The Oil Lady® and The Good Medicine Tin®.
Candace Newman evolved into The Oil Lady® during the 1980s when failing health forced her to leave a lucrative
position as Executive V.P. of a real estate company in Naples,
Florida. Years of physical discomfort followed, caused by a cyst that
eventually ruptured internally, nerve pain from spinal misalignment and
incapacitating head and shoulder aches. The unbearable pain and stress
caused sleepless nights and sapped her energy. After 15 doctors,
numerous health retreats and two operations, Candace began the search
for a way to get her life and spirit back. This exploration involved
many of the therapies now referred to as alternative, complementary or
integrative medicine. When a therapist from England used essential
oils on her, a light bulb went on that forever changed her life. The
aromas gave instant relief and comfort to the emotional stress, anxiety
and exhaustion, while the oils soothed the physical aches and pains.
However, with her lifetime sensitivity to commercial perfumes and
fragrances, Candace was curious as to why these aromas not only didn’t
bother her, but also brought needed relief. This wonderment led to her
worldwide studies with wonderful teachers from England, France,
Germany, Canada and Purdue University.
In 1993, the sole proprietorship of Oil Lady Aromatherapy® was formed. Candace worked from her home, giving Aromatherapy massage
treatments, developing formulas, writing, teaching and lecturing.
During this time she spoke at over 150 events including TV and radio
appearances, conventions, retreats, lectures and classes for the
general public. As a volunteer at Hospice, she taught more than 200
nurses, staff, caregivers and volunteers her registered trademark work:
Touch With Oils® Hand Massage. Today, her Touch With Oils® Hand Massage DVD is used both professionally and in the home.
During years of research, work and development, came the challenges of
facing the end of her 23-year marriage, helping her mother care for
her Dad who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, his subsequent passing, and
the demands of starting a cottage industry by herself. Twice she ended
up in the hospital and Candace readily admits that the benefits of
pure essential oils continued to save her life. As word spread of her
personal health victory and the effectiveness of her pure essential
oils, demand for her formulas, education and oils grew. Slowly, the
plastic baggy with handwritten notes used during classes held at her
kitchen table became The Good Medicine Tin®. This
elegant white tin for self care contains the top five essential oils,
a base oil and a Guide booklet. Later she created an accompanying DVD.
Due to increased demand, Oil Lady Aromatherapy® moved into a downtown Naples, Florida studio-shop in 1996 and the
business continued to grow. Customers shared stories of how the oils
benefited their lives, their family and children. Classes for health
professionals led to wholesale programs, classes on Integrative
Aromatherapy, Touch With Oils® Hand Massage classes, and two educational DVD’s.
In 2001, Candace first met her current husband. While on a
cross-country airplane trip with her mother, they used the mist and
oils from The Good Medicine Tin® to calm their
travel-nerves and stay healthy. The next thing she knew, the gentleman
seated on the other side of her mother was casually leaning in toward
them to sniff the aromatic oils. A conversation ensued which led to
several months of long distance phone calls. John Newman was in the
Texas petrochemical industry and had been offered a two-year assignment
in Saudi Arabia managing training teams. As they talked, Candace
helped John decide to accept the job and he stopped in Florida to
visit her before leaving the country. They later reunited in Cyprus and
soon decided to get married.
Candace joined John for most of his second year in Saudi Arabia.
Communicating with her shop staff each day by email and sending her
monthly e-newsletter to customers, she managed to keep the business
running. Every few months Candace returned to the US to replenish the
supply of formulas in the shop, lecture, and care for her mother. She
states that going to Saudi Arabia served as a type of sabbatical for her
since years of running the business sapped a great deal of her
creative spirit. "Going to the desert brought the life back into me,”
she says smiling. When the Saudi women found out about Candace they
asked for a class, which resulted in the debut of The Good Medicine Tin® and videos in Saudi Arabia. She then taught her Touch With Oils® Hand
Massage class to a circle of 8 women from around the world. Despite the
opportunity for John to stay on with his work, they both knew it was
time to return home. Due to the stress in the world and people
searching for balance, Candace and John believed it was time to move Oil Lady Aromatherapy® to the next level.
Upon their return to Naples, Florida, in February 2004, the sole proprietorship of Oil Lady Aromatherapy® evolved into The Good Medicine Tin® Company LLC. The launch of their new website (www.GoodMedicineTin.com)
enabled them to provide online retail and wholesale shopping and share
the benefits of essential oils with people around the world. Candace,
The Oil Lady® continues to educate through her free monthly newsletter.
2006, Candace and John fulfilled a life long dream of living on some
land in the mountains. They moved to the forest in Southwest Colorado,
where they continue to offer their products through mail order. Their
ongoing commitment to use only therapeutic grade essential oils and
Candace’s proprietary formulas keeps them focused on the integrative
and holistic value of true Aromatherapy. In June, 2010, after a winter
sabbatical to evaluate the company and mission, they moved forward by
going back to the company's original name, and formed Oil Lady
Aromatherapy® LLC with a revised product line. The test of time and
trusting the process has shown them the value of this work and the formulas.