Boosting Immunity Naturally: Aromatherapy Essentials for Wellness February 24, 2024 13:43

In today's fast-paced world, prioritizing our health and well-being has never been more crucial. With the ongoing focus on immune health amidst current health concerns, many are seeking natural ways to support their body's defenses. This is where the power of aromatherapy shines, offering a holistic approach to boosting immunity while promoting overall wellness.

As an aromatherapy expert with years of experience crafting natural blends, I am passionate about sharing the incredible benefits of essential oils for immune support. Essential oils are potent extracts derived from plants, each with its own unique therapeutic properties. When used correctly, they can play a significant role in enhancing our body's natural defenses and promoting vitality.

Several essential oils are renowned for their immune-boosting properties, making them valuable allies in our quest for optimal health. Among these are:
  1. Tea Tree Oil: Known for its powerful antimicrobial properties, tea tree oil helps combat bacteria, viruses, and fungi, making it an excellent choice for immune support.
  2. Eucalyptus Oil: This refreshing oil is prized for its ability to clear the respiratory system and support healthy breathing, making eucalyptus oil particularly beneficial during cold and flu season.
  3. Lemon Oil: Rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, lemon oil helps strengthen the immune system while uplifting the mood and promoting mental clarity.
  4. Lavender Oil: Beyond its calming effects, lavender oil boasts antimicrobial properties that can help protect against airborne pathogens, supporting overall immune health.
  5. Tomb Raiders Oil: Experience this effective and powerful anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-viral essential oil blend, handmade by Mari's Gold Aromatherapy.
Incorporating these essential oils into your daily routine is simple and effective. Here are a few easy suggestions on how to use essential oils:
  • Diffuse It: Add a few drops of your chosen essential oils to a diffuser and let the aromatic mist fill your space, creating a supportive environment for immune health.
  • Put It On: Dilute essential oils with a carrier oil like calendula, coconut, or jojoba and apply to pulse points or the chest for targeted immune support.
  • Breathe It In: Add a few drops of essential oil to a bowl of hot water, cover your head with a towel, and inhale deeply to clear the respiratory system and promote immune health.

With a diverse array of essential oils renowned for their immune-boosting properties, integrating aromatherapy into daily routines becomes a simple and effective means of supporting vitality. Whether through diffusing, topical application, or inhalation, the power of essential oils can be harnessed to enhance our body's natural defenses.

Free Local Delivery January 6, 2024 07:45


Enjoy free delivery throughout the North Okanagan, covering Enderby, Armstrong, Salmon Arm, and Vernon, BC. This convenient, complimentary service becomes especially valuable during the winter months when local markets take a hiatus until spring.

Simply select the "free local shipping" option when placing your order to waive the standard $15 shipping fee. Once your order is confirmed, I'll coordinate a drop-off directly to your doorstep, communicating with you via email every step of the way.

Your ongoing support is deeply appreciated. Crafting my distinctive aromatherapy blends and natural healing products brings me immense joy, and I'm delighted to share them with you!

Thank You !! December 5, 2023 17:57

Thank you to all my supportive customers, friends and retailers. As I reflect back over another successful year, it is with deep gratitude that I acknowledge 2023. On-line sales have increased, my local markets were well attended (and a lot of fun), and sales via my health food store retailers have remained steady and very postitive. I appreciate each and every one of you for encouraging me towards greater success, year after year. I love sharing my knowledge and passion for aromatherapy and natural healing. I wish each one of you greater inner peace, health and wisdom as we move into 2024.   

Stepping Stones Lead to Success February 19, 2023 08:25

If there is anyone considering making a change, starting up a new venture, my advise is to follow your instinct, follow your heart, and follow this dream. This was my experience over a three year period in the late nineties as I studied aromatherapy.

A single experience of receiving a full body aromatherapy massage in 1995 changed my life. I wanted everyone to experience the bliss and emotional /  spiritual transport to another realm that I had! I enrolled with Lori Davey of Davey School of Natural Healing, studied the properties of essential oils, learned of her massage techniques and developed blends for neighbours and friends. By the time I graduated and certified in 1999, I had created a line of products which were to become the basis of Mari's Gold Aromatherapy.

For many years I supplied day spas and estheticians, health food stores and other retail outlets. For the past 6 years I have had the pleasure of attending local markets and have never been happier. I am now financially independent, I love my thriving home-based business, interacting with my customers, meeting new people, and sharing my passion and knowledge of aromatherapy and natural healing products.

TAKE THOSE STEPS! One stepping stone leads to the other and before long, you will be living your best life, experiencing the success of your OWN DREAM come TRUE!. 


Key Ingredient: Good Energy March 1, 2022 17:23

Infusing your best energy into everything you do is a great way to live and an integral part of my life now.

I love making my natural healing remedies with my own homegrown calendula 🌼flowers.. sun-infused in sunflower 🌻 oil, pure essential oils and other natural ingredients. My products are hand blended and infused with passion, purpose and love. ❤️

 I love being self-employed!  I do what I want, when I want .. and that means I make product with my best energy. I select the markets that I choose to attend. ❤️ I honour my time and the space around me. I attract the people to my table that need my help or some product that I offer. I am guided to place my products in the stores where my aromatherapy products are appreciated and valued.

Every day I step into my shop I feel happy. I always make product with a smile on my face therefore adding the most important ingredient: good energy.

It is that good energy I share with you.

Every product I make.. I make.. for you!



Sage Salve 🍃 Sage Oil October 12, 2021 09:30

Sage Salve and Sage Oil are two of my daily-use products at the moment. Following a recent tumble in August, I am suffering from chronic shoulder pain, and application of either of these products each morning offers immediate relief. These Sage Products offer herbal stimulation, warmth and comfort, both in 100% St. John’s Wort base. A typical aromatherapy radio is 3% dilution whereas the Sage Oil contains 2 tsp (10 ml) of essential oils in a 50 ml bottle! The essential oils are similar to Tomb Raiders (cinnamon, clove, lemon, eucalyptus and rosemary) but with a ton of garden sage added. If you have any aches or joint pain (wrists, knees, hips or shoulders) I recommend using these pain-reducing, beneficial and aromatic products!

Summer of Smoke - Peppermint Products July 26, 2021 09:59

With the endless smoke and dry conditions this summer, peppermint is a real life saver! Many people are suffering from headaches, fatigue, sore throat and experiencing breathing difficulties. Personally, I keep a bottle of Mari's Gold Summer Body Mist beside me as I drive and use it as a refreshing mist to stay alert and smoke-free while driving. As well, a Mint Roll-On, Comfort Concentrate and Mist all contain peppermint and offer cooling relief from smoke-related ailments. Pure essential oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Japanese Mint, Spearmint, Camphor, Rosemary and Wintergreen are also available.

Summer Body Products 2021 June 5, 2021 08:56

Our Summer Body Products have been popular since their creation in May 2000. The name changed (from "Move Mosquito" as per Health Canada's regulations), but the winning formula remains exactly the same! This blend of lavender, peppermint, citronella and lemongrass offers refreshment, protection and healing during travel, gardening, camping or in your backyard.

These must-have products provide relief from headaches, sunburn, nausea and are an excellent after-bite. 

This natural product is re-vitalizing during the summer heat. Massage the oil into the skin to moisturize while sun-tanning. Refill mist with economical concentrate or freshen air on the porch or picnic table by diffusing concentrate in steaming water over a tealight candle, in a plug-in diffuser, or even an old fondue pot works very well. 

They are available in original strength and extra-strength oil (providing the best barrier as it is directly on skin), two sizes of water-based mist and 10 ml concentrate for easy refills. The mist was created for use on hair and clothing (i.e. where oil is not suitable) and is best used in conjunction with the oil. It also provides a refreshing travel mist in your vehicle.. great to stay alert and fresh while driving.  

Calendula for Rashes & Skin Sensitivity April 11, 2021 06:16

Calendula marigold is the key ingredient to Mari’s Gold Aromatherapy products. These flowers are hand picked 🌼  and the petals infused in sunflower oil to produce skin-loving calendula oil. This oil is soothing to skin irritation, cuts, rashes, inhibits bleeding and is gentle yet effective for baby diaper rash. Calendula salve is a particularly popular product purchased regularly at health food stores. The salve contains natural ingredients of calendula oil, beeswax, shea butter and vitamin E. Calendula Salve is unfragranced and soothing to elbows, heels, hands and may also be used as a moisturizing lip balm.

RADIANCE (Hair Revitalizer) February 10, 2021 07:00

RADIANCE is a hair revitalizer and enhances natural shine! Citrus & floral essences are combined in calendula & rosehip seed oil. Vitamin E has been added for extra health and shine. Add a few drops of RADIANCE to the palm of your hands and distribute throughout hair to alleviate dryness. Apply up to 1 tsp of oil into hair and massage into scalp and throughout hair for conditioning treatment. Apply overnight or 10 minutes before shampooing*. Oil may be warmed for extra conditioning and pampering.

Essential oils in RADIANCE:  Joy + Geranium 

*Note: For overnight treatment, it is recommended that you wrap your hair with a towel to protect your pillow from oil stains. 

TIPS for healthy hair, growth and shine: Massage scalp and back of neck to stimulate blood circulation. Alfalfa and molasses added to diet or as supplements increase iron for strong, healthy hair. “Body Reflexology” by Mildred Carter 1994 Parker Publishing 

Find Your Own Path & Follow It... February 1, 2021 05:12

In 1994 I was reading Celestine Prophecy, by James Redfield, and it encouraged me to pay attention to the signs that guide my life.  One day my friend called me from Australia, and I admitted to feeling very unhappy. After listening to my sad story, she said “Mari, you need aromatherapy!” I said “What is aromatherapy?” She mentioned flowers and essences and even the notion of such loveliness caused my mood to elevate. I was indeed intrigued. Within the next 24 hours I would have 2 more signs. Stopping at the grocery store the next morning I saw a little book for .99, entitled “Aromatherapy.. Not Just a Wive’s Tale Anymore” with a woman holding a bouquet of daisies on the front cover (daisies, my favourite). I immediately added it to the grocery order at check out. Then, upon arriving home, to my absolute delight and surprise, I discovered a gift certificate in my mailbox for $10 off an aromatherapy massage!?! 

I don’t know if the groceries got put away or if I made that phone call first! I was about to meet Lori Davey-Newman and my life would forever change. Not only did that first aromatherapy massage 💆‍♀️ cause me to transcend to another realm where I started to relax and find solutions for my life, but over the next few years I would move to British Columbia, return to Ontario on several occasions, to train with Lori, and eventually achieve my Certification in Aromatherapy by June 1999. 

Most of Mari’s Gold Aromatherapy blends were created in those 3 years of training, including 3 of the most popular to this day.. Joy, Tranquility and Comfort. Each blend was created for a particular client, or family member as I offered aromatherapy solutions in the form of massage and I gained confidence in creating effective healing blends. 

Here I am today, 21 years later, still LOVING what I do each and every day. It is my goal, my heart’s desire to offer comfort and natural healing, via aromatherapy, to offer products which encourage the body to relax, adjust and heal itself. 

My mission statement is “Can’t hurt.. might help.” Aromatherapy offers the assistance of nature, the application and inhalation of natural essences to relax, restore and heal. It is not a substitute for conditions that require the attention of a doctor or medical care, however, it is something everyone can use, and do, to benefit their daily lives.

Aromatherapy has enhanced my life 100%. It caused my mind to relax and find solutions. It has given me a passion and purpose whereby I use my natural gifts as helper and healer. I encourage each person to follow the signs. Find your own path and follow it. There you will find a treasure trove of true happiness and fulfillment in life, and is that not what we are all seeking? 

Self-Care December 20, 2020 17:20

These days it is vital to establish time and intention for self-care. With current global stress affecting each and every one of us, all we can do is try to manage and cope. With so much out of our control, there resides an underlying anxiety within each one of us, and throughout society, at large. One available resource towards alleviating stress is the incorporation of aromatherapy into our daily lives. The  regular use of essential oils, whether through inhalation, infusion or topical application benefits the user in SO many ways. ALL essential oils are antiseptic. The use and application of these natural essences encourages our bodies to function in a natural state of well-being. Sleep patterns have been disrupted and anxiety levels are high. A weekly or bi-weekly soak in the tub, with bath salts and essential oils, followed by massage oil application (to seal in the moisture) guarantees a good night's sleep. My choice, and absolute favourite blend to relax, and de-stress is TRANQUILITY with lavender, geranium and chamomile. Please make a choice to invest in your own personal health and well-being, and establish some time and dedication towards personal self-care routines.

Coping with COVID -19 August 15, 2020 18:52

Mari's Gold Aromatherapy is a vendor at Enderby Farmers Market each Friday. Just about everyone, it seems, is looking for products to alleviate headaches, insomnia, depression or anxiety. It is encouraging to see people taking responsibility for their own mental health, applying self-care, and understanding the benefits of essential oils. Tranquility, Joy and Comfort, our 3 original blends created 20 years ago, are flying off the shelves now! It gives Mari great pleasure to be able to provide so many people with these practical and beneficial blends during this ongoing global pandemic of 2020.

Summer Body Products June 10, 2020 12:52

Our Summer Body Products have been popular since their creation in May 2000. The name changed (from "Move Mosquito" as per Health Canada's regulations), but the winning formula remains exactly the same! This blend of lavender, peppermint, citronella and lemongrass offers refreshment, protection and healing during travel, gardening, camping or in your backyard.

These must-have products provide relief from headaches, sunburn, nausea and are an excellent after-bite. 

This natural product is re-vitalizing during the summer heat. Massage the oil into the skin to moisturize while sun-tanning. Refill mist with economical concentrate or freshen air on the porch or picnic table by diffusing concentrate in steaming water over a tealight candle, in a plug-in diffuser, or even an old fondue pot works very well. 

They are available in original strength and extra-strength oil (providing the best barrier as it is directly on skin), two sizes of water-based mist and 10 ml concentrate for easy refills. The mist was created for use on hair and clothing (i.e. where oil is not suitable) and is best used in conjunction with the oil. It also provides a refreshing travel mist in your vehicle.. great to stay alert and fresh while driving.  

Tomb Raiders (Traditional Thieves recipe..) March 15, 2020 13:58

TOMB RAIDERS (Traditional Thieves Recipe)

Clove, Eucalyptus, Cinnamon, Lemon, Rosemary

Mari's Gold Aromatherapy offers this popular blend in ready-to-use Body Oil, Salve, Mist and Concentrate. Rub the Body Oil or Salve 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.

A drop or two of the concentrate in water is an easy and effective sore throat gargle. Add 7-11 drops to water in a diffuser to disinfect your home or office.

Tomb Raiders Concentrate may also be added to water in a spray bottle and used to wipe cutting boards, kitchen counter, stove top, light switches, door knobs, shower walls and bathroom fixtures.

The Mist can easily be carried in purse, or school bag, to spray on your face, to boost immunity from germs and bacteria. Many nurses like to spray this product in a surgical mask, before undertaking jobs in highly infectious areas.

The newly introduced and popular Tomb Raider Mini (Salve) is especially easy to carry in your purse, or vehicle, and especially beneficial while traveling.


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

It's All Good, Blind Bay

Lifestyles Naturals, Vernon

Mara Foodliner, Mara

Nature's Bounty, Sorrento

Nutter's, Salmon Arm

Parkridge Pharmacy, Enderby

Pharmasave, Salmon Arm

Shuswap Health, Salmon Arm

The Smorgasbord, Kamloops

The Willows, Chase

Valley Mercantile, Enderby

Natural Healing January 13, 2020 14:29

Natural Healing is a term that encompasses the promotion of the body to heal itself. The human body is an incredible miracle that functions with, or without our help, but just as we maintain our homes and vehicles, we benefit from regular attention paid to our physical bodies. Yoga, massage, acupuncture, chiropractic care, are all non-invasive and drug-free therapies that stimulate and improve our physical health. Use of essential oils falls into this category, as they are naturally occurring liquid essences captured from plants, fruits, flowers, stems and roots. Their use, through topical application, foot soak or bath, or inhalation via diffuser all encourage the human body to function and heal naturally towards its optimal potential.

Anxiety September 18, 2019 08:16

Many people have approached me at Market looking for a product to help alleviate anxiety. Many of these people are young women. Their current lifestyle includes constant social pressure at school and work, so it is important to personally manage these anxious feelings. I always recommend Mari’s Gold Tranquility Products. This popular, soothing blend includes lavender, mandarin, geranium and chamomile .. a proven winning combination.. sure to calm everyone and everything down. These products are beneficial and available for use in a diffuser, applied as a body oil, or used as a personal mist for hair, skin, or on bed pillow to encourage a deep, peaceful sleep.


Tranquility Products are safe and gentle and recommended for all age groups, including children, the elderly and for use during pregnancy. 

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.