Archive for June, 2014

Ask Cary: Blend Application + GC-MS Testing

June 27th, 2014

We get all kinds of questions about essential oil therapy, and Cary makes sure to answer each and every one of them. Recently, we realized that those answers were only going to the person who asked the question. You know that at 21 Drops we believe that sharing is caring, so we decided to do a weekly roundup of some of the Q’s & A’s to help you be your best self!

 

This week: Blend Application + GC-MS Testing

 

 

Blend Application + GCMS Testing

 

Question: Where do I apply my blends?

Answer: It’s different for each blend, each one has specific instructions on its individual page and box. As a general rule you can apply them to pulse points (wrists, temples, back of the neck). Be sure to take a nice deep inhale to get those aromatic scent molecules flowing to the brain!

 

Question: Your packaging mentions GC-MS testing. What is that?

Answer: GC-MS stands for Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. This test identifies the active components in each oil and the quantities of each component. It will also reveal if there are any adulterations. It basically guarantees that our oils are as natural as we say they are. Adulterated oils will not offer optimal therapeutic effects and may cause allergies, headaches and chemical sensitivities, so we won’t use them in our blends.

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.

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The Cary Diaries: Finding Inner Peace at Kripalu

June 26th, 2014

We have the power to create our own thoughts and intentions, but often reality—work, hectic schedules and life’s circumstances—can take us off course. Or perhaps we never even learned the tools to develop mindfulness in our daily lives. For times when we need a little reminder of our inner potential and possibilities, rejuvenating destinations like Kripalu, in Lenox, MA, help us get on track and propel us forward in actualizing our dreams and purpose.

 

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The Kripalu mission is “ to empower people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.” While yoga is the focus of Kripalu’s mission, it offers many other classes and workshops that help to empower people without having to do any yoga at all.

Relaxation is evident from the moment one steps onto the property at Kripalu. You feel your shoulders drop and your breath get fuller. Whether you go for their “rest and relaxation” program or one of the numerous self-awareness workshops, there is never a dull moment.

There is an endless assortment of activities to help you de-stress and find your inner peace. From meditation to hikes to yoga and more, the choices abound for connecting on a deep level with that sometimes forgotten inner self.

 

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For my birthday weekend get away, I took a trip to Kripalu. I took full advantage of the program offerings, including the numerous mindful meditations, various yoga classes and a workshop on Evidenced Based Qigong, taught by Master Yang. I left feeling rejuvenated, with my heart wide open and filled with the joy of knowing I have pure intensions of making this world a better place. My efforts to source organic essential oils for our 21 Drops customers support green practices, organic farming and organic distilleries worldwide! 21 Drops hopes that our high frequency organic essential oil synergies, pre-blended with your conditions in mind, will help you to feel and be your best self!

Namaste!

 

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Cary and Master Yang

 

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New friends we met at Renee Trudeau’s workshop

 

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The Zodiac wheel

 

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Leaving some Strength for the angel

6 Reasons Why a Spoonful of Coconut Oil a Day Might Keep the Doctor Away

June 24th, 2014

In areas of the world where coconuts makes up 60% of the calories consumed, people are in excellent health, with no evidence of heart disease.

 

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This high quality of health has been attributed to Coconut Oil’s unique fatty acid content that is metabolized differently than other saturated fats and is shown to have powerful therapeutic effects, such as:

 

1. Boosts Energy

The medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) in coconut oil can actually increase energy expenditure compared to the same amount of calories from longer chain fats, thus helping to energize someone who consumes it.

 

2. Supports the Immune System

These same fatty acids, when digested, have shown to be anti-microbial, thus supporting the immune system and preventing illness.

 

3. Improves Brain Function

During digestion, these fatty acids are turned into ketones, which increase the amount of good fats in the blood. This has shown to have a positive effect on various brain functions, especially in Alzheimer’s patients.

 

4. Lowers Cholesterol

While it may seem counterintuitive to eat coconut oil to improve cholesterol, this type of oil is loaded with the healthy saturated fats that raise the good cholesterol and change the ratio.

 

5. Helps with Weight Loss

Best of all, there are studies that show consuming coconut oil can actually aid in losing weight! The combined effects of feeling satiated with this nutrient rich oil and its natural ability to burn body fat for fuel when consumed, can actually aid in the reduction of that midsection pudge.

 

6. Prevents Dry Skin and Hair Damage

In addition, coconut oil is extremely nourishing when applied topically to the skin and hair. It’s moisturizing effects help the appearance and quality of both! Plus, it has shown to be naturally protective against UV damage.

 

By simply eating a spoonful of coconut oil each day, you can truly improve your health. Make sure you’re using pure, virgin coconut oil, not something that has been processed. We suggest Aromatics International’s Organic Virgin Coconut Oil, which you can purchase here.

 

Ask Cary: Multiple Blends + Allergies

June 20th, 2014

We get all kinds of questions about essential oil therapy, and Cary makes sure to answer each and every one of them. Recently, we realized that those answers were only going to the person who asked the question. You know that at 21 Drops we believe that sharing is caring, so we decided to do a weekly roundup of some of the Q’s & A’s to help you be your best self!

 

This week: Multiple blends + Allergies

 

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Question: Can I apply more than one blend at a time?

Answer: Yes, you may layer them freely! I always use the analogy of eating fruits and vegetables: your body utilizes the phytonutrients it needs from all of the pure essential oils in the blends. They each have their characteristic functions that work synergistically together, so you’re all good to go. However, I don’t recommend using Invigorate or Focus two hours before bedtime- especially if you will be using Sleep, as these would conflict in their intended use.

 

Question: I need something for my sinus problems. I have a runny nose, watery eyes, etc. It is probably allergies. Do you have drops for this sort of problem?

Answer: Based on your symptoms, I recommend the Decongest blend. I created this blend with eucalyptus and black pepper oil to help clear the congestion that comes from allergies, sinus infections and colds. As far as preventing sinus problems in the future, the Immunity blend helps ward off cold and flu germs that may also be causing your symptoms!

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.

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Pre- and Post-Workout Blends

June 18th, 2014

It’s no secret that working out has both physical and psychological benefits. But sometimes just getting yourself to the gym is half the battle. Luckily, some of our blends can give you that extra boost you need!

Pre Workout

 

Pre-Workout Blends:

 

Invigorate: Stimulates energy, movement and vitality

Strength: Builds inner strength and confidence

Focus: Bolsters attention and promotes concentration

Will Power: Increases endurance and boosts motivation

 

 

 

Post Workout

 

Post-Workout Blends:

 

Detox: Soothes, rejuvenates and stimulates the expulsion of toxins

Equalize: Relaxes your mind and brings you back in balance

Pain Relief: Increases circulation while reducing pain, inflammation and stiffness

Calm: Calms you down and helps you chill out

 

Working out is an important part of staying healthy. It keeps your heart strong, helps you stay fit and most importantly makes you happy!

And if you need a little bit of encouragement, reach for some drops!

 

Naturally Reduce Stress with a Much-Needed Rub Down

June 17th, 2014

Stress is an unfortunate side effect of our modern society. Paying bills, sitting in traffic, meeting deadlines, balancing relationships. It is hard to do it all, and it’s even harder to do it while keeping calm. So how can we lessen the stress?

 

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Massage therapy has been proven to physically reduce harmful levels of stress hormones in the body while increasing levels of endorphins.

 

Living with stress keeps us strapped into a never-ending rollercoaster of racing hearts, short and shallow breathing, muscular tension and the “pit-in-the-stomach” sensation.

 

Stress is emotional, causing:

– angry outbursts

– eating disorders

– lack of focus

– drug and alcohol abuse

 

Stress is also physical, causing:

– headaches

– upset stomach

– elevated blood pressure

– chest pain

– low libido

– suppressed immunity

– trouble sleeping

 

Studies on the effect of massage show a significant decrease in heart rate, blood pressure, cortisol levels and muscular tension. And best of all, subjects who received massages showed significant changes in their psychological state, expressing feelings of euphoria and deep relaxation.

 

So next time you question whether or not you should “splurge” on a massage, go for it!

 

Ask Cary: Scent + Breakups

June 13th, 2014

We get all kinds of questions about essential oil therapy, and Cary makes sure to answer each and every one of them. Recently, we realized that those answers were only going to the person who asked the question. You know that at 21 Drops we believe that sharing is caring, so we decided to do a weekly roundup of some of the Q’s & A’s to help you be your best self!

 

This week: Scent + Breakups

 

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Question: I’m very intrigued by these products and can’t wait to try them, but do they do double-duty? Could I use them as perfume as well? Or are the aromatics simply for the effects they have on your body?

Answer: Essential oils are very powerful healing tools on many levels. They are complex oils with many properties. While they may smell good, they do have other benefits. The essential oils we use in our blends are therapeutic quality, which provide both physiological and emotional benefits. What most people don’t realize is that while our therapeutic blends have beautiful scents, the scent will not last as long as a perfume because we do not use any additives in our products. Rather, the oils are meant to absorb quickly into the skin and get to work immediately. If you are looking for the most “fragrant” and uplifting blends, I recommend Strength, Passion, Equalize or Uplift.

 

Question: What would you recommend for a heavy heart? A recent breakup has left me feeling great loss and sadness.

Answer: I feel for you in your sadness. I knew that feeling all too well when I lost my mother 15 years ago. That was when I first created my Carry On blend. The oils in this blend really helped me to connect with my inner sadness, be ok with it, but then also supported me to move forward through that difficult time. That is the blend I would recommend for your situation.

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.

cary

Summer Reading: The Best Aromatherapy Book List

June 12th, 2014

Summer Reading

 

Whether you’re new to aromatherapy or have been using essential oils for years, here are a few books that are packed with a wealth of essential oil information!

 

Beginner:

 

Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay

This very small easy to read book is jam packed with a wealth of info on essential oils and Aromatherapy. If you don’t want to delve into the technical science behind essential oils, but want a broad understanding of their healing powers, this is a great start! Mojay goes into details about the oils’ various abilities to restore balance in regard to the five-element theory of Chinese medicine and the ensuing patterns of disharmony. The essential oil descriptions and references in this book are poetic and very much aligned with healing the spirit!

 

 

Intermediate:

 

Essential Living, Aromatherapy Recipes for Health & Home by Andrea Butje

This book is a light and refreshing approach to integrating essential oils into every aspect of your life. You will read how to incorporate mists and sprays into each space in your home, and even learn recipes to address many common physical and emotional ailments encountered in daily living. Andrea’s easy step-by-step instructions help you to transform your home and body to chemical-free temples.

 

The Art of Aromatherapy, The Healing and Beautifying Properties of Essential Pils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert Tisserand

This is a great example of a comprehensive aromatherapy book. It incorporates the beauty and healing modality of essential oils along with many aspects of synergistic natural healing. Since Tisserand believes that “aromatherapy cannot be separated from basic principles of natural therapeutics, massage, diet and our whole attitude of life,” he dedicates chapters to these, highlighting how essential oils help bring balance and benefit to the whole being.

 

 

Advanced:

 

The Healing Intelligence of Essential OilsThe Science of Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D

This book is full of interesting examples of “how the effectiveness of essential oils stem from our common biochemical and cellular heritage with plants.”  People often seem to overlook the basic facts that explain our natural coexistence with the plant world. Kurt provides a unique perspective on our relationship with nature that helps the less advanced aromatherapist understand the “how and why” of essential oil science; his fundamental explanations and visual aids help to communicate these complex scientific concepts in a very digestible way.

 

The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia

This is the quintessential textbook for essential oils. It is by far the most comprehensive Aromatherapy book that offers detailed chapters on the many facets of using and understanding essential oils. It does a wonderful job at addressing our different bodily systems, highlighting which essential oils to use and recommend for particular concerns, and providing a plethora of great recipes to try.

 

5 Tips to Help You Sleep Like a Baby

June 9th, 2014

 

The National Sleep Foundation determined that 60% of Americans experience some degree of sleep problems almost every night. And the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has declared insufficient sleep as a public health epidemic in the US. Clearly, this is an issue that needs a lot more attention.

 

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Not only does sleep make you, well, sleepy, but according to the Division of Sleep Medicine at Harvard Medical School, chronic sleep deprivation has been linked to obesity, cancer, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, lowered immunity and neurological problems – all of which drastically reduce quality of life. Plus, it affects our relationships, creativity, mood and productivity.

 

Since sleep is the body’s daily renewal system, you can work to ensure you get more quality ZZZ’s by incorporating just a few simple steps into your daily routine:

 

1.  Put your electronics to bed.

You should shut off your gadgets at least one hour before you go to sleep. It has been shown that the light from our devices prevents the body from realizing its natural circadian rhythm, thus disrupting our internal on/off switch.

 

2.  Exercise.

Being active is imperative to rid the body of excess stresses and strains that arise as a result of modern living. With exercise, your body will function more efficiently and release more endorphins during the day; this encourages your body to calm itself down at night. Plus, your muscles will need the rest!

 

3.  Eat well.

A proper, balanced diet is important so that your body is not reacting to sugar highs and lows. Alcohol consumption in the evenings has particularly adverse effects. The large amount of sugar in alcohol often creates a restless night’s sleep.

 

4.  Keep it dark.

Keep you bedroom dark during your sleeping hours. Just as evening use of electronics can affect your circadian rhythm, early light coming in the window can cause the body to wake earlier than necessary.

 

5.  Breathe deeply.

Deep breathing exercises or simple yoga postures can help the body to relax at the end of a stressful day. Making mindful choices to stop the cascade of stressful thoughts and feelings is imperative to give the body the chance to wind down and renew itself.

 

Sweet Dreams!

Ask Cary: Carrier Oils + Anxiety

June 6th, 2014

We get all kinds of questions about essential oil therapy, and Cary makes sure to answer each and every one of them. Recently, we realized that those answers were only going to the person who asked the question. You know at 21 Drops we believe that sharing is caring, so we decided to do a weekly roundup of some of the Q’s & A’s to help you be your best self!

 

First up: Carrier oils and anxiety

 

Carrier Oils + Anxiety

 

Question: Do you use any carrier oils in your blends? Or do the vials contain only
essential oils? I have some nut allergies, so I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t have a problem.

Answer: Because essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin, all of our blends contain a synergy of 3-5 essential oils diluted in a 100% organic jojoba carrier oil. There are no other oils in our blends, so if you have nut allergies, there should not be an issue. Click here to learn more about our oils.

 

Question: I have anxiety when I ride the subway. What blend would your recommend? I checked out De-Stress, Calm and Equalize. They seem similar, what do you think?

Answer: I’d say your choice depends on your level of anxiety. If you feel extremely anxious, with a racing heart, muscle tension, and an overactive mind, then I’d recommend De-Stress. If you just get a bit uncomfortable and need to be calmed, I’d choose CalmEqualize is more about neutralizing the mind and has a soothing effect.

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.