Glossary of Terms

  • Absolute: a highly concentrated viscous, semi-solid or solid perfume material, usually obtained by alcohol extractions from the concrete.
  • Active constituents: chemical substances found in herbs and essential oils which impart therapeutic actions.
  • Adulterated: when an essential oil has a diluent or other oil added for commercial reasons, reducing the therapeutic quality of the oil.
  • Analgesic: remedy or agent that deadens pain.
  • Anodyne: see Analgesic.
  • Anosmia: complete absence of the sense of smell.
  • Antacid: neutralize acid in the stomach and intestinal tract.
  • Anti-arthritic: an agent that combats arthritis.
  • Antibacterial: destroy or suppress the growth or reproduction of bacteria.
  • Antibiotic: a substance which has the capacity to inhibit the growth of, or to destroy bacteria and other micro-organisms.
  • Antidepressant: an agent that helps counteracts the absence of cheerfulness or diminishing functioning activity.
  • Antifungal: effective against the reproduction or growth of Candida albicans and other fungi or yeast.
  • Anti-inflammatory: capable of counteracting or suppressing inflammation.
  • Anti-neuralgic: relieves or reduces nerve pain.
  • Anti-oxidant: prevents oxidation.
  • Anti-rheumatic: hemps prevent and relieve rheumatism.
  • Antiseptic: a substance that will inhibit the development and growth of micro-organisms without necessarily destroying them.
  • Antispasmodic: relieves nervous irritability and reduces or prevents excessive involuntary muscular contractions and spasms.
  • Antiviral: substance that inhibits the growth of a virus.
  • Anxiety: a feeling of worry, nervousness or unease, typically about an imminent event or something with an uncertain outcome.
  • Aphrodisiac: increase or stimulates sexual desire.
  • Aromatic: a substance that has a fragrant, pleasant smell.
  • Aromatherapy: the therapeutic use of essential oils.
  • Arthritis: inflammation of a joint or joints.
  • Asthma: a disease marked by recurrent attacks with wheezing, cough, and a sense of constriction of the bronchi, often caused by allergies.
  • Astringent: shrinks or binds, causing contracting of tissues.
  • Bactericidal: a substance which kills bacteria.
  • Bronchitis: inflammation of the bronchial tubes, often due to colds, breathing irritants, or acute general diseases.
  • Candida: a genus of yeast-like fungi which may cause human infection. Also, called Candida albicans.
  • Carminative: stimulates intestinal peristalsis, relieves and promotes the expulsion of gas from the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Cell proliferant: promotes rapid healing and restoration.
  • Chlorophyll: the green coloring matter of plants.
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: a persistent or long-term disorder that causes extreme fatigue, accompanied with muscle aches or pains.
  • Cold pressed: vegetable oils extracted to retain their essential fatty acid content since no heat or chemicals are used in the process.
  • Compound: a thing that is composed of two or more separate elements; a mixture.
  • Compress: a lint or substance applied hot or cold to an area of the body for relief of swelling and pain, or to produced localized pressure.
  • Concoction: a mixture of different ingredients.
  • Concrete: the resulting product of a solvent extraction of botanical materials before the fats and waxes are removed.
  • Constituent: serving as part of a whole; component.
  • Contraindications: any condition or disease which renders a particular line of treatment undesirable or improper; a warning.
  • Cramps: a painful spasmodic muscular contraction.
  • Decongestive: an agent for relief or reduction of congestion, e.g. mucus.
  • Depression: severe despondency and dejection, typically felt over a period of time and accompanied by feelings of sadness, loss of interest, hopelessness and inadequacy.
  • Diabetes: a deficiency condition marked by habitual discharge of an excessive quantity of urine.
  • Digestive: substance that promotes or aids the digestion of food.
  • Diluent: an odorless, liquid material used to adulterate essential oils or the base of a fragrance blend.
  • Distillation: an extraction of pure essential oil by a process of evaporation and condensation.
  • Diuretic: aids production of urine, promotes urination, increases flow.
  • Emmenagogue: a substance that assists and promotes menstrual regularity.
  • Essential oil: a volatile substance contained in many plants giving them a characteristic scent, aroma, and taste.
  • Expectorant: a remedy that promotes the removal of secretion from the bronchial tubes.
  • Febrifuge: a remedy that reduces fever.
  • Fixative: a stabilizing or preservative agent.
  • Fixed oil: a name given to a vegetable oil obtained from plant that in contradistinction to essential oils, are fatty, dense and non-volatile, such as olive or sweet almond oil.
  • Fungicidal: an agent of capable of destroying fungi.
  • Fungus: a growth found in the body either externally or internally.
  • Gas chromatographic testing: a method of testing essential oils. The technique separates constituents of the oils and shows the components that are not normally found in a standard sample of the material.
  • Gum: any various viscous substances exuded by plants and tree that dries on exposure to air into water-soluble, non-crystalline, brittle solids.
  • Headache: pain in any region of the head occurring on one or both sides. It may be sharp, throbbing or a dull ache.
  • Holistic: the treatment of a whole person, taking into account their mental, emotional, spiritual and social factors, not just the physical symptoms of a disease.
  • Homeopathy: a system of medicine based on the use of infinitesimal doses of medicines capable of producing symptoms similar to those of the disease treated.
  • Hormone: a product of living cells that produces a specific effect on the activity cells remote from its point of origin.
  • Hypertension: raised blood pressure.
  • Hypotension: low blood pressure, or a fall in blood pressure below the normal range.
  • Immune stimulant: encourages the immune system to resist disease.
  • Insecticide: repels insects.
  • Insomnia: inability to sleep; abnormal wakefulness.
  • Irritant: an agent which causes energizing of a bodily organ.
  • Menthol: a crystalline compound with a cooling minty taste or odor, found in peppermint and other natural oils.
  • Migraine: a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea or disturbed vision.
  • Olfaction: the sense of smell.
  • Nausea: a feeling of sickness with an inclination to vomit.
  • Nervine: relieves pain and nervous irritations.
  • Neuralgia: recurring pain which extends along the course of one or more nerves. Many varieties are identified according to the body part that is affected.
  • Phototoxicity: Pigmentation or a sensitizing reaction on the skin when exposed to ultra-violet light, due to a naturally occurring component in an essential oil i.e. bergaptene in bergamot oil.
  • Poultice: the therapeutic application of a soft moist mass (such as fresh herbs) to the skin to encourage local circulation and to relieve pain.
  • Preventative: intended or used to prevent, hinder, acting as an obstacle: preventive measures.
  • Resin: a natural or prepared product, either solid or semi-solid in nature. Natural resins are exudations from trees, such as pine myrrh, frankincense; prepared resins are oleoresins from which essential oils has been removed.
  • Restorative: an agent that helps strengthen and revive the body systems.
  • Rheumatism: any of several diseased conditions of the muscles, tendons, joints, bone, or nerves that cause pain and disability.
  • Sedative: a medicine which calms nervous excitement.
  • Solvent extraction: a method using various solvents to extract aroma molecules when distillation with steam is not effective.
  • Steam distillation: a separation process used to purify or isolate temperature sensitive materials, like natural aromatic compounds.
  • Stimulant: an agent that increases activity of the physiological functions of the body.
  • Synergy: agents working together harmoniously: coordination in the action of muscles, organs or substances such as drugs.
  • Synthetic: a substance made by chemical synthesis, especially to imitate a natural product.
  • Therapeutic: the branch of medicine concerned with treatment of disease and the action of remedial agents.
  • Therapeutic margin: the dividing line between the beneficial and toxic dose of any substance.
  • Tincture: a solution of medicinal substance, usually in alcohol.
  • Tisane: a tea prepared from any part of an herb or spice.
  • Topical: localized external application of a remedy.
  • Toxic: of, relating to, or caused by a poison or a toxin; poisonous.
  • Virus: an ultramicroscopic metabolically inert, infectious agent that replicates only within the cells of living hosts.
  • Viscosity: the property of resistance to flow in a fluid or semifluid.
  • Volatile: evaporates easily or dissolves as room temperatures. Volatile oil: liquid obtained from plants by distillation. See essential oil.

I would like to say that Inner Strength massage oil has been a heaven sent for me. I have arthritis, it runs in my family and my brother was the very first one to discover it. I just think that this oil is the best. I’ve tried so many different kinds of oils for pain and this is the best there is. I have also passed it on by giving it as Christmas gifts for people I know that could use it and they love it. I sincerely appreciate all the hard work that goes into making the oil and I will never stop using it.


– Leticia E. in Vancouver, Washington

Soul Escentials products ascend to a realm of relaxation and healing that I had never experienced before. I could feel the difference right away. The therapeutic properties of these essential oil blends have helped me feel so much better. My parents have painful arthritis and I bought them some Soul Escentials salts for the bath. I knew they had tried it when they asked me where I got them. It helped relieve their pain. They are hard to buy gifts for and now I know what to get them.


– Betsy K. in Jamestown, Pennsylvania

The first product that Rachel ever recommended, “Replenish,” just so happens to be the one we use most frequently and has had a profound effect on the wellbeing of our youngest child. Nathan has Down syndrome and one of the traits that comes along with his condition is narrow sinus and nasal passages. One top of that he also had Tracheomalacia and Bronchomalacia (collapsing of the trachea and bronchi) when he was a baby. As you can imagine it was crucial that we did everything we could possibly do to keep it easy for him to breathe, especially when he became congested. Using Replenish (we use the massage oil on his chest, and back and also use the essential oil in the humidifier) helped keep his mucus thinner and helps open up his airways breathe easier and sleep more soundly. Thankfully he has grown out of his malacia but we still use Replenish on a regular basis to help him and the rest of our family breathe easier when we come down with colds.

– Alanna L. in Lafayette, Oregon

I have been using Soul Escentials oils for about 3 years now. My biggest use of them has been for serious back and muscle issues, and with heat treatment and ice. These oils often stopped my pain so that did not need to take my pain medication. I have used them for my stuffed up nose with allergies, stomach issues, near panic attacks and often just to have my own luxurious spa treatment! I would not ever want to be without these oils!


– Susie S. in McMinnville, Oregon

My husband and I, both seniors, have been using Inner Strength massage oil for the many years Soul Escentials was available. From his achy back to both of us using it on our knees. It is amazing how it takes on the pain and soothes. I am confident in the natural ingredients used making this product. Rachel is always there to answer any questions on her products or for your overall wellbeing. I certainly would recommend Inner Strength to anyone who is looking for something to help feel better again.


– Bonnie F. in West Bend, Wisconsin

When I inhale Surrender, I breathe deeper, slower, intentionally. It is both healing and uplifting, a perfect combination of essences. And for that moment, when I surrender to the tranquility this magical aroma captures, I feel contented and pleased.


– Karen W. in McMinnville, Oregon

So much has changed in my life since starting to use Soul Escentials products. Let’s start by saying I am a true lover of fine quality body products, always looking for the best. Well, I have found it now and I can’t live without it! Soul Escentials is not only making the best quality products out there but they are taking pure essential oils for health and healing to the next level. My favorites are Amorous, Free Spirit, Inner Strength, and Vibrance! I feel like these blends have truly changed by life! My love is stronger, my spirit freer, my strength more adept and my vibrancy shining bright! Thank you Soul Escentials for helping me attain the most important things one can possess. So pure, so true, so you.


– Angela P. in Anaheim, California

Soul Escentials Replenish blend is incredible. We keep it on hand – great if the kids feel stuffy or under the weather. Helps to gently keep airways and chests clear during the day or night.


– Beth C. in Sherwood, Oregon

I have enjoyed using Soul Escentials oils and bath salts for a few years now.  My favorites are the essential oil blends.  The Inner Strength blend has been helpful to me in easing minor joint pain.  I enjoy the Surrender blend at night, and for a soothing bath.  The Lemon Ginger has been useful for easing occasional constipation, or digestive upset. The bath salts are lovely for a soothing and relaxing bath, and they leave my skin feeling soft.  I have given the oils as gifts as well.  I recommend essential oils for many uses. Satisfied oil customer!


– Debbie O. in Dundee, Oregon