Things you May Not Know about Valentine’s Day

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It’s Valentine’s Day and that means it is time to give your Valentine a gift that keeps on giving. Order all natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, and your Valentine will be eternally grateful.

Dating back to 1514, the oldest Valentine was a poem that was written by the Duke of New Orleans; Charles wrote it to his wife. Unfortunately, Charles was in the Tower of London after he was captured in the Battle of Agincourt.

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Valentine’s Day dates back to the fertility festival in Rome, Italy. The Lupercalia festival involved young men drawing a woman’s name in the annual lottery. The lucky woman would become his sexual companion for the next year.

Young men and women in the Middle Ages would draw names from a bowl to find out who would be their Valentine. After the drawing ended, the men would wear the names of the Valentine on their sleeve for an entire week.

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One of the most popular theories about the origins of Valentine’s Day involves Emperor Claudius II. Claudius did not want any of the Roman men to wed during wartime. Bishop Valentine went against the Emperors wishes and married couples in secret. For his treacherous act, the Bishop went to jail before being executed. When he was in jail, the Bishop penned a note to the daughter of the jailor and signed it, “From your Valentine.”

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The Victorians believed Valentines were bad luck and rarely sent Valentine’s Day cards.

On Valentine’s Day, 15 percent of women across American gift themselves flowers on the most romantic day of the year.

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Addressed to Juliet, Verona, Italy where Romeo and Juliet called home, receives more than 1,000 Valentines every year.

220,000 people propose every Valentine’s Day.

This Valentine’s Day surprise your Valentine with something that will last longer than flowers or chocolates and order your all-natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Arnica Natures Anti-Inflammatory

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Arnica is a natural inflammatory that is grown in North America, Canada Russia, central Europe, and the Pyrenees. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE gets its Arnica from the mountains in Montana.

First used by mountaineers in Switzerland to prevent aching and sore limbs, it can be used for sprains, dislocations and muscle aches. When used externally, Arnica can help prevent bruising and bleeding capillaries.

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Arnica works as it stimulates the white blood cell activity. Arnica disperses joint and muscle fluids that are trapped by congested blood dispersing to the rest of the body. There are also anti-bacterial qualities and anti-inflammatory properties in Arnica as well. Arnica can help reduce pain and speed up wound healing. Recent evidence has shown that Arnica can help the body recover more quickly form toothaches, surgery, and childbirth. In dental patients, Arnica helped control bleeding and pain after the procedure. Reducing swelling is probably one of the most well known properties of Arnica.

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Bruising

Products that contain Arnica help your bruises heal faster after blows, falls, and other bodily traumas that will cause your blood vessels to break up under the skin spilling blood. This causes discoloration and tenderness. Arnica will speed up the healing while prompting the body to send in additional white blood cells that will repair the bruise.

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Swelling

If you start to swell message a product containing Arnica into the area as Arnica is natures wonder anti-inflammatory. Arnica will give you significant benefits when it comes to contusions, fractures, strains, and sprains. Use products that contain Arnica after surgery to reduce bleeding and swelling.

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Pain

A natural pain reliever, Arnica doesn’t mask your pain like prescription painkillers. Arnica stimulates the healing process prompting your body to heal faster. Pain that is caused from inflammation and trauma will be healed as Arnica reduces swelling and pain causes swelling or inflammation.

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Arnica isn’t something that you will find in all skin care products, but is an active ingredient in the all-natural line of skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order your skin care products with Arnica from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Christmas around the World

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It’s Christmas Day and if you are enjoying your time with family and friends, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE would like to continue sharing some little known facts about Christmas traditions around the world.

In Australia Christmas occurs at the beginning of the summer. School holidays begin from the middle of December to the early part of February. Because it is so warm in Australia during the summer, most families forgo cooking and opt for a barbecue cooking up lots of seafood. Australians also celebrate with Carols by Candlelight on Christmas Eve with celebrations occurring in every state across the country. Australians also decorate their homes with the native, “Christmas Bush.”

Only one percent of the folks who live in China are Christians. That means that most people don’t know much about Christmas. With that being said, a fairly new tradition that is becoming popular in China is called, “Ping’an Ye,” meaning a quiet or peaceful evening, it involves people handing out apples to family and friends.

Christmas trees are popular in Greece, but an older tradition that families still follow features a shallow wooden bowl. These wooden bowls have a piece of wire suspended around the rim with basil wrapped around a cross that hangs down from the wire. The bowl holds a small amount of water that keeps the basil fresh and alive. Once a day, mom will dip the basil and the cross into holy water before sprinkling it around each room of the house.

Just like Australia, Costa Rica’s school holidays begin in December with families decorating their homes with tropical flowers. The Pasito, a nativity scene, sits in the center of every homes display. Cypress branches, ribbons, and red coffee berries are used to make Christmas wreaths.

Armenia celebrates Christmas on January 6, which is also the day of Epiphany, meaning the public revelation that Jesus Christ was indeed God’s son.

As you celebrate Christmas with your family and friends this year, take a moment to appreciate other countries traditions and enjoy! Merry Christmas everyone!

Affordable Organic Skin Care Products Online

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The skin care industry is big business, but how do you know that the skin care products you are purchasing are really good for your skin?

Americans spend literally billions of dollars annually on skin care products. In fact, the United States are the leaders when it comes to forking out hard earned cash on skin care products, however, the US is ranked 23 when it comes to the satisfaction of life ranking. Japan is number two when it comes to spending on cosmetics but is ranked number 90 in the satisfaction with life category.

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The two countries that are the other end of spending when it comes to makeup, fragrances, skin care and hair care are Sweden and the Netherlands, both ranking well below Japan and the US when it comes to spending money on skin care products, but both countries have the highest rankings when it comes to satisfaction with life. Maybe it could have something to do with the fact that all of those high priced skin care products are damaging the bank accounts of the Japanese and Americans while doing nothing to help with fine lines and wrinkles.

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Of course, you don’t have to join the masses and spend your entire paycheck on skin care products. Thanks to the all-natural organic skin care line of products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you can buy an entire skin care system for just $81.00. That’s $27.00 off the ALREADY DISCOUNTED price. You would pay triple that amount for so called designer skin systems. Best of all, you are getting, “The Works,” that has everything you need to keep your skin soft, supple and healthy looking.

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Unlike some of the higher priced brands, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has done away with the fancy packaging while passing the savings on to you. What you are getting are quality skin care products that are perfect for all skin types, including those who have problem skin.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is for everyone, and if you are sick and tired of spending too much on those beautifully packaged high end skin care products, it’s time to switch to something that will really work for your skin, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE all natural organic skin care products. Order your affordable skin care products online from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today and enjoy a renewed glow in just thirty days.

Help for Poison Oak Poison Sumac and Poison Ivy from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE

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Now that the Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and Poison Ivy have decided to return, you could be asking for trouble.

Poison Oak is related to the cashew family with similar properties to Poison Ivy. Poison Oak, Poison Sumac, and Poison Ivy cause an annoying itchy red rash known by doctors as allergic contact dermatitis. Oil that is sticky causes the rash itself. poaisdfpaoidhfpaosidUrushiol is found in all of the plants above, and will cause a rash if you brush against the stems, leaves, berries, flowers or roots. Even if the plant is dead, you can still get a rash. If you touch anything that has been near these plants, and that includes your pets, you will start to itch. Clothing, gardening tools and sporting gear that has been in contact with the oil will cause a rash. Luckily, you cannot catch the rash from someone else, only the oil itself.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has an incredible Herbal Healing Gel that works on Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, and Poison Sumac, in fact the all-natural Herbal Healing Gel works on any type of rash that causes you to become red and itchy.

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Some are more allergic to these types of plants than others are. Those that have a serious reaction will have swelling to the neck, mouth face, and genitals. People who have an intense reaction may also have large blisters that filled with fluid.

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The rash takes about seven days to appear; however, other contacts will only take a couple of days to erupt. You will only get the rash on the places where the oil touched your skin. The redness and irritation usually lasts about three weeks, but in some cases could last up to six.

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If you develop a rash thanks to Poison Oak, Poison Sumac or Poison Ivy, apply a wet cloth and soak the affected area with cool water. Apply SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Healing Gel and try not to scratch. The all-natural Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will help relieve some of the itching.

The all-natural Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is the only topical gel that should be used. Antihistamines, topical anesthetics, and topical antibiotics should be avoided as they contain both benzocaine and neomycin.

Herbal Moisturizing Lotion For Sun Protection

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During the warmer month’s people tend to spend more time outdoors whether it is for recreational activities, work around the house such as gardening, or organized sports.

Unfortunately, not everyone takes care when it comes to the sun, and although we all need a daily dose of Vitamin D, too much sun could cause harm to your skin and can even be deadly. Use the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Moisturizing Lotion before that game of tennis and you will be protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

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Skin cancer is on the rise and according to the American Cancer Society can strike at any age. Early treatment is the best defense, but so is treating your skin with all natural products.

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The Herbal Moisturizing Lotion from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can be used all day and even at night. Apply at least every two hours and you can be free to enjoy that game of golf or tackle the garden without having to worry about greasy hands.

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The Herbal Moisturizing Lotion from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will never sting your eyes and is perfect for all skin types. Even those with sensitive skin can use the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion that is PABA free with an approximate Sp15. Because the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion is non-greasy, it can be used underneath your make-up, and can also help to prevent moisture loss and dehydration.

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The Herbal Moisturizing Lotion contains natural herbs and is blended without excessive heat in order to preserve the natural properties of the herbs. The herbal complex includes Arnica Flowers, Rosemary Leaves, Comfrey Leaves, Aloe Vera Gel, Chamomile Flowers, Watercress, and Saponins and is preserved with all natural Grapefruit Seed Extract. The natural fragrance of the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion is another added bonus of this amazing product from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

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If you did your best, but still came home with a sunburn, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help. Buy the all-natural Herbal Gel and use it as soon as possible. The Herbal Gel helps to reduce redness and is excellent for most burns, including sunburn. The Herbal Gel, only from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, is quickly absorbed into the deep tissue of your skin and can also be used for windburn, other minor burns and insect bites. If you have acne prone skin or have been exposed to radiation or chemotherapy treatment the Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can work wonders.

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Defend your skin against the sun and order the Herbal Gel and the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Better yet, order a Skin Care System and save up to $100.00. Order yours now.

Shaving Does Not Have To Be Uncomfortable Thanks To Therapy Shave Gel

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Both men and women have problems when it comes to shaving, but thanks to the all-natural Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE everyone can have smooth skin after removing facial, underarm and leg hair. Kiss that bikini line goodbye with the help of the all-natural Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

That red rash that occurs doesn’t always happen right after shaving. Razor burn can occur up to four days after shaving, just as the hair on your legs or on your face starts to grow back.

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All sorts of things including blunt blades, skin that is ultra sensitive, shaving with too much pressure, and running the blade across your skin too fast, can cause razor burn. Order the Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, which will keep your skin moist during shaving, and you can kiss razor burn goodbye for good.

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Psuedofoliculitis barbae, or razor bumps, are the reaction that you get when there is an inflammation in the skin follicle. If left alone, razor bumps can actually cause scaring. The persistent problem is a direct result from shaving, causing pustules that look much like acne, to develop after shaving too close. Coarse, curly hairs will begin to grow almost immediately, but when you use the Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE every time you shave, you may never have to deal with PFB again.

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Quite possibly the most painful problem that can occur when you are shaving is ingrown hairs. These little gems are caused when the broken end of a whisker or hair grows sideways and ends up curling itself back underneath your skin. Resist the urge to grab the tweezers and apply a hot washcloth, which can help calm the irritation. Topical treatments, such as the Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can work wonders to help remove and sooth an ingrown hair irritation.

Acne is not much fun for anyone, but if you have to shave and you have patches of acne on your skin, it can be extremely painful. Try using the Therapy Shave Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and follow up with Herbal Healing Gel.

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Shaving doesn’t have to be an uncomfortable fact of life, especially when you begin a good skin care regimen. Order an all-natural skin system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

Nine Foods that Can Help Clear Your Skin

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Some people were born with a beautiful complexion, but unfortunately, not everyone has been blessed with perfect skin. There are some things you can do to clear your skin on the outside, such as using the all-natural family skincare line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, but there are some foods that you can enjoy that will help clear your skin from the inside as well.

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Pimples aren’t just for teenagers. Women of all ages can suffer from acne due to hormone fluctuations and stress. Of course, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has an amazing line of skin care products that can help with breakouts, but there are also foods that are known for their natural properties that can help with pimples.

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Believe it or not, Nettles, when taken by capsule or in tea can calm your skin helping improve acne and eczema. This detoxifying plant contains antioxidants that help protect your body from over producing free radicals, which can cause damage.

Dark berries are loaded with antioxidants that can help clear your skin, but they are also packed with essential fiber than can help regulate your insulin production and keep hunger at bay.

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There is nothing better than a hot cup of peppermint tea. Not only does it help relieve stress, but it can also help with digestion. Stress can aggravate acne so swap that cup of Joe with a soothing pot of peppermint tea.

 

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Recent studies have shown that selenium and zinc deficiency can cause acne flare-ups. Eat Brazil nuts and pumpkin seeds that can increase your selenium levels and help fight infection. Nuts and seeds contain vitamin E, magnesium, copper, calcium, and potassium.

 

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The humble red tomato contains lots of vitamin C, which can help keep your skin taut and firm as it aids in collagen production. Because tomatoes also contain lycopene, tomatoes can also help stimulate your skins circulation.

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Those watercress sandwiches that your grandmother used to make actually nourished her skin helping flush out dangerous toxins and fluids. Try adding some watercress to your next salad and you will be feeding your skin with potassium, carotene, and manganese.

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Fennel is a licorice-flavored root vegetable that can help with swelling and digestion. This tasty veggie can also help to flush out toxins and excess fluids. Fennel whether taken in tea or in its natural form can help your hair and your skin.

Red grapes contain antioxidants and natural chemicals that can help treat eczema and psoriasis. Red Grapes are a natural antihistamine and can help with allergic reactions.

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Beets may stain your fingers, but the purple roots contain an abundance of skin clearing properties including vitamin A, sodium, potassium, magnesium, calcium, and vitamin E. Combine these nutrients together and you will be enjoying an all around body cleanser that will help eliminate toxins and excess fluids. Beets have also been known to lower cholesterol.

The Spirit of Christmas

Puritan Christmas BanChristmas has not always been a welcome tradition in the United States. In fact, the Puritans called the holiday un-Christian and upon arrival to the New World back in 1620, actually worked on December 25th.

Even after Puritanism began to wane, an Episcopal bishop in 1827 told his congregation that the devil had actually stolen Christmas by converting it into a day that was filled with shooting, swearing and worldly festivities. All throughout the 1800’s, Baptist, Presbyterian and Methodist churches closed their doors on December 25 because they did not accept Christmas Day as holy. In fact, only 18 states recognized Christmas during the Civil War.

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Christmas began to gain popularity after Clement Clarke Moore wrote, “Visit from St. Nicholas.” However, it was the weekly drawings by Thomas Nast Harper that really swayed the religious leaders who began to think that maybe it wasn’t so bad after all. The drawings featured a white-bearded gentleman called Santa who gave out gifts to children.

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In 1881, storefronts began to decorate their windows with Christmas cards, colorful ornaments and brightly wrapped gifts, and in 1888 JP Robert of Stratford in West Ham, unveiled the very first, “Santa’s Grotto,” with the bearded gentleman himself greeting children in order to fulfill their Christmas wish lists. By the late 1890’s it was a tradition to sit on Santa’s knee with storeowners all over the United States creating their own Santa’s Village.

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The larger department stores adopted Christmas during the 1920’s by sponsoring the Christmas Shopping Season kicking off the day after Thanksgiving. However, all was not well with sermons all over the country calling Christmas a huge commercial racket.

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These days the Spirit of Christmas is alive and well with shopping traditions like, “Black Friday,” and, “Cyber Monday,” becoming the buzz words of the 21st Century, but not all of your hard earned cash stays in the United States. Do your part this Christmas and keep your dollars in the United States by purchasing all-natural skincare products online from America’s own SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Black Friday has not Always Been a Good Thing

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Black Friday is one of the biggest, if not largest, shopping days of the year, and although it began in the United States, Black Friday has recently become popular overseas.

The term Black Friday has been used in different contexts and was actually first coined after a financial crisis that occurred in 1869. As far as shopping goes, the earliest reference to Black Friday dates back to a newsletter in 1961 that clearly had negative implications. The newsletter talked about the traffic jams that occurred in Philadelphia the day after Thanksgiving with police nicknaming the day, Black Friday. Because the term wasn’t good for business, a Deputy City Representative was thwarted in his attempt to rename Black Friday, Big Friday.

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The popularity of Black Friday truly is the official start to the holiday shopping season and linked with Santa Claus Parades. These parades usually include Santa’s first appearance at the end of the parade. When Macy’s and Eaton’s first held their Thanksgiving Day parades in the late 19th and early 20th century, they would use the Thanksgiving Day parades as a huge advertising push, creating an unwritten rule that there would be no Christmas advertising until after the parades were over.

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Of course, this didn’t come without controversy. After the depression, retail shops wanted longer shopping seasons, but none of the big stores wanted to break with the tradition and be the first to start an advertising campaign before Thanksgiving so the President at the time, Franklin D. Roosevelt moved Thanksgiving a week earlier angering the public. Most refused to celebrate the day of thanks on two days with some even referring to Thanksgiving as Franksgiving.

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Much has changed over the last few decades with Black Friday becoming a holiday in its own right, in fact California and some other states have actually declared the day after Thanksgiving a federal holiday much like Columbus Day. For some folks Black Friday is a tradition to stand, or sit, in line all day, or even days before Thanksgiving skipping the feast in favor of a new flat screen for $25.00.

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Thanks to Southwest Sunshine, you can reap the Black Friday rewards with 10% off all individual products including the Healing Gel and the Herbal Moisturizing Lotion. Stuff those stockings with goodies like Therapy Shave Gel, and don’t forget to order some Renew for yourself.

This Black Friday skip the crowds and shop online with Southwest Sunshine.