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With Love, from Lemongrass Spa

Breakthroughs in cancer research combined with early detection education and improvements with treatment options have brought cancer out from behind a curtain of uncertainty and fear. However, openly and bravely fighting this devastating disease does not negate the horrendous psychological and physical effects of treatment.

Inspired by one of our Consultant’s father’s journey through cancer treatments, the Loving Care Gift Set was born to help provide relief from dry, itchy skin, brittle nails and radiation burns, just a few of the superficial effects of chemotherapy and radiation. The three products contained in the set include Healing Elements Balm, Organic Skin & Nail Balm plus a jar of Ultra Hydrating Body Crème.

Last year, in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lemongrass Spa sent over 50 Loving Care Gift Sets to women, men and children battling any type of cancer. Touched by the numerous heroic, devastating and hopeful stories, this October, Lemongrass Spa Products increased its goal to send at least 200 Loving Care Gift Sets to people receiving any type of cancer treatment. We have met our goal and are honored to send over 200 gift sets to recipients around the country.

“Oh thank you so much!…Even the smallest things make the biggest difference.” Teresa

“Thank you so much! Living on disability limits my purchase power; it means the world to get these needed items.” Lucy 

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Marketing Your Direct Selling Business with Instagram

Last year my teenage daughter asked if she could get an Instagram account. This was an eye-opening and educational experience for our family as we learned a whole new way to communicate on social media with our kids and their friends. As teens moved away from Facebook and over to Instagram in large numbers last year, parents have another social media environment to monitor, with some added benefits if you’re open minded about learning a slightly different marketing approach. Instagram isn’t just for teens. Almost 80% of Instagram users are between 13-49, and 68% of the users are female. 

After sitting down with my daughter for about fifteen minutes I was educated on setting up my profile, posting pictures and getting creative with #hashtags. From a teen perspective there are cool things to post on Instagram and very uncool things and now that we were following each other the last thing I wanted to do is appear as a stalker parent.   There were some abbreviations I needed to Google in order to understand what she and her friends were talking about: #goals, ttyl, TBT, OOTD, bae, cray, LYT and WTH. Now that I had the basics down I was off and running.

Because Instagram is picture and video driven (you can’t make a post without one) the visual stimulation when you scroll through the feed can become rather addictive. I found myself following gluten-free chefs, beach yoga instructors, natural skincare crafters, coffee drinkers, motivational speakers and crossfit athletes. Because IG sorts photos by hashtags, when you go to explore new people you’ll immediately gravitate toward people with common interests.

Creating Connections

Posting comments on Instagram is much like Facebook and you can easily engage with new people simply but making a positive comment on their photo. You can private message your friend on Instagram, too, which also requires attaching a photo to the initial message. Another way to engage with your friends is to add their IG name, for example @abc123, as a comment to a post, or tag them in a post. The next time your friend goes to their Instagram account they will see the post you intended for them to see. It goes without saying, if someone follows you, follow them back, unless of course you have reasons not to. Since about 70% of Instagram users check their feed at least once a day, post pictures regularly to keep followers engaged and interested. Follow and engage with people who have similar interests as you. For example, if you see a user who often posts about a healthy lifestyle and natural skin care, you may want to follow them.

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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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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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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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