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.
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Adding candles to the basket in a fragrance and color that matches the bath products will not only add to the visual appeal of it but will also enhance the overall effect of relaxation for the recipient when all the items are used in combination. Other products that could be included are body lotions, drawer liners, potpourri, a bath pillow, a bottle of wine, a wine glass filled with chocolates, specialty facial masks, slippers and other such items that can aid relaxation and rejuvenate the recipient.
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.
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.
Aromatherapy can be traced back to the ancient Egyptians who extracted oils and essences from plants and used them for trade. Today oils are used not only for their physical effects but are also linked with other therapies to facilitate holistic health. These gifts cover a range of ideas for those who like to use oils for their own health as well as the practitioner – something for everyone at every level.