What You May Not Know about Easter

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Most people know why Easter is celebrated, but SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has some interesting little know facts about the holiday.

In 2007, a very special egg sold for nearly 18 million in the UK. Covered in diamonds, a little bird also made of jewels, pops out from the egg every hour making a crowing noise while nodding its head and flapping its wings.

Made in Italy in 2011, the tallest egg was made out of chocolate and was slightly taller than a giraffe, at just over 24 feet, and as heavy as an elephant weighing in at 15,873.28 pounds.

Although Good Friday is an official holiday is other parts of the world, only 12 states call it official in the United States. Those states are Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, New Jersey, North Carolina, North Dakota, Tennessee, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Good Friday is also a holiday in Texas but is optional.

The Easter flower is a white lily, which is the symbol celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Easter truly is a movable feast as Passover is determined by the phases of the moon.

Exchanging Easter Eggs is older than Easter as the custom symbolizes spring rebirth in many societies and cultures.

During Medieval times, an egg throwing festival was a custom that churches held with the priest throwing an egg at one of the boys in the choir who would then toss the hardboiled egg from one boy to another. When 12:00 came around the choirboy that had the egg when the clock struck was the winner keeping the hardboiled egg as his prize.

Over 700 million of those delicious marshmallow peeps candies are purchased in the United States over the Easter Holidays making them the most adored non-chocolate Easter treat.

The White House Egg Roll began back in 1878 by President Rutherford B. Hayes and continues on the front lawn every year.

During the holidays, egg farmers across America donate over 11 million eggs to those in need to local food banks.

In the United States, more than 16 million Easter jellybeans are enjoyed. That’s enough jellybeans to go around the planet over three times.

Speaking of candy, 91.4 billion eggs, 90 million chocolate bunnies and a whopping 700 million peeps are made in the United States every year with 76 percent of people eating chocolate bunny’s ears first.

The oldest Christian holiday and the most important day for the church, Easter celebrates Christ’s resurrection three days after his death on the cross.

As you sit down and enjoy your family and friends this Easter take a moment to remember why you are celebrating.

Happy Easter everyone from the folks at SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

HERBAL HEALING GEL for Poison Oak

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The HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is your best defense when it comes to Poison Oak, Poison Ivy and Poison Sumac season is on the way, and if you and your family always seem to be getting into trouble with these poisonous plants, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help.

The Herbal Healing Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is the only all-natural skin care product that you need to have on hand to help soothe red, itchy skin.

HERBAL HEALING GEL All of these poisonous plants emit urushiol when touched or damaged. The oil is quite toxic.

If you have been exposed to Poison Ivy, Poison Oak or Poison Sumac and are sensitive to the plant oil you will have the following symptoms:

  • Itchy red skin
  • A streaky or patchy rash
  • Red bumps
  • Large oozing blisters

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Experts believe that three out of four people are sensitive to these poisonous plants.

Most rashes that are caused by the plants can last anywhere from five days, in mild cases, to 30 days or even longer in severe cases.

Poison Ivy, Poison Sumac, and Poison Oak are more frequent in early fall, spring and summer when people are spending the majority of their time outdoors.

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Poison plant rashes are not contagious, but you can be re-infected if you touch the clothing that was exposed to the plants.

It is important to remove your clothes and wash all of the areas that were exposed to the poisonous plants. Make sure to clean under your fingernails. Wash everything including your sports equipment, camping gear and gardening tools to prevent re-infection. Bathe your pets if they have been exposed to Poison Oak, Poison Ivy, or Poison Sumac.

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After you have thoroughly cleaned, your body and your belongings apply SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE HERBAL HEALING GEL to the areas on your skin that were exposed to the poisonous plants. Don’t forget to put some on your pets as well.

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Keep in mind that the heels and soles of your feet where your skin is the thickest could take longer for the rash to rear its head. Apply the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE HERBAL HEALING GEL for relief.

Keep your family and your furry friends comfortable this spring and order your SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE HERBAL HEALING GEL today.

Give Winter Skin the Boot

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If winter skin is affecting your self-confidence, order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has the best all natural organic skin care systems for all skin types and can give you a beautiful new look for spring.

winter skinThe harsh elements that your skin faces during the colder months can make your skin dry. In some cases, skin can even crack and peel during the winter. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE products can help hydrate your skin giving you a reason to smile this spring. Using a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is the best way to combat winter skin; however, there are some other things you can do to get rid of the winter blues.

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Just like your furry friends shed their coats for spring, humans shed their skin as well. Getting rid of that dry winter skin is the best way to refresh the largest organ in your body. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE recommends that you invest in a body brush or exfoliating glove or cloth to slough off the dry dead skin. After you step out of the shower and dry off, you may have a few dry patches of skin. Pay close attention to your feet and elbows. Use the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Healing Gel to hydrate and help heal those dry spots and follow it up with the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE moisturizing lotion all over your body.

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Shaving

You have probably neglected the razor all winter, but with warmer weather on the horizon, you are going to want to get rid of the hairy legs, bikini line, and underarm hair. Use the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE THERAPY SHAVE GEL and your skin will love you for it.

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It won’t cost you a fortune to pamper yourself after a long hard winter. All of the products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE are affordable, and when you order four or more products in the US, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will pay the postage.

Order your Skin Care System from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and don’t forget to stock up on the Herbal Healing Gel. You’ll be glad you did, especially when that first tulip pokes its head out of the soil.

Order your products and get rid of winter skin today.

How To Get more Vitamin K

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Vitamins and minerals are essential for a healthy body, but how do you know if you are getting enough? According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, vitamin K is an essential nutrient needed to help bones grow and blood clot.

Vitamin K has been shown to prevent osteoporosis while helping protect against heart disease. Getting enough vitamin K is essential, but more than two-thirds of Americans aren’t getting what they need.

Below are a few ways that you can boost your vitamin K intake.

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Leafy Greens

As Popeye says, spinach is good for your body and your skin. Collards, mustard greens, and kale are at the top of the charts for vitamin K intake. Cooked kale is a powerhouse loaded with 550 micrograms of vitamin K in just a half a cup.

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Veggies

When it comes to the best source of vitamin K, you can’t beat vegetables. Roasted broccoli and Brussels sprouts are loaded with Vitamin K. Other great vegetable choices include frozen okra, asparagus, scallions, green cabbage, and raw watercress. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE recommends that you add some parsley to your meal as well for a quick vitamin K boost.

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Fruit

Although fruits aren’t usually known for their vitamin K content, some can give you a quick dose. Snack on green apples and you’ll get 60 micrograms while a half a cup of pitted prunes will give you 50 micrograms. Although grapes and blueberries only have 11 and 14 micrograms respectively, they are easy to enjoy.

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Go Nutty

Packed with healthy oils, fiber, protein and other nutrients that can help keep your heart strong and fight inflammation, mixed nuts, cashews and particularly pine nuts, will give you a nice shot of the vitamin. Add pine nuts to a salad or pasta dish and indulge on mixed nuts or cashews for a healthy midday snack.

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Fish

Eating fish, especially salmon, twice a week or more is recommended by the American Heart Association and is loaded with protein, healthy oils and minerals that can help lower your blood pressure while warding off stroke and heart attack. Cooked shrimp and salmon have small amounts of the vitamin, but a can of tuna in oil with give you 37 micrograms for every three-ounce serving.

Just like your body, your skin needs vitamins too. Try the all-natural skin care products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and you will be giving your skin the vitamins and minerals it needs.

Ways to Strengthen your Immune System

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Relax

If you want to strengthen your immune system, some experts believe that a certain amount of stress is a good thing as it helps the body ready up for a challenge, however, too much stress can weaken your immune system so it is a good idea to avoid it if you can. Relax and try enjoying the things you love if you want to strengthen your immune system.

What Feels Good makes you Healthy

Feeling good is actually good for you. In fact, one study linked being busy with a healthy immune system as long as the participants were doing things they enjoyed. People who enjoy a healthy sex life also have a healthier immune system.

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Furry Friends

Man’s best friend along with other pets gives you a reason to exercise, which can strengthen your immune system. People who have dogs, cats, birds and other animals have lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels and healthier hearts. Dogs and cats can also help  your kid’s immune system.

Social Life

Friends are important, but having strong social ties, can also affect your health. People who embrace healthy relationships are more likely to outlive people who have poor social ties. If you want to make more friends, take a class, volunteer or join a group.

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The Bright Side of Life

Always look for the silver lining and try to see the glass full instead of half-empty. Research shows that people, who are happy, even in the bad times, are healthier. Savor the things that you love and don’t dwell.

Laugh it up

Giggling is great for the mind, body, and spirit and has no downside. One researcher discovered that those who laughed aloud at comical videos had immune systems that worked better. The jury is still out, but scientists are trying to discover if laughing helps illness in the long term.

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Eat in Living Color

Colored vegetables and fruit contain loads of antioxidants guarding against dangerous free radicals that can hurt your cells. Enjoy a full rainbow of colors eating strawberries, broccoli, kiwi, green peppers, leafy greens, papaya, watermelon, carrots, oranges, and cantaloupe if you want to strengthen your immune system.

Happy Holidays from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE!

Fourth of July Independence from Great Britain

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The Fourth of July is as American as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, and if you are one of the families all across the United States that celebrates the birth of America, you may be interested in some little know facts about American Independence Day.

American Independence is born

When the Revolutionary war first started in April of 1775, very few colonists liked the idea of breaking away from Great Britain completely. Those who were in favor were considered radical, even by today’s standards. In the middle of 1776, more colonists started jumping on the bandwagon to independence because of hostility against the motherland.

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The motion to call for the independence of the colonies was introduced by delegate Richard Henry Lee on June 7. After a heated debate, Congress who appointed a committee with five members postponed the vote on the resolution. Members John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, Thomas Jefferson of Virginia, Robert R. Livingston of New York, and Roger Sherman of Connecticut were appointed to draft a formal statement that would justify the break with Great Britain.

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The Continental Congress was in favor of Lee’s Resolution for Independence on July 2, with an almost unanimous vote followed by the signing of the declaration. John Adams wrote a letter to his wife telling her that, “July 2 will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival.” He also told Abigail that, “The celebrations should include pomp and parade, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires and illuminations from one end of the continent to the other.” On Jul 4 the the declaration was adopted by the five members of the committee signing and Independence Day was official.

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Early Independence Day Celebrations

Prior to the revolutionary years, colonists would hold yearly celebrations honoring the King’s birthday. The celebrations would traditionally include bell ringing, bonfires, speech making and processions or parades.

In contrast, some colonists celebrated Independence Day by holding a mock funeral for their own King George III.

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Fast forward to modern day Independence Day and you will see Americans doing what the forefathers hand in mind all along. Playing games, enjoying good food, having parades and bonfires with guns, which could be likened to today’s fireworks, and plenty of fun.

This Fourth of July take a moment to remember how America was born and why you have your Independence.

Happy Fourth of July from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

Dry Skin Happens Everywhere

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It isn’t summer without dry skin, and if you suffer from patchy, scaly skin because of the heat, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE offers dry skin sufferers relief with its all-natural skin care line that protects all skin types, even if you are sensitive to other so-called natural products.

Even if you live in a sub-tropical climate, you can still have dry and flaky skin because your sweat glands will be working overtime.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that although dry and hot climates or dry winter weather is blamed for dry skin, it can be just as problematic in humid climates.

It could be your Age or Genetics

As your skin ages it will produce fewer sweat and oil glands. This results in skin that is more apt to be dry. In addition, you can also blame your parents and your ancestors, as dry skin tends to be hereditary. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that if you use greasy or heavy lotions or creams, especially if you are over 40, or if you slather sunscreen on all year round you may have to deal with dry and flaky skin. If you live in a state, such as Oregon or Washington that tends to be cloudy, you could also be more likely to suffer from dry skin.

Skin Care Products and Soap

There are many types of skin care products and soaps that are very drying regardless of where you live, as some products will strip your skin of its natural oils.

Dry SkinIf you have dry flaky skin never use products that contain fragrances, deodorants, or alcohol, as these ingredients will cause dry skin. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE contains all natural herbs that will soothe your dry skin while moisturizing at the same time.

If you suffer from dry skin, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE recommends that you wash your face often throughout the day, as sweat in a humid climate will dry your skin. Also, look for all natural soap free skin care products that include a good natural moisturizer such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

You don’t have to deal with dry skin this summer when you order your products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Order now and get free shipping in the United States when you order four or more products online. Order today.

All Natural Skin Care for Pets

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All natural skin care for pets really is available, but not at your local pet store. Only SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can give your dog, cat, horse, ferret, or even your pet chicken relief from itchy, dry skin.

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The all-natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is perfect for every member of your family, and if you are like most animal owners, you only want the best for Fido and Fifi. Luckily, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has the answer with all natural skin care for pets.

All Natural Skin Care

The Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is a wonderful blend of herbs that work in conjunction with each other to help speed up the natural cell replacement process and help expedite the healing process.

animal-842909_640The SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Gel is absorbed quickly and is excellent for your pets. If your pet has skin irritations or is suffering from a rash, use a small amount of SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Herbal Gel to help heal. The Herbal Healing Gel can also give your fur family member much needed relief from itching and scratching.

All Natural Skin Care

Buy a few bottles of the multi-purpose healing gel from SOUHTWEST SUNSHINE and you will be prepared, especially now that poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac are beginning to wake up after a long winter.

The Herbal Gel from SOUHTWEST SUNSHINE helps sooth chapped, itchy and dry skin. This is especially important now that your furry friends are spending more time out in the sunshine.

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If your feathered friend is having skin issues keep a bottle of the all-natural Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE on hand. The Herbal Gel is perfect for quick relief if the itching is driving Polly crazy.

The non-oil based Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can be used on every inch of your body, including your face.

All natural skin care for pets

This spring keep your pets and your family happy with nearly instant relief from burns, skin irritations, rashes, bug bites and just about any other skin ailment you can think of and order the Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. Buy four bottles and SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE will pay your postage.

Order your Herbal Gel from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE with FREE POSTAGE SHIPPING IN THE USA ONLY today.

A New Skin Care Routine in 2016

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2016 has arrived and if taking better care of yourself was one of your New Year’s resolutions, start it off the right way and order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE only uses natural ingredients unlike some of those other so-called all natural skin care product lines that you will find all over the planet.

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When you order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE you will not have to pay a fortune. Those high priced systems that you find in your local department store or pharmacy may have names that you recognize, but chances are those high priced skin care systems have a few ingredients that you cannot even pronounce.

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SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE only uses herbs, vitamins, and minerals in every product whether you are cleansing your skin with the all-natural SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE cleanser, or treating yourself to an HERBAL PROTEIN LIFT MASK; you will feel the difference once you start using all natural products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

When you order a skin care system from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, everything you need for your skin care regime is included. Unlike those department stores that sell every product separately at outrageous prices, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE gives you the option of buying products together or on their own.

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Best of all, you will not pay more than $12.00 for each product if you do decide to purchase them separately. Depending on your routine, you may need to buy the HERBAL GEL or the MOISTURIZING LOTION before you need to replenish your supply of the HERBAL THERAPY SHAVE GEL or the CHAMOMILE LIP AND EYE CREAM. If you were buying replacements for those high-priced department store skin care systems, you would be paying upwards of $30.00 or more for each product.

Start your New Year off the right way and order an affordable all natural system 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!