Archive for January, 2013

Raising Children Naturally in Today’s Toxic World: Part II – Healthy Eating Habits

January 9th, 2013

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 II is about instilling a healthy attitude towards food in our kids.

Diet is one of the most vital defenses we have against disease. It is imperative to teach our children healthy eating habits now – so it will stay with them for life. Here are a few tips I’ve learned when raising my three kids to appreciate wholesome foods while staying away from the junk food which dominates in our fast-paced society.

– The best kind of produce is fresh, organic, unsprayed and non-genetically modified. Introduce it to your children young and they’ll develop a taste for it always.

– The best option for hydration: Water. The worst: Soda. Not only are soft drinks filled with extra sugar and caffeine, they actually dehydrate the body!

– Keep plastic and canned items to a minimum; they contain synthetic coatings and PET that leach into food and drinks and have shown to be carcinogenic.

-Having a small veggie garden or potted herbs on the windowsill teaches kids that the best kind of nutrition comes from the ground!

We can’t prevent every possible toxic material from entering our bodies. What we can do is use essential oils to help keep us healthy. Natural essential oils are anti-oxidizing by nature and combat the harmful free radicals that develop in our cells. You can read more about using my 21 Drops blends to achieve health naturally here.

 

In the next go-around on “Raising Children Naturally”, I will be sharing more of my tried-and-true tips for growing healthy children. Do you have any you would like to share with us?


 

Drop of the Day: 10 Calm

January 7th, 2013

We’re all too familiar with Manic Mondays…

In today’s Drop of the Day, Cary Caster, 21 Drops founder, preps for a busy week ahead with her #10 Calm blend.

 

 

 

“It’s Monday morning. The day before me is daunting and I’m overwhelmed, to say the least. My first order of business is to roll #10 Calm onto my wrists and pulse points, encouraging me to stop and take a deep breath. The vetiver immediately settles my nerves, while the heady jasmine uplifts my spirit. The sweet orange then takes over and brightens my outlook. I dive into the day – cool, calm and collected.”

 

How do you keep your calm on Manic Mondays?

Drumroll… Announcing the PASSION-ista Contest Winners!

January 4th, 2013

Our PASSION-ista contest was a smashing success! Our fans introduced us to some of their incredible friends and their own unique passions. Here are the final winners and the 21 Drops blends to complement their gorgeous personalities.

Glamour Girl
Courtney submitted her BFF, Ashley, who loves shopping, getting glammed up and going to Sephora! Ashley is a total fashion inspiration… may we suggest #21 Inspire?
Modern Woman
Carolyn nominated her BFF as the ultimate Modern Woman- fiery and fabulous! The Modern Woman’s go-to blend is #07 Equalize, a calming balance for her busy lifestyle!
Green Goddess
According to her friend Nancy, Allison is “always trying to save the earth, recycle and make things better for people and animals!” #12 Uplift would be perfect for this eco-conscious goddess!
Fitness Fanatic… Minh nominated her sister, Anh, as the Fitness Fanatic because “at only 11 years old, she’s more health conscious than most people out there!” We love Anh’s athletic determination – #09 Focus will keep her on her game!
Artsy Innovator
Josephine expressed her BFF Neesa’s strong artistic spirit and individual fashion sense. We suggest our #06 Passion to highlight Neesa’s creative side.
Party Girl
Shauna posted a  breathtaking photo of her PASSION-ista BFF. #18 Sleep might be needed after a night out and is a perfect match for this “girl that can walk into the room and with just a smile make all your troubles melt.”

All the entries were simply fantastic! The winners of this contest will receive a #06 Passion blend (for their BFF), a 21 Drops blend of their choice and 21 Drops t-shirts! Make sure to “like” us on Facebook to be a part of upcoming contests!

Drop of the Day: 04 Hangover

January 1st, 2013

We all love to party…until the morning after.

In today’s Drop of the Day, Cary Caster, 21 Drops founder, lets us in on the perfect antidote.

 

 

 

 

“This weekend, I had much to celebrate! With the holidays, 2 family birthdays and my daughter’s graduation, alcohol was abundant. The next morning, I reached for my #04 Hangover blend: I created this as a perfect antidote for these good times. Juniper flushes out toxins, cardamom refreshes and lavender eases my pounding headache. I’m myself again!”

 

 

 

Do you have any natural hangover remedies?