Archive for August, 2014

4 Essential Oils to Ease Stomach Pain

August 28th, 2014

Whether it’s from bad food, overindulgence or emotional stress, dealing with an upset stomach can really put a damper on your day. From stomach aches to nausea, these four essential oils will help to ease your stomach pain.

 

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These four essential oils will settle your stomach, stimulate digestion and enhance your metabolism. Apply throughout the day, especially directly before and after eating.

 

Not into DIY and looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our Digest blend.

 

3 Essential Oils that Keep You Focused

August 26th, 2014

After a lengthy, relaxing summer, it can be difficult to get back into the groove of things. Studying, homework and long days at the office seem so much more daunting now than they did back in May. Essential oils can provide you with a natural way to stimulate your mind and stay sharp. We’ve put together a list of three essential oils that help keep you focused.

 

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These three essential oils will help to jump-start your brain and promote concentration. Apply them when you are feeling distracted or drained.

 

Not into DIY and looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our Focus blend.

 

The Cary Diaries: John Denver Sanctuary

August 21st, 2014

As summer comes to a close, I reflect on my family trip to Colorado. Breathing in the fresh mountain air, hiking through forests, challenging myself on hard climbs, and biking along the Rio Grande all make for a healthy, active vacation. But more than that, there’s something about the mountains that soothes our souls. The power of the conifer trees, the “antennae for the planet”, draws in universal healing energy that is tangible in every breath.

 

No one expresses this better than John Denver, the American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian whose tribute is the beautiful John Denver Sanctuary in Aspen, Colorado.

 

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The Sanctuary hides a highly-engineered stormwater filtration system that pays tribute to Denver’s environmental legacy. Large boulders display his lyrics and portray his sensitivity to nature. To me, this place acts as a reminder to be proactive and preserve all of our precious resources.

 

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I walked away from the sanctuary, deep in contemplation, and my heart filled with a song that nature is and always will be in her finest hour!

 

He climbed cathedral mountains

Saw silver clouds below

Saw everything as far as you can see

And they say that he got crazy once

And he tried to touch the sun

And he lost a friend but kept his memory

 

Now, he walks in quiet solitude

The forests and the streams

Seeking grace in every step he takes

His sight has turned inside

Himself to try and understand

The serenity of a clear blue mountain lake

 

Now his life is full of wonder

But his heart still knows some fear

Of a simple thing he cannot comprehend

Why they try to tear the mountains down

To bring in a couple more

More people, more scars upon the land

 

And the Colorado Rocky Mountain high

I’ve seen it rainin’ fire in the sky

He know he’d be a poorer man

If he never saw an eagle fly

Rocky Mountain high

It’s the Colorado Rocky Mountain high

 

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xo,

Cary

Essential Oils for Back-to-School

August 20th, 2014

It’s time to say goodbye to the relaxing days of summer and go back to school! While we tend to dread the onslaught of “full on” days, there are essential oils that you can incorporate into your family’s daily routine to help make each stage of the day a tad bit easier! Below is a list of different essential oils you can diffuse during different times of the day.

 

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Essential oils for the morning:

When my children were smaller, they did not have to be told 1oo times to get out of bed. Instead, they were woken up by the stimulating scents of peppermint and rosemary wafting under their noses. These essential oils will help to perk the whole family up and start the day with alertness and energy.

 

Essential oils for the afternoon:

Waiting in the pick-up line can be a drag, but by spraying calming and uplifting oils into the car (such as grapefruit, sweet orange and jasmine), both you and your children will be in a great mood on the way home from school. This allows for a well-deserved decompression before plowing into the rest of your afternoon schedules.

If your children participate in after-school sports, try some revitalizing oils, such as juniper, cedarwood and cardamom.

To help them focus on homework, diffuse stimulating blends, such as peppermint or rosemary.

 

Essential oils for bedtime:

Long school days, dinner and the homework blitz can leave kids wired at the end of the day. Incorporating relaxing oils, such as vetiver, sandalwood, palmarosa and lavender, into their evening regime will help them unwind and have a restful sleep.

 

Essential oils to build up immunity during the night:

With “back-to-school” comes a breeding of new germs that can assault the healthiest of children. At the slightest sign of a sniffle, or even just as a precaution, I suggest loading up your children with immune-building essential oils, such as eucalyptus, rosewood, ravintsara and tea tree. These will help keep your children from missing important time in the classroom– helping them to be their best self!

 

Need some additional information or have a specific question about essential oils? Ask Cary here.

Ask Cary: Conflicting Blends + Depression

August 15th, 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’s topics: Conflicting Blends + Depression

 

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Question: I love the Invigorate blend and use it every day! Can I use stimulating blends (like Invigorate) and the Sleep blend without any conflicts?

Answer: I encourage people to layer our blends! You can absolutely use conflicting blends in the same day, I just suggest waiting a few hours in between. To be safe, I would avoid using any stimulating blends at least two hours before bedtime.

 

Question: Lately I’ve been feeling depressed. Can essential oils help?

Answer: Essential oils can be an amazing, natural way to fight depression. I would recommend our Uplift, Carry On and Will Power blends. Uplift manages the blues, buoys your down spirit and brightens your outlook. Carry On soothes heartbreak, eases shock and grief and allows you to move on. Will Power increases your determination and drive while motivating you into action. These three blends will help get your mind to a better place.

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.

cary

 

7 Reasons to Love Peppermint

August 14th, 2014

Greek mythology claims the underworld god Pluto was in hot pursuit of the sexy nymph Mentha when his wife, Persephone, put an end to the affair by angrily stamping her into the ground. The same lore tells us that we have Pluto to thank for then turning Mentha into an herb.

 

Cultivated since ancient times, traces of Peppermint have been found in Egyptian tombs from as far back as 1000 B.C., while the Romans used the herb as a digestive aid, even wearing garlands of Peppermint to celebrate feasts. Our Peppermint oil is sourced from an organic farmer in India that steam distills the plant’s leaves in situ, ensuring their exceptional quality and vibrancy.

 

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Peppermint oil is well-known for relaxing the intestinal tract, making it highly effective in combating nausea, digestive problems and heartburn. Its cooling properties help ease headache and migraine, and its decongestant, expectorant and analgesic properties are well-documented. Emotionally, it awakes, refreshes and uplifts, stimulating and increasing focus.

 

In short: Peppermint is great for nausea, digestive problems, heartburn, headaches, congestion, pain relief and focus.

 

Peppermint can be found in our Headache and Focus blends.

 

The Cancer-Fighting Fruit

August 12th, 2014

Is it an orange? A grapefruit? No, let me introduce you to the pomelo. Native to South and Southeast Asia, the pomelo fruit is the largest of the citrus fruits. It tastes similar to a grapefruit, but without any of the bitterness.

 

Pomelo is known for its numerous health benefits, but today let’s focus on a big one: Pomelo can help prevent the spread of cancer. Pomelo contains vitamin C, beta-carotene, B vitamins, folic acid, potassium, liminoids and rich bioflaconids. Each of these elements work together to help your body fight against cancer cells.

 

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Pomelo is a popular ingredient in many Asian meals, so look out for recipes with this sweet citrus fruit. Or you can treat yourself and take your lemon bars to the next level with this awesome recipe for Pomelo Citrus Bars!

 

Ask Cary: Cold Sores + Invigorate vs. Focus

August 8th, 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’s topics: Cold Sores + Invigorate vs. Focus

 

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Question: Can you recommend any essential oils for getting rid of a cold sore? One of my friends suggested Melissa oil. What do you think?

Answer: You would never want to put Melissa oil directly on a cold sore. It would burn like crazy! I’ve seen a few recipes that use one drop (of Melissa oil) per teaspoon of Aloe Vera gel, but you wouldn’t want to get it on the surrounding skin– which is hard to do. Instead, I would recommend Sandalwood oil. It can be safely used by applying it directly onto a cold sore. Tea Tree oil also works, but use sparingly. And be sure to use a q-tip, as you never want to touch the cold sore to the bottle directly.

 

Question: What is the difference between Invigorate and Focus? They both seem like energizing blends.

Answer: Both of these blends definitely have energizing qualities. When choosing between Invigorate and Focus, I explain that Invigorate was created for the body to stimulate movement and blood flow, whereas Focus is meant more for the mind and mental focus. I would use Invigorate in the morning or before a workout and Focus while at work or before a yoga class.

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.

cary

How Essential Oil Therapy Changed My View of Modern Medicine

August 7th, 2014

I always wanted to be one of those girls who went to yoga, meditated daily and lived a “pure” life, but I never knew enough about the world of natural wellness. (And to be honest, I did not know how much I believed in it either).

Of course I knew that healthy eating and exercise were key factors in living a long, healthy life, but I was ignorant to the many other ways to naturally heal your body. Pharmaceutical drugs did not bother me; I was the first person to pop an Advil when I felt a tiny headache coming on. But since starting my internship at 21 Drops, my eyes have opened to this new, healthy world.

 

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Just like many essential oil newbies, I was a little skeptical walking into the 21 Drops office. The whole idea of using aromatherapy instead of, or in conjunction with, traditional medicine seemed a little too good to be true.

But then I began to learn about the science behind essential oils and I started to truly believe. Who knew that pharmaceutical drugs are simply synthesized versions of the oils naturally found in plants?! That one piece of knowledge alone was enough to begin changing my views.

On my third day, I sat down to get started on my work and I felt this instant burst of energy surge through me. I looked around and saw my co-worker using one of the blends. It was Focus. I could not believe how affected I was by its scent.

 

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At this point I was well on my way to being a full-on essential oil enthusiast, but I still wanted to test these little oils one last time. I have a confession: I use melatonin way too freely. Well, I used to. It seemed like falling asleep without it was close to impossible. So one night I swapped out my melatonin for Sleep. I rolled it on my wrists a few times and got into bed. The next thing I remember is waking up the next morning– I am not kidding.

I am in no way discrediting Western medicine. My father is a doctor and my sister is a nurse. I definitely think there are situations when pharmaceuticals are necessary. But I am a firm believer in the importance of essential oils and view them as an amazing alternative.

So I beg of you, next time something is bothering you, ask yourself if the drugs are necessary. If they are, go for it. But if not, take a chance on essential oils. I have a feeling your mind will be blown– just as mine was.

 

xo,

Alyssa

4 Essential Oils that Boost Your Immune System

August 5th, 2014

With just a few weeks left of summer, the last thing you need is to get sick. But with all of the traveling and late nights, it can be hard to keep your body healthy. We’ve put together a list of four essential oils to fend off that run-down feeling.

 

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These four essential oils are restorative, preventative and fortifying. Apply them frequently– especially when the first signs of any symptoms occur!

 

Not into DIY and looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our 21 Drops Immunity blend.