Archive for December, 2012

Here’s To a Bigger and Better 2013…and Those Optimistic Resolutions!

December 31st, 2012
So here is how it goes: after much thinking, you’ve finally landed on exactly what your 2013 New Year’s resolution will be. Now, in just 1 day, you will actually need to put this resolution into action! Studies say that the best way to succeed with your New Year’s resolution is to simply find a partner.
Our recommendation: 21 Drops is a perfect partner; totally supportive and totally mobile,

these essential oils blends can be thrown in your purse or pocket for handholding
throughout the day.

Ready? Set? Go! Here are the most popular New Year’s resolutions, and the 21 Drops
essential oil blends that can keep you on your game.

Of course, #19 Will Power is always a good first step to success.
Which blend will be your new sidekick for the upcoming year?

How to REALLY Keep your New Year’s Resolution!

December 29th, 2012

You know that wonderful feeling of unbridled optimism we all get every New Year?

 

“This is gonna be the year I’m finally going tolose those 20 poundstake advantage of my gym membershipcurb excessive spending…”

Until we find ourselves in February… knee-deep in a vat of Häagen-Dazs…choosing TV over toned triceps…engaging in some serious retail therapy…

Make this year different. With the help of 21 Drops, ring in 2013 with a resolution you’ll keep the whole year long!

We often fail in our resolutions because we don’t plan ahead. There’s a reason we have bad habits and unless we find a substitute for them, we’ll continue to fail at changing them. Just ask any ex-smoker.

In an eye-opening new book, The Power of Habit, author Charles Duhigg illuminates the ways we form habits, and how they can easily be changed.

Here’s a simple example:

So let’s say you (along with the rest of America) have a habit of buying a hyper-sweet latte every time you’re stressed. This is what actually happens in your brain:

1. Cue ► 2. routine ► 3. reward

Step 1., the cue, is being stressed out

Step 2., the routine, is buying the latte

Step 3., the reward, is the release from stress you get from sipping that delicious caffeine-infused sugar bomb

 

So what’s the best way to get yourself out of this sugary trap? Just change Step 2. the routine. If every time you feel stressed, you substitute a positive habit instead of buying a latte, your brain will soon automatically crave the healthy habit.

We suggest our #11 De-Stress blend or #20 Abstain blend. The routine of rolling our essential oil blends on your pulse points and the immediate reward of a natural lift and amazing smell will be so gratifying. The next time you’re stressed, you’ll just whip out your favorite 21 Drops blend and say goodbye to the whipped cream!

For all your New Year’s resolutions, 21 Drops can help you can feel better, be better in 2013.

The PASSION-ista Challenge!

December 27th, 2012

Did you enter our PASSION-ista Challenge on Facebook yet? Nominate your best friend and you can both win 21 Drops blends and t-shirts!

Here are some of our favorite entries so far….

Submitted by Ashley…

“My BFF Courtney is a Green Goddess. For the past two years she has been a vegetarian to help save lives of innocent creatures! She is a great inspiration to do good things for the enviornment. I always say she has a green thumb because of her amazing ability to grow anything! I love how she has a great enthusiasm for recycling. She loves being out in nature, and observing the amazing wildlife. Hiking is one of her favorite hobbies. Courtney loves to help out with cleaning up her environment! There should be more peope in this world like Courtney!”

Submitted by Minh…

“Anh Cao (my sister) is possibly the biggest Fitness Fanatic I know! She is constantly tumbling, doing yoga, and stretching. Anh is always trying to help other people be active. For example: She’ll make you a kale, carrot, and apple mix from a juicer, just after pushing you to your limit in a workout. At only 11 years old, she’s more health conscious than most people out there. Anh is definitely THE Fitness Fanatic!”

Submitted by Josephine…

“As soon as I think Artsy Innovator – I think Neesa. My friend Neesa is exceptional! She brings a creative streak to everything she does. The Passion aromatherapy blend totally suits her artistic spirit. Neesa is constantly changing up her look to express her creativity. She does the most striking nail art, wears the most impressive shoes (seriously, girl – how do you stand in those sculptural beauties?) and has the most individual fashion sense. This strong woman is simply inspiring!”

Submitted by Courtney…

“My BFF Ashley is the exact persona of a Glamour Girl. Any chance we get she is begging to go shopping. She always has to look her best in high end clothes. We practically live in Sephora. We love getting glammed up for everything! She is always giving me great tips on fashion. I don’t know what I would do without her!”

Submitted by Carolyn…

“My best friend is fiery and fabulous – remix of Modern Woman and Glamour Girl.”

 

Not sure what persona your friend is? Take the “Do You Know your Best Friend’s PASSION-ista Personality quiz” on our blog!

A Toast to Tradition: Our Fans’ Most Treasured Holiday Rituals!

December 24th, 2012

 

Our special traditions are what sustain us as human beings; our rituals help us feel connected to the world around us. The holidays are a time to revel in our own beloved traditions, whatever they may be. This holiday season, I’d like to share a wish for my extended 21 Drops family: Whatever is beautiful, whatever is meaningful, whatever brings you happiness… may it be yours this holiday season and throughout this coming year.

— Cary Caster, 21 Drops founder

 

We all have our own unique traditions… what are yours? We asked our Facebook fans this question and they shared their favorite holiday rituals on the 21 Drops Facebook page. Check them out below (and see if yours is here, too!)

Evelyn: My family likes to cut their own tree, so that’s always an adventure… lol
Brielle: Every year my family picks out a real Christmas tree, and the pine smell has become a Christmas staple in our house.
Elisheva: My mother frying her amazing potato latkes on Chanuka – the smell is heavenly!
Arwa: 12 grapes on the stroke of midnight new year’s eve…
Nancy: My husband dragging in the biggest Christmas tree in the Major Metro Area — every year
Jen: We save all of our presents and wrap them all at the same time while watching “Elf”. Helps motivate us to get the shopping done!

Jessica: My family always plays games on Christmas… especially Yahtzee. If there is enough of us we also like to play Pinochle, but that can get pretty competitive 🙂

Krystal: We got married this year, so my husband and I are starting a tradition where we make an ornament together and inside of it we are putting one of our favorite memories/things that happened that year (can you guess what ours was this time?! lol) 

Brenda: We like to get hot chocolate and take a night to drive around to look at Christmas lights all over town while singing carols (very loudly).

Layla: I have these wonderful memories of playing dreidel and kvitlech (a Yiddish card game) with my grandparents when I was a kid.

Danielle: Best: having the biggest and amazingly decorated tree in Fairfield County. Worst: getting rid of it in January.

Awww… we’re getting nostalgic here!
Care to share your most treasured holiday ritual? Leave us a comment below!

A Message from Cary: “Together We Grieve, Together We Heal.”

December 21st, 2012

We were all in shock when we heard of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary on December 14. Today, it is one week later and we still mourn for the victims and their families. Cary Caster, 21 Drops founder, imparts a message of compassion to us during these most difficult of times.

“Our hearts and memories will always be deeply saddened by this horrific incident. I cannot fathom the intense pain and suffering of the children, the families and the entire community of Sandy Hook.

The heartbreak is beyond words.

When tragedy strikes, the only way to survive is to join together. Showing our compassion, our concern, our utmost empathy is how we help one another cope with suffering. It is what sustains us as human beings. It is what helps to ease our pain. It is what nourishes us in times of need.

Together we grieve, together we heal.”

 

 

 

 

 

Raising Children Naturally in Today’s Toxic World: Part I – Natural Healing

December 20th, 2012

Last month, creator of 21 Drops and veteran mom, Cary Caster, gave a lecture to the Alliance of International Aromatherapists (the AIA) entitled “Raising your Children Naturally”. We’ll present Cary’s advice for growing healthy children in today’s toxic world in a 3-part series. Part I is about natural healing.

Being a mother in today’s world is far from easy…especially when it comes to ensuring a healthy lifestyle for your children.

As a mother of three, I understand the importance of bringing a sense of balance and well-being to our overstressed and over-scheduled children. With my educational background in botany and clinical aromatherapy, I have found that the use of therapeutic essential oils can play an enormous role in helping to bring the entire family to a healthier way of living.

When my children were growing up, they experienced the very same ailments and accidents that kids have had since time began. But I treated them differently than most. Whenever I was faced with their everyday ailments and accidents, I helped them to heal with natural therapeutic essential oils; a healthier and effective alternative to today’s medications.

Even when my daughter, Jennah, broke her leg, I was able to treat it without pain killers! Really. In fact, I always have a variety of essential oils stocked in my medicine cabinet for everything from headache to heartache.

Here are some healthy solutions for you to try next time and ailment or everyday accident rears its head:

– A drop of lavender on a cotton ball works to halt an ear infection. I’m a big proponent of lavender’s healing powers – that’s why I put it in #14 Immunity. It really helps nip an illness in the bud when your child starts showing symptoms.

– Using a vaporizer with essential oils such as Scotch pine and eucalyptus will thwart a bad cough and congestion. My #15 Decongest contains eucalyptus and other essential oils to help your kids breathe easy.

– For sports injuries, instead of an over-the-counter pain reliever, you can use a plant-based massage oil such as my #08 Pain Relief. It includes myrrh oil which is a natural analgesic and anti-inflammatory, as well as ginger which aids in circulation, bring fresh healing blood to the area.

Because I want to share the incredible therapeutic value of essential oils, I created 21 Drops. I’ve customized each of the 21 Aromatherapy blends to help each of us, and our families, feel better, be better. (Read more about it here!)

In the next go-around on “Raising Children Naturally”, I will be sharing more of my essential oil fix-its with you…. Do you have any that you would like to share with us?

 

“Angels Still”: In Honor of Sandy Hook Elementary

December 18th, 2012

All of our hearts were broken when we learned of the tragic shooting last week in Newtown, Connecticut. A friend of 21 Drops and a mother of two young children shared a poem she wrote in memory of the young victims of Sandy Hook Elementary.

 

“Let’s Celebrate” the Perfect Gift with QVC!

December 17th, 2012

Come holiday time, who doesn’t want to give everyone on their list a really great gift? You know, that perfect present that will make the receiver truly delighted?

21 Drops has partnered with QVC to create the “Let’s Celebrate” Aromatherapy collection for everyone on your list this holiday. The three blends in this QVC exclusive set  were carefully chosen to help uphold the season’s merry spirit – throughout the entire year. What could be better than the gift of holiday cheer?

The “Let’s Celebrate” collection  features our Invigorate, Passion,  and De-Stress blends. # o1 Invigorate stimulates, motivates and energizes. #06 Passion promotes personal magnetism and provides an exhilarating, sensual experience. # 11 De-stress relaxes and comforts.

Each blend is made of all-natural, therapeutic grade essential oils and do not contain any parabens, sulfates, synthetic fragrances or dyes. So you can feel better, be better – naturally.

Buy the set on qvc.com now for just $58.00 (an $87 value!)

Drop of the Day: 07 Equalize

December 10th, 2012

Holiday hustle leaving you frazzled?

In today’s Drop of the Day, Cary chronicles her quest to stay balanced this hectic holiday season!

“At this time of year, it’s easy to become overwhelmed with emotions. With all the errands, family gatherings and end-of-year activities to wrap up, it can be tough to find balance. When I’m feeling out of sorts, I reach for my #07 Equalize blend. It’s a combination of sandalwood to settle the dizzying thoughts of my “TO DO” lists, frankincense to give me direction, rose to help me be patient with myself and palmarosa to calm my nerves.”

We’d love to hear from you all – how do you keep your cool during stressful times?

Polyvore Contest Winner Showcase!

December 5th, 2012

We are super proud to show off the winners of the 21 Drops Polyvore contest on Facebook.

These fantastic entries encapsulate the style of the 21 Drops blends and the women who love them!

    The Glamour Girl with #06 Passion blend by megcjones

The Fitness Fanatic with #19 Will Power blend by Portia Early

The Modern Woman with #07 Equalize blend by malibucourtney

The Party Girl with #20 Abstain blend by minhcao

       The Green Goddess with #10 Calm blend by twenty one laughs of love

 

          The Artsy Innovator with #21 Inspire blend by afabtail

Thanks to everyone who participated in the 21 Drops Polyvore contest to make it a success!