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Woodland Herbs - Complementary medicine terms
Category: Health and Medicine > Complementary medicine
Date & country: 23/11/2007, UK
Words: 132


Rose Essential Oil
Soothing, harmonizing effect on the skin. Considered the 'queen' of all essential oils, its gentle yet powerful nature has the ability to help repair broken capillaries.

Rubefacient
external use. An agent to draw a rich blood supply to the skin, increasing heat to the tissues to aid the body in absorption of properties from creams, lotions etc

Salicylates
salts of salicylic acid sometimes used in rheumatism, gout and acid conditions

Saponins
constituents of some plants that produce a soap like frothing effect when agitated in water

Seasalt Minerals
Thickener and disinfectant in shampoos

Sedatives
herbs that relax the central nervous system

Sesame Oil
Rich emollient properties and provides natural sun protection

Sialagogue
herbs that increase production of saliva and assist digestion of starches

Silica (hydrated)
A purified mineral, used as an anti-caking agent in the production of vitamin tablets

Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Used as a naturally derived surfactant from coconut oil to make hair care and bath care products foam

Sorbitol
Gives a velvety feel to the skin. Derived from cherries, plums, pears, apples and seaweed

Soybean Oil
A vitamin-rich emollient that absorbs well into the skin. Has a nourishing, softening and moisturizing effect on skin

Spasmolytic
another name for anti-spasmodic

Stearic Acid
Fatty acid derived from cocoa butter, used as an emollient

Stimulants
herbs that spur the circulation, increase energy and physical function

Styptic
a substance that stops bleeding usually by contracting the tissue

Sudorifics
similar to diaphoretics but are used to stimulate more profuse abundant sweating

Systemic
referring to the whole of the body.

Tannins
present in tea and coffee and many herbs. Coagulate protein and inhibit the laying down of fatty deposits. Astringent.

Urinary antiseptic
a germicidal action of a herb destructive to harmful bacteria in the urine when excreted from the body via the kidneys, bladder and ureters

Urinary demulcent
a soothing anti-irritant used for the protection of sensitive surfaces of the kidney tubules and ureters against friction, irritation

Urinary haemostatics
urinary astringents that arrest bleeding from the kidneys.

Vasoconstrictors
agents that constrict blood vessels causing an increase in blood pressure

Vasodilators
herbs that promote dilation of the blood vessels causing a reduction of blood pressure

Vegetable cellulose
Substance derived from various plant fibres and used as a filler and disintegrant in the production of tablets

Vermifuge
a substance that expels or destroys intestinal worms

Vesicant
a blistering agent

Vitamin A
Potent anti-oxidant, used in combination with vitamins E and C as a natural preservative. Necessary for tissue repair and maintenance and accelerates the formation of healthy new skin cells. It benefits the treatment of skin disorders and oxidant, used as a natural preservative. Anti-inflammatory properties, aids in healing

Vitamin E
A powerful natural anti-oxidant, used in combination with vitamins A and C as a natural preservative. It slows signs of aging and the degeneration of skin cells

Vulnerary
a plant whose external application has a cleansing and healing effect on open wounds, cuts and ulcers by promoting cell repair.

Wheatgerm Oil
Rich in vitamin E, penetrates well to prevent loss of moisture and benefit cells.

Zinc Oxide
A non-chemical natural sun block.