically hotspots for infections.

Antispasmodic: Relaxing effect on nerves, muscles, intestines and the respiratory system and pacifies spasmodic attacks. 

Antitussive: Beneficial for those who are tired of continuously coughing. Should be used for non-productive coughs.

Antiviral: Strengthens your immunity against colds, mumps, measles, pox and other problems created by viruses.

Aperitif:  Helps to clear the bowels and cure constipation.

Astringent: Helps to cure toothaches, strengthen the grip of gums on the teeth and protect them from falling out. It also tightens loose muscles and gives a feeling of firmness, fitness and youth. This property can also be used to cure diarrhea. The final important benefit of astringents are their ability to stop hemorrhaging by contracting blood vessels. 

Balsamic: Promotes the absorption of nutrients from food and gives protection from diseases as well.

Candidiasis: A fungal infection. Most common types are yeast infections, skin and nail infections caused by the candida fungus, and the accumulation of the fungus in the mouth

Carminative: Expels gas from the intestines and stomach while also curbing additional gas formation. This also helps to relax the body and lower blood pressure. 

Cell Proliferant: Encourages only healthy cells to grow, not scar tissue

Cephalic: Good for the functioning of your brain. Protects against brain symptoms of advanced age, thereby relieving debilitating conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. This quality also relieves you of headaches.

Cicatrisant: Promotes the healing of a sore or wound. Diminishes scars, marks or spots on the body and face 

Cordial: Warms up the body and protects it from the formation and accumulation of phlegm. 

Cytophylatic: Promotes cell health, encourages the recycling of dead cells, and stimulates the production of new cells. This helps in the overall growth and repair of the body. This property can be particularly beneficial for growing children or children who have obstructed growth.

Decongestant:  Relieves congestion of the bronchi, larynx, pharynx, nasal tracts and lungs. Oils possessing this property are therefore used in many decongestant balms and cold rubs.

Depurative: Helps purify blood. Speeds up the removal of toxins like uric acid and others, including excess salt, water, fat, and bile from the body through urination and sweat.

Diaphoretic: Increases sweating. Sweating helps to increase the potassium ratio in the blood, thereby reducing blood pressure, lowering fat content, and decreasing weight. Furthermore, removing uric acid and other toxins can give relief from rheumatism and arthritis.

Diuretic: Promotes urination. It help in the removal of excess water, fats, sodium, uric acid and other toxins from the body and also reduces blood pressure to keep the heart healthy. Frequent urination also keeps the urinary tract free from infections. It cleans the kidneys of all calcareous and uric deposits and protects them against renal calculi and infections.

Dysmenorrhea: Pain during menstruation .

Emmenagogue: This property is meant to give relief to those women who suffer from irregular, obstructed, or painful menses or an untimely menopause.

Emollient: Soothes the skin, relieves it from inflammation and irritation, cures infections

Euphoric: Induces a feeling of joy, confidence, pleasure and high spirits

Expectorant: Effective in treating coughs. It also fights the viral infections which initially cause the coughing, cold, flu, mumps, or any other illness.

Febrifuge: A substance or an agent that reduces fever and lowers body temperature.

Galactagogue: Promotes lactation. 

Hemostatic: Slows down or even stops hemorrhaging due to its hemostatic properties. This property can come from an astringent property, which brings about contractions in the hemorrhaging blood vessels, thus stopping the hemorrhage.

Hypotensive: This property is very beneficial for those who are suffering from high blood pressure.

Hypertensive: This property is very beneficial for those who are suffering from low blood pressure.Those type of people run the risk of falling unconscious at any time, and feeling sluggish. This oil can normalize their blood pressure by raising it, which is just as important sometimes as lowering it.

Mucolytic: Helps expel excess phlegm and liquid from the lungs.

Nervine: Serves as a tonic for the nervous system, keeping it healthy, functioning properly and helping to avoid problems like vertigo, nervousness, and convulsions. 

Parasiticide: Kills parasites

Poultice: A mass of material applied to the body to relieve soreness and inflammation and kept in place with a cloth.

Tonic: Helps retain youth. Prevents the appearance of aging symptoms like hair loss, wrinkles, age spots, and muscle weakness.

Sedative: calming, relaxing and tranquilizing effect on both the mind and body while relieving nervous stress and anxiety. It also generates a happy feeling in cases of anger or sadness. This property can be helpful to pacify people who suffered some sort of shock, trauma, or major setback in life.

Splenic: Beneficial for people suffering from anemia. The spleen is involved in the production and recycling of red blood cells, and having a healthy spleen means that you never run short of blood. This essential oil keeps your spleen healthy and free from infections. 

Stimulant (Rubefacient): for topical application that produces redness of the skin e.g. by causing dilation of the capillaries and an increase in blood circulation

Stomachic: Helps tone and improve condition of stomach by maintaining the proper flow of digestive juices and the right balance between acid and bile in the stomach thus preventing the build-up of excess acid. 

Ophthalmic- Relieves eye-redness 

Vasolidator- For those who are at high risk for heart attacks, atherosclerosis, or brain hemorrhaging due to hypertension. This widens and relaxes the blood vessels, eases the flow of blood, and reduces blood pressure, thereby lessening the strain on the entire cardiovascular system. 

Vermifuge- Beneficial for those children (and a limited number of adults) who suffer from intestinal worms.

Vulnerary: Promotes the quick healing of wounds, both external and internal, and protecting them from infections.