Archive for March, 2016

How to Use Essential Oils Mindfully

March 31st, 2016

Although essential oils smell pleasant to most, some people may have some sensitivity to particular scents or smells. Our essential oil expert and 21 drops founder, Cary Caster, explains how people can become sensitized to different scents.

 

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• Overusing essential oils can cause people to develop a sensitivity or irritation to that particular scent over time. Therefore, you should use essential oils only as needed for therapeutic or curative use and moderately as a perfume.

 

• Essential oils are extremely concentrated and powerful in their actions and thus need to be diluted for safe application. If you aren’t diluting your essential oils at all or to a safe concentration in a carrier oil (coconut or jojoba) before applying it to your body, you can develop a sensitivity to that oil with repeated use and over exposure.

 

• Using essential oils too early (infants) is not recommended for the first 1-2 years of life. If absolutely necessary for a child 1-2 years of age you may dilute to a 0.5%  concentration in a carrier oil (coconut or jojoba) and only use gentle oils such as Roman Chamomile or Lavender for their concerns. Place the diluted oil in a place on the child’s body away from their eyes and mouth. Furthermore, it’s suggested that new mothers be mindful to not over scent themselves when handling their newborns.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Spring Cleaning

March 29th, 2016

Around this time every year, it’s time to open up the windows and clean out the overstuffed closets of clothes and junk accumulated over the winter to get ready for spring. Clearing clutter is a great way not only to bring new life to your home, but also to bring clarity and peace to your mind. Here are a few simple do’s and don’ts for spring cleaning:

 

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Do’s

Properly put away and store winter clothes to make room for your spring and summer wardrobe.

Go through your spring wardrobe and donate anything that you haven’t in worn 2 years or more.

Shake out and clean any indoor rugs to refresh them from all of the winter build-up. Also, it’s nice to air them out in the fresh air.

Clean up your outdoor space no matter how small or large. Spruce it up with a few new plants or an herb garden.

Pick one new indoor/outdoor project to begin, maybe something creative you’ve been eyeing on Pinterest all winter long.

Don’ts

Don’t through away or donate any winter clothing until next season. Sometimes we can get so excited to clear space that we end up getting rid of something we may really need to hold on to.

Don’t leave any spring project incomplete, finish what you started. There’s nothing worse than a half-way organized closet or half the lawn furniture still in storage. Pick a manageable project each day or weekend that is easy to complete.

Don’t think you can do everything at once. Spring cleaning can sometimes be overwhelming, so map out your plan of attack and stay organized.

 

Spring Diffuser Recipe

March 25th, 2016

Throughout the Springtime, it’s nice to enjoy fresh, clean scents that help to promote clarity and cleanliness. Here is an awesome DIY essential oil recipe to diffuse around the house this month!

 

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Use a combination of Pine, Lemon and Sweet Orange essential oils measured out to around 15 ml. There doesn’t have to be an exact measurement for diffusing oils, so we recommend using your own scent preferences to determine which essential oil you would like to stand out most in the blend.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

 

Essential Oil Breakdown:

Lemon– This fresh citrus oil is great for detoxifying the liver and promoting immune support while enhancing clarity and uplifting the spirit. It’s also great for its excellent germ-fighting and antibacterial properties.

Sweet Orange– This tangy, sweet fruity oil is known for combating pessimism and perfectionism by calming agitation and unblocking stagnated ability. This oil also helps to cleanse the air of germs and works great in a diffuser.

Pine– Embodying a fresh woody smell, this oil is known to be used for its antibacterial and grounding properties.

How to Properly Store Your Essential Oils

March 22nd, 2016

Purchasing essential oils can be rather expensive, especially if you’re buying high-quality GC-MS tested oils. It’s important to properly store your oils to ensure their longevity and shelf-life. Here are a few tips on how to properly store your essential oils:

 

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Store in a cool, dark place out of the light or in dark glass bottles. Essential oils react to sunlight, so it’s best to keep them in a drawer or medicine cabinet.

It’s important to note that different essential oils have different shelf lives due to their chemical makeup.

For Example:

Essential Oils with shortest shelf life: 

Citrus/Pines oxidize quickly and only last about a year.

Lavender and Eucalyptus 2-3 years

Essential Oils with a medium shelf life:

Rosemary and Ravintsara 3-4 years

Peppermint and Rose Absolute 4-5 years

Essential Oils with the longest shelf life:

Vetiver, Sandalwood, Spikenard, Myrrh and Frankincense 6-8 years

DIY Allergy Inhaler

March 9th, 2016

During the height of allergy season, having a pocket-sized, all-natural allergy inhaler is a great thing to carry with you to use when your allergies start to spike. Here is an easy and effective DIY allergy inhaler recipe:

 

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Ingredients: 

Eucalyptus

This refreshing and stimulating essential oil is an obvious choice to include in an allergy inhaler. It’s cooling and cleansing for the respiratory system and helps to break down mucus buildup.

Ravintsara

This immunostimulant is great for any respiratory issue as well. It can help to clear the sinuses and has anti-inflammatory properties to assist in calming coughs.

Spike Lavender

Spike Lavender has anti-inflammatory properties and is a natural decongestant.

Pine (Red Pine)

This essential oil is great for fighting colds or congestion. It’s also excellent for helping to reduce any spastic coughing.

Directions:

Saturate the cotton insert of  an inhaler with a total of 30 drops of one or any combination of the essential oils above. Assemble as directed and begin using when needed. Make sure you keep the cap tightly closed so the active vapors don’t evaporate.

Essential Oils for Skin Allergies

March 3rd, 2016

Every year around allergy season we get slammed with itchy eyes and stuffy noses. Another victim to seasonal allergies is our skin, which can be sensitive to the changing weather and season. Essential oils are a great natural way to help combat skin allergies, leaving you with itch-free, clear, glowing skin. Here are a few essential oils recommended by our founder and essential oil expert, Cary Caster. As a quick reminder, it is most important to safely dilute your essential oils to 2-3% in a carrier oil or lotion for direct application to the skin.

 

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Roman or German ChamomileWatch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

This gentle essential oil can be used to treat skin inflammations such as rashes or insect bites.

 

Lavender

This essential oil has anti-inflammatory skin healing properties used to treat acne, rashes and other skin irritations caused by seasonal allergies.

 

Palmarosa

Palmarosa essential oil is great for various types of skin issues that include dry skin, swelling, dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections and fungus. It helps to balance sebum production and stimulate cell regeneration.

 

Carrot Seed

This oil is most famous for its skin-healing properties to help restore skin tone and keep it moisturized. It’s great to use during allergy season to tame any skin irritations you may have.

 

Patchouli

Patchouli can be used on many skins conditions to bring down inflammation or swelling. It’s components allow it to be extremely cooling and moisturizing for the skin.

 

 

»Use Rosehip Seed Oil or Rose Hydrosol with a touch of Aloe Vera as your carrier. In a resealable glass bottle with a dropper, combine 1 oz of carrier and 10-12 drops total of your essential oils: Roman Chamomile (3-4 drops), Carrot Seed (3-4 drops), Patchouli (3-4 drops). Seal tightly and shake well, apply a couple of drops of your blend to the irritated area on your skin once or twice daily.