Archive for October, 2012

Aromatherapy All-Stars

October 25th, 2012

If plants were people…

Jasmine would be the sexy siren. She’s an exotic beauty and her scent is alluring. She radiates happiness and warmth.

Cardamom would be definite boyfriend material. He’s the perfect combination of sweet and spicy, and never fails to come to your rescue when you’re feeling sick, stressed or off your game.

Lavender would be everybody’s sweetheart. She’s cool, calm and here mere presence puts everyone around her at ease.

We admit it – at 21 Drops we’re really passionate about essential oils. So passionate, in fact, that we liken them to people. Like human beings, every essential oil has its own unique power, energy and scent. And like human beings, when they’re put together as a team, they can make something really great.

Cary Caster combines essential oils to craft the 21 Drops aromatherapy blends.  21 Blends. 21 Solutions. From Headache to Heartache.

Each essential oil in our master-crafted blends is a player on the 21 Drops team, bringing its own star quality to the formulas. And Cary Caster, a clinical aromatherapist and the creator of 21 Drops, is the coach. She knows the nature of every player and positions them together to create a “winning” combination.

Without further ado, we’d like to introduce you to some of our all-star players.

Jasmine

Bio: Distilled from the alluring jasmine flower, jasmine absolute is an exotic and sensual essential oil. Jasmine flowers are used around the world as a cultural symbol of beauty and femininity. The essential oil can be used as an aphrodisiac, anti-depressant, and emollient for dry or sensitive skins.

Hometown: Tropical regions of Asia and Africa

Star Quality: Releases inhibitions and relieves depression. Supports comfort within oneself

A Bit of Trivia: In India, Jasmine is called “Queen of the Night” because it releases its alluring fragrance in the evening.

Find it Here: 02 PMS, 06 Passion, 10 Calm

Cardamom

Bio: Cardamom is an aromatic and resinous plant whose seeds are used as a spice, a perfume and for medical purposes. Cardamom’s many benefits were already recognized 3,500 years ago.  Ancient Egyptians used it in perfumery and Romans used it to settle their stomachs after overeating. One of the world’s most rare oils, it is used to treat infections, inflammation and to aid digestion.

Hometown: Native to India, Nepal and Bhutan, today it also cultivated in Sri Lanka, Guatemala and India.

Star Quality: Refreshing, invigorating, nourishing. Invites mental clarity.

A Bit of Trivia: Cardamom is the third most expensive spice in the world!

Find it Here: 04 Hangover, 06 Passion, 17 Digest, 20 Abstain

Lavender

Bio: Lavender is a flowering herb from the mint family. It was used for thousands of years for its lovely fragrance and its multitude of healing properties. Ancient Egyptians used it in cosmetics. During World War I, when medical antiseptics were in short supply, lavender essential oil was used to care for soldiers’ wounds. Lavender can be used to treat a myriad of conditions such as insomnia, depression, nausea, headaches and even cancer.

Hometown: Indigenous to the Old World, it is now cultivated in gardens around the world.

Star Quality: Calms, soothes and reduces anxiety. Encourages balance in all body systems.

A Bit of Trivia: Queen Elisabeth loved lavender so much she used it as a perfume, to treat her migraines with, and infused her tea with it!

Find it Here: 04 Hangover, 05 Headache, 11 De-Stress, 12 Uplift, 13 Carry On, 14 Immunity

Do you have a personal favorite essential oil? Tell us why you love it!

Managing the Munchies: Just “Abstain”

October 23rd, 2012

“I’ll only have a tiny bit,” you say as you reach for just one small bite of that decadent dessert…

We’ve all been there and we know how it ends. (Serious stomachache and self-loathing, anyone?!)

Eating well is not easy, especially when we’re bombarded with an abundance of sugary sweet, melt-in-your-mouth, resolve-breaking opportunities. Contrary to what we may tell ourselves, willpower (or lack thereof) is not the only thing working against us in our quest for healthy eating. There are innumerable psychological cues that affect how we eat; ones we don’t even take notice of. Eating from bigger plates causes us to consume more. Being surrounded by the color red makes us hungrier. Ever see an ad on TV for a specific snack and start craving that exact thing a while later? Our psychological states are being worked on without us even realizing it!

But there are positive cues we can use to counteract these influences. Brushing your teeth after a meal can help put late-night cravings to bed. Dining on a smaller plate can make reducing portion size a lot easier. And we love our 21 Drops Abstain blend to stop temptation in its tracks.

Abstain is especially formulated to satisfy a craving without the need for extra calories. It’s a blend of cardamom seed oil, grapefruit fruit rind oil and juniper fruit oil to leave you feeling satiated. Just a small dab of this mélange of fruit and spice oils can work wonders in fortifying your body against cravings throughout the day. Sorry birthday cake, you can’t hold a candle to it!

Do you have a special tip to keep cravings at bay? Share it with us in the comments.