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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 airbnb.com 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.

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

Cinnamon

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.

https://www.organicfacts.net

Clove 

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.

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/essential-oils/health-benefits-of-clove-oil.html

Rosemary

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.

https://www.organicfacts.net/?s=Rosemary

Eucalyptus

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.

Orange

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.


Aphrodisiac:
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.

Vetiver

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.

Frankincense 

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.

 

 

Motivate Quick Reset Meditation

Feeling tired , overwhelmed, heavy and lacking focus ?

Nemotivateded a quick pick me up for the afternoon slump?

Have a big task ahead?

Grab you bottle of Motivate Encouraging Blend and  find a comfortable place where you will be undisturbed for 5 minutes and listen to Motivation Reset Meditation.and be prepared for an energy surge!!