Essential Oil Guide: 21 Drops Review

I am always on the hunt for new essential oil products and brands. Essential oils are a fantastic way to naturally improve our well-being on a mental, emotional, and physical level. 

I most recently discovered 21 Drops, and was immediately intrigued. When asked what set them apart from other essential oil companies, their response was what sealed the deal! 
  1. All of the essential oils used in our blends are therapeutic-grade, 100% natural, sourced from artisan distillers, organic or wild-crafted, and GC-MS tested to ensure their upmost purity and effectiveness.
  2. We focused on the molecular chemistry, so you can focus on the physical. Our remedies are pre-blended to treat some of the most common conditions, allowing you more time to spend time with your partner or try that new yoga class.
  3. All of our essential oils are safely diluted in 100% jojoba carrier oil.
  4. Our bright, colorful rollerball packaging makes our blends easy to toss into a purse, place aside your bed or at your desk at work. Basically, they're way more fun and simple to use.  
What's not to love? Unable to narrow it down to just one oil (how can you choose between 21 amazing blends?), the wonderful folks over at 21 Drops were kind enough to send me over the Let's Celebrate Trio to review, and I am in love!

The Let's Celebrate kit includes three 3ml oil blends: Invigorate, Passion, and De-Stress. Each blend is formulated specifically for inhalation and topical application, and every one comes with a fantastic affirmation!

Invigorate (#01) is a combination of black pepper (enlivens & motivates), cedarwood (maximizes endurance), juniper (energizes & invigorates), and rosemary (stimulates the mind). The affirmation that comes with this oil is "I initiate. I act. I deliver." This has been my go-to oil for early mornings and mid-afternoon for when I need a pick-me-up! Caffeine never seems to agree with me (if you ever see me with super shaky hands and looking a little grey, its likely the barista accidentally switched my decaf for something higher octane), so coffee is usually too strong for the usual slow-moving moments. However, one whiff of this blend is enough to get me moving, and once I put a little on my wrists, I am getting things done! I've started keeping this one on my desk so that whenever I feel myself loosing steam, I can have it within reach so I can get back in action! 

Passion (#06) is a combination of cardamom (enlivens & refreshes), jasmine (diminishes fears & inhibitions, rose (invites feelings of love), and sandalwood encourages self-acceptance. The affirmation that comes with the blend is "I am open. I am playful. I am inspired." If sunshine came in the form of an essential oil, this would be it. When wearing Passion, I feel radiant and goddess-like. The floral aspects make it a great date night scent, but I love wearing it anytime I want to feel sunshine-y and special!

De-stress (#11) is a combination of frankincense (quiets the mind), German chamomile (reduces tension), lavender (reduces anxiety), and ylang ylang (helps ease panic attacks). The affirmation is "I accept. I bend. I release." This oil is my new signature scent, hands down. I usually have an affinity for similar blends (as an old flame once proclaimed: "You always smell like tea... It is a good thing, I swear!"), but 21 Drops De-Stress takes the cake. Every time I put on this essential oil, I can feel all of the tension in my body melt away, and I am left relaxed and smiling. 

After the success of these three blends, I cannot wait to try their others! The next ones I have my eye on are #03 Strength, #07 Equalize, #12 Uplift, and #17 Digest, not to mention getting bigger sizes of what I already have!

Have you tried 21 Drops yet? Check them out on their website, and enjoy!

Keeping Healthy Habits, Plus A Free Printable

It's no surprise that when you eat well, exercise, and get enough sleep, you tend to be in a better mood.

Still, even knowing this information, it is easy to slip up. Maybe you decide to press snooze and skip yoga. Maybe instead of making a salad, you indulge in a junk food feast. Maybe you go out and have too many drinks, resulting in a nasty hangover the next day. You're only human, after all! Once the healthy pattern is broken, though, it sometimes can be hard to return to.

Over a year ago, I made the switch to a paleo diet (at the recommendation of my doctor). Cutting out processes sugar and grains made a noticeable improvement in my overall health, leaving me energized, strong, and less susceptible to getting sick. Despite the encouraging benefits, however, a strict diet can be challenging. I found that I would do well and feel fantastic once I got in the groove, but if I went off track and ate something not within the paleo restrictions, it can take a heck of a lot to get me back to where I was.

Lately, I've realized I've been in a bit of a slump, mentally and physically. Not coincidentally, I have only been eating a "paleo-ish" diet, and have slowly been consuming more and more sugar and grains. Although it may seem obvious, it can be much easier to spiral into unhealthy habits than healthy ones, and I found myself the other day going out in the pouring rain and hail to pick up yet another loaf of cinnamon sugar challah bread because my craving was too strong to ignore, despite just finishing off a huge loaf that morning. Not a proud moment for me, and I felt even worse later with the resulting stomachache and headache.

With spring's arrival, the reminder of new beginnings are popping up at every corner. The green grass grows taller, and flowers blossom on every block. Even after a hard time, whether it be cold temperatures or the spiral of an unhealthy habit, you can always start anew. Empowered by my desire for a fresh start, I am prioritizing my health once again. By no longer indulging my less than healthy cravings and by stocking my fridge with delicious paleo-friendly options, I find myself back on my path.

My yoga instructor offered this beautiful piece of wisdom that I thought was too inspiration not to share: Imagine that you are assigned a car at your birth, and that is the only car you are allowed to have until your death. In order to not only keep that car running, but running smoothly, you will likely make that car a top priority for your whole life. Your parents may help you when you are younger, but as you grow, as does your responsibility. You'd have to make sure it gets the necessary tune-ups, is constantly scrubbed and polished, fed premium fuel, isn't over-worked but also isn't left in the yard to rust, and is given a cozy garage to rest in in-between journeys. Now, realize that your body is your vehicle for your lifetime, and understand why you need to prioritize your health.

Without a hovering parent reminding you to eat your vegetables like they did when you were a child, you have to realize your well-being is your own responsibility. Tired of being sick and tired? Then do something about it! Go that extra mile and make yourself the priority! Switch that soda for a coconut water. Bike to work instead of driving. Set aside even just ten minutes in the morning to sit down and meditate. Find something that you can do for yourself that will set you on the path towards being healthier, mentally and physically. What is the reward of all your hard work? Happiness.

Keeping in mind that healthy living can be challenging at times, I created a little visual reminder to encourage me when I become frustrated. As a thank you to my readers for all their support, I've made my poster available to download!

(It might not show up when you open in your browser, but it should work once downloaded.)

Do you have any healthy habits that have significantly improved your life? What unhealthy habit do you find hardest to break?