How Essential Oils are Transforming my Vocal Health and Supporting my Family

If you see me on social media, you probably hear me bang on about doTERRA’s essential oils and how bloody amazing they are.

So I thought I’d put pen to paper (well, hands to laptop) and tell you how they are supporting me, my voice and my family.

I’m feeling pretty inspired to write this today because only yesterday the oils had an incredible impact on my Grandmother Mavis.

Grandma woke up sick as a dog on her 80th birthday. We had a massive party planned for her in the evening, with family coming from all over Australia to be there.

So on top of being sick, she was also anxious about the fact that she may not be well enough for her party.

When I arrived at her house with my kit of oils, she was pale and had severe stomach pains. So first things first, we applied doTERRA’s DigestZen on her stomach to relieve the pain. I also made up a blend of:  

- Frankincense (helps inflammation and has a calming effect on the nervous system)

- On Guard (supports a healthy immune system and is very uplifting)

- Lavender (reduces anxious feelings).

I mixed this with coconut oil and applied it to her chest, temples, behind her ears, and on her spine.  

Within ten minutes, Grandma’s stomach ache had gone and colour returned to her face. Within half an hour she was up, talking to the family and getting ready for her party. Speaking of her party, she was the last one to leave at 12 am!

I can’t tell you what this means to me to see my family well and happy! My Mum for instance, who has struggled with her sleeping for a large chunk of her adult life, is now going to bed before 10 pm and not waking up until 7 in the morning. This has significantly improved her energy levels, not to mention her physical and mental well-being.

As for myself, I find myself happier and healthier. I use my doTERRA Home Essentials Kit on a daily basis and take the Life Long Vitality Pack, which are doTERRA’s awesome supplements.

I will write more about this in more detail but here is a quick snapshot of how I use the oils for my mental and physical health as well as to support my vocal health.

1.  Every night before I go to bed I rub diluted DigestZen in fractionated coconut oil and rub it on my stomach clockwise. Why do I do this? For singers, acid reflux is a bloody killer for the larynx, in particular, the vocal folds. So to avoid this, I use DigestZen and so far, so good!

2.  I’m OBSESSED with Frankincense! If you could own one oil, this would be your guy. He’s the King of all the oils because he comes with a string of benefits. Namely, he targets inflammation in the body. So I dilute Frankincense and Lemon in fractionated coconut oil and rub it on my throat every day. I’ve noticed massive changes in my vocal health! I don’t seem to experience as much fatigue as I used to. I have to point out however that consistent vocal exercises and staying hydrated are also important factors at play here.  

3. I LOVE lavender. I diffuse it at night time and from time to time rub it on my throat region to relax my vocal muscles. I also put it on the side of my temples if I ever get a headache, which is becoming less and less frequent these days. It’s also now part of my skincare regime and is clearing up facial redness. 

4. Peppermint has become my new afternoon coffee and has also replaced hay fever tablets. My hay fever used to be off the charts. Not anymore. But when it does flare up, I press a drop of peppermint oil on my hard palate, which relieves it almost instantly. When I experience an afternoon slump, I inhale a drop of peppermint as a pick me up, which will get me through a night of teaching.

5. On Guard has now become my natural cleaning solution and my saviour in the studio. I’m pretty much diffusing it in the studio every day to avoid germies. I use it too to clean my microphone after every student. It also smells like a natural version of ‘juicy fruit’.

I could seriously keep going on and on about them, which, don’t you worry, I plan to do!

For now, I want to alert you to the fact that with every Home Essentials Kit purchased before 1 January, you get a free bottle of Frankincense, which is worth $119.

In the Home Essentials kit, you get 15ml bottles of:

-       Frankincense

-       Lemon

-       Lavender

-       Peppermint

-       On Guard

-       Tea Tree

-       Oregano

-       Easy Air

-       Ice Blue (5ml)

-       A diffuser

-       An enrolment pack that entitles you to wholesale prices (25% off) for a year.

 
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So if you get in purchase the kit today or tomorrow, you get an addition Frankincense.

All of this for $330. If you bought this all individually with the enrolment pack ($35), you’d pay $477.

So this is incredible value!

You also get a free 1hr Wellness Consultation with me, including access to an incredible member’s only Facebook group, with over 3000 members, for your ongoing oils support and education.

You will also be a part of a natural wellness revolution that is, quite frankly, taking over the world.

So to order your home essentials kit, go to:

Go to: www.mydoterra.com/mellathouras

– Select ‘Join & Save’

– Select ‘Local’

– Select ‘Wholesale Pricing’ or ‘Wellness Advocate’ (by clicking on Wellness Advocate opens you up to the possibility of getting your oils for free and/or earn commissions.)

– Enter your details

– Choose the Home Essentials Kit plus fractionated coconut oil.

– Bob's Your Uncle! Your kit will arrive within 4-10 business days!

- Please shoot me a quick email to introduce yourself hello@fearlesssinger.com so I can organize your Wellness Consult and connect you with the members-only Facebook groups. 

If you need help with any of the above, please give me a call on 0447 016 546.

Here's the link again => www.mydoterra.com/mellathouras

Remember, you only have 24hrs to get the free Frankincense! I can guarantee you, you’re going to LOVE frankincense so you will be sorted for quite a while with two bottles!

Happy New Year!!  I will be in touch very soon!

Love

Mel X

Why you are most likely NOT Tone Deaf

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There is nothing more exhilarating for a singing teacher to help a student discover they can sing, despite protests from them that they are ‘tone deaf’.

The reality is, there is a very slim chance one would even fall into this category, with research finding that 1 in 20 people have tone deafness. That is only 4% of the population!

So what is it exactly and why you are most likely to not have it?  

Amusia, the medical term for tone deafness, is essentially a perceptual problem.

Studies suggest that while there are no anatomical differences between amusics and non-amusics, there are subtle differences in the neural connections within in their right frontal cortex, which may be the contributing factor for limited musical perception especially in terms of sequencing sound.

People with amusia cannot follow the simplest of tunes or tell the difference between two pitches, unless they are significantly far a part. Your non-amusic listener can hear the difference between notes a semi-tone a part while your amusic peep will hear it as the same note.  

Chances are, if you are experiencing poor pitch, you will know when you are not matching the note. And you can hear the difference between two notes, even if you are yet unable to sing them.

So, I can learn how to sing in tune?

Of course you bloody can! There are many (fixable) factors that may be affecting your intonation.

Oh, by the way, let me quickly point out the difference between pitch and intonation. Pitch is your understanding of sound, while intonation is the word to describe the act of making a pitch.

What can make your intonation suffer?

  1.  Singing in keys that don’t suit you.

Chances are if you are beginner singer and you try to sing along with Jessie J or Ariana Grande, you may find that you fall a little (or a lot) flat.  

Most pop singers are in keys that are way too high for the average person and even for some professional singers.

I have had so many students discover that they can sing their favourite songs if the key is taken down to at least a third or a fourth below the original.

       2. It’s difficult to identify a melody from all the bells and whistles you hear on recordings.

On the topic of pop singers, often the melody is so convoluted with melismas and vocal effects that it is difficult to identify the actual melody. Once this is simplified for the student, they are surprised by how good they actually sound.

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      3.     There are technical issues that need addressing.

There are various reasons for poor intonation caused by a lack of good vocal technique, however, a lot of it can be boiled down to poor postural alignment, inefficient breath support and management and tension of the vocal muscles. This is a big topic and really deserves another blog post to flesh it out. In the meantime, book in with a singing teacher who can give you a vocal diagnosis. Just know, that whatever is causing the problem, it can be fixed by doing targeted vocal exercises. These need to be done accurately and consistently in small focused chunks of time. Also, understand that it may take some time, so be lovingly patient with yourself and learn to enjoy the process.

     4.     You need more guidance in understanding the sequencing of sound.

Perhaps you come from a family who didn’t place a huge importance on music. Therefore, the radio or record/CD player was never on and you weren’t encouraged to take music at school. Or maybe you did come from a family of strong music appreciators however you still struggle to organize sound.

Again, a singing or an instrumental music teacher can help you develop this skill. I strongly encourage my students to take up the piano. It’s a great learning tool for developing pitch as the piano keys provide a strong visual as well as something to touch. Great feedback for the brain! There are also so many excellent resources and tools that can help you, from books, CDs, and even apps.

This is all great, but I really do think I’m tone-deaf.

Look, perhaps you do fall into the 4% of the population who are amusic. Before you write off your singing aspirations, however, how about you see a singing teacher or voice specialist.

If they too decide you are tone deaf, seek a second opinion.

And finally, if you are, don’t let it stop you from singing. I’m serious! Even if it means that your loved ones need to invest in ear plugs. Don’t let anyone, including yourself, deprive you of one of the most healing and joyful activities that human beings have the ability to do – making sound with your voice.

And finally, I leave you with this… A choir with a difference. [Click here]

Lots of love to ya!  

Mel X

P.S. Don’t be a stranger, if you have any questions or thoughts, leave a comment below or email me.

P.S.S. Please share this with someone you know who may think of themselves as tone deaf but deep down really do have aspirations to sing. You may change their life.

 

Fearless Singer Presents... Singer Stories: Lauren Dawné

G'day mate! 

Have you heard of Kintsugi?!

It’s the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with gold or silver lacquer. The principle behind this method is that the piece is more beautiful for having been broken.

Being a recovering perfectionist, this resonated deeply with me.

It dawned on me that while we often strive for this false idea of “perfection”, we forget that it is our flaws and our past suffering that makes us who we are. We are shards of clay, held together by a shimmering golden light. We are beautiful pieces of art.  

To quote the late Leonard Cohen, “There is a crack, a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.”

Speaking of shimmering lights, I would love to introduce to one of my dear students – Lauren.

She has overcome a great deal to be back singing again, after taking a 7-year break from music altogether. She is taking massive strides in gaining her confidence back and is dreaming big about a career as a singer songwriter. 

This is a part of a new a Fearless TV series - 'Singer Stories'. 

LISTEN TO LAUREN SING & WATCH HER STORY HERE:
 

Once you’ve had a chance to watch it, we would love to hear from you! Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment below. 

If you think this would inspire a family member or friend, please feel free to share it with them. 

Lots of Love
Mel X
 

Can Yoga Improve Your Singing? Spoiler Alert: The Answer is Yes

  Brisbane Singing and Yoga Teacher - Sarah Collyer

Brisbane Singing and Yoga Teacher - Sarah Collyer

Have you ever thought of doing yoga but the idea of floundering about with the poses in front of a group people puts you off?

Well you’re not alone mate! I’ve been there, many times over.

The thing is, the more times you go, you soon realize that the only person in the room judging you is YOU!

Anyway, I digress… I wanted to let you know that after months and months of not going to yoga, I finally forced myself to go on a particularly rainy night in Brisbane.

I drove through ridiculous traffic with a foggy rear view mirror (haven’t worked out how to use my demister yet), having near misses with buses, to finally arrive at the studio feeling pretty edgy, to say the least.

However as soon as the class started and we sang Gershwin’s Summertime as a group while doing gentle stretches, I felt the irritation melt away and I was engulfed by a sense of calm.

Singing? I hear you ask.

Yes, you heard right. I went to a singing yoga class. And it was AHHH-MAZING!!!!!   

My voice felt incredible after I left and I came out feeling like Maria in the iconic mountain top scene in the Sound of Music.

 Anyhow, to give you a better idea of the class, I had a chat with singer and yoga teacher Sarah Collyer in today’s Fearless TV episode. She is the master mind behind this genius concept.

 

Once you’ve had a chance to watch it, I would love to hear from you!

Is this something you’d consider incorporating into your daily routine?

How could you incorporate stretches into your daily singing practice?  

Please leave your comments in the blog post!

If you are keen to catch a class, it’s on Monday nights 6:30-7:30pm, 3/233 Albert Street in the city.

For more info, you can go to Sarah’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/breathebodymindandvoice/