Essential Oils Descriptive Terms (Soporific – Vulnerary)

Glossary of Descriptive Terms – Essential Oils Properties, Actions & Effects

Soporific – a substance that induces sleep

Splenic – relating to the spleen, the body’s largest endocrine gland

Splenitis – inflammation of the spleen

Stimulant – an agent that quickens the physiological functions of the body, temporarily increases body or organ function, good for convalescence, poor circulation, listlessness and physical fatigue

Stomachic – digestive aid and tonic, improves the appetite

Styptic – an astringent agent that stops or reduces external bleeding

Sudorific – agent that increases the perspiration

Synergy – agents working together harmoniously

Tannins – a substance that has an astringent action and helps to seal the tissue

Thrombosis – formation of a thrombus or a blood clot

Thrush – an infection of the mouth or vaginal region caused by a fungus (Candida)

Tincture – a herbal remedy, or perfumery material prepared in an alcohol base

Tonic – strengthens and enlivens the whole or specific parts of the body

Uterine – pertaining to the uterus

Vasoconstrictor – an agent that causes narrowing of the blood vessels

Vasodilator – an agent that dilates the blood vessels

Vermiguge – expels intestinal worms

Vesicant – causing blistering to the skin; a counter irritant

Volatile – unstable, evaporates easily, as in a “volatile oil”

Vulnerary – an agent that helps to heal wounds and sores by external application

Holistic MindBody Therapy, including pure essential oils, are gentle, noninvasive complementary forms of health care for balancing and synchronizing your body, mind and spirit and a natural, safe and effective way to enhance your health and well-being. Holistic health care may produce satisfying results where other methods have failed. Please consult with your physician regarding serious health concerns and do not attempt to self diagnose.

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