Searching for the willpower to commit to your practice? It just might come in a bottle.
Cary Caster, the founder of 21 Drops Essential Oil Therapy and a recent vendor in the Yoga Journal LIVE! market, says her 100 percent natural, pre-blended essential oils can also give you the strength you need for yoga, and can even transform, equalize, calm, uplift, and inspire you.
"The whole practice of yoga is bringing awareness to the body," says Caster, a certified aromatherapist and hot yoga devotee. "Oils help us to feel grounded in that way—we can alter different parts of ourselves through the oils and the yoga."
Caster is so passionate about essential oils that she never treated her three children with antibiotics or over-the-counter medications. Instead, she created her own "first aid kit of therapeutic oil blends" for pain, colds, allergies, and other childhood ailments.
"I believe in the body’s ability to heal itself. Oils are nourishing, they help support the body," she says. "People don’t realize that natural plant extracts are more effective and healthier for the body than pharmaceuticals, without the negative side effects. Not only that, they smell good."
Here, find seven of the essential oil blends imported from all over the world that Caster thinks you should have in your yoga bag. Bonus: YJ readers get 15% off purchases at 21 Drops by entering the coupon code yogajournal15.
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