Herbal & Essential Oil Actions
Here is a helpful list of the actions or properties that herbs can possess. It's not very exciting but helpful when looking for an herb that does a specific job. This is an alphabetical list of herbal actions, what the word means and a short list of examples of herbs that possess these attributes.
(Please note that this is still a work in progress)
Some of these terms are used more in aromatherapy or herbalism and others are used in both. You will also see that sometimes there is more than 1 word for, essentially the same thing. I try to put them all in and cross reference when necessary. I also aim to give separate lists of essential oils and of herbs. These lists are by no means the definitive lists and don't contain all herbs and/or essential oils in that category.
Please remember that energetically, the same herb will work differently for different people. To find the herb or blend of herbs that would be the best fit for you, more research is needed. Sometimes it's a trial and error and just because an herb didn't work for you or exacerbated or aggravated you or your condition or situation, does not mean that it is a bad herb, just that it wasn't the right herb for you.
I hope you find this list helpful: