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Astringent

An agent that diminishes internal or external secretions or causes soft tissue to pucker.

 

Bitter

A substance that stimulates secretion of saliva and increases appetite.

 

Decoction

A water extract of herbs made by boiling or simmering; stronger than tea.

 

Demulcent

A substance that soothes inflamed mucous membranes.

 

Digestive

A substance that improves digestion.

 

Diuretic

A substance that increases the flow of urine.

 

Elixir

An alcohol based medication, usually sweetened.

 

Essential Oil

A volatile (easily vaporized) and scented plant oil found in many herbal medications.

 

Expectorant

A substance that eases the coughing up of mucus.

 

Infusion

A medication made by combining plants or plant extracts with boiling water; similar to a tea.

 

Poultice

A moist, hot compress applied externally to the body.

 

Simple

A medicinal herb without strong effects.

 

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