Mama’s Self-Care Retreat

Ready for a Mom-cation, a time out, a Mini Retreat to restore Mind, Body and Spirit ?

Reserve Amador Wellness Cottage overnight for a Self-Care Retreat and savor the time to rest and relax.

Plan a 1 night Self-Care Solo Retreat and be pampered with a 90 minute massage with organic body oils and doterra therapeutic grade essential oils, mineral rich salt scrub and infrared sauna and foot soak session , local wine & cheese tray and no house keeping duties.


Gather three of your favorite people and plan for a fun slumber party with 60 min massage for each person, DIY facial bar , along with local wine and cheese board.

Nourish- Mini Retreat 5/12

As women, we intuitively care for others, but often struggle with self-care. Self-care is anything that we do deliberately in order to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health. It’s easy to overlook, hence why we have to be deliberate about it! Self-care is essential for optimal health, positive moods, good sleep, reduced stress, and thriving relationships. We have to NOURISH to FLOURISH!

To help the women in our community flourish, we are offering this special 3-hour interactive self-care workshop. Nourish your mind, body and soul with a morning of gentle movement, uplifting aromatherapy, inspired discussion, relaxing meditation, and supportive connection with like-minded women!

Tickets are $30. Included with your ticket purchase is the 3-hour retreat, refreshments, and special gifts. This event is designed for women of all ages and abilities. Teenage girls are also welcome. Please wear comfortable clothes that you can move in, and bring a yoga mat, beach towel, or blanket. Space is limited, so reserve your spot today by visiting this link:

Questions? Call or text Jenny at (209) 256-2712.

About your Hosts:

Jenny Upchurch is an essential oil educator, yoga teacher, retreat facilitator, and former speech therapist. Her passions include cultivating confidence and connection for women and girls, and empowering people with knowledge and tools that can help them thrive emotionally and physically. Jenny’s personal health experiences have prepared her to support others with genuine empathy and confident advocacy.

Brandy LaRae has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over 20 years as a birth doula, Clinical Hypnotherapist, and Certified Massage Therapist. She is the owner of Amador Wellness Cottage and Essential Elevations, where she creates nurturing spaces for women to reconnect with body and spirit so they can truly heal.

Shauna Goss has been a massage therapist for 27 years. She holds a double bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Health Science and is a former middle school science, health and PE teacher. Shauna owns the Body Mind Spirit Center of Amador, where she helps people to become stronger and more comfortable in their bodies and move beyond their perceived limitations.

PMS Escape for Overwhelmed Mamas

Does THAT time of the month derail you emotionally and physically?

Low energy? Pain? Bad Mood? Overly emotional?

Wish you could just hide away until you felt “normal” again?

It’s time to honor the need for downtime, to the return of the ritual of the Red Tent and Moon Lodge.

Enjoy a nice, clean, orderly cottage, filled with good reading material,  hot tea, and yummy snacks to support your body in a positive,  healthy way during your period.

Ease the aches and pains with a 2-hour massage with my custom cannabis massage oil with therapeutic grade essential oils known for easing PMS symptoms.
Massage includes Hot Stones and Salt Scrub.

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

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 


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. 



Massage Oil Candles

The Wellness Cottage has received numerous 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.


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


  • 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. 








Autumn is here! 

It is the first day of Fall and pumpkin season is officially here!

I adore the sweetness of pumpkin.

Seriously, ya should see my pintrest board, For the Love of Pumpkin.

Its an obsession !

As the Fall begins to whisper with cooler evenings and chilly mornings, I get excited to feed my obsession.

 Pumpkin Spice latte, please! 

Oh, and pumpkin turkey soup.

 Did I mention pumpkin bread? 

I’m hungry now. 

Ok, back on track…

Beyond being so sweet and yummy , pumpkin is a powerhouse of nutrients with many amazing properties to enhance health and vitality. 

The benefits for the skin are beyond amazing 

Taking my obsession for pumpkin to the next level I raided my apothecary and pantry to create  a lineup of all natural healing spa treatments , showcasing wonderful, soothing, healing, nourishing pumpkin. 

For the months of October and November I will have the following small batch, all natural blends available to be added to any 90 minute session scheduled online. 

Autumn Indulgence Pumpkin Brown Sugar Back Scrub
Add to a 90 min massage session for $15 

  • Organic Brown Sugar
  • Epsom Salt
  • Organic Pumpkin Puree (added at the time of your session)
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • Essential Oils of Cinnamon, Clove, Orange, Rosemary, Eucalyptus

Autumn Indulgence Pumpkin Brown Sugar & Oatmeal Face Scrub
Add to a 90 min massage session for $15 

  • Organic Brown Sugar
  • Organic Oatmeal
  • Organic Pumpkin Puree (added at the time of your session)
  • Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • Essential Oils of arbrovate and  frankincense

Autumn Indulgence  Pumpkin Face Mask
Add to a 90 min session for $15

  • Organic Pumpkin Puree
  • Local Honey
  • Bentonite Clay
  • Mixed in small batches as needed.

Autumn Indulgence Massage Oil of the Month

Just tell me no if you would like to utilize another oil. 😉

  • Pumpkin Seed Oil
  • Hazelnut Oil
  • Almond Oil
  • Essential Oils of  doTerra On Guard Essential Oil Blend(Clove, Cinnamon, Orange , eucalyptus, rosemary ) plus Vetiver.

Autumn Indulgence Massage Oil Candles
Welcome gifts for my guests.

  • Autumn Indulgence massage oil blend
  • Shea butter
  • Beeswax

Each ingredient was picked for their healing properties to support a healthy mind and body ,while giving you beautiful glowing skin. 

• Pumpkin is packed with fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which increase cell turnover, to brighten and smooth the skin.

• Pumpkin contains antioxidant Vitamin A and Vitamin C to help soften and soothe the skin and boost collagen production to prevent the signs of aging.

• Zinc in pumpkin seeds is brilliant for acne sufferers. Zinc will help control the hormone level and oil production, as well as assist with healing of the skin.

• Pumpkin seeds are high in essential fatty acids and Vitamin E, which are necessary to maintain good barrier function of the skin. They also regulate sebum, great for an oily skin.

• The molecular structure of pumpkin is small and therefore can penetrate deeper into the skin when used topically. This is amazing for treating a dull complexion, aging skin and pigmentation.

The following information is from of my favorite resource sites, Organic Facts on the essential oils I chose to incorporate in each blend . 


Brain Function: Cinnamon boosts the activity of the brain and makes it a good brain tonic. It helps to remove nervous tension and memory loss. Research at the Wheeling Jesuit University in the United States has proved that the scent of the spice has the ability to boost brain activity. The team of researchers, led by Dr. P. Zoladz, found that people who were given cinnamon improved their scores on cognitive activities such as attention span, virtual recognition memory, working memory, and visual-motor response speed.
Blood purification: Cinnamon can also help to remove blood impurities. This also makes it a great treatment for pimples.
Blood circulation: Cinnamon helps to improve the circulation of blood due to the presence of a blood thinning compound in it. This blood circulation helps to significantly reduce pain. Good blood circulation also ensures oxygen supply to the body’s cells, which leads to higher metabolic activity. You can significantly reduce the chance of suffering from a heart attack by regularly consuming cinnamon.
Pain Relief: Cinnamon is also an anti-inflammatory substance, so it helps in removing stiffness of the muscles and joints. It is also recommended for arthritis, and it is known to help in removing headaches that are caused by colds.


Skin care: Clove oil is often recommended for skin care, especially for acne patients.  You will find it in many products for lessening the effects of aging, like wrinkles, sagging skin, and facial rejuvenation for the eyes because of its rejuvenating and stimulating properties, which can increase blood flow to unhealthy skin and make it look young again!

Immune system: Both clove and clove oil are useful for boosting the immune system. Its antiviral properties and ability to purify blood increases resistance to a multitude of diseases, because the antioxidants in clove essential oil scavenge the body of dangerous free radicals that cause a multitude of diseases like heart disease and certain types of cancer.


Some of the most interesting and unique health benefits of rosemary include its ability to boost memory, improve mood, reduce inflammation, relieve pain, protect the immune system, stimulate circulation, detoxify the body, protect the body from bacterial infections, prevent premature aging, and heal skin conditions.


Respiratory Health: Eucalyptus leaves and oil have been used for generations as a cure-all for respiratory issues, particularly in removing catarrh from the respiratory tracts. The active ingredients in eucalyptus leaves act as expectorants, helping to remove excess phlegm and mucus from the sinuses and respiratory tracts, eliminating the natural environment for bacteria and other pathogens to multiply and spread. In terms of bronchitis, the common cold, and even flu symptoms, eucalyptus leaves and extracts are often recommended for people looking for herbal or natural remedies for those common conditions.

Immune System Booster: The powerful effects of eucalyptus tea are widely studied, and aside from its direct impact on the respiratory system, eucalyptus is recommended to protect the body from a wide variety of bacterial infections, including E. coli and candida albicans, the latter of which can cause yeast infections. If your immune system is compromised by another illness or as the result of an injury or fatigue, eucalyptus tea can act as a natural booster for your immunity.

Anxiety and Stress: When people begin to feel the pressure of the modern world mounting, so many people turn to pharmaceutical solutions, but there are a wide range of other natural remedies, including eucalyptus. The natural sedative and soothing effects of eucalyptus can be employed for many reasons, but its tea is specifically recommended for those suffering from chronic stress. Stress hormones in the body can wreak havoc on your metabolism and general health, so reducing those potentially dangerous stress hormones and easing mental tension can be a wonderful side effect of a well-brewed cup of eucalyptus tea.


Antispasmodic: Spasms can result in many irritating or serious problems including continuous coughing, convulsions, muscle cramps and extreme diarrhea. To avoid these effects, spasms must be treated early or prevented entirely. This can be done with the help of orange essential oil, which relaxes muscular and nervous spasms.

Sedative: When you need to cool down after a hard day at the office or are suffering from inflammation of any kind, you should reach for a natural sedative that helps you to relax. The artificial sedatives or drugs available on the market are mostly tranquilizers based on narcotics and other synthetic forms. These, in the long run, do immense damage to the heart and various internal organs. It is a much better choice to use a natural one like orange essential oil. It alleviates anxiety, anger, depression and certain bodily inflammations.

Orange essential oil has mild aphrodisiac properties. Systematic and regular use can cure problems such as frigidity, erectile problems, impotence, loss of interest in sex, and decreased libido.

Anti-inflammatory:Orange essential oil provides quick and effective relief from inflammation, whether internal or external. regardless of the reason, whether it is excessive intake of spices, fever, infections, side effects of antibiotics, gas, ingestion of toxic substances, or narcotics, orange essential oil can reduce the irritation and knee pain .

Cholagogue: It promotes secretions from all appropriate glands, including the exocrine and endocrine. Therefore, it is frequently used to promote menstruation, lactation, digestive juices, bile, hormones and enzymes.


Anti-Inflammatory Properties: The very soothing and cooling effects of this essential oil calms and pacifies all sorts of inflammation. It is particularly good at providing relief from inflammation in both the circulatory and nervous system. It is also found to be an appropriate treatment for inflammation caused by sun stroke, dehydration and loo, which is the name given to very hot and dry winds prevalent during summers in the dry regions of India and neighboring countries.

Cicatrisant Properties: Cicatrisant agents are substances that speed up the eradication or disappearance of scars and other marks from the skin. It also promotes the growth of new tissues in the affected places which replace the dead and discolored tissues and helps achieve a uniform look. This is also useful for post delivery stretch marks for pregnant women, fat cracks, after spots left by pox, and burns.


Anti-Aging: As a Cytophylactic, Frankincense Oil promotes regeneration of healthy cells and also keeps the existing cells and tissues healthy. When you combine this aspect of frankincense oil with its powerful astringent capabilities, you have a potent anti-aging quality that frankincense oil is often used for. It can help you to eliminate sun spots, remove micro-wrinkles around the eyes and cheeks, and generally tone and tighten skin all over your body, while simultaneously replacing old or dying cells with new, healthy ones!
Tonic: Overall, frankincense essential oil tones and boosts health and is therefore considered a tonic. It benefits all the systems operating in the body, including the respiratory, digestive, nervous, and excretory systems, while also increasing strength by aiding the absorption of nutrients into the body. Furthermore, frankincense oil strengthens the immune system and keeps you strong and protected for the future.



Volunteers Needed: Join Camp Out for Cancer September 10

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Teams are now forming. Won’t you join a team and help us to raise awareness and funds for the Amador STARS?

Have a few hours to volunteer and help this event run smoothly?

You can make a donation to Amador STARS to help support Camp Out for Cancer.

We have a free music festival from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday September 10th at the Amador County Fairgrounds. All local talented musicians donating their time for the good of the cause. Sound Man Pete Bell keeps the tunes flowing.

This is a totally volunteer event, and we thank everyone for giving their time and efforts to the Camp Out for Cancer.

For more information call 267-1246


Thrive! Spa Circle for Women

12241377_10206959897089727_8995335324441036339_nThrive! Spa Circle for Women
Friday, July 22, 6:00-9:00pm
The Wellness Cottage ~ 167000 State Highway 49, Plymouth, California

Join Jenny Upchurch, Certified Aromatherapist and Holistic Health Coach, and Brandy LaRae, Certified Massage Therapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, for the “Thrive! Spa Circle” — an evening of self-care and sisterhood.

Relax, renew, connect, and practice the art of giving and receiving as we pamper each other with a variety of essential oil-infused, all-natural spa therapies, including Himalayan Salt Scrub for Hands and Feet, Bentonite Clay Foot Mask, Dead Sea Salt Foot Soak, Aromatherapy Hand Massage, and a Spa Facial “Bar” where you can create a custom face scrub, mask, and oil.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Tickets are $20 each.

Purchase 2 or more tickets and receive a discount.

Tickets must be purchased in advance at For more information, call (209) 256-2712.

June Special

Peaceful Bliss Massage Retreat

Celebrate the arrival of summer with a peaceful mini retreat at Amador Wellness Cottage.

Let Brandy pamper you with organic oils, therapeutic grade essential oils, healing sea salts and a nurturing touch.

Your retreat begins with gentle dry brushing to exfoliate the skin, followed by a 20 minute infrared sauna session to meditate,  relax muscles ,open the pores to detox the  body while enjoying a soothing shiatsu foot massage.

Your massage session begins gentle stretching,  followed by a brown sugar body scrub to revel brighter , glowing skin and concluded with a soothing , gentle massage of  soothing touch with  warm organic oil  with Peace Essential Oil Blend,  a synergistic blend of Vetiver Root, Lavender Flower, Ylang Ylang Flower, Frankincense Resin, Clary Sage Flower, Marjoram Leaf, Labdanum Leaf/Stalk, Spearmint Herb essential oils to promote calm and contentment.

For the month of June you can enjoy the Peaceful Bliss Mini Retreat for $99, a savings of $60.

Click Book Now and chose the June Special Option




May WOVEN Gathering

WOVEN: Women of Vision Empowerment Network is back!!!

Last Friday of the month at 6pm

After a long hiatus, WOVEN is back with a slightly different format (evening potluck rather than the afternoon gatherings), although the core intention to create a positive support network for women creating heart centered lives remains the same.

Gather with  other heart center business owners, community leaders, artists and healers for this FREE monthly gathering at Amador Wellness Cottage. .
Casual potluck, please bring something to share.
Focused topic / activity for the evening
Monthly raffle
Opportunity to share resources, services and products
Last Friday of Each month at 6pm
June 24th
July 29
August 26th
September 30th
October 28
November 25
December 30


Project Thank You Event

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I will be there Saturday leading a free wellness class.

Italian Picnic Grounds,Sutter Creek, Ca