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Angie Conrad

Angie Conrad

Angie shares her passions for natural beauty and healthy living through writing for Lemongrass Spa. Questions or comments, you can contact Angie at angie@lemongrassspa.com.

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Ingredient Spotlight: Coconut Oil

The coconut fruit has provided meat, water, milk and oil to tropical communities for thousands of years and has been deemed “The Tree of Life” by Asian and Pacific islanders for its extensive dietary and medicinal applications. Mentions of the medicinal benefits of the coconut can be found in ancient Sanskrit text, and coconut oil is used in Ayurvedic medicine, an alternative healing process from India estimated to be 5000 years old. Traditional medicinal applications of coconut oil include fevers, nausea, rashes, toothaches, ulcers, colds, lice, bruises and more. 

At the end of World War II, coconut oil was found in the United States in the form of margarine, but it soon fell out of favor as a household staple due studies concluding all saturated fats increased cholesterol and risk for heart disease. It is now believed coconut’s unique combination of short and medium chained fatty acids, primarily lauric acid and myristic acid, precludes it from negatively impacting health.

Coconut oil isn’t just for cooking or alternative medicine; it’s one of the most widely used natural oils in personal care. Coconut oil is touted for its ability to do everything from repairing damaged hair to reducing wrinkles to blocking UV rays. Where there is little clinical evidence of coconut oil being a beauty miracle, there is plenty of antidotal evidence coconut oil is a master moisturizer and potent antioxidant.

Coconut oil is pressed from the seeds of the coconut palm tree and is comprised of fatty acids including lauric, linoleic, myristic, oleic, caprylic, capric, stearic and palmitric. Studies on the skin care benefits of these fatty acids lead skin care experts to believe coconut oil isn’t all hype. For example, lauric acid and caprylic acid could both be effective in fighting acne due to antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E and vitamin D, potent antioxidants that protects skin from free radical damage, joins this fatty acid super group. Coconut oil penetrates the skin, making it the perfect vehicle to deliver the benefits of other natural oils and botanical extracts.

Nourish your body from head to toe with coconut oil by trying a few of these exfoliating, moisturizing and cleansing products:

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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 2: Benefits of Essential Oils

Deeply connected to our emotions, scents have the ability to transport us to different times in our personal history and affect our mood. Scientist believe this connection is partly due to the part of the brain responsible for processing scents, located next to the hippocampus, which is crucially responsible for handling and storing memories. Aromatherapy plays off of this relationship to enhance or change a mood.

Inhalation vs. Application

Aromatherapy benefits of essential oils are achieved with two therapies: inhalation and application. Inhalation therapy is used for emotional and spiritual balance. For inhalation therapy, add a few drops of essential oil to a diffuser or combine with water in a spray bottle to mist throughout a room. Application therapy is for purification of the body. Add essential oil to organic fractioned coconut oil or try in your favorite unscented Lemongrass Spa product. Massage into skin, inhale and feel muscle tension release while your mind is eased. See Precautions below for application therapy dilution recommendations.

Organic Essential Oils

  • Lavender Oil (lavandula angustifolia). Steam distilled. Aroma: floral, fruity, herbal
    • Balancing, soothing, calming, relaxing and healing.
  • Lemon Oil (citrus limon). Cold pressed lemon peel. Aroma: clean, citrus, sugary
    • Uplifting and refreshing
  • Peppermint Oil (menthe piperita). Steam distilled. Aroma: minty, warm, herbal, with notes of greenery.
    • Refreshing and cooling
  • Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca alternifolia). Steam distilled. Aroma: warm, herbal, with notes of greenery
    • Uplifting, cleansing and purifying

Blends (combination of organic and wild crafted essential oils)

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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 1: Launch of the Essential Oil Collection

The whir of a sewing machine is the only sound in the room. I’m seated on the floor, legs crossed, among shiny, silky scraps of fabric. I smile as I inhale the earthy smell of mothballs, watching my grandmother create her latest masterpiece. I look around and realize I’m standing in the middle of a florescent-lit department store, not seated on the floor of my grandmother’s basement sewing room, smelling the designer “drawer fresheners” (or, in other words, mothballs). That is the power of smell. Deeply connected to our emotions, scents have the ability to transport us to different times in our personal history and affect our mood. Ancient cultures incorporated the burning of resins and incents into religious and medical practices, and archeological finds show evidence different scents were used for their perceived purifying and healing powers. Over time these practices gave way to aromatherapy, harnessing the benefits of flowers and herbs for physical and psychological benefits.

Since the beginning, Lemongrass Spa Products has used essential oils to complement its body care collection. Wash away the day’s stress with a sprinkling of Lavender Bath Crystals to a warm bath or awaken your senses in the middle of the day while replenishing skin’s moisture with Spearmint Eucalyptus Hand & Body Lotion. A natural progression for the company’s mission to provide fresh, clean skin and body care products was to enhance the spa experience through aromatherapy with fresh, clean essential oils. Founder & CEO, Heidi Leist worked closely with the essential oil supplier to ensure the oils met her high standard of excellence.

The Five Qualities of Lemongrass Spa’s Essential Oil Collection

  1. 100% pure, therapeutic grade essential oils
    1. Oils are tested with a Gas Chromatographic Spectrometer which maps the individual constitutes of the essential oil to ensure the oils contain the correct balance that qualify the oil as pure and unadulterated. Click here to read more about GC testing.
  2. USDA Certified Organic or Wildcrafted crops
    1. Wildcrafted plants are not farmed but ethically and sustainably cultivated from their natural growth areas.
    2. Click here for USDA certification standards.
  3. Crops are harvested and distilled by artisans (essential oil “artists”) who ensure the plants are harvested and distilled at the right time to guarantee the resulting oil is of the highest quality for therapeutic benefits.
    1. An example of why harvesting and distilling times are important: A certified organic rosemary essential where the plant was picked at the end of the season would be high in camphor, making it a low grade essential oil.
  4. Ecological and sustainable business practices from farms and distilleries, meaning no damage to the earth or surrounding community is done during the farming or distilling process
  5. As with all of Lemongrass Spa’s raw ingredients and finished products, essential oils are never tested on animals.

We encourage our customers to consider the importance of the USDA Certified Organic or Wildcrafted Essential Oils versus using those that may be diluted or grown in areas with a high prevalence of pesticide use. There is such a wide array of quality of essential oils – from very high quality to very poor quality - available in the marketplace. It’s important you know what you are diffusing, putting on your skin or inhaling.

Please join me next week for The Art of Aromatherapy Part 2: Benefits of Essential Oils and learn about the aromatherapy benefits of our essential oil collection as well as a few blending ideas.

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Tips for Healthy Skin

Post-teen breakouts, dry patches and oil slicks … sometimes our skin plans it own agenda! Dermatologists and other skin care experts tell us the secret to glowing skin is eat right, stay hydrated and use the right products, but what does this mean for most of us?

Skin thrives on natural nutrients, but one of the largest threats to healthy skin is free radicals. Basically, free radicals are environmental factors negatively impacting the body’s molecular structure and function. On a molecular level, free radicals are atoms with an odd number of electrons, and they’re typically formed when oxygen interacts with certain molecules, creating a “highly reactive” radical. Free radicals then cause damage and sometimes cell death. Antioxidants can help stop and repair damage before it occurs.

5 Essential Skin Nutrients

  • Vitamin CCollagen makes up approximately 70% of skin, and vitamin C helps to rebuild collagen. Excellent sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits, broccoli, brussels sprouts, bell peppers and strawberries.
  • Beta-Carotene/Vitamin A
  • Vitamin E – one of the most widely used antioxidants, Vitamin E helps to reduce free radical damage. Foods high in vitamin E are olives, almonds, sunflower seeds and leafy greens
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids – can reduce the appearance of fine lines and help reduce inflammation, which can contribute to acne, psoriasis and other skin conditions. Try chia seeds, walnuts, flax seed and fatty fish such as salmon, sardines and tuna.
  • ZincStudies have shown increasing zinc intake can greatly reduce the appearance of acne. Organ meats such as kidney and liver are the most absorbable sources, while high sources of zinc include red meat and lamb, kidney beans, seafood (especially shellfish) and spinach.

5 Steps for a Skincare Routine

  1. Weekly exfoliation with organic jojoba beads to renew skin’s glow. We offer options for normal and oily skin types.
  2. Weekly facial mask to draw out impurities and hydrate. Try Tea Tree & Citrus Facial Mask formulated with green clay for oily skin or Pomegranate Facial Mask for normal to dry skin.
  3. Twice daily cleansing with your favorite gel or bar soap. Tea Tree Face Soap, Gentle Cleansing GelGentle Cleansing Gel, Lavender Goat’s Milk Soap or Cleansing Gel with Tea Tree & Citrus
  4. Daily dose of nutrients with the Green Tea Antioxidant Serum or Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum.
  5. Restore moisture with the natural botanical blend of one of our face crèmes for normal, sensitive or oily skin types.

5 Final Tips

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Do you envy hair care commercials featuring models with luscious, flowing locks? I do! Most of us don’t have professional stylists on speed dial, but there are steps we can take to make the most of our natural hair, even if ‘natural’ means color treated, blown straight or permanent waved.

Feed Your Mane

  • Iron and Zinc for hair follicle health. Try lean red meats or nonmeat sources like spinach, cashews and lentils.
  • Vitamin C not only helps the body absorb iron, but it also builds collagen, necessary for healthy hair follicles. Add bell peppers, kale and papaya to dishes for a dose of vitamin C.
  • Biotin (a B Vitamin) helps hair growth. The best source of biotin is eggs, but if you don’t like eggs, avocado, peanuts and salmon are good choices.
  • Protein to promote cell growth and repair. On average, it’s recommended women consume 46 grams and men 56 grams of protein each day.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help provide hydration to hair. Salmon, flax seed oil and walnuts are a few excellent choices.

Primp Your Strands

  • Botanical Shampoo – free from sulfates, parabens and phthalates, this cleanser removes dirt without stripping hair of its natural oils and is great for all hair types.
  • Botanical Conditioner – blend of aloe vera gel, avocado oil, vitamins and essential oils for silky smooth strands.
  • Deep Conditioner with Shea Butter – shea’s not only “skin’s best friend” but your hair’s best friend too! This deeply moisturizing formula is a great daily choice for those with thick or dry hair, plus, you can use it as a weekly mask to restore moisture lost from swimming and other summer activities.
  • Rosemary Shampoo Bar – men and women both love this herbaceous scented soap. Another cleansing option that doesn’t strip hair of natural oils, and rosemary is said to help stimulate hair growth.
  • Prebiotic Body Wash – works like a clarifying shampoo to get rid of product building up but without the harsh, drying chemicals. Prebiotic Body Wash is an excellent choice for people battling a dry, itchy scalp.

Do you have a tip for gorgeous, healthy hair? Please share in the comments. Join me next week for Healthy Skin Tips.

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Let’s celebrate Dads! We asked the men of the Lemongrass Spa home office team what it means to them to be a father. Please enjoy these heartfelt words of wisdom from our coworkers, friends, husbands and sons.

  • “First and foremost being a father is a tremendous responsibility. Part of that responsibility is to teach my kids right from wrong, values, morals, ethics and personal responsibility. The duty of a father is to first be a father. Then when you’ve done a good job at raising them, hopefully a true friendship can ensue. It is a great responsibility but also rewarding. When you see your kids smile, value their presence and appreciate them willingly wanting to spend time as a family, those are the most satisfying moments.” Bryan, Florida
  • “Being a father, in general, is an important role. I have a son, and I think it is important to raise my son to become a future leader. I do so by spending quality time with him. Just enjoying the time we can spend together is so rewarding.” Carl, Florida
  • “Some things have surprised me more than others when it comes to being a first-time dad. I think the first thing for me that comes to mind is being able to sacrifice anything and everything for one little person, without a second thought or a moment’s hesitation. There's no thought to what effect a choice might have on me, because if the kid smiles it's all worth it. Also, my reaction to poopy diapers, deafening screams, public tantrums, and all other manner of toddler bi-products has been shocking in that I really don't mind much at all. If anything I am guaranteed to make it to my golden years a little deafer, a little more resilient and with a much stronger stomach.” Tyler, Colorado
  • “I have six children and I'm proud of all of them, proud of them in general and proud of the people they have become. My proudest moment is regarding my son who is in the military. He spent five years training and involved in the young marines. This helped him be able to go straight into the military as an airborne ranger, which takes most others five years to get to. It makes me proud to see all his hard work and dedication pay off. I was there by his side, by all of the kids’ side, coaching them and leading them into the amazing adults they have now become.” Mark, Florida 
  • What my family and children have given me, cannot be described in a blurb. Watching your children grow into young adulthood is amazing! To be a father to a noble young adult will make your heart melt. My children are a direct extension of myself, filled with the knowledge I have gained, and eager to learn more.” Ben, Colorado
  • “Being a father makes me grateful. I’m grateful to have someone to take care of, to raise and to provide for. My kids bring so much joy into my life, sometimes pain, but overall joy and happiness. I love that I can watch them achieve their goals and know that I helped them get there and helped them achieve them.” Richard, Florida 
  • “Being a father is the greatest responsibility a man is given. The role of a father is an honor of utmost importance. Becoming a father provides a man with a distinct purpose. The love of a father is unconditional, unbreakable and undying. Being a father is the greatest gift a man is given.” Jim, Colorado
  • “My proudest moment as a father is teaching my son how to catch a ball. We went to the park one day, and my son was feeling insecure that he didn’t know how to catch, like the rest of his friends. So I set aside some time to play ball with him and teach him the skills he needed. Later on he made the football team. And one day his football coach asked him ‘where did you learn to catch like that’ and my son replied with ‘from my father; he’s my hero. Nothing beats hearing that.” Gus, Florida 
  • “I feel proud to be a father. I love seeing my kids do well at things when they set their minds to. I enjoy spending time with them and riding motorcycles together as a family.” Chandler, Colorado

We would love to know what being a father means to you. Please let us know in the comments.

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 21. Looking for gift ideas? Even the most rugged men fall in love with Lemongrass Spa Products! We suggest a Private Reserve or Men’s Essentials Gift Set.

 

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An unexpected member of the lily family, aloe vera has been called the “natural healer” and a “miracle plant”. The aloe vera plant has thick fleshy green leaves that secrete a clear gel used in medicinal preparations dating back to ancient cultures. The earliest confirmed record of aloe was found on a Sumarien tablet from 2100 BC, but it is believed a detailed description of aloe preparations was found on an Egyptian document dated at 1550 BC.

Two forms of aloe vera are traditionally used for healing and health: the gel and juice. Aloe vera gel is the jelly-like substance removed from the inner part of the leaf, while aloe juice is extracted by soaking and softening the entire leaf then filtering out unwanted materials. Aloe latex, a yellow-brown substance found under the plant’s skin, can be used for some applications, but there is little evidence aloe latex provides the health benefits of the gel or juice.

The aloe plant is approximately 99% water. Healing compounds found in aloe gel are polysaccharides and glycoproteins. Polysaccharides are said to stimulate skin growth and repair, and glycoproteins can speed the healing process by stopping pain and inflammation Aloe vera is said to reduce pain and inflammation as well as stimulate healing when applied topically. Antidotal and historical evidence suggests aloe to be favored for the following skin care concerns:

Sunburns*

Soothing sunburns is the most popular use for aloe products because people find aloe and aloe products to be cooling.

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Whether enjoying a sunny holiday like our Spa Destination Trip Earners or taking a short weekend break, we’ve got all your travel skin care covered!

Outdoor Adventures

Grab a tent, sleeping bag and these outdoor necessities for your next mountain or beach adventure (and don’t forget the marshmallows!):

Road Trips

Road trips can make it tough to decide what to leave behind and what to take, but these items can keep the whole family covered without taking up much space:

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6 Eco Friendly Ways to Pamper Mom

God could not be everywhere, so he created mothers. ~ Jewish Proverb

Moms gift us life and awaken a lifetime of experiences. They are showered cards for Mother’s Day, but these often find their way to the recycle bin once festivities have ended. Create memories and priceless moments with one of these personal and unique gift ideas to celebrate all the special moms in our lives.

  • Offer a living gift in the form of Mom’s favorite potted flowers, trees or herbs. Growing a plant is also a beautiful way to honor a mom or grandmother who has passed.
  • Offer a day of services like housecleaning, cooking and grocery shopping. Younger kids can have fun showing Mom how responsible they can be and how much she has taught them.
  • Make a small donation to an organization important to Mom. If you live near each other, instead of a monetary donation, plan a day of volunteer work for the organization. Not sure where to start? Try an online volunteer matching service such as VolunteerMatch.org.
  • Present Mom with a personalized gift made from old pictures, kids' art and other paper keepsakes. Create one-of-a-kind handmade cards, scrapbook pages or framed collages. 
  • Enjoy what nature offers. Take mom on a stroll through the park, hike on a mountain trail or dip in the ocean. Plan a fuss-free picnic in the garden. If Mom is limited by mobility, offer a mini escape to far away lands through a documentary or television program about a place she’s dreamt of visiting.
  • #LemongrassLovesMoms! One of my favorite means to show mom appreciation is by offering a rejuvenating home spa experience by hosting a Lemongrass Spa party for Mom and her friends. Help them unravel stress with a relaxing foot soak, soften hands with an exfoliating hand spa and restore radiance with a natural facial.

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10, but you don’t need to wait until then to spoil Mom. Remind Mom she’s exceptional by surprising her throughout the year with one of these personal experiences.

In the comments let us know other fun, environmentally friendly and unique ways to celebrate Mom.

 

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Ingredient Spotlight: Calendula, Antibacterial of Choice Since Ancient Times

Marigolds are of significant cultural and religious importance. These brilliant yellow and orange flowers represent passion and creativity. Ancient Egyptians considered marigolds to have rejuvenating properties. In Catholic ceremonies, marigolds honor the Virgin Mary, and Hindis adorn statues of gods in temples. Although native to Mediterranean countries, marigold varieties can be found growing in Europe, Asia and the United States and are of the same family as daisies, chrysanthemums and ragweed.

Calendula [kuh-len-juh-luh] extract is steam distilled from marigold flowers resulting in a brown liquid commonly used in cosmetic and pharmaceutical skin care. Medicinally, calendula is rarely ingested but used topically* for wound care, rashes, bug bites, eczema, acne and other minor skin irritations. This is due to purported anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. These therapeutic properties are attributed to the diverse range of biologically active substances they contain.

Unlike many of its contemporaries in ancient herbal medicine, calendula has a history of scientific review and study to determine its use in modern medicine. Of the many studies on medicinal use of calendula, one aimed to identify why calendula is effective in wound care while another developed a gel using calendula to specifically study stability and performance in a wound. Calendula was also found to combat “radiation-induced dermatitis” in breast cancer patients. Parents of infants are surprised by a study that found calendula more effective than aloe vera in treating diaper rash. It is believed calendula may increase blood flow to a wounded area, which could be why it is considered to help wounds heal faster; however, this has yet to be proven.

We love calendula extract at Lemongrass Spa! It’s a powerful moisturizer that can combat dry, chapped skin. Calendula is part of our botanical complex in the Face Crème with Botanicals and Face Crème with Tea Tree and Citrus and can be found in the Organic Anti Aging Serum and Pomegranate Facial Polish, our two most popular face products. The Healing Elements Balm, the top seller two years in a row, boasts calendula as its top ingredient, next to zinc oxide. These are just a few products featuring this ancient healer.

Which Lemongrass product containing calendula do you love the most, and what do you use it for?

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Ingredient Spotlight: Cupuacu Butter, the "Pharmacy In A Fruit"

Looking to the future of skin care often means unlocking ancient beauty secrets. Tropical rain forests, mysterious to most Americans, offer a rich bounty of treatments. Cupuacu (pronounced “koo-poo-ah-soo”) butter, one of these ancient beauty therapies, is making its mark on the natural skin care industry. Called “the pharmacy in a fruit” and a mainstay in Amazonian diets and skin care, cupuacu trees produce large brown fruits weighing two to four pounds. Expeller pressed from the seeds of the fruit, cupuacu butter, often compared to cocoa butter, possesses a soft, creamy consistency with a mild, sweet aroma. This sustainable fruit butter is used in skin care as a plant alternative to animal-derived lanolin and synthetic oils.

Cupuacu butter is a triglyceride of saturated and unsaturated fatty acids, and two properties credited with cupuacu’s rise in skincare: sterols and essential fatty acids. Sterols, referred to as steroid alcohols, are antioxidants that are essentially vegetable fats. Essential fatty acids are necessary for structural components of cells. What do all these fabulous fats in cupuacu butter mean for your skin?

  • It acts as a natural skin plumper because it penetrates skin quickly and retains moisture.
  • Antioxidants protect from free radical damage and help to repair skin.
  • It attracts up to 440%.
  • The anti-inflammatory properties calm skin. Cupuacu_butter.JPG
  • Cupuacu restores elasticity to skin.

Interestingly, promising research* suggests cupuacu butter absorbs UVA and UVB rays, providing broad-spectrum protection. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not recognize cupuacu butter as an SPF; however, it is exciting to think one day this could be a natural sunscreen option.

Pictured Right: Cupuacu fruit and seeds

By P. S. Sena (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons

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Used for centuries in Africa to moisturize and protect skin from the harsh elements, “shea butter is the skin’s best friend,” according to the American Shea Butter Institute. The shea tree (Butyrospermum parkii), nicknamed “The Tree of Life” because every part of the tree is used as a natural health remedy, produces mango-sized green fruits, the nuts (seeds) from which shea butter is extracted. Shea butter has been studied for its chemical makeup and is a favorite in natural skin and hair care.

These are some of shea butter’s nutrient benefits:

  • Vitamin A aids in skin protection and healing
  • Vitamin D promotes skin cell growth 
  • Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, protects against sun and free radical damage and slows the signs of aging
  • Essential fatty acids to help with skin cell renewal and acts as a skin protector, soothing dry chapped skin

Shea butter is renowned for its emollient and anti-inflammatory properties to sooth minor skin conditions such as sun burns, small wounds, eczema, allergies, blemishes, cracks and bruises. Shea butter can decrease the amount of moisture loss in skin and hair and stimulate collagen production to strengthen skin. It is said the moisturizers present in shea butter are also some of the same moisturizers produced by skin’s sebaceous glands, making it suitable for all skin types. As an added bonus, shea butter could have sunscreen properties (up to SPF 6) due to naturally occurring cinnamic acid.

For softer, smoother looking skin and hair, choose products enhanced with shea butter*, like some of our Lemongrass Spa Products’ favorites. Your skin and hair will thank you!

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4 Steps to Setting & Keeping Goals

Cheers to starting fresh in 2015! We often mark the start of a new year resolving to make lifestyle improvements like eating healthier or exercising more, but many of us forget about business resolutions. Did you know that only ten percent of the population has specific, well-defined goals, but even then, seven out of the ten reach their goals only half the time. Interestingly the top three percent of the population achieved their goals 89 percent of the time and it’s because they have written down their goals.

We’ve heard the importance of goal setting, but how many of us write down our goals or have a clear plan to reach them? Creating goals helps keep us focused and motivated. Just like making New Year’s resolutions, setting business goals doesn’t need to be complicated. Here are four simple steps to setting and keeping goals for your business.

  1. Determine your long-term target. Do you want to earn money for a big-ticket purchase, a vacation next summer or  save for retirement? It doesn’t matter how big or small your long-term goal appears, it’s yours to identify. Periodically review your long-term goal to assess progress and modify as your circumstances change.

  2. Create the path to your long-term goal by setting short-term milestones. Make short-term goals precise and measureable: Each month I will earn ‘X’ amount of money or recruit ‘X’ number of people. Expressing goals positively (“I will” instead of “I won’t”) builds on self-confidence, a virtue of successful leaders and entrepreneurs.

  3. Get organized and establish a routine, including prioritizing tasks, keeping a to-do list and making time daily. Only have five minutes today? What can you do that leads to your goal? Maybe it’s following up with a potential customer or touching bases with a team member needing support.

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D_Evans_3.JPGEach month Lemongrass Spa Products spotlights a consultant and that consultant’s successes in both business and personal life. This month Deena Evans, Director from Colorado Springs, Colorado expresses her enthusiasm for giving back to those in need. Also a full-time nurse, Deena said, “when I was asked to tell you a bit about things I do in my community, I felt quite honored, as I'm passionate about so many things in my community and my world!”

Deena began her Lemongrass Spa Products journey over four years ago as a customer ordering facial care products and attending spa parties. “I was drawn to Lemongrass Spa by being invited to a party and needing face care products. I ordered them and loved them! I was invited to several parties and finally my husband told me I should become a consultant at least to get the discount, so I did! After doing my 3 parties, I realized people really loved the products and it was easy to sell...and the more I learned about chemicals in daily life from my up line, the more I loved Lemongrass Spa and felt I needed to share its fabulousness with everyone!” she said.

Her desire to help people through outreach sets Deena apart, and it starts in her own community. According to Deena, “people in my local community are hurting and need to be served and loved!” Deena volunteers at the Dream Centers of Colorado Springs Women's Clinic  each week using her medical training to perform pelvic ultrasounds on female patients who are uninsured or underinsured because she loves “treating people who are feeling 'less than' with utmost respect and love.”

Passionate about helping those who have been rescued from human trafficking, Deena also volunteers for Sak Saum, an organization based in Cambodia “that teaches a trade (sewing, jewelry making, etc.) to guys and girls that have been rescued from the trafficking industry and need a way to be free...from poverty and their past.” You can find Deena volunteering at events “where the [Sak Saum] products are sold and am able to share the story, which I love!”

Deena’s outreach extends beyond the confines of her community. She’s traveled to the island of La Gonave, Haiti several times where there is a mission D_Evans_4.JPGhospital and compound. Traveling with a small group of medical professionals, including the doctor with whom she’s worked for 18 years and his wife, Deena uses her medical skills to assist in surgery and in educating the Haitian nurses who work there. She states it is her pleasure and privilege to be given the opportunity to develop “great relationships and friendships with the nurses there, as well as the joy of helping serve the Haitian people medically.”

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Peppermint evokes thoughts of sweet menthol aroma like candy canes at Christmas time. This fresh cool scent, distilled from the leaves of the plant species Mentha piperita, is one of the most widely used essential oils in aromatherapy and is described as energizing and refreshing. Although there is promising research with peppermint essential oil aromatherapy and relief from symptoms of indigestion, nausea and vomiting, evidence of relief from other ailments is primarily antidotal at this time.

Here are the top 5 therapeutic aromatherapy benefits of peppermint essential oil*:

Incorporate peppermint spa products into your skincare routine for potential therapeutic benefits or to  relish in the energizing bouquet. Whatever your reason for choosing peppermint infused products, Lemongrass Spa Products provides a variety to meet your needs, including the limited edition Candy Cane Collection, available through January 15, 2015.

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Lemongrass Spa Products promotes a culture of serving  others and assists consultants throughout the year with charitable endeavors through the Lemongrass Spa Giving Back Fund. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness during October, Lemongrass Spa offered two corporate-sponsored initiatives, the Think Pink Blending Brush donation and Loving Care Gift Set giveaway, to help bring attention to the role of potentially-dangerous chemicals in personal care products.

Who doesn’t love a little splurge knowing a portion of one’s purchase goes to a noble cause? In October, Lemongrass Spa Products presented the Limited Edition Think Pink Blending Brush with a promise to donate $1 from the sale of each brush to the Breast Cancer Fund and National Breast Cancer Foundation. Providing safe and affordable skin care and mineral makeup is Lemongrass Spa’s primary objective, and the key to making smarter skincare choices is through education. Heidi Leist, Founder and CEO of Lemongrass Spa, chose to donate proceeds from the sale of the Think Pink Blending Brush to the Breast Cancer Fund and National Breast Cancer Foundation because these two organizations are passionate about educating the public about the dangers of toxic chemicals. In November, Heidi wrote each organization a check for $500 thanks to Lemongrass Spa’s loyal customers.

The Think Pink Blending Brushes were a hit! If you purchased a Blending Brush, please click here to discover how to contour or blend your minerals with this cruelty-free, eco-friendly makeup brush.

Customers often seek out products that Lemongrass Spa offers after they’ve witnessed the devastating effects of cancer treatment. These women and men look to limit exposure to ingredients suspected to contribute to the body’s cancer development. During the month of October, Lemongrass Spa sought to provide fifty women undergoing cancer treatment with a little relief by sending them a Loving Care Gift Set for dry and damaged skin. Suggested by Samantha Meyer, a consultant in Oklahoma, after witnessing “first-hand how incredibly hard these kinds of treatments are on the body, and how important the integrity of the skin can be when the immune system is so completely compromised," this trio of healing products includes Healing Elements Balm, Organic Nail Balm and a jar of Ultra Hydrating Body Crème.

Nominations for women, men and children poured in from friends and family wanting to acknowledge their loved ones’ strength and courage through their cancer journey. Each story exemplified a brave individual’s story and exceptional fight while highlighting the unending support from loved ones. Rebecca, nominating her friend Jeanette, exclaimed “She has served our country as a Marine and continues to serve as a Marine Spouse all while fighting cancer TWICE now!” Cherie, who nominated a grandmother in Michigan, said “Even though the treatments are tough at times, she is always glowing.”

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Ingredient Spotlight: Jojoba Oil

Pressed from seeds of the scrub Simmondsiachinensis and used for centuries to treat wounds, jojoba [pronounced hoh-hoh-buhoil stars in skincare products due to its numerous benefits. Comprised of fatty acids and fatty alcohols, this golden liquid isn’t oil at all but a liquid wax, and is loaded with vitamin E, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, myristic acid, iodine and the minerals silicon, chromium, copper and zinc.

Revered in folk medicine for its skin healing properties, studies on jojoba oil, as with many natural skincare ingredients, have only recently begun. A preliminary study on the effects of jojoba oil on mild acne, in which participants used a clay and jojoba oil mask, showed an average of 54% acne reduction, and jojoba was found to help speed the closure of wounds according to a 2011 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology. Inflammation can be blamed for skin conditions such as eczema and acne, and a 2005 study concluded jojoba could help reduce inflammation. Results of these studies confirm why natural skincare manufacturers choose to use this ancient oil.

These are just some of the reasons to use jojoba oil:

  • Suitable for all skin types
  • Quick absorbing with no greasy residue
  • Antibacterial & anti-inflammatory for soothing dry, itchy skin
  • Increases hydration to skin
  • Improves skin’s suppleness
  • Fights the signs of aging due to high levels of antioxidants Vitamin E and Vitamin C
  • Calms and heals sunburnt skin
  • Removes buildup on hair follicles which can help reduce dandruff

Reap jojoba oil’s nourishing benefits by trying our now famous seasonal favorites such as Frosted Cranberry Hand & Body Soap, Perfectly Pumpkin Body Polish and Candy Cane Hand & Body Lotion. Or pamper your skin all year long with the #1 selling Healing Elements Balm, chapped skin savior Ultra Hydrating Body Crème and creamy new Men’s Essentials Shaving Crème, just to name a few.

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