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What’s in her bag? Meet Jennah Caster, 21 drops’ most active brand ambassador!

June 25th, 2017
The summer is heating up which, for many, means their daily arsenal of essential oils is changing to reflect the new season. We met up with one of 21 drops’ most active brand ambassadors to share which products she relies on for a healthy and happy summer. Meet Jennah Caster. She spends more time outdoors than anyone we know working as Waterlust’s Director of Product Marketing, doing rooftop yoga and traveling the world. She’s also a member of the 21 drops family and has been using Essential Oils to to treat everything from a cold to restless nights since she was a small child. Let’s see what’s in her bag this summer…

1. So many college graduates are working in a cubicle on inside a tall skyscraper but you’ve managed to land a position where you are able to scuba dive and be outdoors getting lots of Vitamin D. Lucky!!! Can you tell us about what you do at Waterlust?

Absolutely! I’ve been a part of Waterlust since 2012, when I met two of my best friends at the University of Miami’s Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. We found that we all shared a passion and desire to find a more creative outlet for communicating the scientific research we were conducting to pursue our degrees. We blended water-related science, sport, and art together in a dynamic online film and photography series that would challenge people to consider their relationship with water and the environment and, hopefully, lead to a greater awareness and behavioral change. Over time, we’ve developed Waterlust into a purpose-driven brand that continues to create media to inspire scientific curiosity and an adventurous spirit, as well as sustainable products that support a variety of marine science research and education initiatives. My roles at Waterlust include Part-Owner, Production Artist, Photographer, and Director of Digital Marketing. We’re a small and passionate team that values hands-on learning, creating, exploring, and the human connection between ourselves, our incredible followers, and our valued customers.

 

2. Can you share tips on which 21 drops products are must haves for spending lots of time outdoors?

I never go anywhere without an arsenal of 21 drops in-tow. For people with an active, outdoor lifestyle, your 21 drops must-haves are Invigorate, Pain Relief, Immunity, and all-natural Bug Spray. Invigorate is great to use and re-use throughout the day for healthy boosts of energy that don’t make you bug out with caffeine jitters. Pain Relief helps reduce swelling, bruising, and pain in sore muscles and tired feet (whether you rock sneakers, flip flops or stilettos). Daily application of Immunity will help boost your immune system so you stay on your A-game, even when it seems like the world is trying to get you sick along with them). And finally, 21 drops’ all-natural Bug Spray is essential to anyone who spends time outdoors where they might encounter bugs and/or mosquitoes. It’s light on the skin, smells incredible, and works like a charm to ward off pesky pests.

3. Tell us more about your use of the All-Natural Bug Spray. How often do you apply the bug spray? How long will a bottle last you? And, last, what do you think of the smell?

My use of natural bug spray really depends on the time of year, time of day, and location I’m in. Living in Miami, I tend to use it often. On our last Waterlust trip to Dominica, I used it at least three times a day (morning, noon and night), since we were in-and-out of different bodies of water (and sweating a lot)! With normal usage during Miami summers, a Bug Spray bottle will last me about a month-month and a half, but basically bathing in it in Dominica, it lasted just about 2 weeks (don’t worry, I brought plenty extra to share with the rest of the team, and they were stoked!) Part of the reason I go through it so quickly is probably how great it smells. It smells and feels so natural, and refreshing! Everyone in the area when you spray it doesn’t shy away, but actually comes over to investigate and try and bum a few spritzes off you themselves! It happens every time.

4. Have a favorite sunscreen?

Absolutely! My favorite sunscreen, and now the only sunscreen my Waterlust crew will use, is RAW Elements (rawelementsusa.com). It’s reef-safe (unlike most toxic sunscreens on the market), made from certified all-natural ingredients, and it provides UVA-UVB true broad spectrum protection, which is necessary for someone like me who spends hours on end exposed to that giant fireball in the sky. Furthermore, RAW Elements is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that protecting your skin long after you get out of the sun. It’s basically the 21 drops of sunscreen: amazing and extremely effective.

5. You’ve grown up around essential oils your entire life. What are some of the advantages you recognize having been exposed to plant science from such an early age?

I appreciate my mother exposing me to EOs at a very early age and attribute my health and healthy lifestyle to her influence. It’s made being healthy second nature. As a result, I’ve never been seriously ill or needed to take antibiotics. I’ve always opted to take a natural approach to proactive, preventative healing, as well as reactionary measures to address any physical or mental ailments. I always joke that I’m a first-hand guinea pig that shows how effective EOs really are to promoting true, lasting health and complementing a healthy lifestyle. Additionally, her passion for pursuing science definitely influenced my scientific curiosity from a young age, and her unwaning desire to use her knowledge of EOs to help people be their best selves has served as a shining example of what it means to be a good and generous person.

6. What essential oils do you recommend to your friends, particularly those who are young and in the early stages of their careers?

I absolutely recommend 21 drops’ Focus blend. I have been using it almost daily for about a decade now and it helped keep me sharp, driven, and on-point through college at USC, Graduate School at the University of Miami and every job, project, and deadline I’ve had since! In a world that drives attention spans down and stressors up, the Focus blend provides instant calm and collected concentration for hours, without the jitters and negative effects of caffeine. That leads me into my next favorite blend to recommend: De-stress! Everyone gets stressed out from time to time, and this blend is an incredible way to support yourself through the physical and emotional reactions that your body goes through when you become stressed. Using this blend daily helps me keep things in perspective and not “sweat the small stuff.” It’s incredible what rolling on and inhaling these essential oils can do to calm your racing mind, lower your heart rate, and help you find perspective in times of stress. Finally, I recommend the Sleep blend. No one can be their most badass self when sleep deprived. Not even Beyoncé! (…well, maybe Beyoncé.) It’s been clinically tested and proven to help people fall asleep, stay asleep, and wake up feeling more rested. I keep it by my bedside table and bring it with me on all of my Waterlust adventures.

7. What are your other top 3 essential oil blends?

My other 3 favorite 21 drops EO blends are Immunity (the best proactive approach to health, travel buddy, and why I rarely ever catch whatever bug is “going around”), Strength (what helps me harness and exude my inner confidence), and Invigorate (what helps me motivate and get my a** outta bed to make my early morning Flywheel and Equinox classes, despite the sun laughing that it’s usually not even up yet).

Top 5 Essential Oil Blends Loved by Moms

May 2nd, 2017

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 14th, which means you still have plenty of time to get her a thoughtful gift. Need suggestions? We know what moms like when it comes to the best essential oils for mothers so we’ve compiled a list of her most-loved blends. You won’t be surprised to find that nearly all the blends picked by the mother’s in our office and VIP client circle are frequently shared with their children. That’s a momma for ya! Our 21 drops moms keep a stash in their pocketbooks, medicine cabinets and glove compartment for whenever they need to problem solve- whether it’s a painful boo-boo, runny nose or nightmares. Create a trio or collection of essential oil blends that is custom tailored to what your mom needs this Mother’s Day. Want to personalize even further? Check out our Medicine Cabinet Makeover page and see how you can substitute mom’s most commonly used items with natural alternatives that can be shared amongst the whole family.

21 drops Celebrates Earth Day 2017

April 21st, 2017

There are so many different ways you can celebrate Earth Day. Thank you for choosing to celebrate with 21 drops. Our company and mission is deeply rooted in the special connection our founder, Cary Caster, has to the earth. Did you know that she is a botanist? Cary majored in horticulture at the University of Florida, studied ethnobotany at Lehman College then managed the Rare Plant House at the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden all before her journey with aromatherapy began. The passion for nature that made 21 drops bloom has been with Cary her whole life so in celebrating the earth, we also celebrate our reason for being as a company. But it’s the connection you have with the earth, plants and their healing properties that give all of us at 21 drops the best jobs on earth. You are the ones that fill your cabinets, purses and car consoles with 21 drops because you believe in the connection plants have with people.

We’re proud to say we spend a majority of our time at 21 drops researching and testing ingredients from lands near and far. That’s because we’re the only essential oil brand that uses 100% organic oils and rigorously tests each through a 3rd party GC-MS report. Because we spend so much time concentrated on land, we wanted to switch it up a little this Earth Day by focusing on water. Water is vital for life and beauty so in order to appreciate this amazing, watery planet we call home, we’re sharing ways in which we can respect and admire her more fully.

Respect

Preserving and facilitating a clean water supply is an ethical imperative. Currently, there are over 300 million people worldwide without access to clean drinking water. In reverence of Earth Day, we share 3 actions you can take to facilitate access to others in need of clean water.

Facilitate Access for Others

Protect clean water for people and nature: The Nature Conservancy partners with people communities in all 50 states and 30 countries to protect water sources. We believe one of the biggest ways you can make a difference is to educate yourself. If there is one thing you can do today, we encourage you to sign up for the Nature Conservancy’s newsletter to stay informed.

Donate: Water.org has reached 6 million people with access to safe water and sanitation. You can help aid in their efforts by making a donation. We remember being shocked when Matt Damon famously shared the enormity of the problem in this video. that more people have cell phones than access to sanitation and clean water!

Volunteer: Charity Water works builds sustainable, community-owned water projects around the world. Their organization provides transparency to ensure that every dollar donated is accounted for. If you don’t have money to donate now, you can donate time by joining Charity Water’s Facebook group to coordinate communication and efforts with their team. Live in New York City? You can participate by helping with donor correspondence.

Respect Your Water

Choose nontoxic products for the home wherever possible. Harmful ingredients from these products can travel through your drain to water supply. Not only are these products dangerous for the environment, they are dangerous for you. And never, NEVER flush pharmaceutical drugs down the toilet or a drain.

Avoid bottled water. Bottled water may be convenient at times but it’s also created an inordinate amount of unnecessary plastic that pollutes our water and is extremely harmful to the biodiversity of our planet. We’re not about to push some designer water bottle on you here, we just want you to consider something portable and reusable.

Draw: One great scientist to follow today is E.O Wilson who uses “the magic” well as a metaphor for biodiversity: The more you draw, the more there is to draw. We encourage you to continue to draw more information about the earth every day. Live every day like it’s Earth Day with a constant respect and admiration for her beauty. You might follow too many people to count on social media already but if we can encourage you to follow one more to continue to learn about the land and water around you, it’s E.O. Wilson. Check out this article he wrote in the Times last year as a starting place.

Admiration

Last but not least, we encourage you to marvel a the beauty of the Earth’s beautiful water today. We’re teaming up with Waterlust for a 21-hour Instagram takeover so head over to our Instagram to sea the beauty of it all today. Waterlust is an organization that educates, inspires and drives people to care about the environment as a whole and respect and support scientists and their research. We hope you’ll support them with a follow and share the love!

 

Love and light to our lady of honor! Happy Earth Day.

 

5 Decongesting Tips for Coping with Seasonal Allergies

April 17th, 2017

Giving Tuesday

December 4th, 2014

 

This year, 21 Drops was honored to partner with the American Red Cross for the 3rd annual Giving Tuesday, a day dedicated to giving back. We donated 20% of all purchases made on Tuesday to benefit the Red Cross.

 

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This event, which took place on December 2nd, 2014, brought together charities, businesses, community centers, students and more to donate to support people in need. After such a busy Thanksgiving shopping weekend, Giving Tuesday reminds us of the importance of volunteerism and philanthropy.

Let’s keep giving back this holiday season!

CLICK HERE to donate.

Holiday Gift Guide for Yoga Lovers

December 2nd, 2014

Are you on the hunt for the perfect gift for someone who loves yoga? Here are our top 10 picks for everything yoga, active, happy and healthy. Enjoy!

 

 

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10. This super cute All-Over Lace Basic Raglan Pullover by Hard Tail is great to throw on after a class.
$145.00

 

 

 

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9.  The Classy Mala necklace by Tiny Devotions is perfect to wear from day-to-night!
$127.00

 

 

 

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8. Vibe with DJ Taz Rashid this holiday season to his new album Silk Road to Nirvana.
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7. Protect your yoga mat from the winter chill with this GO Light 2.0 mat carrier by Manduka.
$44.00

 

 

 

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$72.00

 

 

 

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5. Looking for a healthy way to kickstart a new years resolution? Try 21 Drops Wake-Up Call Gift Set.
$50.00

 

 

 

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4. Wear your inspiration with this Let The Beauty We Love Muscle Tee by Spiritual Gangster.
$48.00

 

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-12-01 at 6.41.06 PM3. Smart is sexy with a subscription to Yoga Digest.

 

 

 

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2. For Yogis on-the-go, practice Relax Strala from the comfort of your own sacred space.
$15.00

 

 

 

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1. Give the ultimate gift to your dedicated yogi this holiday with a Gift Certificate to a Yoga Journal Live Conference.
$220.00- $780.00

 

 

 

4 Essential Oils to Help Manage Stress

November 25th, 2014

With the holidays in full swing, our stress levels tend to become elevated due to crowded shopping malls, in-laws, end-of-the-year deadlines and more. We’ve put together a list of 4 essential oils that can help you make it through the season.

 

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Whether you’re in need of tranquility or just simply want to calm your nerves, these essential oils will help you ease many of the common issues associated with stress during the holidays. They help combat nervous tension, while restoring balance to the body during times when you need to relax and slow down.

Looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our De-Stress blend.

Spiced Wine for the Holiday Season

November 21st, 2014

If you’re looking for a fun festive way to warm up this holiday season, try this quick and simple recipe for spiced/mulled wine. It’s a guaranteed crowd pleaser at any holiday party!

 

 

Directions

Combine the wine, cider, honey, zest, orange juice, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise in a crock pot or large saucepan. If you’re using a crock pot, heat on high until wine is hot, then adjust your setting to keep warm for serving. If you’re using a saucepan, bring your ingredients to a boil and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Pour the spiced wine into heat-resistant drinking glasses, add an orange peel to each and serve!

 

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For more information and recipes: Click Here

The Importance of Safety and Education for Essential Oils

November 13th, 2014

Today, the use of essential oils has increased in popularity and gained momentum among people of all ages, but do people that are using essential oils really know what they are and how to use them safely? While you don’t need to be a chemist to use essential oils, you should educate yourself on the why’s & how’s to use them safely.

 

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Here are 3 quick tips when using essential oils:

1. You shouldn’t use essential oils neat on the skin that are undiluted, as this could cause skin irritations. Some oils that are known to commonly cause irritation are Lemongrass and Cinnamon.

2. Certain essential oils, such as Bergamot and Opopanax, may cause your skin to burn in the sun.

3. The quality of essential oils can vary, therefore it’s important to do the research and make sure you are buying unadulterated oils. A great way to determine whether or not there are any additives or impurities is to ensure that the oils have been GC/MS tested at a third party testing facility.

 

If you’re looking to expand your knowledge of essential oils and live in the South Florida area, our founder, Cary Caster, will be teaching an essential oil therapy workshop for the Scents of the Season!

For more info on the workshop or to purchase a ticket Click Here!

 

Connected Warriors

November 11th, 2014

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we would like to recognize Connected Warriors, a community-based volunteer organization that offers free yoga therapy for veterans and service members and their families.

 

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The practice of yoga is a natural and effective therapeutic tool that helps our veterans overcome mental trauma and physical injuries associated with military service. Yoga practices that focus on relaxation, combined with methods of meditation, serve as a great tool for veterans who struggle with PTSD and other psychological traumas. Connected Warrior’s participants re-learn how to deal with daily stresses and situations in a calm manner through techniques that provide focus and clarity for the mind. These practices help boost positivity to improve self-acceptance.

 

Let’s Support Our Troops: Click here to donate