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



Amador Wellness Cottage is steadily making progress to our March 1st target opening date!

Fresh paint, fabulous bamboo flooring reclaimed from the Butte Fire , infrared sauna installed, bathroom redone, grass cut and trees trimmed.

While my contractor was busy doing all the hard construction work , I was relaxing in Montana to await the birth of my 3rd grandchild, busy updating the website, creating spa package’s, creating our Massage Membership program,  learning how to be an amazing AirBnB host and creating my marketing plan.

Now I am home and it is time to create a welcoming environment for guest and clients to enjoy a tranquil retreat for an hour or a weekend at Amador Wellness Cottage.

As of March 1st , all massage and spa services will be available . With the new location my availability has greatly increased from Sundays only at Mind, Body, Spirit Center to Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 7pm.

In April 2016 , Amador Wellness Cottage will be available for overnight accommodations through AirBnB. With over 30 wineries within minutes of the cottage and the ability to create a custom healing retreat , Amador Wellness Cottage will be an amazing, affordable retreat for Mind, Body and Soul.