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5 Essentials Oils that Boost Your Immune System

September 3rd, 2015

Moving into cold & flu season, it’s important to take preventative measures to keep your body strong and healthy. Here are a few germ-fighting essential oils that will help you dodge or fight off those seasonal illnesses.





Myrrh Essential Oil {Commiphora Myrrha}:

This essential oil has analgesic, antibacterial, antiseptic, expectorant and mucolytic-therapeutic properties. It’s great for treating coughs, colds, congestion and flu.

Put 15-18 drops in an oil or cream (1oz) and rub on your chest to break up any infection/congestion.


Eucalyptus Essential Oil {Eucalyptus Globulus}:

Eucalyptus helps fight contaminants, while uplifting, cooling and cleansing the mind and body.

Great for diffusing when you’re congested.


Ravintsara Essential Oil {Cinnamomum Camphora}:

A strong immune system stimulant, Ravintsara has strong anti-infectious, antiseptic, bactericidal, and expectorant therapeutic properties. Its decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties also make it effective in clearing the sinuses.

When you’re feeling stuffed up, diffuse or put 5-10 drops on a cotton ball, place under your pillow before bed.


Lavender Essential Oil {Lavendula Angustifolia}:

Widely recognized for its analgesic, antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antidepressant, sedative and tonic properties, FxPro Lavender also has a profound healing effect on the nervous system. It is widely used in treating stress-related illness and helps purify the body.

Great for preventative care, it’s used in our .


Ho Wood Essential Oil {Cinnamomun Camphora ct linalool}:

This essential oil has a high percentage of linalool, which is beneficial to the immune system. This essential oil is widely used for treating infections, colds or flu.

Excellent for boosting the immune system, diffuse around the house, office or bedroom.



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DIY Immunity Hand Sanitizer

September 1st, 2015

With autumn around the corner, cold & flu season is upon us once again. It’s time to gear up and protect ourselves from pesky germs oanda that slow us down and make us sick. Never fear, we have an all-natural DIY immunity-boosting hand sanitizer recipe that will help keep you healthy!





2 oz. organic Aloe Vera gel

4 drops Eucalyptus essential oil

4 drops Lavender essential oil

8 drops Ho Wood essential oil

4 drops Ravintsara essential oil



Fill a small 2 oz. bottle with the Aloe Vera gel. With a dropper, add the essential oils, mix thoroughly and use on hands when needed.


Essential Oil Properties:

• Eucalyptus {Eucalyptus Globulus} is cooling and cleansing. It works great for cold & flu prevention and respiratory issues.

• Lavender {Lavendula Angustifolia} is widely recognized for its analgesic, antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, antidepressant, sedative and tonic properites. Lavender also has a profound healing effect on the nervous system.

• Ho Wood {Cinnamomun Camphora ct linalool} has a high percentage of linalool, which is beneficial to the immune system. This essential oil is widely used for treating infections, colds or flus.

• Ravintsara {Cinnamomum Camphora} is a strong immune system stimulant and has strong anti-infectious, antiseptic, bactericidal and expectorant therapeutic properties. Its decongestant and anti-inflammatory properties also make it effective in clearing the sinuses.




5 Essential Oils for Back to School

August 11th, 2015

Essential oils are a great natural way to keep your body and mind in tip-top shape so you can stay focused, healthy and excel at your studies.


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Here are 5 essential oils to help you be your best self, naturally:


1. Rosemary

Keep your memory sharp and alert during an exam, class or study session with this stimulating and clarifying essential oil.

Used in these blends:

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2. Lavender

This essential oil is an overall cure for many types of issues due to its complete and diverse chemical profile. Lavender is a great stress reliever. Along with being emotionally supportive, it calms, soothes and nurtures, encouraging balance in all of the bodily systems.

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3. Eucalyptus

This germ-fighting essential oil has strong antibacterial properties. It’s a great preventative oil for colds and flus that are spreading around campus.

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4. Sweet Orange

One of the best choices for treating digestive disorders, Sweet Orange is a brilliant stimulant and has strong gastric properties as well as having the ability to suppress muscle spasms. This essential oil also has antidepressant penis enlargement qualities, along with emotional and energetic uses that include combating pessimism and perfectionism, calming agitation and unblocking stagnated ability. Sweet Orange is great to use for those pre-exam jitters or stressful study cram sessions.

Used in these blends: 

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5. Peppermint

This essential oil is well-known for relaxing the intestinal tract, making it highly effective in combating nausea, digestive problems and heartburn. Its cooling properties help ease headaches and migraines. Emotionally, it awakens, energizes and uplifts, stimulating the mind and increasing focus.

Used in these blends:


Achieve Your New Year’s Goals With Essential Oils

January 9th, 2015

Out of the millions of people who make New Year’s resolutions each year, only about 8% of people succeed. We’ve put together a list of popular New Year’s resolutions and essential oils that may help you achieve your goals for this year!




1. Quit Smoking 

For all the smokers out there struggling to quit, aromatherapy may help ease the intensity of tobacco withdrawal. Fight the urge with these 4 essential oils:

Black Pepper Essential Oil may help decrease intensity of cravings
Cedarwood Essential Oil maximizes endurance
Juniper Essential Oil energizes and invigorates
Rosemary Essential Oil stimulates the mind

Looking for a portable simple solution? Try our Invigorate Blend


2. Lose Weight

One of the most popular resolutions is to be healthier and more active. With proper exercise and diet, essential oils can help you curb your craving and boost your physical activity level. Kick-start your weight loss goals with these 3 essential oils:

Cardamom Essential Oil eases the stomach
Grapefruit Essential Oil acts as an appetite suppressant
Juniper Essential Oil cleanses, stimulates, invigorates

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Abstain Blend


3. Improve Personal Relationships 

Spend more time with loved ones this year. Take time to smell the roses… no pun intended. Open your heart with these 4 essential oils:

Cardamom Essential Oil enlivens and refreshes
Jasmine Essential Oil helps to diminish fears and inhibitions
Rose Essential Oil invites the feeling of love
Sandalwood Essential Oil encourages self-acceptance

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Passion Blend


4. Be More Positive 

Life is too short, it’s time to develop a more positive outlook on life this year. Boost your mood with these 4 essential oils:

German Chamomile Essential Oil aids emotional healing
Helichrysum Essential Oil buoys the spirit
Rose Essential Oil soothes the heart and eases despair
Lavender Essential Oil nurtures and balances emotions

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Uplift Blend


5. Get Focused 

Let’s stay focused this year and complete what we have set out to accomplish. Stay on track with these 3 essential oils:

Frankincense Essential Oil promotes clarity
Peppermint Essential Oil stimulates the mind
Rosemary Essential Oil reduces fogginess

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Focus Blend


6. Get More Sleep

Let’s make an effort to get that well-deserved rest this year. Studies show getting a full 8 hours of sleep every night helps boost memory and learning retention.  Aim to get a full night of sleep with the help of these 4 essential oils:

Palmarosa Essential Oil helps diminish anxiety
Sandalwood Essential Oil quiets the mind
Vetiver Essential Oil soothes and helps with relaxation
Ylang Ylang Essential Oil encourages peace

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Sleep Blend


7. Be Creative

Embrace your creative flow this year and tap into your right-brain for inspiration. Open your mind to a world of possibility with these 3 essential oils:

Black Pepper Essential Oil releases blocked energy
Cedarwood Essential Oil grounds and supports confidence
Sandalwood Essential Oil quiets mental activity

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Inspire Blend


8. Meditate 

The practice of meditation is great for your mental and physical health! Achieve inner peace this year with these 3 essential oils:

Jasmine Essential Oil helps relieve depression
Sweet Orange Essential Oil alleviates fear and frustration
Vetiver Essential Oil nurtures and restores nerves

Looking for a simple portable solution? Try our Calm Blend

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.




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.

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



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.


Do you have a question for Cary? Ask here.



Essential Oils for Back-to-School

August 20th, 2014

It’s time to say goodbye to the relaxing days of summer and go back to school! While we tend to dread the onslaught of “full on” days, there are essential oils that you can incorporate into your family’s daily routine to help make each stage of the day a tad bit easier! Below is a list of different essential oils you can diffuse during different times of the day.





Essential oils for the morning:

When my children were smaller, they did not have to be told 1oo times to get out of bed. Instead, they were woken up by the stimulating scents of peppermint and rosemary wafting under their noses. These essential oils will help to perk the whole family up and start the day with alertness and energy.


Essential oils for the afternoon:

Waiting in the pick-up line can be a drag, but by spraying calming and uplifting oils into the car (such as grapefruit, sweet orange and jasmine), both you and your children will be in a great mood on the way home from school. This allows for a well-deserved decompression before plowing into the rest of your afternoon schedules.

If your children participate in after-school sports, try some revitalizing oils, such as juniper, cedarwood and cardamom.

To help them focus on homework, diffuse stimulating blends, such as peppermint or rosemary.


Essential oils for bedtime:

Long school days, dinner and the homework blitz can leave kids wired at the end of the day. Incorporating relaxing oils, such as vetiver, sandalwood, palmarosa and lavender, into their evening regime will help them unwind and have a restful sleep.


Essential oils to build up immunity during the night:

With “back-to-school” comes a breeding of new germs that can assault the healthiest of children. At the slightest sign of a sniffle, or even just as a precaution, I suggest loading up your children with immune-building essential oils, such as eucalyptus, rosewood, ravintsara and tea tree. These will help keep your children from missing important time in the classroom– helping them to be their best self!


Need some additional information or have a specific question about essential oils? Ask Cary here.

Why Lavender is the Most Widely Used Essential Oil

July 31st, 2014

The Granddaddy of essential oils, Lavender has been used for thousands of years by a host of civilizations. The Egyptian, Phoenician and Arabian people coveted it for its perfume properties; the ancient Greeks used it as a cure for everything from insomnia to aching backs to insanity; the Romans infused their bath water with its flowers, giving Lavender its name, from lavare–the Latin word for wash. For centuries, Europeans even sprinkled Lavender on interior floors to disinfect and deodorize their homes.

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Even today, Lavender is the most widely used essential oil. Some could argue it is the (almost) all encompassing essential oil, as its healing properties truly run the gamut. And Lavender’s floral, balanced aroma blends easily with most other oils.


Emotionally, Lavender calms, soothes and nurtures, encouraging balance in all the bodily systems. It should come as no shock that many nighttime lotions tend to have a lavender scent. Many massage therapists use it in massage oils for deep relaxation, and it can be simply dropped (only 3-5 drops) in a warm bath in the privacy of your own home.


But lavender’s properties extend much further than just its calming effects.  Research shows that Lavender is analgesic, antirheumatic, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic and an antioxidant.


Lavender can be found in 6 of our essential oil blends:

Detox – to soothe nerves

Headache – to pacify, nurture and rebalance

De-Stress – to reduce anxiety

Uplift – to brighten the spirit

Carry On – to balance the emotions

Immunity – to help purify the body


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.


14 Essential Oils to Get You Through Tough Times

July 10th, 2014

It happens to the best of us. We get stressed out, worn down and begin to feel lost. Whether you are dealing with the loss of a loved one, a break up or are simply feeling down, essential oils can provide the emotional support that you need.




Feeling frustrated, anxious or nervous? Try these calming oils:

Bergamot: a great sedative for anxiety

Chamomile (German): a grounding oil that helps with tension, anxiety, restlessness,  and irritability

Chamomile (Roman): calming to the mind and emotions

Lavender: a soothing and nurturing oil that reduces anxiety and fear

Opopanax: supports meditation and inner unity


Feeling distracted, depressed or sad? Try these uplifting oils:

Rosemary: helps to clear the mind and aids in concentration

Geranium: increases imagination and intuition

Grapefruit: helps prevent and alleviate depression

Lemon: this uplifting and cleansing oil is full of happy, outward energy

Lemongrass: used during difficult emotional transitions, reduces fatigue

Orange: combats pessimism and expands energy


Feeling off-centered, gloomy or un-stable? Try these balancing oils:

Helichrysum: healing for emotional trauma and wounds

Marjoram: calms obsessive thinking and warms the heart

Patchouli: provides grounding and reduces nervous strain


Need help with suggestions on how to blend or need some more information, click here to Ask Cary.