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.

Beautiful Lips with Longest Lasting Lipsticks

Longest Lasting Lipsticks

With Longest Lasting Lipsticks from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, beautiful lips don’t have to cost a fortune, and if you are tired of spending your hard earned cash on a lipstick that you don’t even like, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE can help.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE carries the best lipstick that will give you color that lasts for hours.

If you are constantly reapplying your lipstick throughout the day, SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE is the answer to your prayers. With SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE’S Longest Lasting Lipstick, you don’t have to worry about touching up after you eat, drink or kiss.

Longest Lasting Lipsticks

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINES Longest Lasting Lipstick moisturizes with Aloe Vera and Vitamin E and is FDA approved, lead free, and made in the USA.

Applied sparingly for best results, and you will have beautiful lips that you can create yourself by blending the colored Longest Lasting Lipstick to your desired hue. Go green and you’ll have a dusty rose color. Go black and you will be smiling with deep berry lips. Buy an orange lipstick and you will love your red coral beautiful lips.

Longest Lasting Lipsticks

Creating new colors is easy. Check out the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE website where you will find tips to create gorgeous colors that you will not find at your local department store.

Mix white with orange and you will have a beautiful melon frost that will be perfect for spring. Black and white will create a gorgeous pink mauve color that will be hard to resist. Mixing and matching the SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks is fun and affordable.

Longest Lasting Lipsticks

The SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE Longest Lasting Lipsticks are not sold in stores. These beautiful lipsticks are only available online at www.southwestsunshine.com or at the markets in Arizona.

Get the beautiful lips you deserve and order the LONGEST LASTING LIPSTICKS from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, you’ll be glad you did. Order yours today for long, long, long lasting lipstick.

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.

Cold Remedies for your Tummy

Cold Remedies

Chicken Soup

Cold remedies aren’t just in the cold and flu aisle. You can find cold remedies at home in your kitchen. It’s not just because your mom said so. Studies show that chicken soup helps with congestion and can clear nasal passages much better than other types of hot liquids. Chicken soup also has anti-inflammatory effects that could help other cold symptoms as well.

Cold Remedies

Citrus

Vitamin C can help with the common cold and is common when it comes to cold remedies, but unfortunately, it will not stop you from catching one. Vitamin C can help if you are constantly around people who are often sick, but if you take it right before you notice any symptoms, it may help you get rid of your cold quicker.

Cold Remedies

Fight the Germs

Cranberries, green tea, broccoli, kale, blueberries, and red onions all contain powerful antioxidants and although the study is fairly new, the researchers could be on to something.

Cold Remedies

Heat it up

Although they can’t cure the common cold, chili peppers can give your nasal passages the all clear making you feel much better. Peppers contain capsaicin, which has been proven to help clear a stuffy nose.

Cold Remedies

Ginger

Hot ginger tea is great if you are nursing a bad or even mild cold, but you don’t have to wait until you are sick to drink it. Some studies show that the spicy root may be helpful in preventing the virus by blocking it.

Cold Remedies

Dairy

Although some people believe that dairy should be avoided when you have a runny or stuffy nose, there isn’t much evidence to support the claim. If you crave ice cream or a cold glass of milk because you have a sore throat, go ahead and enjoy.

Garlic

Researchers believe that garlic is another one of the great cold remedies contains some things that could help fight a cold, but are still figuring out how that happens. However, early studies are quite promising. Whatever makes it work, it may be helpful to enjoy a few extra cloves if you are sick.

Keeping your body healthy on the inside with natural cold remedies is as important as the outside, and if you need an all natural skin care system, order your products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today.

 

Ways to Strengthen your Immune System

Strengthen your Immune System

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.

Strengthen your Immune System

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.

Strengthen your Immune System

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!

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.

Eight Things you don’t know about Labor Day

Labor Day

Labor Day is much more than an end of summer picnic or barbecue and became a holiday back in 1894. The federal holiday is celebrated on the very first Monday every September and although most people recognize the day as a time for football, beer and barbecues, there is much more to consider.

  1. The All-American holiday started in Canada about a decade before it began in the United States. Americans saw how great Canadian workers were doing and wanted in as well.
  2. Americans truly know how to party over the last official weekend of summer, but the folks in Puerto Rico go one-step further with giant piñatas, a town barbecue, and fiesta.
  3. Although wearing white after Labor Day was a custom that people used to be serious about, it is no longer the case with people thumbing their nose at the idea.
  4. 55 percent of American households will have a barbecue on Labor Day, and the other 45 percent? Well, they will be attending those barbecues.
  5. Labor Day is the third most popular holiday when it comes to beef consumption with the Fourth of July coming in first followed by Memorial Day.
  6. 35 million people in America will travel at least 50 miles for the long Labor Day weekend, which is equivalent to almost 2 billion miles, 80,000 times around the globe or 28 billion football fields.
  7. Although Black Friday and Cyber Monday are considered to be the best shopping days of the year, the first Monday in September is a little bit better with average discounts being 48.4 percent.

Labor Day

This long weekend take a moment and remember that Labor Day is a celebration of those in the labor movement. Remind your family and friends that the holiday is dedicated to American workers and their economic and social achievements.

Happy Labor Day from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE!

Three Summer Bad Guys for Your Dry Skin

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Dry skin is bad all year around, but especially during the summer. Although the jury is still out, some skin care experts believe that summer is far worse for dry skin than winter. Summer may be the season of picnics, barbecues, and beaches it is certainly no party for your skin.

Below are the top three summer skin enemies

#1 Blocked Pores

Make sure to exfoliate your skin with all natural products from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. When you sweat, it can block the pores in your skin, which could result in blackheads. Keep blocked pores at bay with RENEW from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. RENEW exfoliates and dissolves dead skin cells helping lighten dark sun and age spots. RENEW can also help diminish fine lines and help acne sufferers.

#2 Dehydration

According to SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE, all of that sunscreen you use mixed with sweat keeps you hydrated, but dehydration happens in the deepest layers of your skin. Because people tend to indulge more during the summer with a never-ending flow of alcoholic libations, it’s easy to become dehydrated.

The best way to stay hydrated is to use a good skin care system that contains a sunscreen. SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE has everything you need to keep your skin hydrated. Up your water intake to at least eight glasses of water each day. If you don’t drink water, you will be dehydrated. If you have dark circles or fine lines around your eyes that you didn’t have before, you could be suffering from dehydration.

Hyperpigmentation and Sun Damage

Spending your days in the sun will cause pigmentation changes in the skin, especially dry skin. Called hyperpigmentation the dark splotches get worse and more noticeable with age. You may have thought your skin was invincible when you were a teenager and in your twenties, but you will begin to notices changes in your 30’s, especially if you were a sun Goddess.

Follow the above tips and use a good skin care system such as SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE and you can stay ahead of the danger zone when it comes to your skin. Order now.

Skin Care for Sun Allergies

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Skin care is important all year round, but especially during the summer as some people are more susceptible to the sun’s rays than you think.

SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE explains that some people are actually allergic to the sun. People who do have an allergy to the sun will develop an annoying itchy rash that is red and bumpy on the arms and the chest.

Below are some of the more common sun allergies:

 

Photodermatoses

One of the most common sun allergies is known as photodermatoses. You can get relief from photodermatoses if you apply the HEALING HERBAL GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. In fact, the HERBAL HEALING GEL should be a skin care staple in your household.

Polymorphous

Known as PMLE, polymorphous is another skin allergy that usually occurs in women who are aged between 20 and 40. It’s called Polymorphous because the bumpy pink or red rash looks different on different people. Polymorphous will usually appear on the legs, chest or arms. The face is rarely affected.

PMLE usually occurs in late spring or summer, with several hours of exposure to the sun after a long winter of no sun exposure. Although it’s not unsightly, it does burn or itch. After the first episode, PMLE will reappear every year. If you suffer from a skin allergy, include the HEALING HERBAL GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE in your skin care regime as it may relieve some of the itchiness.

Solar Urticaria

If you suddenly break out in hives after spending a few minutes in the sun, you could have solar urticaria. Similar to PMLE your face isn’t usually affected. Once you are in the sun it will tend to disappear as quickly as it appeared and will rarely last for more than 24 hours.

Medications

Acne suffers can get red and burning skin if taking doxycycline. Referred to as drug-induced photosensitivity, several medications can cause this type of rash. The rash can affect any part of the body, including the face. If you suffer from acne, you may find relief in the all-natural skin care line from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE.

What Can Help?

If you are susceptible to sunburn, or have a sun allergy try the HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE. The HERBAL HEALING GEL can help relieve dry, red, and itchy skin and helps with burns and other skin conditions including psoriasis and rosacea.

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Don’t spend the rest of the summer scratching. Order your HERBAL HEALING GEL from SOUTHWEST SUNSHINE today. Buy four and keep one in each medicine cabinet and you will not have to pay for shipping in the United States.

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.