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St. John's Wort Oil (Hypericum) June 24, 2019 16:11

Summer Solstice signals that St. John's Wort blossoms are ready, or nearly ready to pick! The little yellow flowers are sweetly fragranced. When rubbed between the fingers they leave a noticeable red stain. This is the hypericin, the active ingredient, that produces the rich ruby-red colour in the oil. St. John's Wort is prolific along the road sides and throughout the meadows in the North Okanagan/Shuswap region. The blossoms are picked, sun-infused in sunflower oil for a month, then strained. The resulting oil is called St. John's Wort, or Hypericum Oil. It is a highly regarded carrier oil with anti-inflammatory properties, useful for bruises, shingles, sprains, sciatica and neuralgia. It is soothing especially to nerve-related skin conditions. As this is a fresh flower infusion, this is a once-a-year, much anticipated and fun event!

More Great Uses For Tea Tree February 13, 2019 14:10

Tea Tree is known to be antiseptic, anti-viral, anti-bacterial and a powerful essential oil for infectious diseases. We have heard of it's benefits to improve a complexion with acne, and to eradicate annoying conditions such as lice in the hair of school children.

Tea Tree, like Lavender, are the two essential oils that do not need to be diluted before applying to skin.

Recently, at Market, I have had 2 people tell me of their recent, positive experiences with Tea Tree. First a woman told me how she added a drop to her fish tank maybe once or twice a week, creating an algae-free environment, with the added benefit of shiny, healthy fish! The second woman commented on how she adds Tea Tree to her toothpaste, again once or twice a week, and how her dentist commented on her white teeth and health gums!  Awesome!  Wonderful ! :)  


Overcoming Grief with Tomb Raiders January 5, 2019 10:53

Over the holiday season I suffered some unexpected grief with the loss of my parents in 2017 and 2018. Having shared their presence on this earth for 62 years, I found myself really missing them. Emotional pain comes in various forms, for various reasons, but regardless, our systems generally slow down as we enter a dangerous phase where we can quickly slide into a low-energy funk. 

Thankfully I was able to jolt myself out of this looming depression with the stimulating benefits of Tomb Raiders Salve. I applied it to my chest and neck, with my fingers in small rotating motion, then some tapping at pressure points. The warmth of the cinnamon and clove provided welcome comfort and instant relief. 

I was so pleased to discover this new use, and experience the emotional healing benefits of this already popular natural antiseptic and pain-relieving salve.  

  


Gargle with Tomb Raiders for Sore Throat November 20, 2018 12:21

Just one drop of Tomb Raiders (Traditional Thieves Recipe) in water makes an effective gargle to help cure a sore throat and keep colds and flu away.

Essential oils of clove, eucalyptus, cinnamon, lemon and rosemary are highly effective and a powerful essential oil blend....  anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral. 

Use of Tomb Raiders products will increase immunity and alleviate cold/flu symptoms. Diffuse to disinfect home, and clear air of germs.and bacteria.

Tomb Raiders Concentrate may be added to water and used to wipe cutting boards, kitchen counter, stove top, light switches, door knobs, shower walls and bathroom fixtures, as well.


Calendula Salve for Dry Skin September 6, 2018 11:21

Mari's Gold Calendula Salve is extremely popular this time of year. Creamy, smooth and moisturizing this antiseptic, all-natural product is made with calendula oil, beeswax,  a blush of hypericum oil (St. John's Wort), shea butter with vitamin E added. It is unfragranced and soothing to any sensitive skin, irritation or rash. Use for dry skin, rashes, deep cuts, or apply to wounds as an antiseptic ointment with dressing.

Essential Oils Bring Relief During SMOKE Event B.C. Wild Fires August 20, 2018 15:37

Essential oils are saving me during this B.C. Wild Fire SMOKE event! Gargling with a few drops Tomb Raiders in water to ease sore throat, and misting face and inhaling deeply to alleviate breathing difficulties with Tomb Raiders Mist or Summer Mist (with refreshing peppermint) really helps. Many people purchased these products at Grindrod Garlic Festival due to throat and respiratory ailments and walked away relieved and satisfied.

Then, when I arrived home I received this lovely message from a local customer in the Salmon Arm area, who has found Tomb Raiders helped her with congestion due to mild asthma, in the past:

" Hi again! I have told a number of people about TR, even let them try it. They all loved it! A friend that has COPD was not going to stay at a BBQ last night as it was outdoors and she was badly affected by smoke. I let her try my TR and she was amazed that it worked for her! All that I have told plan on buying your marvellous product...😎 Just thought you should know!"


Swing into Spring With Markets May 1, 2018 00:00

Mari is very excited to now be attending local Markets in the Enderby / Vernon / Salmon Arm area. Mari's Gold products were formerly exclusively available at Health Food Stores, Spas, Cafes and Natural Health & Produce Outlets, but now these unique aromatherapy products are available direct to the public via these Markets. You can find Mari each Friday 10 am to 2 pm at Splatsin Parking Lot, Enderby. Enjoy hand-made or home-grown products each week this summer, at this very popular, and well-attended Market. For other current, and upcoming events please check out the "EVENTS" page above.

Benefits to Topical Application ( Essential Oils ) March 7, 2018 15:30

Yes, yes... diffusing essential oils is all the rage these days, however, applying essential oils to the skin, in the form of body oils, creams or massage maximizes their effectiveness and promotes their personal health benefits.  Essential oils MUST be diluted in water or carrier oils (i.e. Calendula Oil, St. John's Wort Oil) before applying to skin. The only two exceptions to this rule are tea tree and lavender. They are safe to apply "neat", or directly to the skin. Through topical application, essential oils are absorbed through the skin, enter the blood stream and benefit the entire body... physically, emotionally and psychologically. The euphoric, calming and/or uplifting affects of aromatherapy massage will continue to be felt for hours, as these natural essences work their way though the system and will eventually be eliminated with other body fluids. It is important to drink plenty of water following their application to maximize the cleansing process.

Diffusers January 8, 2018 13:43

Many people receive essential oil diffusers as gifts each year, and this helps promote interest and use of essential oils. This is exciting, especially for people like me, who have been in the aromatherapy business for twenty years, and am now seeing mainstream knowledge and use, as well as increased awareness of the benefits of essential oils.

Diffusers help disinfect and moisturize indoor air by venting a mist of steam (water with essential oils added) into the air at home or office. Depending on the essential oil, or blend, the effects can be calming,  helping induce sleep, or uplifting and stimulating, helping create clarity and concentration. 

Mari's Gold offers several pre-blended concentrates for purchase. With increased use of diffusers, they are now extremely popular sellers at local Health Food Stores, at Enderby Winter Market Fridays 10-2 Splatsin Centre, and of course, are available for on-line purchase via www.marisgold.com.    


Happy Holidays & Healthy 2018 !! December 20, 2017 15:41

Thank you for an inspiring, uplifting year of growth. As 2017 draws to a close Mari would like to thank each and every one of her friends, family and customers for their continued love and support. Stay tuned! More exciting aromatherapy products and positive changes to her on-line store, and home-based business in 2018.

" Family, friends and joy ... don't forget the essentials..."


Tomb Raiders (Thieves) October 4, 2017 10:15

Tomb Raiders (Traditional Thieves Recipe)

Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Lemon, Rosemary

Offering PROTECTION from INFECTION, this is a highly effective and powerful blend.. anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral.

Mari's Gold has made this popular blend available in a ready-to-use oil (essential oils diluted (1:4) in calendula oil). Rub on chest to alleviate congestion, on joints to alleviate pain and inflammation, or apply behind ears and on soles of feet to increase immunity and alleviate cold/flu symptoms.

Also available in concentrated form (10 ml dropper) for diffuser to disinfect home, and clear air of germs.and bacteria.  Tomb Raiders Concentrate may be added to water and used to wipe cutting boards, kitchen counter, stove top, light switches, door knobs, shower walls and bathroom fixtures.

 

Local Retail Outlets (Okanagan/Shuswap B.C.)

Anna's Vitamins, Vernon

Country Coffee House, Enderby

Grass Roots Health Hut, Armstrong

It's All Good, Blind Bay

Lifestyles Naturals, Vernon

Nutter's, Salmon Arm

Mara Foodliner, Mara

Nature's Bounty, Sorrento

Shuswap Health, Salmon Arm

The Smorgasbord, Kamloops

The Willows, Chase

Urban Market, Salmon Arm

Valley Mercantile, Enderby

 

 

 

 


Peppermint as Summer Refresher and After-Bite August 31, 2017 12:20

As summer nears its end, wasps, flies and pesky no see-ums are everywhere! Mari's Gold Summer Products with peppermint, lavender, citronella & lemongrass are truly refreshing in this hot, dry weather, and are also excellent as a soothing, and effective after-bite. The mist works well, but the oil-based product offers the added health benefits of applying essential oils to your skin. All essential oils are antiseptic. Diffusers are very popular right now, but the application of essential oils to the skin allow them to enter the bloodstream though the pores of the skin, keeping you healthy, vital, revived and refreshed. Be sure to take it with you in your final days of summer travel.

Geranium Essential Oil April 11, 2017 10:30

Geraniums on our window sills, or in window boxes are beautiful and fragrant, but it is the geranium leaves that are steam-distilled to produce this lovely floral, green essential oil. 

Like all flower oils, geranium is an antidepressant and antiseptic essential oil. It is a powerful astringent, and speeds healing. It is used in skin care, for its delightful perfume, astringent and balancing properties. 

Geranium has stimulating effect on lymphatic system and produces a diuretic action, so is valuable in treatment of cellulitis, fluid retention and oedema (swelling) of the ankles. The two properties reinforce each other in helping the body eliminate fluids more efficiently, having a tonic effect on both the liver and kidneys. It has been used to treat jaundice, kidney stones and urinary tract infections.

The oil is used in insect repellents, and room sprays, to keep house free of flying insects, and as a natural fragrant deodorizer. 

 

Source: Egypt


Cabin Blend ~ The latest & greatest! February 20, 2017 12:29

Bring forest fragrance into your home year round! Balsam Fir, Cedarwood & Cedar Leaf essential oils combined (10 ml concentrate). Diffuse a few drops in steaming water, in plug-in or tea light diffuser. 


Aroma-Mist for Respiratory Problems January 5, 2017 07:00

Years ago Pharmasave approached me to reproduce a product they could no longer import from Europe. People with asthma, and other respiratory problems, needed a mist to help clear the airways. Mari's Gold Aroma-Mist was created, and deemed a success by both the store and it's customers. Essential oils of pine, lavender, peppermint and rosemary are combined and infused in alcohol, in a strong ratio dilution, bringing instant relief to clogged sinuses. The mist may be sprayed in the air, onto a handkerchief or pillow, then inhaled deeply. 

This winter the essential oil concentrate in the same Aroma-Mist blend has been created and now available, with the increasing popularity of diffusers. An invigorating scent of high alpine balsam fir is the predominant fragrance, and certainly clears the airways! This unique and powerful respiratory aid is available at Pharmasave Salmon Arm, B.C., or online at www.marisgold.com    


Tomb Raiders - Protection from Infection November 30, 2016 13:22

Tomb Raiders (Traditional Thieves Recipe)

Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Lemon, Rosemary

The name for this traditional recipe is attributed to thieves who raided homes of the sick and dying - those afflicted with the Bubonic Plague (also known as the Black Death) in France in the 15th century. These thieves and grave robbers remained healthy and immune to the bacteria which caused the death of 60% of the population of Europe, during the Middle Ages. Needless to say, this is a highly effective and powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral essential oil blend.

Mari's Gold has recently added this popular product to her natural healing line, as MANY people have asked for it. It comes diluted (1:4) in calendula oil ready to apply. Rub on chest to alleviate congestion, on joints to alleviate pain and inflammation, or apply behind ears and on soles of feet to increase immunity and alleviate cold/flu symptoms.

Also available in concentrated form (10 ml dropper) for diffuser to disinfect home, and clear air of germs.and bacteria.  Tomb Raiders Concentrate may be added to water and used to wipe cutting boards, kitchen counter, stove top, light switches, door knobs, shower walls and bathroom fixtures.

NOTE: Just like with any essential oil, never apply undiluted. Do not ingest essential oils unless you are working with a qualified, expert practitioner


Magnesium Sulfate (Epsom Salt) Bath October 3, 2016 09:56

Do you get leg cramps in the middle of the night? Do you jump out of bed, stretch out your calf.. point your toe to your nose to alleviate the pain? Those leg cramps can be associated with magnesium deficiency. A bath soak with Mari's Gold Bath Salts (especially right before bed) can be a quick and simple solution. 

Magnesium sulfate, commonly known as epsom salt, is a mineral. It works by replacing magnesium in the body and increasing water in the intestines.

Low magnesium levels can be caused by alcoholism, severe diarrhea, poor diet, or high calcium levels. Symptoms include fatigue, muscle cramps or spasms.

A bath soak with epsom salts may help to relieve sore muscles, alleviate cramps, draw out splinters, and ease the pain of sprains and bruises.

Great dietary sources of magnesium to increase your daily intake include almonds, spinach, cashews, peanuts, whole grains, brown rice, soy milk, plain yogourt, oatmeal, potatoes (skin on) and avocados. 


Turmeric for Pain and Inflammation (recipe for Golden Milk included) September 6, 2016 09:50

Turmeric ... this humble spice, traditionally used in North America for pickling & preserving, has been used for centuries in India and China for reduction of arthritic pain and inflammation. Bright yellow in colour, turmeric is part of the ginger family.

Mari's Gold Aromatherapy created a new natural healing product in 2015, Turmeric Arthritis Rub, with turmeric, black pepper, camphor, cedar leaf & ginger in a salve base, easy to apply, providing warmth, comfort and pain reduction to sore joints & muscles.

Health Benefits of Turmeric: anti-inflammatory, aids digestion, anti-parasitic, anti-bacterial, blood purifier, aids memory & brain function

Turmeric is especially beneficial when ingested. Drinking "Golden Milk" is one of the best ways to incorporate turmeric in one's diet. Satisfying, warming and delicious! 

Golden Paste:

1/2 cup turmeric powder, 1 cup water, 1.5 tsp black pepper, 5 tbsp coconut oil

In stainless steel pot, cook water, turmeric, black pepper until it forms a thick paste, stirring & cooking about 7-10 mins. Remove from heat, whisk in coconut oil. Transfer to glass jar with lid, store in refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Use to make Golden Milk, add to smoothies, salad and pasta dressings, etc. 

Golden Milk:

1 tsp Golden Paste, 2 cups milk, vanilla, cinnamon, honey (optional to taste).

In stainless steel pot, gently heat, but do not boil, 2 cups milk with 1 tsp Golden Paste. Use whisk to stir. Add optional vanilla, honey and/or cinnamon. 


Mari's Gold Summer Concentrate June 23, 2016 14:00

Mari's Gold Summer Concentrate is a must-have, take-everywhere-you-go kind of product! The peppermint, lavender, citronella and lemongrass will keep you feeling fresh and alert during summer heat.. effective for sunburn, headache, nausea and bug bites. A few drops may be added to your favourite body lotion or suntan oil, or add 20 drops concentrate to 30 ml water to economically refill your green mist bottle.  Diffuse a few drops (in water) over tea light candle or in diffuser on porch or patio.. your guests will love it, and the insects won't!

X-Strength Oil.. "Works like a charm!" March 21, 2016 15:08

"When I was a cook at a tree-planting camp I discovered just how effective Mari's Gold Summer Body Oil X-Strength is!! I buy a new one, at the beginning of summer, each year. It works like a charm!" ~ Ushi, Enderby, B.C.

"It's Grandma's 'Cozy Bag' !!" January 28, 2016 12:15

My daughter called me the other day. Kate (my 4 year-old granddaughter) was just over flu and Emily was laying on the couch with what appeared to be another bout of strep. Kate was trying to help her sister feel better. Not being able to say "Wheatberry Bag".. she ran over to Emily with comfort and warmth in her hands, saying "It's Grandma's Cozy Bag" !! Ash & I loved it! Other friends and family agreed! "Cozy" is one of our favourite words.. and quickly describes just what these bags are for.. warm, cozy healing. Hence the formal product name change today. Thanks Kate! I love the new name! And, I love you too!

Keep It Simple! January 4, 2016 11:36

As a new year begins, my personal credo is to "keep it simple". All things are done well, when we are comfortable, not overwhelmed, in a natural rhythm and flow, and generally that means "less is best". Through my practice as an aromatherapist, I have moved to a more natural lifestyle, reduced stress, adopted a natural flow of "ease and grace" and seek organic solutions. Balance is the key.. in diet, exercise, work, health and play.

Happy New Year 2016 !!

Keep it Simple! Enjoy Life! 

Let things fall into a natural order.. seek organic solutions.. and stress less.


Keeping Healthy With Essential Oils in Winter December 7, 2015 14:42

Use of essential oils, throughout the winter, is a great way to purify and freshen indoor air. ALL essential oils are antiseptic! Diffuse essential oils in steaming water on your stove, or over a tea-light candle, or add a few drops to your commercial diffuser. Essential oils offer natural and healthy aroma to your home, office, or work place. Mari's Gold Yule Blend is very popular this time of year.. with pine, frankincense, orange & juniper.. it brings that fresh winter forest smell into any atmosphere. A few drops on tree skirt will make any artificial Christmas tree smell natural... or add a few drops to your Christmas wrap of gift bags. Stay safe and Happy Holidays everyone.. :)

Yoga Mat Mist November 15, 2015 10:04

Yoga Mat Mist is the "latest & greatest" of Mari's Gold Products to hit the shelves! There has been a lot of interest & positive feedback for this product, especially from the local Salmon Arm Yoga Studios. Students, owners, and instructors alike LOVE the uplifting high-note medley of camphor, mints and cedar leaf essential oils, grounded with base notes of cinnamon and ginger. This antiseptic blend is mist-ready in distilled water, to cleanse and freshen your yoga mat.. help transport your mind, body and spirit to a higher realm.  A 10 ml bottle of concentrate is available for economic refill, by adding your own water, refilling 60 ml mist 6 or 7 times.

Freshen you space, face.. and personal space with this unique blend.. Mari's Gold Yoga Mat Mist .. today !!