Essential oils are made up of anywhere from about 10 components to over 500. The therapeutic (having a beneficial effect on one's health) properties of an essential oil are based in large part on the oil's chemistry. The list below might be helpful to you when we are looking at your wellness needs in the Virtual Aromatherapy Custom Blend Bar.
Alterative - tending to restore normal health; cleans and purifies the blood; alters existing nutritive and excretory processes, gradually restoring noram body function.
Analgesic - numbs pain.
Antibacterial - destructive to bacteria.
Antifungal - inhibits growth of fungus.
Anti-infectious - helps the body strengthen its own resistance to infective organisms and rid the body of illnesses.
Anti-inflammatory - alleviates inflammation.
Antinocieptive - provides pain relief in a very specific manner - blocks the sensation of pain by acting directly on sensory nuerons
Antipyretic - dispels heat, fire and fever (from the Greek word pyre, meaning fire).
Antiseptic - assists in fighting germs/infections.
Antispasmodic - relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
Anti-tumoral - preventing the initiation, promotion and progression of cancer cells.
Antirhueumatic- prevents and/or relieves rheumatic pain swelling.
Antiviral - inhibits growth of viruses.
Astringent - firms tissue and organs; reduces discharges and secretions.
Carminative - relieves intestinal gas pain and distention; promotes peristalsis.
Cephalic - remedy for the head, usually clearing and stimulating.
Cicatrisant - cell-regenerative for skin, healing for scars.
Decongestant - reduces nasal mucus production and swelling.
Diaphuretic - causes perspiration and increased elimination through the skin.
Diuretic - promotes activity of kidney and bladder and increases urination.
Emetic - induces vomiting.
Emmenagogue - helps promote and regulate menstruation.
Emollient - smoothes, softens and protects the skin.
Expectorant - promotes discharge of phlegm and mucus from the lungs and throat.
Haemostatic - stops the flow of blood. An astringent that stops internal bleeding or hemorrhaging.
Hypotensive - lowers high blood pressure.
Immune Stimulant - stimulates functioning of the immune system.
Laxative - promotes bowel movements.
Mucolytic - breaks down mucus (pulmonary).
Nervine - strengthens the functional activity of the nervous system. May be either a stimulant or sedative.
Rubefacient - oil increases local blood circulation and can cause minor skin irritations, vasodilation and local analgesic effect.
Sedative - calms and tranquilizes by lowering the functional activity of the organ or body part.
Stimulant - increases functional activity of specific organ or system.
Stomachic - stimulates the stomach.
Sudorific - increases sweating.
Tonic - strengthens and restores vitality.
Vasodilator -helps to dilate blood vessels.