Aromatherapy is an alternative medicine application involving the use of volatile liquid plant material. The extracted essential oils from plants are used as mood and health enhancers, and pain relievers. The chemical compositions of aromatherapy essential oils differ from herbal products, due to the distillation process, which extracts only the lighter phyto-molecules in the base material. Essential oils are potent with sesquiterpenes, esters, monoterpenes, hydrocarbons, and organic sulfides.
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The use of essential oils in the treatment makes it a unique way of curing physical as well as mental ailments, like, stress, depression, anxiety, etc. It is essential to know that aromatherapy is a generic term applied commonly to traditions that use essential oils, either alone or in combination with alternative medical practices. The therapy is also associated with spiritual beliefs. Not all medical treatment methods involving the use of such scents are included in the term 'aromatherapy'.
Include one or many fragrant oils, like eucalyptus oil, grapefruit oil, etc., also called solvent extractions. There are 'absolutes' that are essence oils extracted from flowers and delicate plant tissues. They also include the essences of fragrant butters and enfleurage pommades. There are 'phytoncides' or voltile organic compounds that kill microbes. Among these, 'allium' is not desirable due to its disagreeable odors. You can include hydrosols; the aqueous by products.
Infusions or aqueous extracts of plants and carrier oils are used to dilute essential oils for use on sensitive skin. You can make your gift basket special by including basil for sharpening concentration, getting rid of depression, and migraines. However, if you are gifting the basket to a pregnant woman, you should leave out the basil oil, because of the emmenagogue chemotypes present in it.
Bergamot is a great oil to include in the gift basket. It makes an excellent insect repellent and the recipient will definitely bless you. The sharp and spicy aroma of black pepper should be included in the basket for your grandparents. It stimulates blood circulation and eases muscular aches and pains.
For an aromatherapy gift basket, considering lemon oil is also wise, as it serves as an anti-stress agent. Tea tree oil and thyme oil can also be a part of the gift too. Tea tree oil is used externally as an anti - fungal, antiviral, antimicrobial, anti - parasitic, and antiseptic. Include Geranium oil, as it is an astringent, antiseptic, and a diuretic.
Your basket should also include cotton swabs and cotton balls. The essential oils accompanied with a brief hand-written description on the uses of each, speaks volumes for the intent. Depending on your budget, you can indulge in one, two, or an assortment of the essential oils easily available. There are a number of online resources that even sell ready gift baskets, which you can customize as per your requirements.