Spa Party! 5/7/17

Escape to Amador Wellness Cottage for a Spa Party!

Gather with new and old friends and enjoy an evening retreat full of pampering and sisterhood.

  • Glass of local wine and light appetizers
  • Aromatherapy Foot Bath
  • Trade Spa Facials, using high quality, organic products.
  • Stretch and move to release tension.
  • Reset with Aromatherapy Meditation
  • Exchange soothing touch with 30 minute massages.

Space limited to 12.

$25 per person.

To reserve your space

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Sleep Retreat

Clients stumble out of my massage studio, drunk on the feel good hormone oxytocin,often remarking they are ready for a nap. 

The other day , yet another client commented on how well they slept after their massage session the week before. 

 Later that day, my monthly doTerra order arrived , containing  doTerras Serenity Essential Oil Blend and new soft gel capsules to support healthy sleep.

Standing there inhaling the complex and calming blend of Serenity I was suddenly hit with inspiration!

No time to fully explore the idea, since my next client was pulling up , I jotted down the basic idea and moved along with my busy day.

Early Saturday morning, awake before the sun, I headed to the cottage for time to process this idea and I enjoyed the warmth of the sauna on this chilly December morning. 

Taking time to explore this essential oil blend on a deeper level, the frame work for a simple, relaxing, affordable retreat quickly came together. 

Soooooooo…..let me introduce  


This overnight retreat is designed to holistically promote and support deep restful sleep.

Your evening retreat begins with checking into the Cottages deluxe guest suite.

Comfortably settled in , enter the softly lit massage studio for a gentle dry brushing to exfoliate dead dry skin, stimulate the lymphatic system and prepare for your sauna session.

With a tall , cool glass of spa water in hand, settle into the sauna to warm and relax your muscles and encourage natural detoxification.

Calming music and the synergised essential blend of Serenity (Lavender Flower, Cedarwood, Ho Wood Leaf, Ylang Ylang Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Roman Chamomile Flower, Vetiver Root, Vanilla Bean Absolute, Hawaiian Sandalwood Wood ) surrounds you as you decompress in the dry warmth of the infrared sauna.

Take your journal or just flow with the music.

Sorry, no phones allowed in the massage studio.

In fact, I recommend you just turn off your phone when you check in and leave it off for the night!

This is time to reconnect with yourself.

To clear the static and noise.

After the sauna , relax on the massage table for a 90 min massage with high quality,  organic massage oils to nourish the skin and ease discomfort in the body.

The massage concludes with a mineral rich salt back scrub and warm towels that will send you into a state of relaxed bliss.

Fully relaxed, cup of hot tea in hand,  it’s just a few steps into the guest suite to melt into the comfortable bed.  

Sounds lovely, right?

To schedule your mini Retreat , please reserve the Wellness Cottage on airbnb . In your reservation request, let me know you would like the Serenity Retreat added to your reservation. 

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I look forward to welcoming you to the Cottage and assisting you in a good nights sleep.

Brandy 

 

 

Almond Oil

20161110_104657.jpgA large bottle of Sweet Almond Oil arrived at the  Cottage today.

I’ve already taken liberty as Head Goddess around this place  to liberally slather this lovely oil on my hair and skin to soak in all the good stuff. I feel and smell so good!

After I was done lavishing the oil on myself  I filled a bottle for facial massage ,  created a Couples Massage Oil with doTerras Passion essential oil blend , as a welcome gift  for this weekends airbnb guests, along with a roller bottle  filled with almond oil plus 5 drops helichrysum essential oil for a client looking to sooth dark circles under her eyes.

Almond oil is one of my favorite oils for facial massage, working well for all skin types and very gentle. 

It provides a lovely glide that  slowly absorbs into the skin , leaving it supple and well moisturized, yet does not leave oily  feeling for hours after.

Perfect as a night cream alternative to reduce fine lines and dark eye circles.

Almond oil is the best oil to use for infant care and massage.

Despite many misconceptions Almonds are not a nut, but closely related to the peach, apricot, and cherry (classified as drupes). Unlike the others, however, the outer layer of the almond is not edible. The edible portion of the almond is the yummy , nutrition rish powerhouse of a seed.

Sweet almond oil is an excellent massage oil valued for its viscosity and durability. Good for oily and easily irritated, sensitive skin prone to breakouts. 

 Almond oil is an excellent alternative to   harsh facial cleansers and make up removers.

 I dare you to follow your normal cleaning routine and follow up with Almond Oil.

 Apply in upwards, circular motions. 

Wipe off with a warm wash cloth. I bet you will see dirt you missed! 

Then reapply and let it soak in overnight to nourish the skin and plump up fine lines. 

Healing Facial Massage Blend

  • 1.5 oz Almond Oil
  • 1 dropper
    full Argan Oil
  • 1 dropper full Primrose Oil
  • 5 drops Frankincense 
  • 2 drops Sandalwood 
  • 1 drop Myrrh 


SWEET ALMOND OIL PROFILE

Botanical Name: Prunus amygdalus var. dulcis

Aroma: Light, slightly sweet and nutty.

Texture: leaves a slight oily feeling on the skin. Absorbs semi-quickly.

Color: Virtually clear with a tinge of yellow.

Components: Fatty Acids: Oleic acid 71%,a similar chemical structure to our own natural sebum, so it is readily absorbed by the skin tissues. Linoleic acid 21%,  anti-inflammatory properties, helping to calm and soothe a sensitive, irritated skin.
Antioxidants: Vitamin E, catechin, caffeic acid, epicatechin and gallic acid

Therapeutic Properties of Sweet Almond oil 

  • Anti-Inflammatory –  reduces inflammation topically and also when ingested.
  • Anti-oxidant – Almond oil possesses mild antioxidant capacity.
  • Immune Booster – Topical as well as internal application of sweet almond oil boosts immunity and provides robust protection from various diseases.
  • Anti-hepatotoxic – Almond oil is known to aid the liver in eliminating toxins. This is also performed by castor oil.
  • Emollient – excellent moisturizing properties. Excellent for chronically and  excessively dry skin.
  • Sclerosant – Used to treat vascular issues like spider veins, hemorrhoids and varicose veins.
  • Laxative – promotes defecation and relieves constipation. This laxative action is mild as compared to stronger laxatives like castor oil.
  • Analgesic – almond oil is mild pain reliever
  • Muscle Relaxation – massage with almond oil soothes stressed and sore muscles.
  • Cicatrizant – helps wounds heal faster.
  • Anti-dandruff – it dissolves dandruff from the scalp
  • Moisturizing
  • Protective
  • Anti-aging and rejuvenating
  • High oleic acid content allows greater skin penetration and nutrient delivery

Sweet Almond oil is considered to be a good all-purpose carrier oil to keep on hand and is reasonably priced.

So buy a bottle and spoil your skin or  better yet, schedule a massage and allow me to pamper and nourish your body with sweet almond oil and soothing massage. 

Brandy 

 

Basil Essential Oil

basil3.jpgFortifying, Purifying, Restorative.

Basil has a sweet, spicy, green, and slightly sweet balsamic odor. The essential oil is colorless or pale yellow in color. Well known for it relaxing and uplifting influence. and  assistance in easing mental fatigue, headaches, and insomnia.

Documentation on the benefits of basil extends back to around 1,000 BC in the classic Indian Ayurvedic text , Charaka Samhita. There has also been a significant amount of modern research, comprised of both animal and human studies, on the healing benefits of basil.

In Hindu culture, the basil plant is considered to be sacred and chewed before religious ceremonies to offer protection and opening of communication with the divine.

Many cultures believe in the protective powers of basil to clear negative energy and open communication within and others. In the realms of magic and metaphysics , basil welcomes love, fertility and prosperity. Within the bioenergy field, basil influences Objective View of Self, eliminates unhealthy self centered actions , clears energy for heart centered communication and assists in developing the 6th Sense.

basilPhysically, Basil supports the respiratory system , adrenal function and brain function for clarity of thought.

Basil functions as an adaptogen, enhancing the body’s natural response to physical and emotional stress. Adaptogenic herbs do not alter mood, instead, they help the body function optimally during times of stress.
Basil supports the body in :

  • maintaining homeostasis and a healthy response to stressful situations
  • ability to maintain healthy cortisol levels and overall hormonal balance
  • healthy inflammatory response
  • metabolic efficiency and greater ability to maintain blood sugar within a normal range
  • greater resistance to bacterial infection, viral infection and fevers as well as the common cold
  • respiratory health, helpful with allergies, bronchitis and asthma
  • promotes digestive health

Emotionally and spiritually , Basil offers renewal to a weary  spirit, rejuvenation to a stagnant heart and connection with Spirit.

Reach for basil when you feel:

  • Weary
  • Overwhelmed
  • Drained
  • Exhausted
  • Burned Out
  • Mental Strain
  • Anxiety
  • Panic
  • Confusion
  • Stuck in repetitive, ruminating thoughts
  • Engaging in Self Sabotage.
  • Negative

Basil essential oil invites

  • Strength
  • Renewal
  • Support
  • Rejuvenation
  • Protection
  • Emotional clearing
  • Open communication
  • Calm
  • Clear focus
  • Clarity of thought
  • Divine Communication
  • Understanding of self and others
  • Awareness of life purpose.

 

Diffuser Blends

Blends well with: Bergamot, Caraway, Citronella, Clary Sage, Fennel, Geranium, Ho Wood, Hyssop, Lemon, Lemongrass, Lemon Eucalyptus, Lime, Mandarin, Peppermint, Rosemary, Spearmint, Sweet Marjoram, Sweet Orange, Tangerine, Tarragon, Tea Tree

Energy Boost
Naturally boost your energy and sharper your focus without coffee or other stimulants.

  • Basil 8 drops
  • Rosemary 8 drops
  • Peppermint 4 drops
  • Orange 9 drops

Summer Retreat
Need a time out to reset and ground? Diffuse this delightful blend and take a few moments to center and calm yourself with a few deep breaths and inhale the complex, soothing scent of this blend.

  • Basil 10 drops
  • Geranium  6 drops
  • Petitgrain 6 drops
  • Vetiver  4

De-stress and Reset
Bogged down with negative thoughts? Mind cloudy and confused from stress? Need a mental uplift?

  • Basil 8 drops
  • Bergamot 12 drops
  • Lemongrass  5 drops

Anointing Oil For Meditation (or yoga, journaling, prayer, walking)
Apply to  your Chakra points  with the following blend to invite understanding and connection with divine guidance

  • Basil 1 drop
  • Ylang Ylang 1 drop
  • Grapefruit 1 drop
  • Add to 1 ounce carrier oil

 

 

 

Cautions: Never use essential oils undiluted or in eyes or mucus membranes. Do not take internally unless working with a qualified and expert practitioner. Keep away from children and pets. If applying an essential oil to the skin, always dilute and perform a small patch test to an insensitive part of the body.

This information is for educational purposes only. It has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

Massage Oil Candles

The Wellness Cottage has received numerous Airbnb.com reservations for romantic wine country getaways.

Lovely couples looking for a quiet retreat from the busy world.

Whenever I am aware the cottage is reserved as a romantic weekend getaway, honeymoon or anniversary celebration, I take time to do a lil something extra to invite the energy of love and romance.

Bottle of local Amador County  wine, rose petals on the bed, lovers notes to trade, a sultry book,fresh flowers, ect.

Today I raided the apothecary to create a few sensual massage oil candles as welcome gifts for the couples scheduled  in October and November.

Each candle is made with soy wax, hazelnut oil, vit E and shea butter with the essential oil blends of Passion  to ignite feelings of excitement, passion, and joy along with  Whisper to entices and intrigues the senses for an unforgettable experience of touch and connection.

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Interested in making your own? There are a ton of great recipes on Pinterest. I just went with my gut. If I was making a bigger batch and needed consistency, I would have taken more time with exact measurements , however at 3 candles at a time…I was willing to go with knowledge, intuition and creative freedom. The choice of nourishing oils, protective butters and rejuvenating essential oils are endless. 

The Recipe (for 6 tea lights)passion

  • 3 tablespoons soy wax 
  • 2 tablespoons shea butter
  • 1.5 tablespoon hazelnut oil.
  • .5 tablespoon Vit E
  • 20 drops of  essential oils

Instructions 

  • Melt 3 tablespoon soy wax in double broiler. I used a pyrex measuring cup and a sauce pan with water . Microwaving would work as well.
  • Stir in 2 tablespoon shea butter right before removing from heat to melt
  • Add oil (1.5 tablespoon hazelnut oil. 1/2 tablespoon Vit E and essential oils, stir, pour into cups with wicks. 
  • Allow to set. 
  • To use, light, allowing the flame to warm and melt the oil.  Enjoy!!

After making these candles I decided that the tealight size is too small for my intention. Next batch will be in 4 oz candle sizes.

The warmth of the oil pouring in my hand was lovely and provided a nice glide for a moment, leaving the skin soft, however not great for a massage. I discovered  the current candles are perfect for after a shower ….hmmm maybe I need to make some bath massage oil candles. Light, soak, dry off, apply. 

Since I can easily store the candles in the cottage refrigerator , I want to experiment to see what is the lowest amount of wax I can use and still have the candles burn. Im sure I could find the info online somewhere, but what fun would that be??

Until next time. 

B