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Glossary of technical terms

Throughout our site we try to provide as much information as possible about our products and their benefits for our health and well being. At times this means there are technical terms and phrases that are not used in common vocabulary and will require explanation. We do link to external sites for explanation at times but as this is not always practical we have decided to build a glossary for terms.This section is constantly evolving, but please contact us should you like us to add or research any terms that are not yet listed.

Glossary of Technical Tea and Tisane Terms

Adaptogen                    A substance that balances the body, helps build strength and                                                            stamina

Alterative                           A substance which produces gradual change to the body

Anodyne                             Pain-easing and soothing

Anthelmintic                     Causing the death or expulsion of worms

Antibilious                         Relieves a bilious condition

Antipruritic                        Stops itching

Antipyretic                         Cooling, reduces heat of sores, reduces and prevents fever

Antiseptic                           An agent which prevents sepsis

Antispasmodic                  Prevents or eases spasms

Aperient                              Opening, laxative

Aromatic                             Having an agreeable smell and taste

Astringent                          Causing contraction of soft tissue

Bitters                                  stimulates appetite, saliva and gastric juices, aids digestion

Calmative                           Mild sedative with tranquilising effect

Carminative                       expelling wind and easing griping pains in stomach and bowels

Catechins                            A natural phenol or antioxidant, Part of the flavonoid family

Cholagogue                        Stimulates the flow of bile from the gall bladder

Choleretic                           stimulates the production of bile by the liver

Coagulant                           Assists the clotting of blood

Demulcent                         Softening and lubricating internally, can sooth and relieve pain caused by irritated tissue by coating and protecting 

Depurative                         A cleansing and purifying agent

Diaphoretic                        Promoting perspiration

Digestive                             Aids digestion

Diuretic                                stimulates the kidneys increasing the flow of urine

Emmenagogue                 Promoting menstrual flow

Emetic                                  Agents which can induce vomiting

Emollient                            Softening and soothing when applied to inflamed or irritated external surfaces

Expectorant                       Assists in expelling mucus from respiratory passages

Flavonoids                          Strong antioxidant substances fount in tea (camellia Sinensis) and some fruit and vegetables     

Febrifuge                            Fever reducing, also called antipyretic

Galactagogue                    Encourages or increases the secretion of milk

Glycoside                            An organic substance that can be broken down into two parts, one of which is always sugar

Hallucinogenic                 Produces Hallucinations

Hemostatic                        Having the power to stop bleeding

Hepatic                                affecting the liver

Hyperglycemia                 A condition where there is too much sugar in the blood

Hypertension                    A condition of high blood pressure

Hypoglycemia                   A condition where blood sugar levels are below normal levels

Laxative                               Loosening to the bowels

Nephritic                             Having an action on the kidneys

Nervine                               Relieves pain and irritation to nerves, having a strengthening and calming            action to the nerves

Nutrients                            components in foods that organisms utilize to survive and grow, provides nourishment and has effect on metabolic process in the body

Ophthalmic                        A helper to the eyes

Pectoral                               Promotes a healing action on chest and lungs

Prophylactic                       Herbs that help prevent disease

Purgative                            Causes evacuation of the bowel

Rubefacient                       A topically applied substance that produces reddening of the skin by causing dilation of the capillaries and increasing circulation. Sometimes used during massage to increase circulation.

Refrigerant                         Coolant, heat-lowering

Sedative                              Soothing and calming, relieves nervous tension and anxiety

Sialagogue                          Promoting flow of saliva

Soporific                              Causing sleep marked by drowsiness and lethargy

Stimulant                            Energy producing, increases speed of general body function

Stomachic                           stimulates appetite and gastric activity in general

Styptic                                  a specific type of anti-hemorrhage agent that works by contracting tissue to seal injured blood vessels to stop bleeding

Sudorific                              Aids production of sweat

Tea                                         An infusion made from Camellia Sinensis tea plant only

Tisane                                   An infusion of any plant matter other than Camellia Sinensis

Tonic                                     A strengthening agent used to improve the tone of an organ or body in general. A health restorer

Topical                                 application of a substance externally

Vermifuge                          Causing expulsion of worms

Vulnerary            Wound healing through topical applicationd.


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