Archive for November, 2013

Why Children Need Nature

November 9th, 2013

Today’s families and children are fairly limited in their opportunities to spend time enjoying nature. The life of the modern family has drastically changed over the last twenty years. Kids spend more time watching TV, playing video games, and using computers and other electronic devices rather than being active or playing outside. Health problems surrounding these more sedentary activities are already apparent.

family-art-project-drawn-to-nature-3-credit-joshua-bright.jpg__524x349_q85_crop_upscaleThe past ten years have uncovered many benefits of children connecting with nature, and they have been documented in a large amount of scientific studies and publications. The conclusion of this collective research is that a child’s psychological, social, academic, psychological, and physical health is improved when given the opportunity to spend time in nature.

For example, kids participate in more imaginative forms of play in green areas. Nature is exceptionally significant for developing competence for creativity, intellectual development, and problem solving.

Studies have also shown that schools using outdoor classrooms or other nature-based experimental learning show noteworthy student improvements in math, science, social studies, and language arts. Students that participated in science programs outdoors were able to improve their test scores in science by 27%.

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It has been shown that children who have the opportunity to grow their own
fruits and vegetables are more likely to eat the produce and have a better understanding of nutrition. It is also more likely that these children will continue to maintain good eating habits later in their lives.

Children will be happier and healthier if they are given regular opportunities for unstructured playtime outdoors. The ability to spend time in green areas or simply given a view of natural settings enhances self-control, peace and self-discipline. As parents, teachers, and influencers of these children, we need to make these opportunities to be part of nature available for the sake of their overall well being.

Next time you’re looking for a fun family activity, think about going to a pumpkin patch, picking apples, or visiting the garden store for some natural wellness. It is a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and benefit the whole family.

 

(Statistics and research used were found at http://www.childrenandnature.org/research/)

Supporting the Localvore Movement

November 6th, 2013

A “localvore” (or “locavore,” depending on who is asked) is a person who exclusively eats or has a tendency to only eat foods that have been produced or grown locally. This localvore movement has been growing in popularity due to the rise in awareness and interest in living a more sustainable lifestyle.

Mounting concerns about global climate change and the negative impact of greenhouse gas emissions has significantly shifted people’s perspectives on how the goods and foods they purchase are produced. Thus, transporting foods over great distances is an unsustainable practice. The localvore movement helps support greener practices.

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The goal of localvores is to only eat food that has been produced locally, ideally food has traveled less than 100 miles from the farm to a consumer’s table.

Here are a few tips that can help you and your family become localvores:

 

–  Grow some of your own food in your own garden or participate in a community garden. While you may need to supplement your food supply, it is a tasty, fun, and cost-efficient way to buy fewer groceries.

–  Purchasing items from local farmers’ markets vs. the grocery store. Most markets have firm “Localvore” guidelines on who is allowed to sell their produce there.

–  Many different programs and services provide a way to support local farmers and eat locally grown and produced food. Some offer a monthly or bi-monthly delivery of meat and produce purchased straight from the farmer.

–  Buy from grocery stores that offer locally grown foods. These items can be identified by asking the grocer or by looking for a label that lists the location where it was produced.

–  When eating out at restaurants, choose venues that source their ingredients locally. Most localvore restaurants promote this fact that their ingredients are purchased locally to show their support of these green practices.

The History of Aromatherapy

November 2nd, 2013

Nefertiti offers essential oils to Isis

This month, 21 Drops is celebrating the history of aromatherapy and essential oils, including the way they have impacted the creation of the 21 Drops Lifestyle. This all begins by embracing the word “aromatherapy” and what it means. Technically, it is using essential oils that are concentrated extracts that have been derived from the leaves, roots, blossoms, or seeds of various plants for medicinal purposes. These essential oils can be inhaled or massaged into the skin to receive the desired effects. But what more does aromatherapy mean, and where did it come from?

Much of the answer lies in the longevity of its use by human kind. Essential oils have been used for nearly 6,000 years by ancient cultures around the globe for their therapeutic properties. These oils have also been used by ancient Chinese, Indian, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman societies in perfumes, cosmetics, and as medicine. Essential oils were used regularly in other aspects of ancient life, such as therapy, spiritual guidance, hygiene, and in certain rites and rituals.

Aromatherapist, René-Maurice Gattefossé

Though aromatherapy and essential oils have shown their potent effects for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the early 1900s that they became a focal point for scientific study. For example, a French chemist by the name of René-Maurice Gattefossé realized that lavender had the ability to heal burns after applying it to his hand after an explosion in is lab. After analyzing the properties of the plant, he saw that there were many other uses for the essential oils produced from lavender that could treat a variety of wounds and damage to the skin. Gattefossé began what he called the science of aromatherapy.

The widely known benefits of aromatherapy and even the science and study of essential oils were not widely accepted in the United States until roughly the 1980s. It was at that point that many aromatherapy products became popular on the market including candles and lotions. Unfortunately, although labeled as aromatherapy, there were seldom any essential oils in the ingredients and they contained many artificial fragranced which have no therapeutic effect.

Cary Caster, 21 Drops Founder

Today, a growing number of true aromatherapy products are being marketed to the public, and more people understand the importance of living a less chemically dependent life. 21 Drops is proud to be advancing the scientific modernization of essential oil use and assisting customers in exploring which aromatherapy products are right for them and their concerns.

Cary Caster, Founder of 21 Drops, is dedicated to not only being a provider of essential oil knowledge to the public, but also educate people on how to live a more healthy lifestyle in all aspects. By finding balance in our physical, emotional, and spiritual needs, we can come closer to becoming whole. These are the guiding principles the 21 Drops Lifestyle advocates: regular exercise, healthy eating, wholesome parenting, and natural healing. We encourage you to begin your journey with us as we share inspiration and guidance on living your life in order to Feel Better. Be Better.