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4 Steps to a Stress Free Holiday

It’s the time of year for celebration, gratitude and worship. Traveling, partying and shopping are the top three activities during the holiday season, and each of these affairs alone trigger some level of stress. Ease some of the seasonal pressure by following these four tips.

Plan & Prioritize

In all my attempts to plan ahead for our annual Thanksgiving gathering, there’s always a detail I missed. Has this happened to you too? Whether you’re hosting a formal affair or casual get-together, preparing ahead of time will reduce last minute stressors such as multiple trips to the store and frantic cleaning. Prioritize your tasks: must-be-done and would-love-to-do. Don’t pressure yourself to present a Martha Stewart-worthy soirée if this isn’t one of your strengths (it’s not mine); instead put the focus on where you excel so you can mingle and enjoy time with your guests.

A few tasks to consider completing a week or two leading up to your event:

  • Kitchen prep – are you cooking or catering? Can any portion of the food and drinks be prepared and frozen or made a few days ahead? If not, complete your slicing and dicing the day before.
  • Cleaning – it’s much easier to vacuum and wipe down counters the morning of your event than to try to clean your house from top to bottom.
  • Shopping – food, decorations or gifts, you won’t want to wait until and be stuck in long lines and crowded stores.

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Household Hacks Using Essential Oils

Our home environment is full of toxins from commercial cleaners, air fresheners containing artificial fragrances and personal care products. Using essential oils safely in the home can lessen the toxic load, and at the same time, provide therapeutic benefit.

There are many ways essential oils can be used in the home. Before you begin using them, please be sure you know the safety of the essential oil(s) you wish to use before making your choice. Choose essential oils safe for children, if children are present, and consider the health issues and medication(s) your guests may be on before diffusing. When diffusing, run the diffuser in shorter increments 10-15 minutes on/off at a time for maximum benefits.

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Placing a bowl of dried flowers or unscented potpourri in a bowl near the entry and sprinkling a few drops of essential oils on top can provide a welcome aroma when one walks through the door. Sweet Orange Essential Oil is fresh and inviting, but the possibilities are endless.

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Soul-Soothing Stories

Soul-Soothing Stories of Cancer Survivors is a compelling book inspired by hundreds of people we’ve met over the years who have shared their inspirational stories of faith, bravery and love. The stories lovingly shared in this book are intended to be a source of light and hope for you or someone else you care about.

For years, I received personal testimonials from customers who used our natural skincare products. They raved about how much better their skin looked and felt after applying our crèmes, balms and body butters. Word spread quickly as consultants shared these powerful testimonials at their spa parties and on social media. One day I received an email from a clever sales consultant with the suggestion that we package three items together to be able to give to cancer patients. So, in 2013 we began offering our Cancer Care Set, which was eventually renamed the Loving Care Gift Set. Organic Skin & Nail Balm in a Tube, Healing Elements and Ultra Hydrating Body Crème became the magical trio in the pink or gray organza bag. Hundreds of them were ordered that year and story after story flooded our inboxes.

In 2014, in honor of October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I decided that our corporate office would expand this program by sending Loving Care Gift Sets, free of charge, to anyone diagnosed with any type of cancer. The only prerequisite was that the recipient be nominated for the gift set by a loved one. Eloquently written nomination letters poured in and patients with tear-filled eyes gratefully accepted the gift that had arrived on their doorstep. Each package included a card to let them know that someone special had requested it on their behalf.

We continued the initiative each year and the numbers multiplied; hundreds of our customers took the time to nominate that special someone. Whether it was for a mother with breast cancer, a daughter with melanoma, a father with prostate cancer, a son with lymphoma or husband diagnosed with a brain tumor, these complimentary gifts helped thousands of deserving people. Our Facebook feed was filled with these heartfelt stories of gratitude and our home office team rejoiced in the success of the program. “We are truly a company with a heart” our sales leaders remarked.

The stories contained in this book are from customers and consultants who have walked a cancer journey. “Because of Lemongrass Spa, I am able to share my story and help educate others every single day,” said Heather P. Miller, a Senior Director with the company. Heather is breast cancer survivor, a military wife and mom of a teenage son.

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Brought together by a passion for natural living, Lemongrass Spa consultants and customers have joined the home office to build an inspiring support network. Spread throughout the country, US territories and US military bases around the globe, most of this community may never meet in person, but service to others is at the heart of this group; we are here to provide encouragement and relief during times of need. Today I share a few recent initiatives from Lemongrass Spa and the Lemongrass Spa community.

Operation Freedom Feet

Lemongrass Spa’s longest running giving back campaign is Operation Freedom Feet; the mission of which is to pamper US service members stationed on foreign soil with a smaller version of our popular Cucumber Foot Kit. In 2016, over 1400 Freedom Feet Foot Kits were sent to US military personnel, and in 2017 over 1500 kits have been sent already. Click here to learn more about Stephanie VanNess’ inspiration behind Operation Freedom Feet.

Honor a Hero

Wendy Gerlach, Executive Director

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Why You Can’t Miss Host a Spa Party Day 2017

Lemongrass Spa’s mission began simply: pamper women and men in the comfort of their own homes with luxurious natural products at affordable prices. Fulfilling this mission originated with a humble foot spa. What better way to relax and connect with friends than with a refreshing beverage and toes dancing in a warm tub of water sprinkled with the energizing scent of peppermint or cucumber! Our home spa parties have evolved in the last fifteen years to include facials, makeovers, hand spas and so much more. As we maneuver through our hectic lives, connected yet disconnected through technology, nothing replaces the joy of hugging your sisters and seeing their bright smiles.

Host a Spa Party Day reconnects us with Lemongrass Spa’s roots and rewards the incredible ‘family’ that has supported this mission throughout the years. Our next national event is Saturday, October 14, and consultants from all over the country are gathering guests for a celebration of the fresh, clean & natural lifestyle. Host an in-home spa party Saturday, October 14 and receive a special gift package with your order plus be entered into a drawing for the grand prize: 1 of 10 personal telephone calls from Heidi Leist, CEO during their spa party and a “Heidi's Fall Favorites" prize package, which includes:

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  • Espresso Body Scrub Our exclusive antioxidant body scrub exfoliates the skin, helps reduce the appearance of cellulite and moisturizes with organic shea butter. Handcrafted with 100% organic ingredients, it features fair trade coffee grounds, organic sugar and tumeric to help break down inflammation and remove toxins.
  • October Exclusive Body Brush Exfoliate and rejuvenate your skin with our limited-edition Body Brush. The beech wood handled brush features natural bristles that can be used wet or dry. Use some Espresso Body Scrub on it for additional benefits for eliminating toxins, improving circulation and reducing cellulite. Brush is 7.5 inches long and the round brush head is 3” wide.
  • Almond Biscotti Bar Soap Organic, all natural scent of sliced almonds, toasted cookies and vanilla bean, swirled into our handcrafted, moisturizing bar soap.
  • Immune Boost Essential Oil Spicy and herbal oil blend of eucalyptus, clove bud, cinnamon bark, rosemary and lemon essential oils that is uplifting, warming, comforting, purifying and invigorating.
  • Wall Diffuser Fill your home with your favorite energizing or relaxing essential oil blends.
  • Glamour Eye Set with Organic Mascara in Matte Black, Graphite Eye Shadow trial and Ballerina Pink Eye Shadow trial.

Guests of a Host a Spa Party Day soiree not only benefit from an entertaining and relaxing afternoon but will also receive a complimentary trial product in their $25 or more order.

Not available for a spa-tacular party October 14? Let me introduce you to the two of the fantastic specials you can take advantage of Saturday, October 14 at 9 am MT/ 11 am ET through Wednesday, October 18 at 9am MT/ 11 am MT.

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