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With Love From Lemongrass Spa

We salute all of you who are kicking cancer to the curb! Your bravery inspires us beyond what words can describe. This month we received the most heartwarming, awe-inspiring stories of courageous people all over the country who are undergoing a variety of treatments.

When you or someone you love is going through cancer treatment there are so many emotional and physical changes that go along with it. During the month of October we asked our sales consultants to nominate men, women and children in their communities undergoing cancer treatment who could benefit from the healing products in our Loving Care Gift Set. The set includes three of our most hydrating items: Healing Elements, Nail Balm and Ultra Hydrating Body Crème. Over 700 sets were gifted throughout the month and we thought you’d adore hearing some of their astonishing stories.

“So it seems I may have been bragging on feeling so well a little early. I've felt really tired and awful for the past two days and today my hair literally came out in handfuls! So I have an emergency appointment with Kelly and her clippers at 2:30 tomorrow! I'm not risking being patchy! I've been pretty bummed out about it all day but there's no getting around it. It's not as if I didn't know it was going to happen and besides buzz cuts are cool as someone told me today - I certainly hope so!! Anyway I'll post pictures tomorrow after I figure out what the heck to do with a bald head!

On a far more positive note I got a really nice gift set in the mail from Lemongrass Spa because it's breast cancer awareness month. Thank you Sarah B-Wellpup for thinking of me. It's really cheered me up and I'm looking forward to using it all!!”

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Dear Mom…Stories Celebrating MOMS

Pictured: Heidi (right) with her Mom, Karen

Heidi Leist, a mom on a mission to provide a fresh, clean & natural pampering skin care option for her family as well as yours, founded Lemongrass Spa fourteen years ago. In honor of Mother’s Day, we want to help celebrate the beautiful, amazing women who have shaped our Lemongrass Spa ‘family’.

We’d love to hear about how your mom, grandmother or stepmother pampered her family. Let us know in the comments!

Christa, McAlisterville, PA

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Freedom Feet: Pampering Service Members Around the Globe

Freedom Feet started on a sleepless night in 2007! My husband is in the Army and had been back from Iraq for a few months. I had been hearing stories about the living and working conditions. If the Soldiers were outside of their “tin cans” (sleeping quarters) they either had to be in full uniform or in their PT uniforms. Many times a workday consisted of 18 hours, and then 6 hours to clean up, talk with family (if the connections were up and running that day), write letters, unwind, and of course sleep! Then they were up and at it again the next day. That was their day if they were “inside the wire.” If they were “outside the wire” (outside of the semi-safe confines of their base) they were on duty 24 hours and would take turns cat napping, to get their required 4 nonconsecutive hours of sleep. It’s hard to hear about these situations as a wife. It’s hard to picture my husband constantly dirty, never without his weapon, rugged, tired, worn out, and away from any comforts of home.

About that time a very good friend of mine was deploying. Her unit was going to a similar area that my husband had been in. Now her job was vastly different (my husband is in the Infantry) but the conditions were not. So as hard as it was imagining my husband in that situation, it struck a different chord imagining my friend in a similar situation. Because she was a woman, with emotions, needs, and thought processes that I could relate to. It was so hard to picture her going through the same things my husband had gone through just a few months earlier.

As I said in the beginning, I was processing all of this in the middle of the night one night, and I just couldn’t sleep. Knowing the heart of Lemongrass, and knowing the heart of my good friend who was deploying, I knew there was a connection there! And I knew there was something I could do! The thought started off as making a mental note to send her a foot kit and a few other goodies in a personal care package once she was settled. Then that thought grew…”I know I have friends and family who would help share the cost of sending care packages to the women in that unit!” That’s all it took! The next day I was talking to my friend who was deploying! She LOVED the idea, stating that so often the care packages they receive are geared towards men…car magazines, shaving cream, Irish Spring soap, etc! She told me how they are supposed to blend in with the men, and not really look like girls all that much, so a girly package would give them a chance to break away from that and be girls!

I had plenty of friends and family that wanted to send packages, and as I was pulling all of this together, I realized I should probably call Heidi [Leist, Founder & CEO] and make sure that what I was doing was ok! Of course she gave me full permission to keep going, and not only gave me her blessing, but asked if her and other consultants could join with! That was it! Freedom Feet was born! Since then we have sent thousands of foot kits to deployed service members around the world! There have been many brains, much more creative than my own, who have developed Freedom Feet into what it is today, and we would be lost without those women! But most importantly, we have received hundreds of thank you cards/pictures/notes/emails from grateful service members around the world telling us how this gift allowed them to escape from the realities of war and deployment, even if just for a few moments. That right there makes every effort 100% worth it! God Bless the men and women protecting and fighting for our freedoms!

Please join the Freedom Feet Facebook Group to show support for and hear stories from service members. 

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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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