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4 Reasons Meditation is the Missing Piece to Overall Wellness

Meditation has been part of our spiritual journey for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1960s meditation gained mainstream notoriety in the west as a means of self-improvement. In modern times, meditation has become a part of a well-rounded wellness routine along with healthy diet and regular exercise. Meditation is a simple concept: sit still, breathe deeply and focus on a single point or intention for a short amount of time. As easy as it sounds, it can be difficult to schedule time alone to practice or keep your mind from wandering to your mental to-do list. After reading how meditation can positively effect your mind and body, I promise you’ll want to clear your calendar for a mere ten minutes each day to receive all the mental and physical benefits meditation has to offer.

Anti-aging

Stress causes hormone imbalance, which in turn can manifest itself in skin problems like acne, dry skin and rash. Depending on severity, skin issues can negatively affect our self-esteem and perception of ourselves. Relaxation and meditation are well-documented remedies for reducing the body’s stress response.  Mediation can also reduce inflammatory promoting genes, which can decrease the skin’s signs of aging like wrinkles and dark spots. Studies have also shown meditation to reduce blood pressure and increase blood flow; increased blood flow boosts the amount of oxygen and nutrients carried to cells, overtime.

Pain Relief

Incorporating mindful meditation into your daily routine could have long-term positive effects for pain management. Chronic pain sufferers often rely on opioid treatments for pain management just to be able to complete basic daily tasks. There is a large list of long-term side effects of opiate use including addiction and liver or brain damage. A promising study published in the Journal of Neuroscience showed participants in the meditation group’s pain ratings decreased by up to 24% compared to the non-meditating participants. 

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How to Make Mom Feel Like a Million Bucks

Every woman wants to feel cherished, loved and appreciated. According to a survey done by the Daily Mail with 2,000 women in 2013, receiving a compliment from a friend or spouse was the biggest confidence booster, followed by having perfect hair and looking good in pictures.

The study revealed that having a good night's sleep, a cuddle, being told "I love you" and a smile from a stranger were also guaranteed to make a woman feel happy about herself.

It also found that four out of ten women get an immediate confidence boost if they look good in a photo. Another 40 percent say they feel great after getting a night of good sleep.

While 60 percent of women follow a strict beauty regime to ensure they leave the house feeling confident, 38 percent only need a cuddle from a child, partner, relative or friend to feel loved for the rest of the day.

Women also get an esteem boost when others ask them where they bought something they are wearing, such as a sweater or purse. Another thing women love is when they’re asked who their hairdresser is or what brand of makeup they use!

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How to Treat Dry Skin

Before you can properly treat dry skin, you need to know what's causing it. Here are common reasons people experience dry, itchy skin along with some simple solutions.

Some people have a dry skin ‘type’ and will be more prone to dryness because of that. If you’d like to determine your skin type, click here. Another reason for dry skin is that it can be a condition of environmental factors such as heat, cold or wind. The last couple of ways you can develop dry skin is by using the wrong products for your skin type and there may be a lack of essential healthy fats in your diet. All of these factors can cause your skin to feel tight, look dull and become inflamed. This causes redness and irritation. The great news is when dry skin is treated correctly, it will be healthy without any negative side effects.

If you are born with dry skin (meaning you have little to no visible pores) maintaining a daily moisturizing skincare routine is essential. Dry skin produces little to no sebum, which acts as your skin’s physical protective barrier, allowing skin to become vulnerable. This can lead to chapped, red, sore, tight and uncomfortable skin. By having a moisturizing skincare routine every day you are adding that protective barrier back to your skin, leaving skin looking and feeling healthy. Lemongrass Spa Products provides excellent skincare products, such as gentle cleansers, like the Lavender Goat’s Milk Facial Soap, to avoid stripping the skin and powerful oils in both the Organic Anti Aging Serum and Green Tea Antioxidant Serum as well as the Gentle Face Crème and Face Crème with Botanicals to provide the protection it needs to look its best.    

Environmental factors and using incorrect products for your skin type are all considered conditions. This addresses everyone who does not have dry skin as his or her skin type but still experiences dryness. Unlike your skin type, which cannot be changed, conditions are things that can change daily and effect the way your skin appears. For instance, you could have an oily skin type but live somewhere with extreme heat or cold during certain times of the year. Due to these environmental factors, you could start having symptoms of dry skin. The treatment for dry skin is to apply the right kind of nourishing oil. To correct this condition, simply add Organic Anti Aging Oil Serum to your routine during the specific times you are experiencing these conditions. Skin might become dry while traveling on beach vacations, ski trips or sitting on an airplane. What you want to avoid if you experience dry skin (but do not have the dry skin type) is changing your entire routine. If you change your skincare routine over to products that are made for dry skin, which is a common tendency, eventually they start breaking out from adding and over-using too much oil to their daily routine. This is why making sure you are using the correct products for your skin type at all times instead of changing to a different skincare routine is important. This same method is also applied to dry skin that experiences breakouts. You do not want to change your skincare routine to one for oily/acne prone skin when you experience a couple blemishes. In the long run this will cause your skin to become even more imbalanced and stripped. You simply want to spot-treat the breakouts with either diluted Tea Tree Essential Oil or Detoxifying Charcoal Face Mask . Making these simple changes can treat the different ways in which skin can become dry.  

Healthy eating and self care are the most important and effective ways to keep skin in its best condition. If your skin type is dry, consulting with a nutritionist about adding healthy fats into your diet can tremendously improve any type of skin problem. Also keep in mind that certain medications and hormone imbalances can also cause dry skin. If you feel like you are experiencing dry skin due to either one of these issues, I recommend consulting with your doctor.

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4 Nontraditional Ways to Say 'I Love You’

No longer reserved for sweethearts on Valentine’s Day, celebrating love has become a month-long affair. Grandiose declarations and over-the-top proposals splash across your social media feed and local news. Flowers and chocolates dominate storefronts and email blasts. We leave love notes to our spouses, send fanciful cards to our families and hide sweet treats for our children, all beautiful gestures. Let me introduce four unconventional ways to express your love this month and beyond.

Community Service

Is there a cause close to your love’s heart? Show what’s important to them is also important to you. Arrange a few hours of volunteer time with their favorite charity, collect items for donation to their local church or help with a community project. You and your beloved will not only strengthen your bond with each other but foster relationships in your community.

Family Date Night

Games, crafts, movies and adventures…gather the kids and plan an evening of fun! Save chores and homework for another time, check the ‘business talk’ (bills, school, etc.) at the door and designate this a work-free zone. Kids of all ages will want to help plan the family’s activities, and an evening without your typical everyday responsibilities can bring everyone closer together. 

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Year in Review 2016

2016 was brimming with hot new products, savvy new events, social media parties and more followers than ever. Take a road trip down memory lane as we celebrate our 2016 Year In Review!

Products

You’ll find products most admired by customers in the Top 20 Products of the Year photo, featured above. Topping the list again this year are the Healing Elements Balms, soap bars including Tea Tree, Oatmeal Milk & Honey, Lavender Goat's Milk and Frosted Cranberry; BB Crème makeup and loose mineral Foundation and Matte Black Organic Mascara; plus a variety of body care and skincare products people use everyday.

The introduction of innovative new products is one of the key elements in engaging our customers and creating excitement for our sales consultants. In the spring, we released refreshing new Strawberry Lemonade and it was a huge hit with a wide variety of people of all ages. As part of our commitment in offering safer alternatives to families we unveiled a brand-new Deodorant Spray and Paste Deodorant utilizing certified organic essential oils, baking soda and odor-fighting ingredients. New Prebiotic Hand Wash was introduced to help provide a safe solution to harsh sanitizers and dish soap at the kitchen sink.

In the fall our ‘Products with a Purpose’ initiative propelled sales upward with the popularity of Soothing and Recovery Balms. These purposeful balms infused with botanicals and essential oil blends help reduce common muscle soreness, body pain and fatigue with all-natural ingredients. For the men, we added a popular Beard Oil that doubles as a hair serum for the ladies and for nursing moms, we introduced Organic Nursing Balm for healing delicate skin. To complement the addition of a few new essential oils we added a chic new Welcome Home Diffuser for large living areas and Wall Diffuser for small spaces like hallways and restrooms. We launched a revolutionary Prebiotic 3-in-1 Wash in both Unscented or Men’s Essentials scent. This organic, GMO-free product works on a molecular level by stimulating good microorganisms on the skin and promoting collagen production. It serves as a shampoo, body wash and facial wash in the shower. An exotic new floral scent, Midnight Orchid, was introduced and quickly became a customer favorite among women. For the holiday season we introduced new Snickerdoodle products and brought back perennial picks: Candy Cane and Frosted Cranberry.

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