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Drop by Drop Essential Oil Blending Guide

drop-by-dropThis is NOT your ordinary, everyday Aromatherapy book.

This IS all you need to create therapeutic essential oil blends easily, effectively and most importantly, safely.

Drop by Drop Essential Oil Blending Guide is perfect for both the beginner and professional Aromatherapist.  This straightforward 400 page reference guide provides over 85 Essential Oil Charts and 245 Charts of the most common Symptoms/Conditions.

The ability to cross reference Symptoms/Conditions with the best choice of essential oils is what Aromatherapy is all about.  This Aromatherapy reference book contains detailed instructions of how EXACTLY how to match the health condition with the correct essential oils, along with How to Use Essential Oils, Safety Precautions and Blending Worksheets.

With more than three decades worth of experience in the field of Aromatherapy, Mary’s latest endeavor will without-a-doubt be a valuable resource for up-and-coming True Aromatherapists.   Sandra G. Topper, Professional Aromatherapist @

Master Healer, Mary McCandless, is a Professional Aromatherapist and an active member of the IFA, International Federation of Aromatherapists and the NAHA, National Association of Holistic Aromatherapists, residing in Cobourg, ON Canada.

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To purchase a copy of Drop by Drop Essential Oil Blending Guide visit  If you prefer to purchase and pick up the book for $45, contact or call 905-377-8585.



chocolate-cakeGot a sweet tooth or are all your teeth sweet?  Can’t pass up on that new bag of Lay’s Light potato chips?

Whether you live to eat or eat to live, a new year brings our minds to a fresh start; healthier, happier, less stress.

As a Master Hypnotist, I see that stress is the number one cause of sugar and yes, salt addictions.  And, of course, the more we are stressed the more we eat.  I think of it as looking for the sweetness in life.

Yes, we eat when we are unhappy, sad, depressed, lonely, anxious, angry, as well as when we are happy! “What can we eat to celebrate?”

The more you try to stop, the more your taste buds remember just how much they crave its deliciousness and how much better you’ll feel with just one…bite.

I mean, if you’ve opened the bag of chips, you might as well finish it. Or, just one cookie becomes the first row of cookies in the tray…or two.

Does just talking about it make your mouth water?

Perhaps, you stay away from it all day, only to binge on all things sweet or salty once you’ve finished dinner.

It’s just a habit and habits can be changed permanently. 

We all know the reasons to take control of our habits; weight gain, obesity, depression and heart disease, but it doesn’t happen just by knowing consciously.

Change your habit and you change your life, easily and effortlessly.

To learn more about how hypnosis might help you, schedule a complimentary consultation or schedule an appointment, with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless at the Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis & Natural Healing.

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Mary in sessionHealing Through Hypnosis
Interview of Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless,

Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis and Natural Healing,

by Elizabeth Palermo,The Link, Winter Solstice 2016


The idea of being hypnotized tends to evoke images of people seated on a stage, falling asleep to a count of three and then doing something embarrassing. That’s showbiz of course. Despite being exploited for entertainment, hypnosis helps many people lose weight, stop smoking, overcome anxieties and fears, and manage pain. It can work for almost anyone and any age.

The key to hypnotherapy is establishing trust with a certified hypnotist who creates the right setting for relaxation and focused attention. Mary McCandless is a Master Hypnotist living and working in Cobourg who will spend up to two hours initially getting to know a client. “Sometimes you meet someone and say, ‘Oh yeah, they get me.’ They have a similar language,” says the 64-year-old who’s formerly from Toronto and is also a Reiki Master.

“You can’t change the story, but you can close the book…”

A certified hypnotist guides a process of quieting the mind so the client will consider suggestions that enable releasing what holds them back. It’s not about intellectualizing why the client is feeling a certain way, but using special exercises where people can let the old storyline go. “Hypnosis is reframing and retraining the subconscious mind,” says McCandless, explaining the subconscious stores old feelings and emotions – usually imprinted on the psyche from a very young age – like books lining shelf after shelf in a library. “You can’t change the story, but you can close the book so it no longer affects you.”

It’s not uncommon for people to think they’ll fall asleep or lose control and cluck like a chicken when hypnotized! Rather, many hypnotherapy clients come into a heightened state of awareness that allows self-exploration and healing. “It’s impossible to change habits without a quiet mind,” says McCandless. “I’ll begin with something like a guided meditation: ‘Follow your breath. Begin to notice where you’re holding tension. Relax that…’ and the person uses their very powerful mind to relax.”

When McCandless works with people recovering from surgery and in great pain “We find a way for them to relax and then positive suggestions can be given: ‘I am in control. My body is healing itself easily and effortlessly. I am healthy and happy. Each day I get better and better,’” she says. “I think of the subconscious as where the diaphragm is – your intuition, your gut, where the ‘fight or flight’ instinct resides, the solar plexus, your inner home. Sometimes we have to clean it out. I call it dumping the junk. Letting it go.”

For Nancy Smale of Castleton, hypnosis has helped her lose more than 40 pounds. She has struggled her whole life to keep weight off and now in retirement has kept the weight off for two years – her longest ever. “We worked a lot in the beginning on self- esteem and past emotional stuff, and then as we got going we worked with food and weight loss.” Hypnosis changed everything for Smale, who listens to recordings of her sessions at home.

Not feeling good enough consumes so much of our collective psyche experience – and the best suggestion, the sincerest message we can give others, especially children, McCandless says is, “You can do anything you focus on. It completely overrides the ‘I’m not good enough.’”


Can’t sleep? Suffering from insomnia? Eliminate insomnia and Sleep Like a Baby. A Natural Remedy for Sweet Dreams, this meditative self-hypnosis CD was created to help you quiet your mind, let go of the stress and tension of the day and fall asleep easily and effortlessly. Sleep soundly through the night naturally, awakening feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.

Does it work?  Absolutely!

After suffering a for a large portion of my large with sleeping issues and trying just about everything out there, I took a chance on Mary’s sleep hypnosis CD, Sleep Like a Baby. Figured it was worth a try. She warned me that that it would likely be a couple of weeks before I would see the results, but within the first week I was already sleeping better. And it continued to get better, just through listening everyday when I went to bed. If I got up to the bathroom, I simply hit play again before laying down again. I’ve also noticed a couple of wonderful side effects, besides being almost completely off sleeping medication, my migraines (which I have suffered from for over 20 years several times a month and in times several times a week) have severely declined, and my energy level is much higher. I may still not want to cut the grass, but I now have the energy to do so. Her voice is incredible to listen to and the track is only about 20 minutes and what a wonderful solution to what seems to be a lifelong issue. I used to dread going to sleep, figuring that it was simply a waste of time since I wouldn’t sleep anyways. Now I can’t wait to go to sleep. So very grateful to Mary for her help.  MLS

Self-Hypnosis refers to a safe, peaceful, meditative state in which positive suggestions are introduced into your subconscious mind. This can literally change your thoughts, feelings, perceptions and how you behave and react.

Simply sit quietly and listen to this guided meditation at least once a day for 21 days or even as you are preparing for sleep. Gently, positively, effectively, your life will change. All you have to do is listen.

I travel a lot with my job and often I can’t fall asleep in an unfamiliar place. My mind keeps replaying the same things over and over again. I tried everything. Nothing helped. I Skyped with Mary and she helped me fall asleep easily and remain asleep throughout the night. Her voice is warm and comforting and now, I take her with me wherever I go. Her Sleep Like a Baby CD does the trick every time. LL

For more information about how to change your life for the better, schedule an appointment or a free consultation, with Mary McCandless, Master Hypnotist.  Mary McCandless, is an active member of the National Guild of Hypnotists. Mary McCandless is also a Certified Teacher of Hypnosis, located at The Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis & Natural Healing in Cobourg, Ontario (Northumberland County).

Questions are always welcomed.

Sleep Like a Baby ~ A Natural Remedy for Sweet Dreams




Aromatherapy, also referred to as Essential Oil therapy, can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It seeks to unify physiological, psychological and spiritual processes to enhance an individual’s innate healing process.

It was the French perfumer and chemist, Rene- Maurice Gattefosse, who coined the term “aromatherapie” in 1937 with his publication of a book by that name. His book, Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy, contains early clinical findings for utilizing essential oils for a range of physiological ailments. It seems vital to understand what Gattefosse’s intention for coining the word was, as he clearly meant to distinguish the medicinal application of essential oils from their perfumery applications.

So we can interpret his coining of the word “Aromatherapie” to mean the therapeutic application or the medicinal use of aromatic substances (essential oils) for holistic healing. As the practice of aromatherapy has progressed, over the years, it has adopted a more holistic approach encompassing the whole body, mind and spirit (energy). National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy

Aromatherapy is… the skilled and controlled use of essential oils for physical and emotional health and well being. Valerie Cooksley

Aromatherapy is a caring, hands-on therapy which seeks to induce relaxation, to increase energy, to reduce the effects of stress and to restore lost balance to mind, body and soul.Robert Tisserand

Aromatherapy can be defined as the controlled use of essential oils to maintain and promote physical, psychological, and spiritual wellbeing.Gabriel Mojay

Aromatherapy can be defined as the art and science of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plants to balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit. It is an art and science which seeks to explore the physiological, psychological and spiritual realm of the individual’s response to aromatic extracts as well as to observe and enhance the individual’s innate healing process. As a holistic practice, Aromatherapy is both a preventative approach as well as an active method to employ during acute and chronic stages of illness or ‘dis’-ease.

It is a natural, non-invasive modality designed to affect the whole person not just the symptom or disease and to assist the body’s natural ability to balance, regulate, heal and maintain itself by the correct use of essential oils.” Jade Shutes

Master Healer, Mary McCandless is a Professional Aromatherapist and an active member of the National Association of Holistic Aromatherapy.

Author, Mary McCandless’ Drop by Drop Aromatherapy Blending Guide has been created to make the combining of pure essential oils easier and safer. Here is one reference book which contains all the information you need to correctly and safely blend your therapeutic oils.

What is Colour Therapy?



Colour Therapy can create balance and harmony in your life and help you achieve success, both personally and professionally.

Colour effects every single part of our lives. It enhances our mood, lifts our spirits, affects our emotions and behaviour, while influencing the way we see ourselves and others. Colour also can effect our way of thinking, both on a conscious level and subconscious level.

Colour is light and light is the only energy we can see. If you hold a prism or crystal to the sun, it would result in a beautiful coloured rainbow of light. This visible light or energy has a healing effect on us.

There are hundreds of Energy centers in and around your body. We call these centers “Chakras” (pronounced “shock-ruhs”), which means “wheel” in Sanskrit. Normally, healers focus on seven or eight of the major chakras.

Each Chakra has a connection with strong colours and sounds (musical notes) that they both radiate and absorb. Some people are able to actually see auras or the energetic field that surrounds everything living thing.

In Colour Therapy, a trained therapist uses the colours of the spectrum to balance Chakra energy that is lacking in a person’s body whether it be physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual.

Mary McCandless, Master Healer & Colour Therapist in Cobourg, incorporates Colour Therapy into Reiki or Spiritual healing treatments, often through the use of gemstones, crystals, prisms, candles or coloured silk fabrics.

If you’re interested in exploring the healing effects of colour on all aspects of your life, contact Cobourg’s Master Healer & Colour Therapist, Mary McCandless.

What is Crystal Therapy?



Crystal Therapy (or Crystal Healing) is an alternative healing modality where crystals are placed on or around the body and the surrounding room. This can heal, strengthen and balance energy within us, rejuvenating the whole being and promoting positivity.

Crystals have the ability to absorb energy, enabling them to clear the negativity of stress and anxiety, while balancing your body on a physical, mental, emotional and spiritual level.

Each Crystal, semi-precious or precious gemstone, emits a distinct healing and energy vibration.

This vibrational energy has the power to heal at the very source of an illness before symptoms manifest in the physical body. Symptoms labeled as illness, may be signs of imbalance, blocked creativity or emotional trauma.

While you remain fully clothed, crystals are placed either singularly or in combination upon the body during the hour treatment.

Crystal energy affects all levels of your being and the space in which you live and work. The energy helps to balance your Chakras (Energy centers) and auras to promote healing, but also provides protection, mental clarity, enhances love or eases transitions and improves your self-esteem, which attracts success and prosperity.

A large assortment of energizing crystals and gemstones for your home, office, car, personal space or altar and the knowledge to help you choose which is best for your individual situation, is available at Master Healer in Cobourg, (Northumberland Country), Ontario.

Each Crystal has been hand selected for its energy and healing properties by Master Healer, Mary McCandless. Questions are always welcomed.

Hypnosis for Smoking Cessation


If you have tried everything to quit smoking, nicotine patches, lozenges, chewing gum, counselling, acupuncture and other smoking cessation methods, don’t give up yet!

Hypnosis for smoking cessation has been proven to be one of the most effective methods in helping people eliminate the habit and quit smoking.

Hypnosis involves creating a state of complete relaxation or trance from which focused concentration, heightened awareness and suggestibility helps the client accept the hypnotist’s directions. As a result, these “suggestions” remain with you and through repetition, your self-control and willpower is strengthened as you achieve your goal of being smoke free.

Completely safe, studies have proven hypnosis is one of the most effective methods that help people eliminate the habit and quit smoking, enabling them to live a healthier and longer life.

According to Health Canada, “Quit smoking and you’ll start feeling better within 24 hours. The minute you stop smoking, your body will begin cleansing itself of tobacco toxins. Two days after you quit, your risk of heart attack will start decreasing and that’s just the beginning.”

Become smoke free for life through hypnosis! Not only will you save a bag of money, you’ll have more time to spend it.

Book a free consultation or appointment now, with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, and receive a free CD, Be Smoke Free for Life ~ With Hypnosis.

The Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis is located at 522 George Street, Cobourg, Ontario K9A 3N2.


Experience Fibromyalgia Pain Relief With Hypnosis

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The never ending pain of Fibromyalgia can be overwhelming and if you haven’t ever experienced it, be thankful. It takes all of the joy out of your life. This continuing chronic disorder is recognized as widespread pain in the neck, spine, upper back, joints and knees, shoulders and arms and can be totally debilitating, physically and emotionally. Some report that it feels as if it’s moving from one place to another in the body.

As a Master Hypnotist, my experience has shown that hypnosis is indeed the perfect way to help reduce your stress, which is believed to increase production of the stress hormone, cortisol, increasing sensitivity to pain.

The deep relaxation experienced from hypnosis is excellent for reducing your body’s pain, regardless of the origin and increases a sense of comfort in your body, while improving your mood, naturally.

Fibromyalgia pain often causes sleep disorders, morning stiffness, irritable bowel syndrome and anxiety and although it is not the same as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, the symptoms may be similar.

Hypnosis will help you feel instant relief by lowering your chronic pain levels, enabling you to feel more peaceful, calm and relaxed, energized and ready to face the day.

If you have any questions or concerns about hypnosis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And, when you’re ready to move forward in your life and overcome your pain click here to book a free 30 minute consultation or an appointment with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, at the Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis in Ontario. Or, connect in person with Mary at 905-377-8585.

Overcome Fear with Hypnosis


I love the ocean and everything about it; swimming in it, feeling the spray on my skin, hearing the sound of the waves, seeing the endless colours or just breathing it in. And having spent the last month in the Hawaiian Islands, I am reminded of my very first experience with hypnosis.

I was newly married and visiting my husband’s family in Ann Arbour, Michigan, for the first time. Anxious to fit in, when it was suggested we should all see one of the most popular movies of the summer, I agreed. It wasn’t until we were approaching the theatre that I realized the movie was Jaws.

I had seen the trailers with severed limbs floating down through the water and I knew myself well enough to know that this was definitely NOT for me. After much cajoling, I gave in to peer pressure. From the beginning, I knew it was a mistake. For me, it was indeed off the chart horrifying.

The day after the movie, it was decided we should go for a swim in the lake. As the others rushed ahead, I found myself exceeding anxious about going into the water. Willing myself in, my feet attempted to move through the uneven floor of muck, seaweed, old pieces of wood and discarded bottles, which only increased my anxiety. Again, my new “friends” told me I was being silly. There definitely was nothing to be afraid of, especially in Lake Michigan. I could not be convinced.

Later that summer, I found myself in the office of a Hypnotist. I don’t really remember how this came about or who he was. However, after a few exercises to engage my imagination and quiet my conscious mind, I was ready.

It all seemed pretty easy. And, as I became more and more relaxed, positive suggestions were introduced to help me overcome my fear. I left the session feeling peaceful, calm and hopeful. The next time I visited the lake, I managed to get down the stairs on the dock and touch the water, but was still extremely frightened.

After two more visits to the hypnotherapist, I was able to not only enter the water, but swim. All in all, hypnosis became an extremely positive experience, one that enabled me to return to something I loved.

As a Master Hypnotist, I’ve had the opportunity to help others overcome their fears or phobias. All real, all terrifying; from dentists and needles, heights and flying, dying and sleeping, claustrophobia and panic attacks, public speaking and fear of success, and yes, even fear of terrorism.

My own experience and that of my clients, continues to fuel my enthusiasm for helping people heal naturally through hypnosis.

And as for Jaws, I say “Bite me.”

If you have any questions or concerns about hypnosis, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. And, when you’re ready to move forward in your life and overcome your fears, click here to book a free 30 minute consultation or an appointment with Master Hypnotist, Mary McCandless, at the Cobourg Centre for Hypnosis in Ontario. Or, connect in person with Mary at 905-377-8585.