Posts Tagged ‘Essential Oil Therapy’

5 Reasons for Having an Essential Oil Diffuser & What Makes Ours Best in Class

December 13th, 2016
Dear friends, family and clients of 21 drops,

Introducing our most anticipated launch of the year – just in time for Holiday gatherings!

Our NEW 21 Drops Essential Oil Therapy Diffuser is now available online and at our Delray Beach location. After lengthy research & development, we are excited to bring you the best nebulizing diffuser for your home or office.

PLUS, we’ve created essential oil therapy diffusing oil concentrates that you trust and love in 3 of your favorite blends to fill your entire home and/or office: #09 Focus, #11 De-Stress and #04 Detox. We want you to be able to experience that feeling you get when you first walk into a spa right in your own home or office! It’s relaxing, powerfully therapeutic and tranquil!

As I sit here in my office while our 21 drops #09 Focus Diffusing Oil Concentrate steadily streams out of my new diffuser, I am excited and inspired to share the features we believe make ours the best essential oil/aromatherapy diffuser in its class. Here’s our reasoning for why we selected this particular model to call our own!

Top Reasons for Having an Essential Oil Diffuser:

1. You know that relaxing feeling you get when you walk into a spa? We can’t afford to wait for a spa day to feel more relaxed. Cultivate new ways to inspire relaxation at home.

2. Essential oil diffusers provide a healthy way to self soothe to those experiencing asthma, depression, chronic/acute pain, and other ailments that affect our health and emotions.


3. Essential oil diffusers offer a healthy alternative to create an atmosphere of cheer, warmth and comfort at home or in the office without the synthetic chemicals that most candles produce.  Candles made of paraffin wax create highly toxic benzene and toluene when burned (both are known carcinogens).

5 Reasons for Having an Essential Oil Diffuser & What Makes Ours Unique

4. You can target an ailment or mood adjustment while making your surroundings smell inviting to others at the same time. What candle can you say that about?


5. Instead of having a candle that you change out infrequently, have new and exciting experiences that make life more interesting by switching out your scents as often as you change your socks. We currently offer our Essential Oil Concentrate & Diffusing oils in detox, de-stress and focus. Try one or all three.

Common Dislikes of Traditional Diffusers:

  • Diffusers that use water.
  • You end up breathing water vapor and not the essential oils!
  • Spilling water… everywhere!
  • The cleanup!!
  • Many aren’t powerful or effective because you’re inhaling vapor and not the active essential oils!

21 Drops has addressed each and every dislike that traditional instruments have and made the experience of using our diffuser nothing but a pure pleasure! Using nothing but pressurized air and an elegant combination of delicately hand-blown pyrex glass paired with an elegant bamboo base, this nebulizing diffuser is the best choice for those who wish to experience the fantastic aroma and full health value of only pure essential oil. Thanks to careful design that does not contain plastic or emit off-gas, you’re only dispersing 100% natural, undiluted essential oil which means you’re only inhaling powerful, pure aromatic molecules. No heat or water needed!

Why does any of this matter?

Why nebulize? Good question! Before getting schooled at 21 drops, my only criteria for a diffuser was that it dispersed the scent throughout my home and worked when it was plugged into the wall. Needless to say, my expectations were low. Now I understand there many different types of diffusers, namely: atomization, nebulization (that’s ours!), ultrasonic vaporization, heat, fan and evaporative.

Atomizing nebulizers offers the most innovative, effective and problem/solution focused way of delivering pure essential oil molecules via cold jet air pump while preserving the integrity and benefits the essential oils deliver to the body and mind. The micro-fine mist created by this dispension method delivers the longest and most fragrant staying power than any other method. This helps aid in respiratory therapy, mood enhancement, relaxation, air purification plus so much more.

This is a nebulizer that promises to be different than any other diffuser you have used before. The benefits that are in store are immense but if you’re still on the fence on deciding whether a diffuser is right for you or which concentrate you should try with it, join us on the 21 drops Instagram Q&A today (December 13)  where we’ll be answering questions live. Hope to see you there!

-The 21drops team.

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!




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:


Try our Calm blend on your dog.

The Cary Diaries: Kew Royal Botanic Gardens

July 29th, 2014

No visit to England—a country that prides itself on its passion for gardens—is complete without a visit to Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.



“All life on earth depends on plants. They harness the sun’s energy, provide the air we breathe, give us food, fuel, shelter and medicine.” – Kew Royal Botanic Gardens


From London, I took the scenic tour up the Thames River, seeing many historical points along the way. Upon arriving at Kew, which houses one of the world’s largest collections of living plants (30,000 different species) on its massive 300 acres, I quickly made a plan for my visit.


Of most interest to me were the special exhibits titled Rainforest Remedies and Healing Heroes. These displays showcased the benefits of medicinally healing plants and presented examples of  ‘natural’ pharmaceuticals.




These exhibits teach that plants and humans co-exist and depend on each other in many aspects of life. The fact that we can utilize their manufactured chemicals in the form of essential oils and modern day pharmaceuticals is a great bonus.




It was a beautiful day spent in the garden, appreciating the natural beauty that we have been     blessed with.




Rose-scented geranium has been proven to have antibacterial and antifungal properties, and Madagascar periwinkle has been proven to help fight leukemia and Hodgkin’s disease.



Next time you’re in London, you should definitely check out Kew Royal Botanic Gardens.





DIY: Natural Sunburn Relief

July 17th, 2014

Summer is the time to relax and soak up the sun, but it’s easy to lose track of time and overexpose your skin to harmful UV rays. If that’s the case for you, no worries, we got you covered! We’ve cooked up a simple, easy-to-make natural sunburn relief and are happy to share the recipe with you:


Natural Sunburn Relief Ingredients




•  1 oz. Red Palm Oil – considered the richest natural source of carotenoids which act as biological antioxidants, protecting cells and tissues from the damaging effect of free radicals.

•  1.5 oz. Aloe Vera Gel – cold-pressed and polysaccharide-rich, which significantly increases collagen synthesis after topical application. It also has special effects that soften the skin.

•  1 oz. Virgin Coconut Oil – cold-pressed, pure, natural, unrefined and made from fresh coconuts. It is one of the most effective natural body moisturizers for after-sun exposure to nourish your skin.

•  0.5 oz. Tamanu Oil – renowned for its remarkable skin healing properties. It has been shown to promote new tissue formation and aid in reducing scaring and many other irritations and wounds.

•  30 drops Patchouli Essential Oil – excellent for treating skin conditions, such as dryness, inflammation, scars, sores, eczema and wounds. It is moisturizing and cooling for the skin.

•  20 drops Carrot Seed Essential Oil – has an extraordinary amount of Caratol, which is best known for its skin-healing abilities and its tonic, rejuvenating effect on the liver.

•  10 drops Rock Rose Essential Oil – has wound-healing abilities for new or old scars, wounds, inflammation and infections. It is wonderful for nourishing mature skin. It also has anti-inflammatory properties that aid in skin repair.




Step 1: Combine the Red Palm Oil, Aloe Vera Gel, Virgin Coconut Oil and Tamanu Oil in a saucepan on low heat and mix until it becomes a solid yellow/orange color.

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Step 2: Add in the Patchouli, Carrot Seed and Rock Rose essential oils and stir until fully incorporated into the mixture.

Add Essential Oils


Step 3: Pour the mixture into a jar or container of your choosing and allow to cool before applying to the skin.

Pour into Jar


Step 4: Voila! It’s finished! Rub onto the skin in affected areas. We suggest applying twice a day (morning and night), especially after a hot shower, as you would a regular moisturizer.

Natural Sunburn Relief

3 Essential Oils that Stop Headaches

July 15th, 2014

Looking for a natural way to help relieve headaches? Essential oils are a great alternative to over-the-counter and even prescription medications. We’ve put together a list of the three oils that stop headaches (all of which can be found in our Headache blend) and why we love them.




If you have these oils on-hand and want to do some blending yourself, follow this simple recipe:

Add 5 drops of Rosewood oil, 7 drops of Lavender oil and 3 drops of Peppermint oil to 1 ounce of unscented lotion or jojoba oil, mix and rub on the insides of your wrists, temples, back of your neck and chest. Take a nice deep breath and feel your headache melt away!

Not into DIY and looking for a simple solution? Try our 21 Drops Headache blend.


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.


Summer Reading: The Best Aromatherapy Book List

June 12th, 2014

Summer Reading


Whether you’re new to aromatherapy or have been using essential oils for years, here are a few books that are packed with a wealth of essential oil information!




Aromatherapy for Healing the Spirit by Gabriel Mojay

This very small easy to read book is jam packed with a wealth of info on essential oils and Aromatherapy. If you don’t want to delve into the technical science behind essential oils, but want a broad understanding of their healing powers, this is a great start! Mojay goes into details about the oils’ various abilities to restore balance in regard to the five-element theory of Chinese medicine and the ensuing patterns of disharmony. The essential oil descriptions and references in this book are poetic and very much aligned with healing the spirit!





Essential Living, Aromatherapy Recipes for Health & Home by Andrea Butje

This book is a light and refreshing approach to integrating essential oils into every aspect of your life. You will read how to incorporate mists and sprays into each space in your home, and even learn recipes to address many common physical and emotional ailments encountered in daily living. Andrea’s easy step-by-step instructions help you to transform your home and body to chemical-free temples.


The Art of Aromatherapy, The Healing and Beautifying Properties of Essential Pils of Flowers and Herbs by Robert Tisserand

This is a great example of a comprehensive aromatherapy book. It incorporates the beauty and healing modality of essential oils along with many aspects of synergistic natural healing. Since Tisserand believes that “aromatherapy cannot be separated from basic principles of natural therapeutics, massage, diet and our whole attitude of life,” he dedicates chapters to these, highlighting how essential oils help bring balance and benefit to the whole being.





The Healing Intelligence of Essential OilsThe Science of Advanced Aromatherapy by Kurt Schnaubelt, Ph.D

This book is full of interesting examples of “how the effectiveness of essential oils stem from our common biochemical and cellular heritage with plants.”  People often seem to overlook the basic facts that explain our natural coexistence with the plant world. Kurt provides a unique perspective on our relationship with nature that helps the less advanced aromatherapist understand the “how and why” of essential oil science; his fundamental explanations and visual aids help to communicate these complex scientific concepts in a very digestible way.


The Complete Guide to Aromatherapy by Salvatore Battaglia

This is the quintessential textbook for essential oils. It is by far the most comprehensive Aromatherapy book that offers detailed chapters on the many facets of using and understanding essential oils. It does a wonderful job at addressing our different bodily systems, highlighting which essential oils to use and recommend for particular concerns, and providing a plethora of great recipes to try.


Why We Use Jojoba Oil for Our Essential Oil Blends

June 3rd, 2014

Essential oils are very powerful! So powerful, that they should always be diluted in a carrier oil before being applied to the skin. All of our essential oil blends are diluted in 100% organic jojoba carrier oil to ensure utmost purity, safety and effectiveness.


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We chose to use jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) as our carrier oil because:


–  Jojoba oil is the natural liquid produced in the seeds of the Simmondsia chinensis (jojob) plant. Its natural composition is nearly identical in chemical structure to the natural oils in human skin and hair, making it easily absorbed by our bodies without any greasy residue!


– This very stable oil also contains almost all of the vitamins and minerals essential for healthy skin and hair: vitamin E, B-complex, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium.


– It’s very gentle and can be used on sensitive skin without causing allergic reactions.

– Jojoba oil’s many organic and mineral ingredients give a wonderful sheen to the skin. It helps nourish the skin’s elasticity, reducing the onset of facial fine lines and repairs skin scarring.


– It is also efficient on challenging skin conditions like acne and skin psoriasis and improves the natural development of collagen. It is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory and non-toxic, which makes it incredibly useful for moisturizing the hair, face and whole body.


Radiant Skin


Because of all these wonderful properties, Jojoba oil has become one of the most commonly used organic components in many beauty products, especially in skin nourishing lotions.


From Plant to Essential Oil: The Distillation Process Made Simple

May 29th, 2014

The science of distillation made simple! Although we don’t recommend trying this at home, understanding the process makes it so much more interesting… don’t you think?!


Essential Oil Distillation Big1. Steam from boiling water rises through a chamber of vast amounts of raw plant material. It is heated to the exact temperature necessary to rupture that particular plant’s specialized cells while preserving its active components.

2. The broken plant cells release the essential oils they naturally produce and store within them.

3. These essential oils rise with the hot steam into a separate chamber.

4. As this vapor of water and essential oil cools, the oil and water-soluble components naturally separate due to differences in density and polarity (just like oil and vinegar!)

5. As the essential oils rise to the top of this cooled liquid, they are poured off and collected.


The basic chemical properties of essential oils classify them as lipids. They are volatile and contain components with unique chemistries that act on different bodily systems. When these components are understood and used effectively, they can bring balance and wellness to the user.


Cary in FranceCary visits a Helichrysum distillery in the Valensole Plateau of France.


7 Great Resources for Essential Oil Enthusiasts

May 22nd, 2014


Essential Oils


Searching the web for information on essential oils and aromatherapy can be exhausting, so to save you the time and energy, we have compiled a list of some of our favorite resources:


1.  Alliance of International Aromatherapists (AIA)


A non-profit, professional organization representing aromatherapists. The organization has a large focus on education offering conferences, teleseminars, event listings, continuing ed credit and its School Recognition Program, the first organization in the US to establish the most comprehensive educational standards for clinical aromatherapists.


2.  National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy (NAHA)


A member-based, non-profit association devoted to the holistic integration and education of aromatherapy into a wide range of complementary healthcare practices including self-care and home pharmacy. The site offers scientific, empirical and current information about aromatherapy and essential oils.


3.  International Journal of Clinical Aromatherapy (IJCA)


A peer-reviewed professional journal with practitioner-orientated and evidence-based information for healthcare professionals who integrate clinical aromatherapy within orthodox practice. Two specifically-themed issues are published each year with the majority of the articles based on that topic.


4.  Aromatherapy Today


An international aromatherapy journal with detailed essential oil profiles, up to date research, special events in the aromatics industry and ongoing articles by leading aromatherapists from Australia and overseas.


5.  International Journal of Professional Holistic Aromatherapy (IJPHA)


A peer-reviewed professional journal dedicated to providing the professional holistic practitioner with useful information and resources to enhance their practice. It is a subscription-based print publication with 4 issues a year and great resource for case studies.


6.  Aromahead Institute – School of Essential Oil Studies


An online institute with Aromatherapy courses for personal use, massage therapists and aromatherapists including advanced certification, teacher training classes and much more. Aromahead also provides access to both an Essential Oil Component Database and International Directory of Essential Oil Distillers.


7.  Aromaweb


A website with aromatherapy articles & recipes, essential oil profiles and access to both the Aromatherapy Business Directory and Aromatherapy School & Educator Directory.