Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ Category

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.

 

FullSizeRender

 

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.

 
EOT101_Digest[1]

 

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.

 

3EOsforDiet

 

 

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!

IMG_0387

 

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!

 

EssentialOilsDogs

 

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.

Menopause

 

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.

 

Natural sleep remedies

 

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!

 

4EosEliminateCongestion_300

 

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
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/

 

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.
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/

 

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.
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/ 

 

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.
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/

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.
Source: http://haiti.citronica.com/

 

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 http://haiti.citronica.com/.

 

 

 

 

 

 

How Essential Oil Therapy Changed My View of Modern Medicine

August 7th, 2014

I always wanted to be one of those girls who went to yoga, meditated daily and lived a “pure” life, but I never knew enough about the world of natural wellness. (And to be honest, I did not know how much I believed in it either).

Of course I knew that healthy eating and exercise were key factors in living a long, healthy life, but I was ignorant to the many other ways to naturally heal your body. Pharmaceutical drugs did not bother me; I was the first person to pop an Advil when I felt a tiny headache coming on. But since starting my internship at 21 Drops, my eyes have opened to this new, healthy world.

 

21 Drops Lineup

 

Just like many essential oil newbies, I was a little skeptical walking into the 21 Drops office. The whole idea of using aromatherapy instead of, or in conjunction with, traditional medicine seemed a little too good to be true.

But then I began to learn about the science behind essential oils and I started to truly believe. Who knew that pharmaceutical drugs are simply synthesized versions of the oils naturally found in plants?! That one piece of knowledge alone was enough to begin changing my views.

On my third day, I sat down to get started on my work and I felt this instant burst of energy surge through me. I looked around and saw my co-worker using one of the blends. It was Focus. I could not believe how affected I was by its scent.

 

21 Drops Rolling On Blend

 

At this point I was well on my way to being a full-on essential oil enthusiast, but I still wanted to test these little oils one last time. I have a confession: I use melatonin way too freely. Well, I used to. It seemed like falling asleep without it was close to impossible. So one night I swapped out my melatonin for Sleep. I rolled it on my wrists a few times and got into bed. The next thing I remember is waking up the next morning– I am not kidding.

I am in no way discrediting Western medicine. My father is a doctor and my sister is a nurse. I definitely think there are situations when pharmaceuticals are necessary. But I am a firm believer in the importance of essential oils and view them as an amazing alternative.

So I beg of you, next time something is bothering you, ask yourself if the drugs are necessary. If they are, go for it. But if not, take a chance on essential oils. I have a feeling your mind will be blown– just as mine was.

 

xo,

Alyssa