The Glossay of Essential oils is explained Under following Categories:
· Name along with the botanical Name of the Plant.
· Origin of Essential oil:
It refers to the regions where the availibility of specific plant is in abundance, and some important facts about the plant itself.
· Properties of Essential oils:
Properties of oils are described in the following thereuparic and energetic termology:
General Therapeutic Properties
The following is the list of general therapeutic properties and their meanings.
1. Alterative - Ability to clean and purify blood, alter the nutritive and excretory process to restore normal health.
2. Antipyretic - Dispels heat, fire and fever (from the Greek word pyre -fire).
3. Antispasmodic - Relieves spasms of voluntary and involuntary muscles.
4. Aphrodisiac - Reinvigorates sexuality and overall spirit of the body.
5. Astringent - Reduces discharges and secretions: firms tissue and organs.
6. Bitter Tonic - Bitter herbs which in small amounts stimulate digestion and otherwise help regulate fire in the body.
7. Carminative - Inducing the expulsion of gas from the stomach and intestines.
8. Diaphoretic - causes perspiration and increased elimination through the skin.
9. Diuretic - promotes activity of kidney and bladder and increases urination.
10. Emetic - induces vomiting.
11. Emmenagogue - helps promote and regulate menstruation.
12. Emollient - smoothes, softens and protects the skin.
13. Expectorant - promotes discharge of phlegm and mucous from the lungs and throat.
14. Hemostaric - stops the flow of blood, an astringent that stops internal bleeding or hemorrhaging.
15. Laxative - promotes bowel movements.
16, Nervine - Strengthens the functional activity of the nervous system; can be stimulants or sedatives.
17. Rejuvenative - prevents decay, postpones aging, and revitalizes organs.
18. Sedative - calms and tranquilizes by lowering the functional activity of the organ or body part.
19. Stimulant - increases internal heat, dispels internal chill, strengthens metabolism and circulation.
20. Tonic (nutritive) - increases physical weight and density; nourishes the body.
21. Vulnerary - assists in healing of wounds by protecting against infection and stimulating cell growth.
Energetics of essential oils.
Because of their chemical makeup, all essential oils will either add heat or will have a cooling effect on the body. In India its termed as heating and cooling effects, in oriental its known as Yin and Yang, and western chemistry term it as electro negative (cooling) and electro positive (heating) effect.
All essential oils have Heating, Neutral or cooling effects.
Essential oils can also be classified as wet or dry. The wet oils have high polarity and mix well with water (hydrophilic). If you put them into a bath they disperse into, and become a part of, the water. Oils of low polarity don`t mix with water. They will float on the surface. They have affinity for and mix with vegetable oils and fats and are sometimes called lipophilic (fat loving).
· Most common Uses :
A brief description of the problem areas and applications where the oils can be most Useful.
· Mixes well with:
It shows the list of oils, which when blended with the oil gives good result. The effects are not cancelled out, and All the therapeutic properties are preserved.
Precautions that have to be taken in consideration while using these oils.
This section is crisply informative, with the help of which you can select and start your own aromatherapy kit, comprising of essential oils of YOUR choice. Although many therapeutic charts are available in the market, you can create your own customised chart containing the general thereupatic properties of oils in your kit. For example, you can mark the oils that are calming, the ones that are refreshing, ones that releives PMS problems etc. Choose according to the requirement of the day. And then you shall be ready to be your own Aromatherapists.