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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

 

Simple Endive Salad for Fall

November 6th, 2014

Buying vegetables that are in-season are great for your dress size and your budget. Endive, which is closely related to the chicory family, is a tasty fall vegetable that you can prepare raw or cooked. These leafy greens are packed with vitamins A, C, and beta-carotene. Endive has a crisp, clean taste that complements both savory and sweet dishes.

Going into the holiday season, we are always seeking healthy snacks to satisfy that persistent sweet tooth. This simple endive salad is the perfect, light sweet treat that promises to be forgiving on that dress size you’ve worked so hard to maintain.

 

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Ingredients:

1 Belgium Endive
1 tbsp Honey
2 tbsp Goat Cheese or Blue Cheese Crumbles
1/3 cup Unsalted Walnuts

 

Directions:

Clean endive, separate the leaves and place on plate. Crumble the unsalted walnuts into the leafy cups. Then crumble the blue cheese or goat cheese over the walnuts. Finally sprinkle each individual leaf with your desired amount of honey, and enjoy!

 

 

4 Essential Oils that Help You Digest

November 4th, 2014

It’s that time of year again… too much Halloween candy, too much turkey, too much dessert.  We’ve put together a list of 4 essential oils that may help you ease the negative symptoms of digestion during the holiday season.

 
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Whether you’re in need nausea relief or just simply want to get rid of tummy ache, these essential oils will help you ease many of the common digestive issues associated with holiday food. They help reduce stomach distress while calming the agitations that are associated with digestion.

Looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our Digest blend.

3 Essential Oils to Help Curb those Halloween Cravings

October 30th, 2014

With Halloween just a day away we find ourselves surrounded by the sweet temptations of this spooky fall holiday. We’ve put together a list of 3 essential oils that may help you avoid reaching into that candy bowl.

 

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Whether you’re in need of positive energy or just simply want to avoid temptation, these essential oils will help you fight your inner cravings. They help cleanse the mind, body, and soul, while combating overindulgence.

Looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our Abstain blend.

A Weekend With Oprah

October 28th, 2014

The entire weekend was very powerful. Imagine being in an arena with 7000+ women and men (yes there were some men!), who took the day to reflect and discover how to live a fuller, more meaningful life!

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Oprah had 4 amazing speakers who shared their perspective and journey to empower us to find our own path. These speakers included Deepak Chopra, Elizabeth Gilbert, Rob Bell, and Iyanla Vanzant.

 

I’ve always aspired to make the world a happier, healthier place for all its inhabitants. Throughout the weekend, I was able to rediscover these aspirations and clearly see how my purpose and passion could work in synergy towards something that contributes to the world in a positive way. Through my brand, 21 Drops, I am able to pursue my passion of using pure plant extracts for their healing properties, and by sourcing high quality essential oils from sustainable farms that contribute to this dream. I am so grateful I am able to share this wonderful healing gift with the rest of the world!

 

Another one of my favorite moments was when the amazing Elizabeth Gilbert revealed that most stories around the world are based on the Hero’s Journey. She explained that the hero of the story begins an ordinary life, then finds him/herself called to an adventure, but refuses the inner calling for fear of change. Only when the character masters some level of self awareness, does the story end.

 

I believe the Hero’s Journey is what our lives are all about. We are constantly put to the test to grow and expand our awareness, so that we don’t have to come back to learn the same lessons over and over again!

 

Another great lesson, and the one I want to leave you with, comes from Rob Bell. He brought awareness to the overwhelming statistic of our universe in correlation to us as human beings to be alive on this planet.  He reflects on how lucky we are to grace this beautiful planet with multi-sensory experiences and how it’s truly a miracle!

 

Remember this simple fact and begin to focus less on the trivial problems. Make it a practice to live each day in gratitude and appreciation.

 

Namaste!

 

 


 

For more information: Oprah’s Life You Want

Here You Go, Dog Lovers!

October 23rd, 2014

We all know how important it is to keep our canine counterparts healthy. We want to share with you a few natural ways essential oils can help keep your dog happy and healthy!

 

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Dogs’ sense of smell is stronger and more developed than that of humans. Therefore, when using essential oils on your dog, we always recommend letting them smell the essential oils prior to putting them directly on their fur or skin.

 

Remember to always dilute oils before applying them directly to your dog’s fur or skin. The area between their shoulder blades is a great place to apply the diluted oil to ensure it is out of licking reach. Other recommended application areas are the top of the forehead, ear pinna, behind ears, and chest.

 

Here are great ways to use essential oils:

•  Neem, Chamomile, and Sage oil for flea and tick repellent. Also Cedarwood and Citronella can be mixed into a shampoo to keep off fleas and ticks.

•  Tea Tree oil for skin infections.

•  Our 21 Drops Calm Blend fuses the 100% natural essential oils of Jasmine Flower Oil, Sweet Orange Fruit Rind Oil, and Vetiver Root Oil, in organic Jojoba Oil, and can be used during thunderstorms or nervousness.

 

Remember to start slowly introducing your dog to the blends to ensure they like the smell. Always allow them plenty of space to move away if they don’t like the scent.

 

For more information: avma.org

 

Try our Calm blend on your dog.

3 Essential Oils that Help with Menopause

October 9th, 2014

All women reach a point in their lives when they may struggle with the symptoms commonly associated with menopause, such as, hot flashes, trouble sleeping, and heightened anxiousness. Before you reach into your medicine cabinet or embark on pricey “miracle” therapies, we want to share another option with you: essential oils. We’ve put together a list of three essential oils that help you ease through life’s transformations, naturally.

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Whether you’re in need of a renewed sense of self or you simply want to feel revitalized, these essential oils will help you combat the symptoms resulting from menopause and restore balance in your life.

Looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our Transform blend.

4 Essential Oils that Help You Sleep

October 7th, 2014

We’ve all been there… tossing and turning, restless nights, too much on the mind. Before you reach into your medicine cabinet, we want to share another option with you: essential oils, a natural sleep aid. We’ve put together a list of four essential oils that help you sleep better, naturally.

 

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Whether you’re in need of a sleep remedy or you simply want to unwind, these essential oils will help you get that well-deserved R&R. They help to soothe, ease and relax.

 

Looking for a simple, portable solution? Try our Sleep 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!

 

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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.