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Spice Traders Essential Oil by Carly Turner

 

Oh, the holidays- the cool air, the fresh weather, the warm scents. It invites cheer and giving, sharing and receiving, and sometimes... of the bacterial variety. The oil blend Spice Traders has been historically known to help keep away cold and sickness, and can help this holiday season to keep away the gloom!

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Spice Traders is also known as 'thieves' or 'four thieves'. There are many other 

similar versions of this sold around the world. It is well-known historically for being an anti-plague remedy. 

This is a great-smelling spicy and warm holiday-oriented scent. It was historically used to aide in protecting the body from the onsets of flu, candida, colds, viruses, and plagues. It was also used to assist in infections, including ones of the mouth. 

There exists a vinegar recipe similar to the Spice Traders blend that is hung in the Museum of Paris since 1937. The recipe was apparently used during an episode of the plague. Wormwood, wild marjoram, sage, meadow-sweet, rosemary, horehound clove, and camphor are all put into a vinegar and left to steep for two weeks then the mixture is strained and bottled.*1

Indigo Mountain Spice Traders synergy contains essential oil of clove, cinnamon bark, lemon, eucalyptus radiata, thyme, orange, oregano, nutmeg, rosemary, mandarin, ginger root, and citronella. All of these lovely oils have been historically known to either be cleansing, antibacterial, or uplifting. In the past, an oil mixture like this may not have just been used to keep away sickness but also to consecrate and anoint as well.

The use of cinnamon was mentioned in the bible,

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“...the Lord said to Moses,

‘Take the following fine spices:

  • 500 shekels of liquid myrrh [~6g]
  • Half as much of fragrant cinnamon [~3g]
  • 250 shekels of fragrant calamus [~3 kg]
  • 500 shekels of cassia [~6g]
  • And a hin of olive oil [~5 quarts]

“Make these into a sacred anointing oil, a fragrant blend, the work of a perfumer. It will be the sacred anointing oil. Then use it to anoint the tent of meeting, the ark of the covenant law, the table and all its articles, the lampstand and its accessories, the altar of incense, the altar of burnt offering and all its utensils, and the basin with its stand. You shall consecrate them so they will be most holy, and whatever touches them will be holy.'” (Exodus 30:22-29)

Uses: 

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Use for diffusion in the air, can be mixed with wax for wax melts, or used in an oil warmer. Mix into a spray bottle with distilled water for a room spray or bathroom spritzer. 

 

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Spice Traders has been historically known to help with various different bodily issues. It may help pull slivers, blackheads and other things out of the surface of the skin.

If you have ultra-sensitive skin it is not recommended to apply directly to the body without first diluting it in a carrier oil, lotion or water. 

When applying to the body places one may wish to apply to are the wrists, behind and on the ears, at the base of the neck, temples, inside of elbows, bottoms of feet, and behind the knees. If using a lot on the body it is definitely recommended to dilute, dilute, dilute! A little can go a long way. 

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Use while brushing or mix with water or oil for a mouth rinse. The oil blended into a carrier oil such as olive oil or coconut oil and adding the oil to your toothpaste may help with teeth pain, mouth sores, or sore gums.  Spice Traders has been used historically to help canker sores. This blend can be used in a mouthwash or as a gargle to help sore throats when mixed with water. 

For example, it has been documented that there is evidence that it may be very antibacterial. The most well-documented study from 1996 showed evidence of antibacterial properties.  Micrococcus luteus (Fleming strain), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (P. aeruginosa) and Staphylococcus aureus (Golden staph) were all tested against the oil mixture.  Fleming strain was reduced 82%, P. aeruginosa reduced 96%, and golden staph reduced 44% within 10 minutes of diffusing the oil.*2

Tip: Alternating with other oils that we carry like Aura and Fortify can help balance the use of oils when being used consistently. Using the same oil regularly is not recommended. Using the same oil or synergy too often can be ineffective. 

Safety: 

For pregnant women or those who are planning to become pregnant it is important to discuss essential oil use with your health care provider for advice and to use discernment with their use.

This synergy could possibly result in contact sensitization. Should be used with caution if susceptible to epilepsy.*3  

There is not much research on whether or not oils can cause drug interactions or any contraindications. There are also not many studies on how essential oils can interact in long-term use. Individuals who use essential oils should discuss what they are using with their doctor or health care providers and use with caution or discretion. Properly diluting one's oils before use on the body can help make sure that you have more safety when using very concentrated oils. Cinnamon bark oil can burn your skin with direct contact- dilute, dilute, dilute! 

1*Rene-Maurice Gattefosse, Gattefosse’s Aromatherapy (CW Daniel Company, Ltd. First published in Paris, France in 1937 by Girardot & Cie.), 85-86.

2*http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10412905.1998.9700958

3*pg. 149, Reference Guide for Essential Oils compiled by Connie and Alan Higley.

 

 

Great Places to Visit, San Francisco Vacations

Golden Gate Bridge by porbital at FDPIf you have never been to San Francisco, it might be time to start planning some San Francisco Vacations or time to re-visit.  San Francisco is a wonderful place to visit full of diversity and culture.  Check out our radio show here, and find out why we love this city.

It is the most densely settled large city in the state of California.  It was founded in 1776 when Spanish colonist established Presidio of San Francisco at the Golden Gate and Mission San Francisco de Asis.

San Francisco has seen fires and earth quakes that have destroyed much of the city and then rebuilt.

This beautiful city has nice cool summer, steep hills, beautiful architecture, and little communities like China and Little Italy.  It is home to major companies like Levi Straus, Dropbox, Weebnle, Yelp, Pinterest, and even Twitter.

 

It is one of my favorite cities to visit for the food, inluding the best clam chowder, delicious sourdough bread to garlic ice cream and some amazing Chinese food.  The landmarks are beautiful and the natural beauty in San Francisco and the surrounding area is beautiful.

Traveling is a great way to meet new people and learn about new cultures.  San Francisco is full of culture.  Traveling can reduce stress and improve your quality of life as well.

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Hiking 101: Trails, Basic 1st Aid, and Hiking Food Ideas

Hiking Woman With Trekking Boots And Sticks by marcolm at FDPHiking is a wonderful way to explore the amazing scenery around you.  You will find basic simple trails for the beginner to difficult and rugged trails.

No matter how long a hike you take, you will need some basic preparation.  Tune in for some 1st Aid items to take with you and hiking food ideas.

Hiking is a nice change of pace in your exercise routine and adds variety.  I never thought I could hike as I was always exhausted, even as a young person.  After I changed my diet and began eating better, walking and hiking became easier for me.  I have some great tips for you on what to eat and take with you for a wonderful little hike of a couple of hours to several days.

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Great Places to Visit, The Pacific Coast Highway in California

MSC021Catch our radio program on The Pacific Coast Highway.  It is such a scenic trip and one of our favorite road trips.  There is something for everyone along this winding road.

Explore the California Coast and The Pacific Coast Highway with us.  There are many beautiful things to see both natural and man-made along the amazing California coastline.  This is where we spent our anniversary and we've come back to see several times.  There is so much to do and see and explore.

Highway 1 - the Pacific Coast Highway is one of the most scenic highways with a lot of diversity and things to do along the way.  Bring a jacket even in the middle of summer as Beach Along Pacific Coast Highway by kancp26 at FDPthat nice Pacific ocean breeze can be chilling.  We find tide pools and pine trees and great restaurants along the way.

Tune in to the program to learn more.

If you are interested in the locations we talked about, check out the details below.

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We start with the Getty Villa.  It is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome, and Etruria. The collection has 44,000 Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities dating from 6,500 BC to 400 AD, In 1954, oil tycoon J. Paul Getty opened a gallery adjacent to his home in Pacific Palisades. Quickly running out of room, he built a second museum, the Getty Villa, on the property down the hill from the original gallery. The villa design was inspired by the Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum and incorporated additional details from several other ancient sites. Admission to the Getty Villa is free, but timed tickets must be obtained in advance via phone or the museum's website. There is a $15.00 charge for parking during the day.

Malibu Lagoon is a famous right-break that had a big impact on the surfing culture in Southern California in the 1960s. Located near the Malibu Pier, it is among the most popular surf spots in Los Angeles County.  Malibu is home to many stars; and is the setting for many movies and TV programs including Charlie's Angels, Gidget, Beach Blanket Bingo, Planet of the Apes, Rockford Files, Iron Man and Two and a Half Men.

Pepperdine University is a Christian liberal arts college founded by George Pepperdine who developed Western Auto Supply company.  It is a beautiful campus.

Leo Carrillo State Park offers swimming, surfing, and beach-combing. Beachgoers can explore tide pools, sea caves, and reefs. Leo Carillo Beach has been a popular location for photographers and movies. Movies filmed there include Gidget, Grease, 1984's The Karate Kid, Point Break, The Usual Suspects, Inception, and Mega Shark Versus Crocosaurus.

As you continue up the coast you will drive through Oxnard.  Oxnard is the largest strawberry producer, supplying about 1/3 of the state's annual strawberry volume.  Up to 10 million pint baskets of strawberries are shipped daily.  Stop at the fruit stands - the fresh picked strawberries are available almost year round and they are so fresh and good.  The climate is perfect for growing a wide variety of produce.  While in Oxnard, check out the children's museum in down town Oxnard.  It is small and worth the stop.  Our kids always enjoyed a visit there.

Downtown Ventura is home to the Mission San Buenaventura, museums, galleries, dining, and shopping. Primary areas of activity include California Street and Main Street between Ventura Avenue and Fir Street. Located in downtown is the historic Ortega Adobe, once home to the Ortega family, now famous for their chili products.

The famous character, lawyer "Perry Mason", created by Erle Stanley Gardner, first as novels and then later as a television series in the late 1950s and early 60's, followed by several "made-for-TV" movies in the 1980s, had his fictional law practice and did much of his early writing in Downtown Ventura. The building where his law offices were housed, at California and Main Streets bears his name on a state historical marker.

The Carpinteria Tar Pits are a series of natural asphalt lakes situated in the southern part of Santa Barbara County in southern California. The Carpinteria Tar Pits are one of the five natural asphalt lake areas in the world. Starting around 1915 the tar pits were mined and the asphalt was used for building the coastal highway.

Mission Santa Barbara, "The Queen of the Missions," is located on a rise about two miles inland from the harbor. The Santa Barbara County Courthouse, a red tiled Spanish-Moorish structure, provides a sweeping view of the downtown area from its open air tower. The Presidio of Santa Barbara, a Spanish military installation and chapel built in 1782, was central to the town's early development and remains an icon of the city's colonial roots. Santa Barbara's Moreton Bay Fig Tree – a giant Moreton Bay Fig, 80 feet tall, which has one of the largest total shaded areas of any tree in North America. Santa Barbara is home to the very first Motel 6.

While in Santa Barbara stop at Salt, with serene and beautiful salt caves crafted from 45 tons of 250 million year old Himalayan crystal salt, the most pristine and unpolluted salt on Earth. The mineral content of the salt in their caves is identical to that of the primal ocean, which is the source of all life. Unlike regular salt, which has been processed and chemically refined, their Himalayan salt is pure and completely natural, containing 84 trace elements that are absolutely essential to our cellular health. Salt Cave therapy, also known as Halotherapy ("halo" means salt in Greek) and Speleotherapy ("speleo" means cave in Greek), is profoundly relaxing and can even improve your mood!

For centuries, Eastern Europeans have traveled to cities in Germany and Poland to visit curative underground salt mines to relieve a variety of respiratory conditions and skin ailments, such as allergies and asthma, and eczema and psoriasis. Today, Salt brings this extraordinary healing experience to Santa Barbara ... simply sit back, relax and breathe in our beautiful caves. The micro particles of salt in the air help to decongest the lungs, and reduce inflammation in the airways, while soothing the skin and relaxing the body and mind. It's revolutionary.

We love our salt lamps, but being in a salt cave is an amazing experience.  You'll find finely ground salt, course salt, salt chunks and Himalayan Salt Lamps of all sizes in our store in Safford.

Solvang was founded in 1911 by a group of Danes who traveled west to establish a Danish colony far from the midwestern winters. The city is home to a number of bakeries, restaurants, and merchants offering a taste of Denmark in California. The architecture of many of the façades and buildings reflects traditional Danish style. There is a copy of the famous Little Mermaid statue from Copenhagen, as well as one featuring the bust of famed Danish fable writer Hans Christian Andersen. A replica of Copenhagen's Round Tower or Rundetårn in the scale 1:3 can be seen in the town center.

The Hans Christian Andersen Museum, located above The Book Loft, is devoted to presenting the author's life and works. Displays include models of Andersen's childhood home and of The Princess and the Pea. The museum also contains hundreds of volumes of Andersen's works including many illustrated first editions.

We've always enjoyed our stops in Solvang.  Just outside of Solvang is a very popular place to dine; Buellton – Anderson’s Split pea Soup – over 2 million bowl of split pea soup each year.

Vanderberg AFB – home to testing of the Thor, Atlas, Titan I and II, Peacekeeper and Minuteman ballistic missiles, not to mention being the western home to the Space Shuttle program. There are posted launch schedules so you might be lucky enough to catch a blast-off while in the area.

The Pismo clam was named for the long, wide beach where so many were once found. Once so abundant they were harvested with plows on the beach. Clamming once drew thousands of clammers to the beach during low tides and is still legal; however, due to over-harvesting by humans and the protected sea otter (which feasts on clams), few clams are to be found.  

The city still holds the Clam Festival every October, complete with clam chowder competitions and a clam-themed parade.

At the southern end of Price Street upon first entering Pismo Beach, a gigantic concrete clam statue greets visitors. An 8 inch shell of the Pismo clam is on display at the Pismo Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Sycamore Mineral springs and labyrinth.  A resort featuring hot springs which is really nice, but across the street from the resort is the labyrinth.  A nice place to unwind and meditate.

The Madonna Inn is a motel in San Luis Obispo, California. Opened for business in 1958, it quickly became a landmark on the Central Coast of California. The Inn was created by Alex Madonna, a successful construction magnate and entrepreneur, and his wife Phyllis. The well-known motor inn, which includes a restaurant and bakery, is prominently located on the west side of US Route 101. The property is adorned with a Swiss-Alps exterior and lavish common rooms accented by pink roses, Western murals, and hammered copper. Each of the 110 guest rooms and suites is uniquely designed and themed, though some tourists stop just to peek at the famous rock waterfall urinal located in the men's restroom.

San Luis Obispo, Bubblegum Alley is located on Higuera Street in San Luis Obispo is simply an alley that the locals have decided to completely cover with partially chewed bubblegum. Apparently it received its first glob of gum back in the 1950s. Now, the entire alley from Higuera Street back to the parking lot beyond is plastered over with a variety of different colors and flavors of gum. The alley is fifteen feet high and seventy feet long, and covered on both sides by bubble gum. It is located between 733 and 734 Higuera Street.

Morro Bay - The town's most striking feature is Morro Rock, a 576 foot high volcanic plug. Morro Rock stands at the entrance to the harbor, and a causeway connects it with the shore. Previously, it was surrounded by water, but the northern channel was filled in to make the harbor. The Rock, as locals call it, was quarried from 1889 to 1969. There is no public access to the rock itself because it is a reserve for the peregrine falcon.  However, the area around the base of Morro Rock can be visited. The Harbor shops include some of the best fresh seafood I’ve ever eaten.  We always enjoy getting out and taking a walk there.  Every time we see a lot of sea life.

Cambria, a neat little seaside town where the pines meet the sea. Nice place for a meal of some touristy shopping, a little off the beaten path.

Hearst Castle was bult by William Randolph Hearst overlooking the village of San Simeon in 1919 called, "La Cuesta Encantada".   There are 127 cares of terraced gardens, fountains and pools.  It is well worth a tour.  You can hear more about Hearst Castle and other Castles in America on our Radio program 'America's Castles'.

Bixby Bridge is “one of the most photographed features on the West Coast” due to its design and because of its location along the scenic Central Coast of California, and has frequently been used in automobile commercials.  It is one of the tallest single-span concrete bridges in the world.

The name "Big Sur" is derived from the original Spanish-language "el sur grande", meaning "the big south", or from "el país grande del sur", "the big country of the south". This name refers to its location south of the city of Monterey. The terrain offers stunning views, making Big Sur a popular tourist destination. Big Sur's Cone Peak is the highest coastal mountain in the contiguous 48 states, ascending nearly a mile above sea level. The section of Highway 1 running through Big Sur is widely considered as one of the most scenic driving routes in the United States, if not the world.  Big Sur's nine state parks have many points of interest, including one of the few waterfalls on the Pacific Coast that plunges directly into the ocean, located at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often called simply Carmel, is known for its natural scenery and rich artistic history. In 1910, the San Francisco Call reported that 60 percent of Carmel's houses were built by citizens who were "devoting their lives to work connected to the aesthetic arts." Early City Councils were dominated by artists, and the city has had several mayors who were poets or actors, including actor-director Clint Eastwood.

The city is known for being dog-friendly, with numerous hotels, restaurants and retail establishments admitting guests with dogs. Carmel is also known for several unusual laws, including a prohibition on wearing high-heel shoes without a permit, enacted to prevent lawsuits arising from tripping accidents caused by irregular pavement. Permits are available without charge at City Hall.

The city has a restaurant with world famous French Toast that is worth your time to stop and enjoy.

Monterey is located at the northern end of Cannery Row, the Monterey Bay Aquarium, one of the largest in North America, hosts several important marine science laboratories. The aquarium benefits from a high circulation of fresh ocean water which is obtained through pipes which pump it in continuously from Monterey Bay.  Scenes from Star Trek IV were filmed here.

Once called Ocean View Boulevard, Cannery Row was renamed in 1953 in honor of writer John Steinbeck, who had written a well known novel of the same name. It has now become a tourist attraction with numerous establishments located in former cannery buildings, as well as a few historical attractions and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. A few privately owned and operated fishing companies still exist on Cannery Row, housed on piers located a short distance from the historic district frequented by tourists.

17-Mile Drive is a scenic road through Pebble Beach and Pacific Grove on the Monterey Peninsula in California, much of which hugs the Pacific coastline and passes famous golf coursesmansions and scenic attractions, including the Lone Cypress, Bird Rock and the 5,300-acre Del Monte Forest of Monterey Cypress trees. The drive serves as the main road through the gated community of Pebble Beach. Inside this community, nonresidents have to pay a toll to use the road.

Castroville is the artichoke capital of the world, Marilyn Monroe was given the honorary title of Artichoke Queen in 1947 during a visit here in the Monterey Bay Area.

The Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk is an oceanfront amusement park inSanta Cruz, California. Founded in 1907, it is California's oldest surviving amusement park and one of the few seaside parks on the West Coast of the United States.

The Boardwalk extends along the coast of the Monterey Bay, At the western edge of the park lies a large building originally known as The Plunge, Now Neptune's Kingdom, which contains a video arcade, and indoor miniature golf course.

The boardwalk portion of the park stretches along a wide, sandy beach visitors can access easily from the park. The eastern end of the boardwalk is dominated by the Giant Dipper roller coaster, one of the best-known wooden coasters in the world and one of the most visible landmarks in Santa Cruz. The Looff Carousel still contains its original 342-pipe organ built in 1894.

Due to the marine air currents off of the Pacific Ocean, Moss Beach experiences above average fog levels. Off State Route 1, one finds the famous restaurant Moss Beach Distillery, an architecturally and historically noteworthy building located upon a cliff with ocean views. This present day restaurant has its roots in bootleg liquor during Prohibition. This building is an official California Point of Historical Interest and includes its own ghost (the Blue Lady) which has been featured in a number of ghost hunting programs including Unsolved Mysteries. Sci-Fi's Ghost Hunters recently found their paranormal claims to be fraudulent by revealing that owners of the distillery have created various hoaxes simulating paranormal activity.

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Our First Aid Kits Including What We Take Camping and Hiking

Bag Of First Aid by m_bartosch at FreeDigitalPhotos.netWe have a few interesting items in our first aid kits from essential oils, to charcoal tablets.  And when we go camping or send our kids off to camp, they take these along with them.  Join us and find out what we keep in our 1st Aid Kits.  Catch the latest show here.

You will find the basics in our first aid kits like standard band aids and elastic bandage wraps; but you will also find aloe vera, colloidal silver, charcoal tablets and even essential oils.  Plus we teach our family to scavenge the immediate area for healing plants like plantain.  Of course you will want to know what plants you're dealing with before using them as a first aid remedy.  Nearly every community has local classes to help you get in touch with local plants.  One of our favorit additions to our 1st Aid kit is cayenne powder and extract.

Tune in to find out why we stock these items and what things you see in our first aid kits.

Remember call 911 for emergencies.  These items and comments are only to assist and render immediate first aid.  It is a good idea for everyone to learn some basic first aid and most communities offer free classes.

I like to get a 1st Aid Kit from a company called Melaleuca.  They sell them every summer.  If you are interested in one, I can hook you up.  I have one at home, my office and my car.  More recently, my son just took one with him for his mission to Brazil so he would have all the basics in a nice bag.  This kit has the basics and then I add to it.

I include a book from Kurt King, a master herbalist called 'Herbs to the Rescue, Herbal First Aid Handbook'.  I also like to include laminated pictures of the 3 poisonous plants for identification.

Broadleaf PlantainWe use plants around us for food and remedies.  I encourage everyone to be familiar with the plants around them.  Most communities have someone in the area that does 'Herbal Walks'.  Learning to identify plants that can feed you, provide water, and render first aid could save your life.  I once went on a kayaking trip down in South America for a whole week.  On day 1, I got a huge blister that was making it impossible to paddle.  When we stopped for lunch, I scavenged the area for plants that could help.  I hit gold and found plantain (not the banana).  I mashed the leaves and applied to my thumb and after lunch the blister had drained and a hard layer of skin had formed as protection.  I was able to easily use my thumb the whole week with no pain or problems thanks to miracle of plantain.  I love plantain and it grows nearly everywhere and it truly an amazing plant.  It is edible so you could survive on this plant if needed.  It helps with mosquitoes also.  I nibble on the young leaves to help protect from bugs.  That is just one of the healing plants around.  It is a good idea to identify others.   You will also want a list of emergency numbers.

If you want a list of what I include, keep on reading.

Join us next week for another "Great Place to Visit, The Pacific Coast Highway" on Wednesday June 24th at 9:00 am pacific/AZ time and 11:00 am central time.

Here is my full list of the items in my first aid kit.

  • Alcohol prep pads in single packs for travel and a small bottle of alcohol in my home kit.
  • Clear Defense moisturizing hand sanitizing wipes in single use packs and travel size gel from Melaleuca and doesn't have harmful chemicals.
  • A good antibiotic ointment.
  • I like to keep Melagel from Melaleuca, it has tea tree oil in it and is great for cuts, scraps, bug bites and even minor burns.
  • An anti-fungal cream.
  • Super Lysine cream and/or Dr. Christopher's Cold Sore Relief Balm, I have kids that can get cold sores so I always have this on hand.  Plus it is in my smaller kits.  You need to keep items like this that your deal with often.
  • And anti-itch cream with hydro-cortisone.
  • Dr. Christopher's plantain ointment and comfrey ointment.
  • Homeopathic Sting Stop or similar for bug bites.
  • A soothing gel for sore muscles like Pain-A-Trate from Melaleuca, Tiger Balm, Cayenne ointment, or Jason's Muscle ointment.
  • Silver Shield from Nature's Sunshine
  • Arnica ointment or gel.
  • Aloe Vera gel
  • Calamine lotion for stings or poison ivy

Here is the list of essential oils that I might include.  You can pick and choose what works for you.  The synergies are Indigo Mountain Scentsations oil synergy blends.

  • Tea Tree (melaleuca):  many uses
  • Peppermint:  headaches, sunburn, tummy aches, gas
  • Oregano:  poisonous bites, stomach flu, flu, food poisoning
  • Lavender:  many uses, sunburn, headaches, itch, insomnia
  • Rosemary:  stimulating, anti-spasmodic, strengthening, colds and flupeppermint bottle
  • Bug Off Synergy and if you like you can add lemon eucalyptus to this
  • Purify (contains lemon eucalyptus which is great for mosquitoes):  bug, ant bites, odor control, purifying and can be used as a hand sanitizer.
  • Evelyn:  cuts, wounds and bruises
  • Sport Pro:  bumps, bruises, and sore muscles
  • Aura:  colds and respiratory
  • Vitality:  energy and I keep it for tooth aches
  • Tummy Rub:  car sickness, stomach aches, gas
  • Spice Traders:  colds, flu, sore throat, dental issues
  • Fortify:  builds the immune system and protects
  • You could combine Spice Traders and Fortify in a blended bottle for camping.
  • Helichrysum, White Lavender in foraha for serious cuts and wounds
  • A spray bottle of water, distilled aloe vera, white lavender, lavender and peppermint for sun burn and burns.
  • A spray bottle for Bug Off to chase away bugs.
  • A spray bottle of Purify
  • Instant cold packs
  • Heat / Cold Gel Beads
  • Guaze pads of various sizes and rolls
  • 1st aid tape
  • varying sizes band aids
  • butterfly band aids
  • large cloth for band aids, wrapping, splints, etc.
  • New Skin liquid bandage
  • Mole skin for blisters
  • Self-adherent bandage (it sticks to itself)
  • Ibuprofen or appropriate pain killer for your family
  • antihistamine for allergies
  • decongestants
  • anti-diarrhea medicine or herbal remedies
  • laxatives for constipation
  • Cough drops
  • sterile eyewash or saline (even contact lense solution works)
  • Elastic bandage wrap with velcro
  • latex or non-latex gloves
  • tweezers
  • scissorsarnica clik pak
  • Multi-purpose pocket knife
  • Snake bit kit
  • Q-tips (many uses including helping to remove tics)
  • cotton balls
  • needle and thread
  • safety pins
  • exact o knife or razor blades
  • bulb syringe
  • thermometer
  • tongue depressor (good for splints on a finger)
  • Emergency blanket (for hiking, camping or traveling)

This is my basic list of remedies that I keep on hand.

  • Black Cohosh, Plantain and Echinacea extract for venomous bites
  • Echinacea extract
  • Elderberry Extract
  • Super Garlic Immune Formula
  • Immune System Formula from Dr. Christopher
  • Ginger
  • Turmeric
  • Lysine capsules (because of cold sores)
  • Charcoal caps:  upset stomach, stomach flu, poisoning
  • Calmacid from Melalueca an herbal stomach remedy with ginger
  • Food enzymes
  • Colloidal silver, also in a spray bottle
  • Homeopathic Bug Bouncer (helps you avoid bug bites)
  • Cayenne extract and/or capsules
  • Arnica tablets
  • Emergency remedy from Australian Bush Flowers or Rescue Remedy
  • Powdered clay like bentonite or green
  • Witch Hazel
  • Mineral, natural sunscreen
  • As natural as possible bug spray if the other remedies don't work.
  • After sun care, we like the Aloe gel from Melaleuca
  • Lotion for dry chapped skin
  • Lip balm
  • Tampons and menstrual pads:  need always for feminine needs, but tampons are useful for a bloody nose that wont stop or a puncture wound.  Pads are great for absorbing blood on a bad cut or wound.
  • Paper and pencil
  • Flashlights and extra batteries.  I like solar powdered lights.  You will need to check these at least annually.  I also like a headlamp so I can be hands free.
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape
  • Fire starter (flint and cotton balls)
  • candles
  • water bottles full of water (especially for a car first aid kit)
  • Nikken sports water bottle or Lifestraw to filter water
  • Zip lock bags and trash bags

With this list, I can handle just about every emergency.  The over the counter medications we have just in case, but we usually end up tossing them unopened when they expire.  The herbal remedies and essential oils take care of nearly all our needs and emergencies.  Depending on the trip I'm taking determines the items I take with me.  Sometimes this whole kit goes with me.

Short List for HikingTravel First Aid Kit by Mister GC at FDP

  • Melagel
  • Small bottle of black cohosh, plantain and echinacea extract
  • small amount of first aid tape wrapped onto a pencil (broken in half)
  • gauze
  • band aids, various sizes and butterfly band aids
  • a small piece of folded paper
  • individual packs of hand sanitizer and alcoholElastic Bandage ” by blackstock at FreeDigitalPhotos.come
  • mole skin
  • arnica tablets
  • scissors (unless they are on a pocket knife)
  • pocket knife
  • tweezers (unless included in a pocket knife)
  • charcoal tablets (4 to 6 tabs in a small baggie)
  • pain reliever (a few in a small baggie)
  • A very small bottle of tea tree oil
  • Elastic bandage wrap
  • snake bite kit
  • sunblock if needed
  • lip balm

I will also include the following items to send off with my kids for camps or short trips for ourselves.

  • Anti-itch cream and anti-fungal if needed
  • triple antibiotic ointment
  • Plantain ointment
  • sting stop for bug
  • small pain-A-Trate
  • small arnica gel
  • Bug Off synergy
  • Sports Pro
  • Aura
  • Tummy Rub
  • Purify
  • Evelyn
  • Oregano
  • Spice Traders with Fortify
  • after sun care
  • Sometimes I send an aloe vera leaf
  • Q-tips and cotton balls
  • safety pins, sewing needle and thread
  • emergency blanket
  • Immune booster herbal remedy like echinacea
  • Cough Drops
  • colloidal silver
  • cayenne
  • flashlights and batteries
  • water filter
  • bags
  • Any other remedies and medications that may be needed individually

I might be over the top.  But I have had 7 kids, many vacations, camping trips, and I have sent them all off to various camps around the country.  Over the years, this is the list that been created from what we actually use or have packed for emergencies.  I used to travel with a long list of essential oils and I've narrowed it down a bit.  You will want to pick and choose the items that work for you and your family.

So if you still with me here after that long list, you may want to listen into the radio show if you haven't already as we tell about some of these items.

What items do you keep in your first aid kit?  What do you find the most beneficial?

Mark and Kally

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castleGreat Places to Visit - America's Castles

You don't have to go to Europe to see great castles, America is dotted with castles and extravagant homes.

Join us for some travel ideas and stories about some very interesting people and the castles they built.

Mark is a travel expert.  He loves to explore the world.  He amazes us with his ability to discover interesting details that the averages tourist may miss.

Human Digestive System by dream designs at FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe Key to Good Health is in Your Gut

One of the keys for good health is a healthy digestive system.  Digestive complaints cost Americans $50 billion each year in medical bills and absence from work.  It is fairly easy to correct.  Tune in and find out how.  Most people, including doctors, don't know that digestive problems can lead to allergies, autoimmune diseases, depression, fatigue, and even ADHD.  Your digestive tract is THE KEY to whole body health.  It is the first place I start when working with people.

You'll learn why one of the top OTC and prescription medication is interferring with your bodies ability to digest and absorb nutrients and doesn't really solve the problem your taking it for in the first place.

 

General Wellness and Feeling Good

Laughter is the best medicine.  We had planned to interview Debra Norwood, also known as The Laughter Lawyer.  She was going to tell us all about her amazing oppertunity to meet Patch Adams, the amazing medical doctor and clown.  Due to technical difficulties - she was not available.

But check out our show - we have great tips on Gernal wellness.  The average person spends $8,000 to $9,000 per person each on medical expences.  That is a huge amount.  Patch Adams had a view that medical care should be free.

Listen in for some general wellness tips.

Remember this is not medical advise.  We are not diagnosing or prescribing.  Please consult with you medical provider.

 

Children In The Park by photostock at FreeDigitalPhotos.netKids and Summer, Play and Stimulate Brain Cells

Summer is the perfect time to play and stimulate new brain cells.  You can learn a new skill, get involved in a hobby, do art projects that take a few days, and explore the world around you.  Tune in for some tips and ideas that will not only entertain your kids, but give them options to build their brain and distract them from too much electronic time.

Studies show that the more time children spend in structured, parent-guided activities, the worse their ability to work productively towards self-directed goals. They need time to challenge themselves and figure out what they want and how to do it.  We were always slow to completely direct our children's activites.  We saw more growth with them having more control over their free time.

 

Coming up on the Get Real! Show:

June 17, 2015 Our Outdoor and Camping 1st Aid Kit

Find out what natural remedies we stock our 1st Aid kits with and why.  I have things like charcoal capsules and cayenne to regular band aids and of course essential oils.

June 24, 2015 Great Places to Visit, The Pacific Coast Highway

One of our favorite highways in the country to drive is Highway 1, The Pacific Coast Highway.  There is amazing views and we usually find dolphins, sea lions, star fish and more along the way including great meals.

Join us on Wednesday mornings at 9:00 am AZ/Pacific Time and 11:00 am Central.  Share and tell your friends.  We'd love to hear from you as well.  What do you love about our show?  What would like us to talk about?

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Get Real! with Mark and Kally Radio Show Highlights

Our latest 2 shows:  Travel series - The National Park's of the United States, they just might be what your looking for in a summer vacation; Anxiety - we've got lots of tips to help you cope with short term or chronic anxiety.

View At Midway Geyser by aeypix at FreeDigitalPhotos.netThe National Parks of the United States

What to see?  What to do?  And Why you might want to include a National Park in your travel plans.

There are 58 National Parks in the United States and territories with everything from a Rain Forrest in Washington, deathly heat in Death Valley, and the Everglades of Florida with alligators. If you plan to visit several parks in a calender year, there is an annual pass that will be well worth it.

Did you know that the Great Smoky Mountains is the most visited National Park?  There are more than 9 million visitors each year.  The 2nd most visited site is The Grand Canyon.

Click here to listen to The National Parks on BlogTalk Radio.

 

Stressed Casual Woman by artur84 at FreeDigitalPhotos.netAnxiety Tips and Tools

Many people deal with short term or chronic anxiety.  Get some easy tips to help you manage anxiety and information on tools that can help you get to the root of anxiety.

Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about an event, person or situation especially where the outcome is uncertain.  There are several types of anxiety disorders.

Anxiety is a normal human emotion that we all experience at some time in our life.  But many people can experience excessive anxiety to debilitating anxiety that interferes with a person's ability to lead a normal life.

That are many things you can do to get relief from anxiety and prevent future episodes.  I, Kally, used to experience regular episodes of anxiety.  But changing my lifestyle and working with an alternative health care practitioner, I no longer live with abnormal anxiety.

Click here to listen to Anxiety Tips on BlogTalk Radio.

Coming on the Get Real! Show:

April 29th - Book Review 'Feelings Buried Alive Never Die' by Karol Truman
May 6th - hCG and Weight Loss, Is It Just Another Fad?
May 13th - Book Review 'The Heart of the Matter' by Dr. Darren Weissman
May 20th - Travel - America's Castles
May 27th - The Digestive System

Kally and Mark compressedDo you have any great tips to share about dealing with anxiety?  What's your story?

What is your favorite National Park to visit?  Why?

We'd love to hear from you.  Thanks for tuning in.

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Eating Healthy While Traveling

fruti basket by Grant Cochrane at freedigitalphotos.netIt might be tough to stick to your usual diet while traveling.  It is possible to keep a routine of eating healthy while traveling.

You barely have time to sleep, let alone think about how you will find healthy foods to eat, but there are some steps you can take to eat right while you're away. By taking a few extra minutes to adequately prepare for your trip and making wise choices when you are on the road, you can fuel your body and get the energy you need to power through your busy days.

Catch the radio broadcast here - Eating Healthy While Traveling.

In the old days of traveling for me, we relied on fast food chains, processed foods, and bad sandwiches.  This was considered normal eating for us, but not every day. When we decided to change our lifestyle and eating habits, I had no clue how to travel without bringing the whole kit 'n caboodle including the kitchen sink.

Why do you want to eat healthy?  So you can stay healthy, avoid sickness as much as possible, not gain a bunch of weight, avoid moodiness, better behavior in kids and adults, and more energy.

Eating healthy on a budget is simple to do as well and may even be more affordable.  This doesn't mean you can't enjoy eating out or having desserts and treats.  It does mean that you make nutritious food a priority so you can have those treats.

Here are some of our favorite travel foods.

  1. Make your snacksBeef Jerky by rakratchada torsap at FreeDigitalPhotos.net
    1. Jerky with no added sugar or MSG
    2. Dried fruits with no added sugar
    3. Dried veggies
    4. Fruit leather and yes green smoothie fruit leather
    5. Dense breads with nuts and seeds - energy bars
  2. Bring quality protein shakes and bars.
  3. Peanut or nut butters.
  4. Humus and veggies
  5. Boiled eggs
  6. Nuts and trail mix
  7. Muesli

DSC03220We just visited Disneyland, and we had plenty of good food.  One of our favorite meals was a baggie of jerky with dried tomatoes.  Standing in line was much easier while munching on humus and veggies.  We didn't have to eat fast food, or spend the high cost of food in the parks or even take the time.  We had our own delicious snacks with us.  And,  because we ate nutritious meals, we were able to enjoy a few desserts.

Mark and I traveled to South America a few years ago to kayak.  I was the newbie and not in great shape.  We were on the river or lakes for a whole week camping out.  We hit storms for 2 days on the lake.  Waves were 3 to 4 feet high and we were rowing against the wind.  It was tough!  We stopped on a rock - Chile144 (640x480)basically to get lunch and rest.  We huddled in a wood shed out of the rain and wind.  I kept telling myself, it is warm to trick my mind.  All I had left was the power of my mind and determination.  As we ate lunch, many people in the group were eating comfort foods - oreo like cookies.  I refused them and I told Mark to refuse them - he was feeling awful as it was, very sick.  We were in double kayaks.  Well as we were in Chili where avocados are abundant - we had some for lunch.  Most people were turning them down.  I snatched them up - avocados are full of energy and good fats.  Guess what?  I was the first to our night camping spot with the guide - I had the energy because I didn't tax my body consuming junk cookies and I was rowing poor Mark across that river mostly on my own strength.  As a result I got to see otters playing in the waves, rain and wind.  I felt amazing!

You need your nutrients:  protein, good fats and lots of fruits and veggies.  Then you can have the treats.

Avoid wasted calories that you don't really want.  Avoid artificial food and coloring.  Avoid junk food just for the sake of junk food.  Avoid sodas - don't make them a special treat for traveling.

Carry herbal tea bags and stevia packs.  You can always get hot water to make tea.

Rural American Fruit Market by Gualberto107 at FreeDigitalPhotos.netSample the local food.  Stop at fruit stands.

Once we were in Hawaii and we stopped at a fruit stand for lunch.  They had these huge avocados, 1 was a meal for 2.  I asked the guy if he had salt.  "For what",  he said very confused.  I said, "for the avocados".  He told us they put sweet milk on the avocados and gave us some to try .  It was actually good.  We also sampled papayas with lime juice which is delicious as well.

In Europe we enjoyed the local markets.  We often walk in and ask for their best cheese or salami and most of the time we hit the jack pot.  Once however, the cheese was so smelly I couldn't eat it.  But what fun.   So much better for you and so much more fun than fast food joints with the same old food.

Take along some basic supplements and vitamins to keep your body healthy and just in case you get sick.

DSC03299Enjoy your vacation by eating well.  I remember the old days of traveling with junk food - the kids were always so much crankier.  Eating better really does make a better, more enjoyable trip and we have the energy to do all we want.  Did someone say "Turkey Leg?"

Bon appetit!

Kally and Mark

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Disneyland Secrets and Stories

IMG_2419The happiest place on earth is full of fun secrets and stories.  There is a great history behind everything in the park and the man Walt Disney.  Check out our show to hear some great tips and fun facts about Disneyland.

Nothing at Disneyland was done by chIMG_2350ance.  Even if you are not planning a visit to the park, you will enjoy the stories behind the greatest theme park in the world and the man that made it possible.

We have a lot of respect for Walt Disney and have learned a lot about the man over the years.  He is definitely a blue according to the Color Code system and really cares about quality and service.

I (Kally), have been going to Disneyland since I was a little girl - it is a special place - a happy place.  My father always went when he was growing up when he got to visit his father during the summer in California.  My grandmother was one of the artists on the very first cartoon movie for Disney - Snow White.   Our family went often and we always had a great time.  Once when I was going to college, my dad came through Phoenix and picked me up from ASU and we drove straight to Disneyland and spent all day and into the night, then spent a day deep sea fishing and then drove home...all in one weekend.

 

While visiting Disneyland, keep an eye out for Hidden Mickeys.  They are hidden in the rides and through out the park.  You'll even find - maybe - hidden Mickeys in Disney movies.  So enjoy a scavenger hunt while visiting the park looking for the hidden Mickeys.  If you need help, there are books available.  And not only are there hidden Mickeys, there are hidden sounds throughout the park.  There is even a hidden mickey in the address of Disneyland.IMG_2574

There is a basketball court inside the Matterhorn.  One famous visitor of the Matterhorn is former President Nixon.

Space Mountain is actually only going 30 MPH, but with some tricks of magical rides, it feels like your actually going much faster.  And while your in Tomorrowland, take a look at all the plants, every single one is edible.

Steve Martin, the famous comedian, used to work at the Magic Shop at Disneyland.

The drawbridge at Cinderella's castle is an actual working drawbridge.

The purple tea cup at the Mad Hatter ride is the fastest.  At the gift shop around the corner from the Mad Hatter, check out the mirror - where the hats are - you might find a surprise.

DSC03260There is a goat trick on Big Thunder Mountain Railroad.  As your riding the ride, at the second hill with the snacks, look for a billie goat at the top of the hill.  Keep staring at the Billie Goat, and you will have a dizzy,  disoriented feeling to make the ride even more exciting.

Indian Jones, every time you ride, the computer switches things up a bit so it is slightly different each time.  As you wait in line - there are tons of things to read and experience.  For example - there is a bamboo pole and it says 'don't touch', well pull on it.

The ride, Pirates of the Caribbean used to have all real skulls on the ride.  Now, they are all fake except for one.

Its A Small World ride, the water contains water from all over the world.

If you are celebrating your birthday, anniversary or another special event like your first time at the park, stop in at City Hall and get a button.  On my birthday, it was fun to have everyone wish me a happy birthday.DSC03460

There is so much art work at Disneyland and art in how the buildings are built.  Main Street is a classic example, it uses something called 'forced perspective'.  The imagineers designed Main Street so that if you are walking towards the castle it doesn't seem far away.  But if you are exciting the park, Main Street will look longer.

IMG_2390Look around, things like trash cans are painted in a color called 'noseeum green', designed so that it doesn't draw attention.

The park has gotten pretty busy during the summers.  But if you take a look at a calendar online, you'll find a pretty good idea of times that are not so busy.  We enjoy going off season.  And we love going during the holidays.  They really decorate the park and it is beautiful.

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Tune into the radio show for lots more tips and stories.   Things to watch for:

  • Get some real San Francisco Sour Dough bread in CA Adventure.
  • The Pineapple dessert at the Enchanted Tiki Room is worth getting.DSC03299
  • And if your hot, cool off while enjoying the Enchanted Tiki Room.
  • Learn about and use the Fast Pass system.
  • Shop for souvenirs ahead of time and you might score some better deals.
  • Get a Turkey leg and someone to share it with.
  • The Pirate's of the Caribbean usually has a short line.
  • Look for the pet cemetery behind the haunted mansion.
  • 200 feral cats live at Disneyland to control rodents, but they are nocturnal.
  • Walt Disney used to wait in line with guests out of joy of being there and sharing the experience with guests.IMG_2355
  • You wont find gum for sale in the park.
  • The King Arthur carousal is older than the park, built in 1922.
  • There is a secret club called Club 33 that you have to have a membership to enter.
  • There are only 3 days the park has closed.

Enjoy your trip to Disneyland!  If you need some tips traveling with children, check out this radio program.  It is possible to travel and eat healthy, even at Disneyland.

DSC03264Thanks for checking in with us - we hope you enjoy the show.

Do you have a favorite memory of Disneyland?  Or a secret?  How about your favorite tip?  Please share.

Mark and Kally

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Holidays Around the World

holidays-around-the-world-clipart-holidays_around_the_world_21Does Santa wear a big warm suit for Christmas in the land down under?  The Holidays around the World are celebrated by nearly everyone at this time of year.  Many countries have their own unique twist.  This weeks radio program talks about the celebrations around the world.  Click here to listen to this weeks show.

Listen to the show and take a fun holiday tour in the comfort of your home.  You'll find some interesting facts on why the Chinese give red apples at Christmas, even thought they don't celebrate Christmas.

Not everyone celebrates Christmas but there are many festivals and traditions all over the globe.

In many parts of Europe, Krampus, an half-goat, half-demon creature is the answer to kids who are not good.  Krampus is a Pagan relic that was surpressed by the Catholic countries as Christianity spread.  Krampus swats "wicked" children.  Children dress up on December 5th which is known as Krampus Night.  December 6th is Nikolaustag or St. Nicholas Day when many children look outside their door to see if their shoe contains a present a reward for good behavior.

Our modern Christmas Tree comes from the country of Germany.  Advent Wreaths are very common in Austria and Germany.   Most towns will have a Christmas market from November to early December selling decorations and food.  Most towns will have a large Christmas tree in the town square.   The famous Christmas carol Silent Night was written in Austria.

When America was first settled by the Pilgrims, Christmas was not openly celebrated.  And it took years for the Christmas tree to even catch on.

In Belgium people will normally celebrate Christmas Eve with close family and eat the main meal on Christmas Eve.  It will be many courses.  They will also give small presents.  Many go to midnight mass.  A traditional Christmas breakfast is the same as a normal Sunday breakfast.  New Years day is a big deal.  On the 6th of January you would celebrate Epiphany and the 3 wise men.  Children dress up as The Three Wise Men and go from door to door to sing songs.  People will give money or sweets.

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Traditional Christmas is not celebrated in Japan, but the Christmas holiday is celebrate by most Japanese eating at.....Kentucky Fried Chicken.  You will need a reservation at least 2 months in advance.   News Years Eve and Day is celebrated and is one of their biggest celebrations - being celebrated for 5 days.

In China on Christmas Eve is celebrated by the giving of red apples.  Stores will sell apples wrapped up in pretty paper.  This is due to the translation from English to Chinese for Christmas Eve - it sounds similar to red apple.  Chinese New is one of the big holidays in this country.  You will also find a huge Harbin Ice Festival that lasts for 3 days.

In Taiwan, most children know about Santa Claus and will sing Christmas songs.  Christmas parties are found, but it is not a national holiday.

Israel will be celebrating Hanukkah, an eight day festival of light and celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.

The biggest celebration in Sweden is S. Lucia's Day on De2014-12-18 15.11.29-1cember 13th.  She was a young Christian girl that was martyred for her faith in 304 AD.

Norway gives a big Christmas tree to the United Kingdom every year as a thank you for the help they gave during World War II and stands in Trafalgar Square in the middle of London.

In the Ukraine people may decorate their trees with spider webs.  This is from a legend of a poor family.  The spiders heard their cries and during the night decorated their tree wit webs and then they turned to gold and silver.

In Spain and most South American countries, most people go to midnight mass.  They will eat their main meal on Christmas Eve before the service.  After the midnight service, people walk through the streets carrying torches, playing guitars and beating on tambourines and drums.  They have a saying, "Tonight is the good night and it is not meant for sleeping."

Many countries including Spain celebrate December 28th as the Day of the Innocent Saints.  It is a lot like Aprils Fools Day in the USA.  They will try to trick people.  This is in remembrance of the babies that were killed on the orders of King Herod when he was trying to kill the baby Jesus.

On to News Years Eve in Spain and you will eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight.  They represent the coming months.  Then off course January 6th or Epiphany is the 12th night after Christmas and is the festival of the three Magic Kings.  Many gifts are opened on this day.  Children write letters to the Kings on Boxing Day - December 26th asking for toys and presents.  They even leave a bucket of water out for the camels.

Mexico will celebrate Christmas from December 12th until January 6th.  From December 16th until Christmas Eve, the children perform the 'Posada', they re-enact Mary and Joseph looking for room.  A pinata will often a part of the festivities.  It has a 7 point star to represent the 7 deadly sins.   Mexico is where we get the poinsettia flowers.

The Irish will leave a candle burning in the window to let Mary and Joseph know there is room.kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a celebration of Family, Community, and Culture.  It is a week-long celebration held in the United States and is based on 7 core principles.  It was created in 1965 as the first specifically African-American holiday.

Thanksgiving to Christmas 2012 104Our American Christmas celebration is a collection of traditions and Holidays around the world.

Check out the radio show - Holidays Around the World.  Follow Your True Colours Magazine and Radio Programs on Facebook.

What is your favorite holiday tradition?  Please share.

We wish you a Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and Happy Holidays!

Kally and Mark