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At Lemongrass Spa, we want to pamper you at home with luxurious body care products, but we realize a pampering session isn’t typically part of an everyday routine. Multiuse products save time and money plus are a great way to reduce waste and de-clutter your living space. The following five products can replace everything from hair styling products to basic skin-restoring ointments.

1. Healing Elements Balm

Available in Glide on Stick, 2 oz. jar and 6 oz. Family Size

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It’s no wonder Healing Elements is our #1 selling product and at the top of this list. Zinc oxide and calendula have been studied for their healing abilities on skin conditions such as wounds, burns, ulcers and rashes and are used (separately) in medical-grade ointments. These two therapeutic ingredients paired with the soothing combination of apricot, jojoba and almond oils plus shea and mango butters, make Healing Elements your go-to for minor skin irritations. Healing Elements can be used as a night crème for dry, blemished or aging skin that may need a little extra care. It also doubles as a hair conditioner and styling product; use a dime-sized amount of Healing Elements to soften and control curls.

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The Art of Aromatherapy Part 4: Expanding Essential Oil Collection

Plant essences have been used for thousands of years to harmonize mind, body and spirit. It is believed the aroma produced by a plant’s essential oil stimulates the sections of the brain responsible for emotions and memory to positively effects mood plus interacts with the body’s hormones to influence specific functions. As a compliment to our home spa experience, Lemongrass Spa unveiled an organic essential oil collection last year, and to further our commitment to providing both purposeful and indulgent products for the entire family, we’re introducing four divine new essential oils to the lineup.

Certified Organic Essential Oils

  • Frankincense Oil (boswellia rivae). Steam distilled. Aroma: clean, woody and spicy aroma.
    • Soothe mind, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, supports immune and respiratory systems

Frankincense blends well with Geranium, Lavender and Lemon. Its spicy aroma also pairs with the Balancing Act blend.

  • Geranium Oil (pelargonium graveolens). Steam distilled. Aroma: floral, sweet, slightly herbal aroma with soft notes of rose.
    • Relaxing, anti-inflammatory, helps calm nerves and fatigue, balances hormones, astringent for skin

Geranium blends well with most essential oils but blends especially well with Frankincense, Peppermint, Lemon and Lavender essential oils.

  • Lemongrass Oil (cymbopogon flexuosus). Steam distilled. Aroma: citrus, herbaceous and smoky.
    • Anti-inflammatory, digestive aid, reduces cellulite, insect repellant, soothes headaches

Lemongrass blends well with Geranium, Lavender, Lemon and Tea Tree. It also compliments the Immune Boost blend.

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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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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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