Glossary of terms

Seborrhea: a type of eczema that affects the scalp, causing dandruff in teens and adults, or cradle cap in babies caused by the skins reaction to too much yeast in the body particularly where there are a lot of oil-producing (sebaceous) glands such as on the upper back, nose and scalp. It can be triggered by medical conditions such as depression, eating disorders, stroke recovery as well as hormonal changes, or stress, cold or dry weather, or chemicals. For more information:

Homeostasis: the regulation of conditions in the body such as temperature, water content and carbon dioxide levels.

Diuretic: Increases urine production

Adaptogenic: normalise and regulate systems of the body. From the word adaptogens within plants and herbs with their unique ability to “adapt” their function according to the specific needs of the body. This may be physical, chemical or biological needs.

Nephritis: a condition in which the nephrons, the functional units of the kidneys, become inflamed. This inflammation, which is also known as glomerulonephritis, can adversely affect kidney function.

Abortifacient: stimulates abortion.

Emmenagogic: stimulates or increases menstrual flow.