Posts Tagged ‘ask cary’

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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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: Blend Application + GC-MS Testing

June 27th, 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: Blend Application + GC-MS Testing

 

 

Blend Application + GCMS Testing

 

Question: Where do I apply my blends?

Answer: It’s different for each blend, each one has specific instructions on its individual page and box. As a general rule you can apply them to pulse points (wrists, temples, back of the neck). Be sure to take a nice deep inhale to get those aromatic scent molecules flowing to the brain!

 

Question: Your packaging mentions GC-MS testing. What is that?

Answer: GC-MS stands for Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry. This test identifies the active components in each oil and the quantities of each component. It will also reveal if there are any adulterations. It basically guarantees that our oils are as natural as we say they are. Adulterated oils will not offer optimal therapeutic effects and may cause allergies, headaches and chemical sensitivities, so we won’t use them in our blends.

 

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Ask Cary: Multiple Blends + Allergies

June 20th, 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: Multiple blends + Allergies

 

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Question: Can I apply more than one blend at a time?

Answer: Yes, you may layer them freely! I always use the analogy of eating fruits and vegetables: your body utilizes the phytonutrients it needs from all of the pure essential oils in the blends. They each have their characteristic functions that work synergistically together, so you’re all good to go. However, I don’t recommend using Invigorate or Focus two hours before bedtime- especially if you will be using Sleep, as these would conflict in their intended use.

 

Question: I need something for my sinus problems. I have a runny nose, watery eyes, etc. It is probably allergies. Do you have drops for this sort of problem?

Answer: Based on your symptoms, I recommend the Decongest blend. I created this blend with eucalyptus and black pepper oil to help clear the congestion that comes from allergies, sinus infections and colds. As far as preventing sinus problems in the future, the Immunity blend helps ward off cold and flu germs that may also be causing your symptoms!

 

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Ask Cary: Scent + Breakups

June 13th, 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: Scent + Breakups

 

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Question: I’m very intrigued by these products and can’t wait to try them, but do they do double-duty? Could I use them as perfume as well? Or are the aromatics simply for the effects they have on your body?

Answer: Essential oils are very powerful healing tools on many levels. They are complex oils with many properties. While they may smell good, they do have other benefits. The essential oils we use in our blends are therapeutic quality, which provide both physiological and emotional benefits. What most people don’t realize is that while our therapeutic blends have beautiful scents, the scent will not last as long as a perfume because we do not use any additives in our products. Rather, the oils are meant to absorb quickly into the skin and get to work immediately. If you are looking for the most “fragrant” and uplifting blends, I recommend Strength, Passion, Equalize or Uplift.

 

Question: What would you recommend for a heavy heart? A recent breakup has left me feeling great loss and sadness.

Answer: I feel for you in your sadness. I knew that feeling all too well when I lost my mother 15 years ago. That was when I first created my Carry On blend. The oils in this blend really helped me to connect with my inner sadness, be ok with it, but then also supported me to move forward through that difficult time. That is the blend I would recommend for your situation.

 

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Ask Cary: Carrier Oils + Anxiety

June 6th, 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 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!

 

First up: Carrier oils and anxiety

 

Carrier Oils + Anxiety

 

Question: Do you use any carrier oils in your blends? Or do the vials contain only
essential oils? I have some nut allergies, so I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t have a problem.

Answer: Because essential oils should never be applied directly to the skin, all of our blends contain a synergy of 3-5 essential oils diluted in a 100% organic jojoba carrier oil. There are no other oils in our blends, so if you have nut allergies, there should not be an issue. Click here to learn more about our oils.

 

Question: I have anxiety when I ride the subway. What blend would your recommend? I checked out De-Stress, Calm and Equalize. They seem similar, what do you think?

Answer: I’d say your choice depends on your level of anxiety. If you feel extremely anxious, with a racing heart, muscle tension, and an overactive mind, then I’d recommend De-Stress. If you just get a bit uncomfortable and need to be calmed, I’d choose CalmEqualize is more about neutralizing the mind and has a soothing effect.

 

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