You’ll see lots of strange and/or long words when browsing through essential oil reference books, and indeed on this site. Here’s a list of all the most important essential oil terminology and what it means:
Essential Oil Terminology
Analgesic – offers relief from pain.
Astringent – shrinks or contracts body tissue.
Balsamic – heals, soothes, restores.
Carminative – relieves flatulence.
Diuretic – promotes the increased production of urine.
Emmenagogue – increases menstrual flow.
Expectorant – helps clear mucus from air passages.
Hypotensive – lowers blood pressure.
Stomachic -increases appetite and aids digestion.
Styptic – stops bleeding / blood flow when applied to wounds.
Vermifuge – kills or expels intestinal worms.
Vulnerary – promotes the healing of wounds.