"Welcome to Flight 2024"

Happy 2024, my friend!! To make sure you are ready for 2024, here is some great "pre-flight" advice from one of my mentors...

"Good Morning and Welcome to Flight 2024.

 This is your captain,  Melanie Ann Layer.

 We are prepared to take off into the New Year.

 We ask that all carry ons, such as: Regrets from your Past, Mistakes & Fears, be placed under a seat behind you.
 Please make sure your Personal Power and Gratitude Attitude are secured and locked in, in the upright position.
This aircraft is a Boeing 20-24 and is equipped with 1 main exit and 2 upper deck exits for every disempowering thought.
 All self-destructive devices such as shame, guilt and doubt should be turned off at this time. All blame, hurt, and limiting beliefs should be stowed away.
 Should we lose altitude under pressure, during the flight, reach up and pull on gratitude & love, connect to source and breathe in deeply. Once your faith is fully and automatically restored,  we then encourage you to assist other passengers in need.
 Thank you for flying with me and enjoy the ride

Now that we are prepped and ready, CLICK HERE to see the January Drop with details on this month's free gifts, and below you will find ways to use that Inner Beauty Collagen and a few peppermint focused diffuser blends. :) 

Whether you're wanting to up your hair & skin game, feeling that postpartum hair and skin slump or needing a little extra boost after being under the weather, we've got you covered. Meet your new beauty BFF- Inner Beauty Collagen!! Try some of these favorite recipes to up your health game with high quality marine collagen.

 * 2-4oz NingXia Red
 * ½ tsp Golden Turmeric
 * 1 scoop Inner Beauty Collagen
 * Coconut water
 * 1 drop Lime Vitality essential oil
 Add NingXia Red and coconut water to a glass, then add in powders and mix with a handheld milk frother. Add Lime and mix again, then pour over ice (if desired) and enjoy!
 * 4oz NingXia Red
 * 1 scoop Inner Beauty Collagen
 * Water or organic orange juice (sparkling, mineral, plain)
 * Optional: 3 droppersful Mineral Essence
 Add NingXia Red and water/juice to a glass, then add collagen and mix with a handheld milk frother. Pour over ice (if desired) and enjoy!
 * ½-1 cup organic chicken bone broth
 * ¾-1 cup organic milk of choice
 * 1 tsp organic vanilla extract
 * 2-3T organic cocoa powder
 * 1-2T organic maple syrup or coconut sugar (to taste)
 * 1 scoop Inner Beauty Collage
 Heat milk and broth on the stove over medium heat. I like a 1:1 ratio of broth to milk, but you can use less broth if you're not used to it. Whisk in cocoa powder, vanilla and collagen, making sure the liquid is warm without boiling. Garnish with a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired and enjoy!
 * Organic brewed coffee or espresso of choice
 * 3T raw, organic heavy cream
 * 1-2T maple syrup (to taste)
 * 1 scoop Inner Beauty Collagen
 * 1 drop Cinnamon Bark Vitality Essential OIl*
 Add all ingredients except oil to a mug, then use a handheld frother to mix well. *For less intense cinnamon taste, dip a toothpick into your Cinnamon Bark oil, then swirl it around in your coffee.
 * 4-6oz organic orange juice
 * 1T raw, organic heavy cream
 * Pinch pink Himalayan salt
 * 1 scoop Inner Beauty Collagen
 Add all ingredients to a glass and mix with a handheld frother.
 * 6-8oz organic coconut water
 * 1 scoop Inner Beauty Collagen
 * ½ tsp pink Himalayan salt
 * ½ fresh lime, juiced OR 3 drops Lime Vitality
 * Crushed Ice
 Mix coconut water, salt, lime and collagen with a handheld frother. Add ice and enjoy!
 * Large handful organic spinach
 * Frozen banana
 * 1 scoop Inner Beauty Collagen
 * 1T organic cocoa powder
 * 1T organic maple syrup or agave (to taste)
 * Lots of ice
 * Raw, organic milk (or milk of choice) to desired consistency
 * 1 drop Peppermint Vitality essential oil
 Add all ingredients to a blender and mix well, then enjoy!
 * Mix 1 scoop of Inner Beauty Collagen with 4–8 ounces of water or your favorite hot or cold beverage daily.
 * Stir 1 scoop into a cup of your favorite hot tea such as Spiced Turmeric Herbal Tea.
 * Blend 2–4 scoops into the batter of baked goods. (Don't use in recipes calling for cooking temperatures above 380° F.)

Holiday home DIYS for you and for gifting!

Looking for some fantastic holiday gift and DIY ideas? Look no further! I have gift cards available for the amazing modalities I offer, as well as wellness scans. Exciting news: a brand new healing sound table will be arriving this week! Are you curious about the healing power of sound and frequencies? Take some time to research it - you'll be amazed at what you find!

Winter Wonderland Thieves Cleaner 
Are you ready for the easiest DIY that will fill your whole home with the scents of the season?! ! All you need is Thieves Household Cleaner and either a bottle of Christmas Spirit or Winter Nights. This also makes a cute gift. Simply put a festive glass spray bottle, a bottle of Thieves Cleaner, and a bottle of Christmas Spirit in a cute basket for an instant gift!
  • To a 16oz glass spray bottle add:
  • 1-2 capfuls of Thieves Household Cleaner
  • 10 drops of Christmas Spirit or Winter Nights essential oil blend
  • Fill with filtered water
  • Option to add 10 drops of Vanilla as well for an extra cozy boost.
DIY Room Sprays 
This simple DIY will make your home feel cozy and makes a beautiful gift paired with a fresh rosemary plant, festive dish towel, Winter Nights Foaming Hand Soap or a fresh fir wreath!
  • Winter Solstice: 10 drops each Thieves + Idaho Blue Spruce + Vanilla 
  • Holly Jolly: 10 drops each Tangerine + Christmas Spirit or Winter Nights
  • Silent Night: 10 drops each Lavender + Frankincense + Valor
  • Baking Cookies: 10 drops each Thieves + Vanilla
  • Frosted Forest: 10 drops Idaho Blue Spruce + 5 drops each Pine + Cedarwood + Peppermint
  • Twisted Peppermint: 10 drops each Peppermint + Vanilla + Ylang Ylang
  • Add essential oils to a 2oz glass spray bottle, add a splash of witch hazel & top with water! Spritz on all the things! 
Winter Wonderland Tree Spray 
Here is a spray that you can spritz on your trees, garlands (fresh or artificial!) and stockings to make things smell festive and cozy.
  • To 2oz spray bottle, add:
  • 20 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce 
  • 10 drops of Cedarwood 
  • 7 drops of Orange 
  • 5 drops of Cinnamon 
  • Fill the bottle with witch hazel, vodka or water and shake before each spray. Spritz everywhere for a festive tree scent. 
DIY Chai Spice & Candy Cane Forest Hand Soaps 
If you love to DIY, these are a fun way to cozy up your home, make great host gifts and are simple to whip up to accompany the changing of the seasons.
  • Foaming hand soap bottle or recycle a YL one!
  • 2 Tbsp Liquid Castile Soap 
  • 20 drops essential oils*
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil 
  • Add essential oils, Vitamin E oil and Castile Soap to the bottle, then top with water leaving 1" at the top
    • Chai Spice: 6 drops Cardamom + 4 drops Cinnamon Bark + 4 drops Clove + 4 drops Ginger + 2 Vanilla
    • Candy Cane Forest: 10 drops Peppermint + 5 drops Vanilla + 5 drops Ylang Ylang
Holiday Spice Wool Dryer Balls 
There's something about the smell of warm clean laundry fresh from the dryer - especially when combining Thieves Laundry Soap and essential oil infused wool dryer balls! 
  • Organic wool dryer balls
  • Essential oils of choice: Christmas Spirit, Peppermint + Vanilla, Cinnamon Bark + Orange, Stress Away + Peppermint, Cardamom & Orange
  • Add 4-5 drops of essential oils to each dryer ball.
  • Let the dryer balls air dry for about an hour or to speed up the process you can dry them alone. This will allow the oil to absorb into the wool and not transfer to your clothes. 
  • When it's time to dry your clothes - toss the dryer balls into the dryer with your clothing. Refresh the oils every 4-5 loads or more often if you prefer a stronger scent.
Scented Holiday Cards 
This simple holiday hack will give your family and friends (and your post carrier!) an instant jolt of goodness retrieving your cards from the mail!
  • Printed Holiday Cards
  • Envelopes
  • A gallon zip lock bag
  • Cotton balls or pads
  • Your favorite essential oils! Try Christmas Spirit, Joy, Peppermint, Cinnamon Bark, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Orange or any combination!
  • Place a few drops of oil on a cotton ball or pad, oil side down in a zip lock bag. Add your cards to the bag and zip closed overnight. 
DIY Oil Infused Bottle Brush Trees 
Give your bottle brush trees a little something extra this year - infuse them with festive essential oils! 
  • Large pitcher or jar (big enough for your trees)
  • Distilled water
  • Witch hazel 
  • Oils of your choice. Try Believe, Christmas Spirit, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Winter Nights, Orange or Pine
  • Bottle brush trees 
  • Fill the jar or pitcher almost full of water and add a splash of witch hazel. Add about 20-30 drops of oil and stir with a silicone or metal spoon. Hold your tree upside down for about a minute in the water, then take it out and let it air dry! 
Spiced Orange & Cranberry Garland 
How about a new tradition!?. It is beautiful, smells amazing, adds a festive touch to any room and is so easy to make!
  • About 5 oranges or a mix of oranges, clementines, and grapefruit for varied sizes and colors
  • Essential oils: Christmas Spirit, Cinnamon Bark, Vanilla, Clove, Believe, Thieves
  • Fresh cranberries and cinnamon sticks
  • Slice your oranges in circles to ¼ to ½ inch in thickness and arrange them on a non-stick surface or parchment paper. Pour 2-3 drops of essential oils on each slice, then set them in a cool oven and turn the temperature onto the lowest setting your oven will allow. (If your oven does not go below 300, set it there and use a wooden spoon to prop the oven open slightly and allow some heat to dissipate.)
  • Leave the slices in the oven for about 5 hours, then shut the oven off and leave the oranges in there overnight or until completely cool. They will be fairly dry, but will continue to dry out over time. You don't want to over dry them in the oven because they can start to burn!
  • Once they are dry, string them with some twine, alternating with a few varying sized slices and a cranberry or two, a tied cinnamon stick, whatever you like! Hang them in your home for some delicious smelling holiday cheer!
Here's to an incredible week filled with magic and love, my friend.

Autumn soaps, sprays, roller bottles, laundry scents and more!

Ready for some new favorite oil combos and uses!? 

Anthropologie Inspired Blends: Diffuse it, Roll it, Spray it!! 
These are some of our favorite diffuser blends for the fall season, but they make great rollers and sprays as well! The recipes below are for a standard diffuser and can be adapted easily!
  • To make a diffuser bomb, multiply the quantity of each oil by 10-20 and place in a dropper bottle with a pretty label. (You can also reuse old YL bottles and add a bamboo dropper top.) 
  • To make a 10mL roller, have the total number of drops around 30-50 and fill with carrier of choice.
  • To make a 2oz spray, multiply the drops by 3-5, add a splash of witch haze and top with water in a glass spray bottle and add a label.
  • 2 drops Clove
  • 3 drops Orange
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Nutmeg
  • 3 drops Stress Away
  • 3 drops Clove
  • 2 drops Nutmeg
  • 2 drops Vanilla
  • 3 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 1 drop Vetiver
  • 3 drops Sage
  • 3 drops Nutmeg
  • 4 drops Idaho Balsam Fir (or other tree oil)
  • 4 drops Vanilla
  • 4 drops Cinnamon Bark
  • 2 drops Lemon
  • 1 drop Nutmeg
Chai Spice Wool Dryer Balls 
Make your laundry smell like fall with these scented dryer balls! Place 3 drops of each oil onto each wool dryer ball and let sit for a few hours before use (recommended to make sure no oil spots transfer to your laundry). Or simply drop one of each oil onto a ball and use immediately.
  • Organic wool dryer balls
  • 3 drops each per ball: Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Nutmeg, Vanilla

  • Fall Spice Thieves Cleaner, 3 Ways! 
    Use as you would your regular diluted Thieves cleaner to Thieves all the things and enjoy a bit of Autumn at the same time!!
    Pumpkin Spice Thieves Cleaner
    • 16oz glass spray bottle 
    • 1-2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner 
    • 10 drops each Orange, Cinnamon Bark essential oils
    • 5 drops each Ginger, Clove, Nutmeg essential oils
    • Fill with distilled water

  • Falling Leaves Thieves Cleaner
    • 16oz glass spray bottle 
    • 1-2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner 
    • 10 drops each Tangerine, Northern Lights Black Spruce, Bergamot essential oils
    • 5 drops Patchouli essential oil
    • Fill with distilled water

  • Caramel Apple Thieves Cleaner
    • 16oz glass spray bottle 
    • 1-2 capfuls Thieves Household Cleaner 
    • 10 drops each Bergamot, Cinnamon Bark, Stress Away essential oils
    • 5 drops each Nutmeg, Tangerine essential oils
    • Fill with distilled water

  • Vanilla Spice Room Spray 
    To a 4 oz glass spray bottle add:
    • 10 drops Vanilla
    • 10 drops Orange
    • 8 drops Cinnamon
    • 5 drops Clove
    • 3 drops Cardamom
    • Distilled water
      Shake well and mist throughout your home!

  • DIY Autumn Foaming Hand Soaps 
    Custom hand soap scents for each season are a fun way to cozy up your home, make great host gifts and are simple to make!
  • A few favorite scent options:
    • Chai Spice: 6 drops Cardamom + 4 drops Cinnamon Bark + 4 drops Clove + 4 drops Ginger + 2 Vanilla
    • Orchard Stroll: 6 drops Bergamot + 4 drops Tangerine + 4 drops Cedarwood + 4 Rosemary + 2 drops Lemon 
    • Autumn Leaves: 5 drops Northern Lights Black Spruce + 5 drops Vetiver + 4 drops Tangerine + 4 drops Cinnamon Bark + 2 drops Vanilla

      Here's to a magical fall, my friend.

Fall fun and not just back to school!!

Whether you're helping your little ones with homework, helping older kids stay focused in class, or needing some help yourself, these are some of our favorite oils for staying focused and alert!
  • Vetiver
  • Cedarwood
  • Brain Power
  • KidScent GeneYus
  • Inspiration
  • Envision
Why these? A study on essential oils and focus by Dr. Terry Friedmann found a 32% improvement in mental focus in children inhaling Vetiver, with similar results in the group inhaling Cedarwood Cedarwood. 
They realized that this is because of a specific constituent (a component of the oils). Vetiver and Cedarwood are extremely high in sesquiterpenes - molecules that deliver oxygen molecules to cells, just like hemoglobin does to the blood! More oxygen to the brain = better focus. These oils also help our brain waves calm from an overactive state to a focused one.
  • Cedarwood 98% sesquiterpenes
  • Vetiver 97% sesquiterpenes
  • Spikenard 93% sesquiterpenes
  • Sandalwood 90% sesquiterpenes

Thieves Household Cleaner is our absolute favorite for green, plant-based cleaning. You know we use this in our homes, but did you know that a lot of teachers will use it in their classrooms as well?! So many people have gifted it along with a glass spray bottle to their kids' teachers to use daily in their classrooms. Spice it up with one of these recipes!

A good night of sleep always makes you feel amazing, but did you know that sleep has even more effects than just having energy? It is a huge part of Your ability to focus, your immune system, and your ability to retain information! Sleep is crucial...Great oil choices are Peace & Calming, Cedarwood, Valor, Lavender, SleepyIze, Seedlings Calm, Tranquil. Immupro or Sleep Essence are my go to supplements. Have you tried Unwind or KidScents MightyPro? More and more research shows that a healthy gut is crucial for all things...including sleep!

              Nighttime Linen Spray
                                                        Spray this onto sheets, blankets, pjs and stuffed animals before bed.
  • Glass spray bottle
  • 30 drops Peace & Calming
  • 15 drops Lavender
  • Splash of witch hazel
  • Water
Pumpkin Pie Play Dough Fun for the kids with the option of being free of harmful dyes and ingredients and leaves the house and hands smelling AMAZING plus it has immune boosting properties! Super easy to make together, then let them play the crisp, fall day away!!
  • 2 cups cornstarch
  • 1 cup Kidscents Lotion
  • 4 drops Cardamom
  • 2 drops Orange
  • 1 drop Cinnamon bark
  • 1 drop Clove
  • Mix all the ingredients together and let their imaginations run wild!
DIY Clay Leaf Tray This DIY tray is a fun craft for the little ones to make and gift! Before the clay hardens, you can drop essential oils onto it. Choose stronger scents like Cinnamon Bark, Clove, Thieves or Peppermint to ensure more scent. 
First, explore around your yard and gather your leaves! Cut out a piece of air dry clay, then roll it out about 1/2 inch thick, making sure your leaf will fit fully onto the clay. Then, press your leaf (vein side down) onto the clay. Make sure all parts of the leaf press in so that you get all the pretty nuances of the leaf!

Remove the leaf from the clay, and cut around the outline with a knife (have adults do this part), then remove the excess air dry clay from around your imprint. Go around the perimeter of the leaf and gently press the sides up and in to create a small edge If adding oils, do so now. 

Allow the clay to air dry and harden. We set ours on a baking rack so that both sides were exposed to air. After 24 hours they had hardened and were ready to paint!

Paint! Once the paint is dry, cover with a coat of Modge Podge gloss, then let that dry for 24 hours. After the coating is dry, have your children sign the back and write the year.

I'd love to see pics of your playdough fun and leaf creations! Post them in Intentional Wellness on Facebook!

Are you chemically overloaded?

What happens when your body is chemically overloaded?  You may see it in something as catastrophic as cancer. But, most of us feel it in other ways like lethargy, inability to focus, sleep trouble, chronic inflammation, unexplained pain, skin issues, adult acne, hot flashes, stress, anxiety and fear. If you face any of these issues, it’s time to kick chemicals to the curb.

To help you do that, let’s take a quick look at the ultimate tool kit  that supports every system of your body. For more information about each of these oils, visit Nan at experience-essential-oils.com. Her website is my go to along with my desk reference.
Lavender is one of the most versatile oils, known as the Swiss Army knife of oils, has over 1000 uses...and is also the most adulterated oil on the market. Knowing your source is critical. 

Another great skin oil. Put on your pillow before you go to bed. 
We love it for bruises, blisters, rashes, bug bites, mild burns or headaches and anything we don’t really know what else to use. Spray it on your pillow before you go to bed. Lavender Vitality is great in smoothies, sauces, dressings, homemade ice cream, marinades and drinks!
Emotionally it is used for feelings of abandonment, criticism and helps you not to worry about what you can’t control. (Can people really do that?? LOL)  Relaxing and balancing. Fosters communication, brings clarity and insight. But with any oil, start low and go slow. Oils are powerful...ask Dana about his poison ivy story...

Peppermint vitality supports your gastrointestinal system and digestive tract. One drop will keep you alert while driving or at other times when you need to focus. 
I love it for its cooling effect. I will often drop it on the back of my neck when I am doing a Raindrop session as I tend to get really warm with all the energy that can be released from a client. This has also been my failure oil. Great to have this time of year as kiddos are going back to school as it helps when there is a block to learning a new subject and it helps to eliminate that fear of the unknown. 

Add it to your water, tea, brownies, ice cream, in a veggie cap, or even under your tongue. We will also put a drop on our thumb and put our thumb to the roof of our mouth to clear our sinuses. Dana gets a bit braver and puts it on his  mustache...Remember, vitality and regular are the same oil, just labeled differently to remain in FDA compliance.

Purification is an all time favorite. Have you fallen in love with it yet?? Great for cleaning, refreshing, laundry, pet odors and as an insect deterrent. I love diffusing this one all by itself.

Uplifting and refreshing, diffusing it purifies and cleanses negative emotions (now you know why I love to diffuse it...). Our favorite blue book tells us it is good for anger, being alone,  fear of rejection, fear of seeing, negative or wrong thoughts, recognition and violence.

Thieves vitality – thieves has been proven to kill 99.9% of all germs and bacteria. Do I even need to say anything else? LOL. When anyone even looks or sounds like they might be going below the wellness line, the first thing I do is get this oil in the diffuser and on their feet and spine. Why those places?? The spine is where bundles of nerves run through your body and the feet (and hands) are where they come out. If you put oils in those places topically, you’re covering a lot of ground in the body, even if you don’t know where those germs are hiding out – another reason Raindrop Technique is so powerful as the oils are applied on your feet and back as well.
I put a drop of thieves with lemon, orange or citrus fresh (vitality, of course) in my water or tea and I even have a popcorn recipe that uses thieves! 
Did I mention it is also our favorite way to remove splinters!!?? Simply apply a drop as needed and watch the magic happen.
Think you couldn’t use this emotionally? Guess what? It helps with feeling different, sneaky, or uncertain and is specifically designed to cleanse your mind or environment when you diffuse it. 

Stress Away – you all know my love/hate relationship with this oil. I hated it for over 7 years. Despised it. It was so harsh smelling! But I did put it on my feet because I knew my dislike of it had an emotional element… I giggled when I saw in the blue book that it is for the emotion of cruel…that’s about how I would’ve described this oil before. LOL 
It promotes wellness and is one of the top emotional oils, helping you leave all that stress behind, like from being over tired, irritated, angry, nervous, restless…wonder if it helps with being hangry?? Hmmm... It will also help calm you, bringing peace and natural restful sleep.

Deep Relief comes in a portable roller bottle...just like Stress Away. This makes it easy peasy to reach those places on your back or shoulders!

Wintergreen, helichrysum, clove, peppermint, copaiba, lemon, vetiver, candian balsam fir, dorado azul…powerful oils…but when combined together?? Game changer.

Nan says this blend will help you find emotional and mental patterns that stop you from exercising and/or taking care of yourself emotionally and physically. It may also dig up physical hurts that have gone unresolved including accident prone tendencies, over exertion or over achieving. It will cool anger and frustration that you have with yourself about those patterns.

Remember, anything that is continually overdone or in excess will drain your body and mind  instead of supporting them, even if the initial intention was good.

Last week we said 26 seconds after exposure, chemicals are found in measurable amounts in your body.  The average woman applies 300 chemicals a day – 80 of those even before breakfast!  Of the top ten most dangerous chemicals in our home, number one is air fresheners, those plug-ins or candles. Second on the list – cleaning supplies. 
Ready to take the first step and curious about how you can get this kit and start guarding your home? Message me or comment below. 

Next week we will dive into more detail about the toxins lurking in your cabinets that make their way to your clothing, your floors, your skin, your children, pets and food, also taking a look at greenwashing. Join us Sunday night at 8:15pm in Intentional Wellness.

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