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6 Ways Ho Wood Essential Oil Can Help With Headaches!

April 2nd, 2015

Cinnamomun Camphora ct linalol, more commonly known as Ho Wood, is very similar to Rosewood essential oil, however Ho Wood is considered to be more renewable and sustainable.

 

 

Here are 6 ways Ho Wood EO can help you avoid or ease headaches: 

1. It’s emotionally uplifting and calming to the mind.

2. Ho Wood contains a high percent of linalool, which supports the immune system. This can help avoid allergies that can cause pesky headaches.

3. This essential oil helps to fight infections in the body, such as colds and flu that are often a cause of headaches.

4. It works as a sedative, which supports sleep. We all know a lack of sleep can cause some serious headaches.

5. It is known to reduce inflammation, spasms, muscle and joint pain.

6. Ho Wood essential oil is a mood booster, so it can help you avoid tension headaches.

 

For a quick easy solution try our Headache Blend, and if you have any additional questions on how to use Ho Wood essential oil, ask our founder.

Color Therapy

January 13th, 2015

We are all organic beings. Every molecule in our body is a vibration. When we see color, it’s a vibration on our retina. The same is true with olfaction. When we inhale things, such as essential oils, they create a whole vibration, which, in turn, sends a cascade of emotional responses through our bodies.

Here at 21 Drops, sight and scent are fused together to create a healthier mind and body. Even the colors of our pure essential oil combinations are a direct reflection of the emotional or physical effect of the blend.  

 

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Our Featured Blends & Their Colors:

Detox

 Color:

Blue calms, cools and sedates. 

• Essential Oils:

Cardamom refreshes and settles the stomach.
Geranium helps purify and support.
Juniper helps flush out toxins.
Lavender soothes nerves.

The color blue and these essential oils are linked to the throat chakra, which is known for communication and self expression. 

 

Equalize

• Color: 

– Orange stimulates an appetite for life and encourages socialization and activity. 

• Essential Oils:

Frankincense balances emotions.
Palmarosa promotes stability.
Rose invites feelings of love, soothes the heart and eases despair.
Sandalwood encourages self-acceptance and creates inner peace and harmony.

The color orange and these essential oils are associated with the sacral chakra, which is connected to sexuality. 

 

Pain Relief

 Color: 

– Yellow stimulates the nervous system and is linked to the stomach, liver, skin, large intestine, and muscular system. 

• Essential Oils:

Ginger helps with circulation.
German Chamomile reduces tension.
Juniper helps ease discomfort.
Myrrh helps soothe muscles.

The color yellow and these essential oils are connected to the solar plexus chakra, which is our power center.

 

De-Stress

 Color:

– Green soothes and relaxes mentally and physically, alleviating depression and anxiety. 

• Essential Oils:

Frankincense quiets the mind.
German Chamomile reduces tension.
Lavender reduces anxiety.
Ylang Ylang helps ease panic attacks.

The color green and these essential oils are fused to the heart chakra, which is linked to warmth, love compassion and joy.

 

If you have any questions: Ask Our Expert

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Ask Cary: Calming Blends + Libido

August 1st, 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: Calming Blends + Libido

 

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Question: Can you recommend anything that would have a calming/happy effect?

Answer: I created two blends for your calming and soothing needs: Calm and De-Stress. De-Stress was created for full-on anxiety, whereas calm is more about taking the edge off. I would also recommend Uplift. This blend will help brighten your outlook and offer emotional support.

Question: What can I use to improve my libido?

Answer: I’d recommend Strength for improving libido. The Rosemary encourages clarity and confidence, Rose is a natural anti-depressant and aphrodisiac, and Cedarwood is grounding and fortifying. This blend happens to be one of my favorites.

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.

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Ask Cary: Motion Sickness + Menopause

July 25th, 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: Motion Sickness + Menopause

 

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Question: Is there anything you can recommend for motion sickness? Boating is a passion of mine, but the seas often get the best of me…

Answer: Our Digest blend is great for motion sickness. The Cardamom, German Chamomile and Sweet Orange in this blend help ease the stomach, while Ginger works to diminish the nausea.

 

Question: I am in the clutches of menopause and was hoping you had suggestions on what to pick for some of the symptoms that go along with it.

Answer: I created Transform for exactly what you are experiencing. This blend is formulated to thwart hot flashes, irritability and fatigue. Apply throughout the day and before bedtime to ease the transition into your exciting, new life.

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.

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Ask Cary: Pregnancy + Chemotherapy

July 18th, 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: Pregnancy + Chemotherapy

 

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Question: Which blends would you recommend for someone who is pregnant?

Answer: While I recommend most pregnant women in their first trimester try to avoid using essential oils, if you are experiencing morning sickness or sleep issues, the oils in these blends (Digest and Sleep) are gentle enough to not be of concern. I would use the blends only as needed throughout your pregnancy, and if you can get the same effect from inhaling them vs. rolling them on, that would be milder on your system. I started using the oils when I was pregnant, as I wanted a natural way to treat my concerns and my babies. But less is more when it comes to using any additional supplements!

 

Question: My mom is about to undergo chemotherapy. Any suggestions on a good aromatherapy product to combat or lessen the side effects?

Answer: Digest can help to fortify her digestive track, but in addition, each oil has numerous healing qualities and positive effects. The ginger in this blend will help with any nausea, the orange is uplifting to the spirit, german chamomile has analgesic, anti-spasmodic and anti-inflammatory characteristics, and cardamom is refreshing and antiseptic. This blend can also be used to help stimulate the appetite. I suggest rolling it directly on to the stomach in addition to the pulse points. You might also want to consider Uplift to help buoy her spirits, as well as your own, or Sleep to help rest soundly and peacefully.

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.

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Ask Cary: Skepticism + Dilution

July 11th, 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: Skepticism + Dilution

 

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Question: As someone who uses medicine a little bit too freely, I’d love to find an alternative. But I’m not going to lie, I’m a little bit skeptical. Can you give me a little more information on essential oils?

Answer: What most people dont realize is that their “pharm meds” are actually the synthesized molecules that are naturally found in plants. Chemicals that are known to cure specific ailments are extracted from plants, synthesized and then turned into pill form. For example, “Camphor” is naturally occurring in Juniper and Rosemary, but today is synthesized into camphorated chest rubs. Bromelain, an anti-inflammatory drug, comes from pineapples. Yes, you can take the “drug” form of these remedies, but you could also rub these oils (properly diluted) on your chest for the same effects- plus, essential oils are natural, gentler on the body and have no side effects!

 

Question: Why are your essential oils diluted? Wouldn’t that make them less effective?

Answer: It takes hundreds of pounds of plant material to extract and create just a few ounces of essential oil. Pure essential oils are highly concentrated. Not only will it be too harsh on one’s skin to apply undiluted (neat), but it is also very wasteful, since you only need small amounts to be effective. Essential oils are highly active and function at small percentages within a carrier oil. 2-5% on a regular basis for particular concerns is more than enough. You would never exceed 10% for even an acute condition, as the oils are too strong and can be overwhelming  to the body’s systems.

 

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Ask Cary: How Essential Oils Work + Fatigue

July 4th, 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: How Essential Oils Work + Fatigue

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Question: How do essential oils even work?

Answer: Essential oils can help alter our physical, mental and emotional well-being by triggering and strengthening our bodies’ own natural processes. They are made up of tiny molecules that can deliver healing properties to the systems that control our physiological state.

The best way for the body to absorb the therapeutic components of essential oils is a combination of inhalation through the olfactory system of the nose and absorption through the surface of the skin. When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, tiny nerves send an immediate signal to the brain and go straight to work on the systems that moderate our minds and bodies. When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream by the pores and hair follicles. Once inside the bloodstream, they disperse to the specific organs and systems on which they work. We suggest rolling our blends 5 times in a circular motion to the pulse points (inner wrists, temples, back of the neck) and then hold your wrists to your nose and inhale. Click here to learn more.

 

Question: I often find myself feeling fatigued. Can you recommend any blends to help me stay energized?

Answer: I recommend Invigorate and Focus to combat fatigue. Both of these blends contain Rosemary Oil, which is known to energize and strengthen mental activity. Invigorate is more of a body stimulant, while Focus aids in mental stimulation. The Cedarwood Oil in Invigorate increases strength and endurance, and the Peppermint Oil in Focus helps to awake and refresh.

 

Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.

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