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Aromatherapy Vocabulary
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

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abortifacient – capable of inducing abortion
alterative – corrects disordered bodily function
analgesic – relieves pain
anaphrodisiac – reduces sexual desire
anthelmintic – a vermifuge (expels intestinal worms)
anti-arthritic – combats arthritis
anti-catarrhal – combats catarrh, removes excess (phlegm)
anti-convulsive – arrests or prevents convulsions
antidepressant – helps alleviate depression
anti-emetic – reduces nausea & vomiting
anti-inflammatory – reduces inflammation
anti-microbial – kills pathogenic micro organisms
antiphlogistic – counteracts inflammation
antipuritic – relieves itching
antiheumatic – relieves rheumatism
antiseptic – destroys and prevents the development of microbes (bacteria, viruses, etc)
antispasmodic – prevents spasms, convulsions, nervous disorders
antitussive – relieves coughs
aphrodisiac – arouses sexual desire
astringent – contracts, tightens and binds tissue

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bactericidal

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calmative – tranquilizer
carminative – relieves flatulence
cephalic – remedy for disorders of the mind, directed to the head
chemotypes – EOs that have been extracted from one botanical species yielding different chemical compositions
cholagogue – stimulates the secretion and flow of bile into the duodenum
cicatrising – helps formation of scar tissue for healing
cordial – stimulant or tonic
cytophyliac – stimulates cellular activity and regeneration

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decongestant


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