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About Aromatherapy

What is Aromatherapy?

It’s simple really: Aromatherapy is the practice of using essential oils for their curative properties. Essential oils are the aromatic oils distilled from plants —or, to put it in scientific terms, oils containing volatile aromatic molecules. (“Volatile,” in this case, is not as dramatic as it sounds. It simply means the aromatic molecules have a tendency to dissipate quickly once applied.) Those molecules are the essence in essential oils. And while they generally smell quite pleasant, we don’t refer to these oils as “fragrances” because we aren’t using them to perfume ourselves. Well, not strictly speaking.

Essential oils can be inhaled, applied to the skin, or ingested. At 21 Drops we focus on the first two: inhalation and topical application; our blends are not formulated for ingestion. While we would be flattered should you like our blends enough to drink them, please don’t!

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The volatile aromatic molecules travel, with their chemical messengers, through the nasal cavity to the limbic system in the brain. The limbic system in turn influences both the endocrine system and the autonomic nervous system.

How Aromatherapy Works

Inhalation:

When essential oils are inhaled through the nose, aromatic molecules are carried through the lining of the nasal cavity via tiny olfactory nerves, located in the roof of the inner nose, to the part of the brain called the limbic system. The limbic system in turn influences the endocrine system and the autonomic nervous system.

The endocrine system is a major regulatory force in the body. It consists of glands that secrete hormones into the bloodstream; these hormones act as chemical mediators to regulate many bodily functions including mood, metabolism, and growth and development.

The autonomic nervous system operates, for the most part, below the level of our awareness. It connects the brain and spinal cord to the limbs and organs and directs, via electrical impulse, basic instinctive bodily functions such as heart rate, digestion, respiration rate, salivation, perspiration, and sexual response.

While it may seem counterintuitive, inhalation can be the most direct method of delivery for the healing components in oils. Through the nasal cavity, the chemical messengers have direct access to the brain and can go straight to work on the systems that moderate the body.

Topical Application:

When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream. From there they disperse to the specific organs and systems on which they work. Some of the essential oils’ components, carried via the bloodstream, can also pass through the blood-brain barrier to the limbic system in the brain, where they can influence the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems.

Whether inhaled or applied topically, essential oils can help bring about fundamental changes in physical, mental and emotional wellbeing by triggering, and strengthening, our bodies’ own natural responses. We designed our blends with a combination of inhalation and application in mind for the greatest effectiveness. The times to inhale each blend, and places to apply it, will vary based on the blend. You can find specific instructions for each of our vital blends on its product page (here on the site), and on its beautiful box.

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  • 1. Crown of head
  • 3. Behind Ears
  • 5. Upper and lower back
  • 7. Abdomen
  • 2. Temples
  • 4. Neck
  • 6. Under the nose
  • 8. Collarbone

How To Apply 21 Drops

Topical Application
When essential oils are applied to the skin, their healing components are absorbed into the bloodstream. From there they disperse to the specific organs and systems on which they work. Some of the essential oils’ components, carried via the bloodstream, can also pass through the blood-brain barrier to the limbic system in the brain, where they can influence the endocrine and autonomic nervous systems.

Pulse Points
Blends can be applied to numerous pulse points, however the most popular point is on the inside of the wrist. Apply preferred blend to inside of wrist and inhale through the nose.

Benefits of Skin Application

  1. Pulse points allow for easy absorption.
  2. Essential oils repair the skin while simultanerously addressing their primary function.
  3. Some essential oils are topical analgesics and provide a pain-killing effect.

Healing Begins with Intent

We believe that where the mind goes, the body follows. Inside every lovely box you’ll find a “statement of intention” specific to each blend. We offer those up as expressions to help guide your mind in the direction of health. Take a deep breath, consider the statement, and allow the curative properties in our blends to work in concert with your body and mind.



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