"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.)

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.

It takes just 3 seconds...

Just 3 seconds...

That's how long it takes essential oils reach your heart, liver and thyroid from the time you inhale them. They can be found in your bloodstream within 26 seconds after being applied…just like anything else you inhale or apply…Sit with that for a moment…

So, can you use any just any oil? Does quality really matter?
If you walk into a grocery store and look at a box of cereal, you’ll see nutrition facts on the side. However, there are no nutrition facts on the side of oils and no labeling requirements. So that means you have to know and trust the source – the company you are buying from. 
If you see “100% USP grade” on the label of your favorite oil, that means US Pharmacopeia, which means it has been manipulated to fit a standard, so by definition, it is adulterated. Wrigley’s wants all its spearmint gum to taste exactly the same every single time you buy a package, unwrap a stick and pop it into your mouth. Therapeutic oils cannot be played with in any form. They contain a life force and even just a little bit of synthetic material can poison it or even destroy it all together.
So, let me ask you…why would you use an oil laden with chemicals if the entire purpose of using oils is to get away from chemicals?? 
Unfortunately, you cannot have quality without cost. Just think about that hamburger on the dollar menu compared to an organic, grass fed, Angus beef burger…they are both burgers, right? Or…are they?? I read a book called Chew On This to the kids – all about the fast food industry. We learned that the meat (and other parts) of thousands of animals can be found in just one burger…and some of the grain that is being fed to commercial beef actually contains…dead cows!!! Remember mad cow disease?? Yup…You get what you pay for!! We seem to understand that when it comes to burgers and other industries, but not with oils…

Authenticity is why you just can’t buy oils at the grocery store. Authentic means that they do not alter the essential oil in any way during or after the distillation process. Companies can claim they use proper distillation of the plant material and that they don’t alter that process because there is a little unknown secret in the aromatherapy world called fractional distillation and rectification.

Fractional distillation is when a company buys essential oils that have been distilled properly, but then, after the plant material is distilled, it goes through a process that fractions out certain molecules. In the case of peppermint, they will take out the earthy aromatic molecules leaving a much more “pleasant” and sweet smelling final essential oil, not the natural peppermint smell it should have. 

Rectification is where a batch of oil is missing some amount of molecules that causes the smell to be too different from what a consumer may think is "normal". The company adds in molecules from other plants to fix or “rectify” the issue. In the case of a batch of Lavender that isn’t as floral smelling as the last batch, they may add in some molecules from Ylang ylang to help fix the smell.

Consider when you buy an orange, you know that the orange you buy now will taste and smell different from the orange you buy even next week. That is nature. With oils, because they are bottled, your brain thinks something is wrong when it smells different from bottle to bottle. In the world of true unaltered authentic aromatherapy, it is normal to have aromatic differences from batch to batch.

How do you know you can trust Young Living? Simply put – Seed to Seal. It is what sets them apart from all other oil companies. No stripping constituents to make them smell better. No mixing species of the same oil. No weed killers, pesticides, herbicides or genetically modified seeds. No “f” word fragrances we talked about last week. They spend $12,000 per acre to hand weed instead of the industry standard of $60 per acre to spray with pesticides. No solvents are used in the distillation process. No mercury, arsenic, glyphosate, or any poison in the soil because the fields are untouched by toxic chemicals…and more. Want to see the difference for yourself? Check out seedtoseal.com here to learn more. 
Curious?? How about support for every area of your life at your fingertips? Check out the Make A Shift Essential Solutions kit!  Lavender, Peppermint, Thieves, Purification, Stress Away and Deep Relief, along with a diffuser that is only available in this bundle. And, if you are brand new to Young Living, be sure to use the coupon code SHAREYL at checkout to save 10%! 

Not ready to jump in quite yet but would love to play around on the website and see all that Young Living offers? Use this link to create a free account - no purchase necessary. Let me know you created an account and I will send you an invite to join my online Facebook community where we learn about wellness, purpose, abundance, mindset and more. 

I'd love to hear what you think! What topics would you like to learn about? What fascinates you? Confuses you? Simply hit reply and let me know!!

Have an incredible week, my friend.

Camping? Heading to the beach? This is for you!

 Summer is officially here! How crazy is that!? Seems like just last week we were celebrating New Year's!

Here are a few tips and tricks to make your camping adventures or beach get-aways a little better!  

Do you love getting outside and exploring?  Do you think to take your Citronella, Geranium, and a battery-powered diffuser along with you? When you are hanging out at your campsite, book in hand, this combo will quickly become your BFF!  Simply fill a battery-powered diffuser with 5-7 drops each Citronella and Geranium and enjoy the incredible smell...and pest-free zone!

  • Insect Repellent & Insect Repellent Wipes: This formula effectively prevents mosquito, flea, and tick bites, so you can enjoy the great outdoors worry free!
  • Insect Repellent Spray Hack: Grab the Insect Repellent bottle and make it into a spray for easy use:
    • Continuous spray bottle
    • Bottle of YL Insect Repellant
    • 3 TBSP fractionated coconut oil or ClaraDerm Cooling Mist
    • 20 drops Citronella essential oil
    • Add all items to the spray bottle, but add the insect repellent last (it will not all fit!) 
  • DIY Outdoor Spray: If you live in a state that has shipping exclusions for the Insect Repellant, try the wipes! Still can't order because of limitations? You can also add a spray top directly to your bottle of Citronella.
    • Small continuous spray bottle 
    • 25 drops each Citronella, Geranium, Lemongrass, Lavender
    • 20 drops Eucalyptus Radiata, Tea Tree
    • V-6 Vegetable Oil carrier or carrier of choice or ¼ part Witch Hazel to ¾ part Distilled Water
    • Note: If you want to use a larger bottle, simply double the recipe. Also if you feel you need a stronger formula or are extremely susceptible to outdoor pests add more Citronella, Lemongrass and/or Geranium! 
  • DIY Itch Stick: for those times you forget your insect repellent...
    • In a rollerball, combine 10 drops Purification, 10 drops Lavender + 10 drops Lemon, and top with a carrier oil. Roll on bug bites & itches.
  • Lavender Essential Oil: We don't call this the Swiss Army Knife for nothing! Someone needs a little calm? Grab your Lavender. Skin saw too much sun? Grab your Lavender. Little one stepped in an ant bed? Grab your Lavender. Blooming flowers got you down? Grab your Lavender!
  • Mineral Sunscreen: Hands-down, this is my favorite sunscreen. It checks all of my boxes -- reef-safe, effective, all natural, great for all skin types, non-nano zinc, won't clog pores. What else is there?! 
  • Mineral Sunscreen Spray Hack:
    • Continuous spray bottle
    • Bottle of YL Mineral Sunscreen
    • 5 TBSP fractionated coconut oil or ClaraDerm Cooling Mist
    • 20 drops Carrot Seed essential oil
    • Optional: 30 drops Citronella essential oil
    • Add all items to the spray bottle and shake well!

BEACH ESSENTIALS Maybe you are more of a beach person?? I've got you covered, too! 
  • NingXia Red packets: freeze them overnight for a slushie-like treat
  • Lavender Lemonade Vitality Drops + AminoWise: to keep you hydrated in the sun and heat
  • Thieves Hand Sanitizer & Spray: for clean hands, e-readers, toys, phones, etc!
  • Lavender Lip Balm: great for lips, cheeks, noses and it makes a great carrier stick too!
  • Peppermint roller: roll over the back of your neck for instant air conditioning when you get a little too hot!
  • Lavender oil: again, for ALL the things! Any kind of skin need, grab your Lavender.
  • Seedlings Baby Wipes: for clean hands, even in the sand! Easily remove all the sand from your feet, legs, and hands!
How do you love to spend your summers?? What's your favorite hack?

A little seasonal help for what "bugs you" and those "pesky annoyances"...

After a long, cold winter and the sometimes dreary penetrating cold of spring, you are absolutely ready to get outside when the sun starts shining warm and bright, right?? But, sadly, what else wakes up at about the same time??  Yup – the bugs…the black flies, the mosquitoes, the ticks...
And get this…according to the World Health Organization, the mosquito is the deadliest of all animals...
For centuries, plants or smoke from fires have been used to naturally repel insects. But, over the last 100 years or so, these were replaced with toxic chemicals. Is anyone surprised by that yet??

DDT was the first modern synthetic insecticide. Introduced in the 40’s,  there was a jingle to go along with it – DDT is good for me-e-e!!   Anything that has a jingle must be good for us, right? 😉 
But the EPA issued a cancellation order for DDT in 1972 because of its adverse environmental effects to wildlife and people. Go figure.
Then came DEET and other toxic chemicals and even chemical coated clothing.  Now think about your skin being porous… DEET has been associated with seizures, numbness and behavioral changes, nasal cancers, compromised immune systems, cardiovascular toxicity, respiratory distress, and severe allergic reactions. DEET brought on a change in the brain of after just a brief exposure to it…and mosquitoes and other insects can develop an insensitivity to it…

38 essential oils were studied in 2005 to look at their ability to repel mosquitos. Let’s take a look at a few.

Citronella with vanillin provided 3 hours of protection, is calming, and helps you think about those things that “bug you”…and you might just find that those “pesky annoyances” are just the things you need to be more accepting of in others...so you can accept them in yourself… 

Lemongrass along with citrus or tree oils with vanillin was superior to DEET and also releases resentment, regret from those “should haves”, and pessimism, turning those negative energies into positive ones, so optimism, courage and hope can return.

Cedarwood oil protects against a variety of insects including ants, fire ants, ticks and moths. It helps you feel safe and secure with yourself as well as in your environment, kind of an energetic feeling of a safe warm blanket…so it’s a double blessing for supporting annoyance free sleep for those overnight adventures in the great outdoors…it also has skin cleansing properties and is a natural deodorizer…all great benefits for that active, outside lifestyle.
You can blend it with citronella, rosemary, tea tree, myrtle, clove or lemongrass. Sounds like a win in any situation, right??
Other great oil options are Cinnamon BarkGeraniumJuniperLavenderPeppermintSageSpearmintTea Tree and Thyme.

If you aren’t a fan of DIY’s, I’ve got you! Have you tried YL’s insect repellant?? It repels mosquitoes, ticks and fleas with  no DEET, or any of the other toxic crap we talk about, is safe for children and for those with sensitive skin.
We tried this out on a walk one day…Delaney and I put it on. Dana did not. Normally the bugs don’t bother him, so he wasn’t worried. It was pretty hysterical when just a little bit into our walk, he is swatting at the bugs that had congregated around him, while Delaney and I are walking along, bug free…he tried to out run them, he swatted at them with his hat, he spun around…nothing worked. That was proof enough for me! LOL We put ours in a roller bottle or a spray bottle for easiest application and one bottle lasted us for a couple of years! Still effective!
There you go, my friends! A little help with that bug free late spring and summer. 

What's on your summer bucket list??