Archive for September, 2014

4 Essential Oils that Detoxify Your Body

September 29th, 2014

Juicing, cleansing, diets and workouts. It seems like everyone these days is looking for new ways to detox. We want to share another method with you: essential oils. We’ve put together a list of four essential oils that help rid your body of toxins.




Whether you’re in need of a morning-after remedy or you simply want to feel better, these essential oils will help get you back on track. They help to purify, soothe and revive.


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

4 Essential Oils that Eliminate Congestion

September 23rd, 2014

With cold and flu season around the corner, it’s time to stock up on all of the natural remedies that will keep you and your family happy and healthy this fall. One of the most common symptoms during this time of year is congestion – nasal, sinus, chest, you name it – but don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!




Here are 4 essential oils that eliminate congestion and get you back to easy breathing:

Black Pepper Dried Fruit Oil – fights against congestion, motivates and energizes

Eucalyptus Leaf Oil – uplifts, cools and cleanses the mind, body and home

Myrrh Resin Oil – treats coughs, cold, congestion and flue

Ravinstara Leaf Oil – stimulates the immune system and clears the sinuses


Add 5 drops of each to a bowl of steaming, hot water. Close your eyes and drape a towel over your head and bowl. Breathe deeply and enjoy!


Not into DIY and looking for a quick, easy solution? Check out our Decongest essential oil blend.

How Plants Healed a Country

September 18th, 2014

Recently, I attended the Botanica 2014 Conference in Dublin, which celebrates herbs and clinical aromatherapy. It was a global affair featuring 24 presentations from 16 different countries on the different benefits of using herbal preparations and essential oils to heal our minds and bodies.


There was one presentation, in particular, that really resonated with me. It was the story of how Julia Hoffman Graves, an herbalist and naturopathic practitioner from France, was able to use to plants to save thousands of lives in Haiti after the devastating earthquake of 2010.

 earthquake1Devastation from the January 12, 2010 earthquake


It all began when her friend Venerable Thupten Jinpa, a Haitian-born Tibetan Buddhist monk who was on a meditation retreat in France when the quake happened, got wind of the devastation and decided to fly to Haiti to bring his father back to the US. He mentioned that it would take some time to get his father’s papers cleared, so he wanted to spend his time in Haiti helping the survivors. Julia quickly sprung into action, launching a last-minute fundraising effort


48 hours later, Julia arrived in Haiti with $2,500 in contributions plus another $4,000 worth of donated natural remedies. There, she linked up with Jinpa and the skeleton crew he had put together consisting of Lisa Schrempp, an ayurvedic message therapist from Arizona, Ven. Thupten Punstok, another Haitian monk who served as a translator and medicine preparer, and Oliama Deriviere, a local bone-setter, midwife and herbalist.

 julia-pillsJulia creating custom essential oil blends.


The team traveled to desolate villages, where no other help was available, and set up shop with a tarp, table and two chairs. Under Jinpa and Julia’s direction, people would line up to see the doctors and then move on to massage, cupping or bone-setting, if necessary.  Patients would then move to the “pharmacy” where custom essential oil blends and bagged herbs were prepared and distributed.


lisa-handLisa massaging a woman’s wrist.


This mobile clinic, now known as the Naturopathic Relief Clinic for Haitian Earthquake Survivors, was the only naturopathic clinic created in the aftermath of the earthquake. It proved invaluable, as many of the Haitian people were skeptical of forced vaccinations and modern medical treatments, which are common in traditional clinics. Julia recalled how many people first came and asked, “Do they do vaccinations here?” When they were told no, they would respond, “Good, then I will stay for a treatment.”

 oliama-adjustingOliama doing adjustments on a man with back pain.

They used essential oil rubs for coughs, colds skin infections, rheumatic pains and psychological disorders, homeopathic treatments for fever, diarrhea and injury, and flower essences and Ayurvedic massage for emotional healing. According to Julia, “Even tiny amounts of essential oils were used to sanitize stagnant water supplies and prevent epidemics.” They gave dietary and herbal advice, empowering people to take control of their health and use their native resources for healing. The word spread throughout the island and more and more patients arrived to line up each day. There was no favoritism for those that could pay, and there was a separate line just for the children. The clinic became not only a place for treatment, but also a source of education and hope.

 jinpa-girlJinpa administering flower essences for grief.


Since 2010, the Naturopathic Relief Clinic for Haitian Earthquake Survivors was able to treat over 18,000 villagers.


To learn more about the clinic or ways that you can help, please visit







5 Reasons to Love Cardamom Essential Oil

September 9th, 2014

Did you know that the use Cardamom essential oil was first documented over 3,500 years ago in the Egyptian pharmacological document, Ebers Papyrus? Since then, scientists have discovered numerous ways to use it to heal the body.


5 Reasons to Love Cardamom EO 

Here’s why Cardamom is so great:


1. Freshens breath. Cardamom seeds are chewed to sweeten breath. 


2. Great for digestive issues. Cardamom essential oil eases the stomach and relaxes muscle spasms.


3. Libido boost. Cardamom essential oil is a well-known aphrodisiac.


4. Detoxifies the body. It has a stimulating, tonic effect on the kidneys.


5. Acts as an expectorant. Ayurvedic Medicine uses cardamom essential oil for bronchial complaints because it counteracts mucus-forming foods.


Cardamom essential oil can be found in our Detox, Passion, Digest and Abstain blends.


4 Reasons to Love Black Pepper Essential Oil

September 9th, 2014

Did you know that Black Pepper is the most widely-traded spice in the world? Not only is it used in almost every culinary dish across the globe, but it has some wonderful therapeutic properties as well.


4 Reasons to Love Black Pepper


We love Black Pepper essential oil, and here’s why you should too:


1. It works wonders on aching and cramping muscles. By improving circulation, Black Pepper essential oil helps get oxygen to the muscles quickly, thus relieving aches and pains.


2. It is an excellent weapon against congestion. Ayurvedic medicine uses Black Pepper essential oil to treat nasal congestion and sinusitis.


3. It boosts energy. The motivating and stimulating properties of Black Pepper essential oil helps invigorate and awaken the brain.


4. It aids in digestion. For thousands of years, the Chinese have been using Black Pepper essential oil to treat indigestion, gas, food poisoning, diarrhea and nausea.


Black Pepper essential oil can be found in our Invigorate, Decongest and Inspire blends.


Ask Cary: Ingestion + Migraines

September 5th, 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: Ingestion + Migraines



Question: Some of my friends drink their essential oils. Can I ingest 21 Drops?

Answer: The ingestion of essential oils is a controversial subject. Because of that, we, at 21 Drops, support both the inhalation and topical application of essential oils, not ingestion. Learn more on how to apply here.


Question: I suffer from chronic migraines. I’d love to avoid taking pills every day. Can you recommend anything to keep my head pain at bay?

Answer: Lavender oil, peppermint oil and rosewood oil can work wonders on migraines. I created the Headache blend to help ease this kind of pain. Apply it to the temples and back of neck for the best results.


Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.