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Do you use essential oils? Do you know what they are?? (Hint hint: they’re plant extracts 😉🌱).
I’ve been using them for about three years now. A friend reached out to me when I posted about the big psoriasis flare I was having (it was this post) and said “Hey lady, do you want to talk about essential oils? I think they could really help you!”And my first reaction was like: “Um, I’m majorly sick right now. Why are you suggesting aromatherapy?!?”
Boy have I learned a lot since back then. But if you’re anything like I was three years ago, you might not realize that essential oils are SO much more than just yummy smelling bottles of goodness… they are truly plant medicine and nature’s solution for so many of our maladies. My collection of oils is now the most important part of my medicine cabinet, and I’ve eliminated my need for Advil or Nyquil.
So of course you can use them when it comes to your voice! But there are a couple of really important things you need to know about why you shouldn’t heat the essential oils and how to be sure you don’t overdo it with them. Check out today’s vocal health video to learn the do’s and don’ts of using essential oils for your voice.
Watch the Essential Oils For Your Voice Video Here:
And if this is appealing to you, then here’s a part two to your education:
Next Tuesday November 20th at 8pm ET I’m hosting a totally free online gathering that I’m lovingly calling “Hippie Witch Club” 😝. It’ll be a talk/Q&A session about wellness practices and your voice overall. If you’ve been on this newsletter for awhile, you may have picked up that I eat according to Ayurveda, follow the moon cycles, study astrology, meditate, and use essential oils. Recently a group of my soul-sister female entrepreneur friends have been encouraging me to reveal more about these practices. So this is me dipping my toe in to share with you! 👣
Now full disclosure: part of the inspiration for hosting this gathering is that I’ve signed up to sell Doterra essential oils. I’ve been a mega fan of these oils for three years (they’re all I use, and truly the best, highest-quality on the market), but I never imagined I’d want to do the multi level marketing thing. Then I had the incredible opportunity to join this group of inspiring women in supporting each other so we can educate people to reach for peppermint oil not Tylenol during a headache (etc). I said YES because I believe in this 1000%. This is a new endeavor for me, but please know that I am never going to get pushy about selling you oils and this won’t take over my newsletter at all. It’s simply part of showing up more fully in service in all the ways I believe.
So, Hippie Witch Club is gonna be an integrated conversation about how we take radical, amazing care of ourselves so we can show up fully and authentically in the world. I’ll share more info with you about essential oils too, but there is absolutely zero pressure to buy anything.
If you want to come to Hippie Witch Club, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know!! I’ll write back and send you the link so you can join me at 8pm EST this coming Tuesday! (Or watch the recording!)
YAY, so fun and joyful… if this appeals to you I hope to see you there!! ☮️🌓✨
Friendly service announcement from your local vocal health educator during this cold season in the northern hemisphere: Be careful with those menthol and eucalyptus lozenges! And especially the ones with benzocaine!
Even though it may feel better to be numbing your throat in the short term, in the long term you could do damage. In today’s vocal health video, I’ll share the cough drops I choose over the ones with numbing medication, and I’ll encourage you to follow suit…
Should you use a humidifier for your voice? Simple answer: Yes! In today’s vocal health video, learn why having a humidifier on, especially while you’re sleeping, is extremely beneficial for keeping your voice in tip top shape.
I don’t always have a completely resolute opinion about the best remedy for your voice, because what works for one person may not work as well for another. But when it comes to the question of what temperature your water should be, I do have a strong opinion: Don’t drink ice water!
If you didn’t know why, check out today’s vocal health video where I share why ice water is truly not ideal for your voice (or really any of the internal tissues of your body), and why I strongly recommend drinking room temperature water for your health and your voice.
Watch the Room Temp Water Is Better Than Ice Water video here:
And now that you’re armed with this knowledge, you can be obnoxious like me at restaurants and ask for water with no ice. (I mean, who wants ice water when the weather is getting cold anyway, amirite?!? ⛄️)
Cold season is officially upon us here in the Northern hemisphere, and I want you to stay healthy! One of the best ways to do that is to drink lots of warm liquids, but people say so many different things about what kind of hot beverage to drink to soothe your voice… Use honey! Use lemon! Use ashwaganda! (That last one is an awesome ayurvedic remedy, fyi 😜). But look, the best thing for your voice is not actually that complicated: it’s plain ole’ hot water.
In today’s vocal heath video, hear my list of recs about what you can add to the magic that is hot water in order to get you through fall and winter with flying colors 🌈.
Watch the What To Put In Your Hot Water video here:
I hope and totally believe this will help you stay healthy this fall! Let me know if you have questions.
Are you guilty of clearing your throat? Even if it’s not a frequent habit and you only do it when you’re sick, it’s just not the best. Why? Well clearing your throat is actually pretty darn violent for your vocal cords – you’re essentially smashing them together trying to get the gunk off – when the truth is that the gunk is going to just settle back down anyway.
What’s a better thing to do? Gargle with warm salt water! It not only relieves the irritation in your throat, but it can literally dissolve the mucus. In today’s vocal health video, learn the specifics for the best way to gargle with salt and warm water to clear your throat! (I got a cold two weeks ago and I’ve been doing this non-stop since then!)
Watch the Gargle Instead of Clearing Your Throat video here:
Since it’s fall and it feels like nearly half of the people around me have gotten sick recently, I hope this is timely for you… though actually if I’m hoping, I hope even more that you’re getting your rest and eating well and staying healthy!
On Monday I was having a session with a private client, and I said “I know what would be great for your warm up. Try the animals exercise!!” So I hopped over to the How To Warm Up youtube playlist to grab the link, and it wasn’t there. Hmm.
After the session I started digging, and I realized O.M.G… Suzie and I got our wires crossed on dates and we never released the video!! I pinky swear we had no intention of doing this, but it’s certainly a hilarious accident: we’ve got a How To Warm Up encore for you!! 🎉 And it happens to be potentially the most ridiculous warm up of all, so it just couldn’t be more perfect.
Here’s the deal with this one: I imagine you’ve noticed that animals move in tons of different ways and aren’t shy about stretching their bodies however they want to. So then if we want to get a really good stretch as part of our vocal and physical warm up, it makes sense that we could just act like an animal! In this extra super special bonus How To Warm Up video, we’ll be channeling the mighty lion, the tiny mouse, the moo-ing cow, and the meow-ing cat to warm up our body.
Wow wow wow. This is the last How To Warm Up video of the series. We have to wind it down because I’ve taught you everything I know! (Joking/not joking 😜)
But truly, the How To Warm Up series is now quite complete in terms of giving you a ton of great options for How To Warm Up. And what’s a fabulous way to end? With a batch of my favorite tongue twisters! Check out today’s tongue twister finale video, and be sure to download the handout too to follow along.
Check out the final How To Warm Up video, the Tongue Twisters exercise, here:
Have you ever heard the word “pranayama” from yoga? It’s made up of two parts: prana, which means life force or breath, and yama, which means control. So a pranayama technique is essentially a way of managing the breath.
Today’s exercise is a bit of a departure from other exercises in the How To Warm Up video series because it doesn’t directly pertain to your voice. But I share it because I find that it’s my absolute go-to way to calm down when I’m feeling anxious or uncentered. No joke – I have used this technique to relax while feeling panicked on the NYC subway, and one time I even did it for 45 minutes straight while I was feeling nauseous on a ferry ride!! 🚉⛴ As you can tell, I swear by it. And having now shared this ancient yogic breathing practice with lots and lots of people who agree how amazing it is, I figured it was important to share!
So, in this breathing video, you’ll learn a simple sequence to breathe in and out of alternating nostrils in order to balance the nervous system and the two hemispheres of the brain. I highly recommend you try it.