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Have you experienced deja vu? Like you've been somewhere before, or were experiencing a situation again? What about having a sneaking suspicion that something wasn't right or you shouldn't do something? Or MY FAVORITE....When you just know in your core that EVERYTHING is just as it should be!!! 

I experience things like this all the time and have since I was very little. As I grew older, I just figured that I was just more intuitive and feeling than others. People have always been drawn to me, loved to tell me their stories or share their ailments, ask for assistance with problems or illnesses. I didn't always understand how or why I could relate so well to all of their different experiences, even when I had not always experienced it for myself.

A few years into my bedside nursing career, I realized that what I would experience on a daily basis with patients went far beyond just being "sensitive" to others. I would experience their symptoms, their pain, their feelings........CRAZY RIGHT??? Well NO…… actually. There are many "Sensitives" like me around...some people refer to us as Empaths.

I can feel the energy and emotions of people; sometimes taking on physical symptoms that they have, which is why I am the healer that I am. It is very much a blessing, but can be overwhelming when I am not careful and I fall ill or overwhelmed from too many people, and too many things happening around me at one time. Natural Aloha is one of the many blessings that was brought about as a result of the need for people to understand that they need to care for their bodies. I could feel so many people who have struggled (and continue to struggle) with what they put in and on their bodies. Food and product choices can be so confusing for consumers with all of the misinformation in the media, fad diets, and the latest and the greatest that people swear by. Unfortunately, no one is taught to listen to their bodies or understand the energy and the signs that our bodies give to us daily. We are so programmed to be movers and shakers that we forget that given the right nutrition, the right surroundings, and the right energy; our bodies can heal itself. Our bodies and minds are powerful and were meant to be used for our own and the greater good of all.

As a way to help me from taking on the emotions and energy of others, I had to learn to protect myself. I use many different techniques to keep myself healthy and well. The one that I want to share with you today is something called a Sigil. Sigils or symbols have been used for many centuries in various cultures under different names to represent or do different things. Much like a cross has meaning to someone, a symbol is something that is given meaning to. 

I have created my very own unique type of sigil which I call Ho'ailona.

HO’AILONA

noun

  1. sign; symbol

I have created these to help me with health, peace, abundance, and protection...to name a few. When activated, my ho'ailona have helped me to attain my desired outcome. 

I am so happy to now share the Ho'ailona that I have created, so that you too, may have a way to create a positive healthy desired outcome. Much like sending out a wish into the universe, or a prayer to the heavens; activating your special Ho'ailona is meant to release your intention into the universe.

You can purchase the Ho’ailona collection in two forms. The first Ho’ailona offering comes with a 4 in. hand rolled beeswax pillar candle. This candle was specially designed using a pure cotton wick and 100% pure honeycomb shaped beeswax for clean burning. Beeswax burns smoke free and cleans the surrounding area of impurities and neutralizes pollutants. Use your candle to activate your paper sigil and to light whenever you need to meditate on the good intentions that you wish to release into the universe. The Ho’ailona candle comes with a paper sigil to burn and activate, and a keepsake sigil which has the activation instructions on the back.. The second offering is in a card (not currently available) which comes with a paper sigil to burn and activate, and a keepsake sigil as well.. The sigils are blessed and designed with good intentions.

I am so excited to share this collection with you as a way of spreading self love, self awareness, and the importance of taking care of the individual in order to be a better part of the whole. I bid you peace and good intentions always.

Health is Wealth

Health is Wealth

Not sure of how many of you know that Natural Aloha was founded on a need for me to be healthy again. I had fallen so ill in 2013 that I could not even get out of bed. The symptoms were vast and scary and no one could help me explain them. 

2013 was a time of much learning and growth. It was a painful and scary time. To face ones mortality is never easy, but to face it at age 40 brought me to my knees. I had to make the choice if I was going to live in pain and sickness or if I was going to find a way to be well and thrive. I took my health and wellness into my own hands and researched, learned, tried, tried again, felt better, felt worst....and then did it all over again. Through it all, one of the most beneficial discoveries that I made was that FOOD IS MEDICINE. 

We are never really taught that in school or in society. We are taught to eat what makes us happy and feel indulgent. We are not taught to eat the foods that make us feel good because at this stage in the game, most people don't know what it feels like to "feel good" anymore. People are no longer in tune with their bodies. In order to get "in tune" we have to eliminate the bad and introduce the good into our bodies. We should all be able to feel how good a nutritious meal makes our bodies feel. Let me just burst your bubble and tell you now, you will not feel like a million bucks, eating from the dollar menu at McDonald's. 

While I was learning and healing, I eliminated all processed foods from my diet and chemicals from my immediate environment (as much as I could control), and really tuned in to what made me feel good and what made me feel bad. This is how Natural Aloha was born! I couldn't tolerate the common deodorants and none of the natural ones on the market worked for me! 

Over this last year, I have been battling with some old symptoms off and on. Mostly because I had become complacent and had not made my health a priority. This is what most of us do in this day in age because we are so busy working, taking care of the kids, trying to keep up with the Jones', and the list goes on and on. STOP IT! Without your health, nothing else matters! 

I had to STOP IT or I could see myself going down the same path of stress and unwell. I have been revisiting some of my old research and came across a book called Life Changing Foods by The Medical Medium. This was one of my references through my revitalization all those years ago. While reacquainting myself with him, I came across his book called Liver Rescue. I bought the book and the audio book! Since then, I have been slowly reintegrating my wellness plan back into my life. For about a week now, I have been strictly following his advice of starting the day with warm lime water (I did this for years from 2013-2015 What happened??? Why did I stop?), and also drinking at least 8 ounces of cucumber juice a day. I also have been doing my best to avoid dairy, gluten, and eggs. I normally follow a no gluten or dairy diet, but have been eating eggs A LOT lately, which may have been attributing to the brain fog I have been recently experiencing. Bottom line.....it hasn't been that long, and it hasn't been that hard but I already feel amazing with just these little changes that I am inspired to do more! 

I wanted to share this wellness message with you because in order for us to heal the world, we have to heal ourselves first. We have to keep our bodies, minds, and spirits HEATHY! Consistency is key and SOOOOOO WORTH IT! You all deserve to feel good and live well! I hope I have inspired you to take better care of yourself. If you have any questions on need any suggestions, please feel free to reach out to me at naturalalohahi@gmail.com

Wishing you wellness and happiness! 
Dina 



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New year. New You.

The new year holds much promise for many. It is a time of renewal and hope. So many make resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking, pay down debt, and the list goes on and on. There is nothing wrong with wanting to look, feel ,and be better. We should always strive to move forward.

I, too, strive to look, feel and be better in a natural way. Living a chemical free life is very challenging in this day in age. We are constantly bombarded with pollution in the air that we breathe, through the pesticides sprayed on our foods, and by way of the chemicals that are in the products we put on our bodies. It is a must that we choose our food and products wisely, as there are so many chemical burdens which we cannot control.

Our health is truly our greatest source of wealth, but unfortunately most people are taught to value things over health. I cannot tell you how many times I have been told that organic veggies and clean meat are too expensive. “I can’t see a naturopath or get acupuncture because my insurance doesn’t cover it.” I can’t do yoga because I’m not flexible.” “ I don’t have time to go to the gym.” There are so many excuses that people come up with in order to skirt the issue of taking their health into their own hands. The truth is that no one can heal you. Not even your doctor. It is your choice, and yours alone. Your health is affected by everything that you do, every morsel of food you put into your mouth, and by every product you put on your body. You don’t have to join a fancy gym or keep up with the latest diet craze. What you should do is everything that it takes to learn about what is best for you. Take notice of how food makes you feel after you eat it, and eliminate the foods that do not make you feel well. If you have heartburn after you eat something, don’t take an antacid. STOP eating it! Your body is telling you that it doesn’t like it! Here are some tips to becoming a healthier you:

  1. Start a food journal. Write down everything that you eat throughout the day. Take notice of everything. Write it down. Do feel good or bad? Nervous, anxious, calm? Any changes? Skin breaking out or clearing up? Gut feels good or bad? Do this for at least 4-6 weeks to track any trends that you may notice. This is a great way to identify foods that are not good for you.

  2. Become a label reader. You should be reading every label on everything that you have never tried before. If your food comes in a package (try and eat less of anything packaged) make sure it doesn’t have colors, dyes, high fructose corn syrup, artificial ingredients, and preservatives to name a few. When choosing products; take a snap shot of the label and research the ingredients. Avoid products that have ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Parabens, Phthalates, synthetic fragrance, and synthetic colors.

  3. Move. Not everyone can run, do cross fit, or boot camp. You need to do what is right for your body, but you need to do something. A brisk walk, yoga, or swimming. Not every body can do all things. I was always very active and athletic all my life. Prior to my illness, I was doing circuit training and high impact exercise. When I fell ill, I did not have the strength or stamina to walk let alone do high impact anything. It took me a long while to be able to build up the strength in my muscles and cardiovascular tolerance. I started with walking a little on flat ground, increased the distance and length of time, and then tackled the hills. I went back to yoga and hot yoga (although the heat occasionally bothers me, I listen to my body). A year ago I discovered The Bar Method and I have found this to be a great way to strengthen my muscles without the high intensity or high impact. I love the feeling of strength! Find a way to move your body everyday!

The value of our health is priceless. It is worth it to live well and happy, every moment of our lives. I bid you a joyous and prosperous new year! Happy Chinese New Year too!

UPCOMING EVENTS

UPCOMING EVENTS:

SEPTEMBER     
22 Mililani Fall Fair Rec 5     4pm-9pm 
29 Momilani Craft Fair          9am-1pm

OCTOBER
21 Moanalua 99                  10am-3pm
27 YMCA Fall Fair Kahala  10am-3pm

NOVEMBER
3   Kaimuki HS    8:30-2pm
16 Dole Cannery 7:30am-2:30pm  
18 Moanalua 99   10am-3pm

DECEMBER
1   Kaimuki HS                               8:30-2pm
     Mililani Winter Fair Rec 5        4pm-9pm
2   Arts and Flavors
       Hawaii Kai Retirement Center  11am-3pm 
9   Hooked Up Hawaii Christmas Show 
       St. Louis Alumni Clubhouse   1pm - 6pm
16 Moanalua 99                             10am-3pm

 

Heal your inflammation

Have you ever experienced joint pain? Stubborn weight gain or bloating that just won’t go away? Allergies and sinus issues? It is very likely that you may be suffering from an inflammatory response. More and more these days we are exposed to chemicals in our food, in the body products we use, and in our environment. We can’t always control the chemicals that we come into contact with, but we can choose what we put in and on our bodies.

Everyone experiences inflammation during an injury. This is the healthy inflammatory response which is built into our systems. Acute inflammation is the body’s way of protecting us in response to injury. However, when chronic inflammation starts to make a home in your body, disease will eventually ensue. Chronic inflammation can present as fatigue, rash, joint pain, weight gain, abdominal pain, mouth sores, even chest pain (I have experienced all of this and more due to inflammation). In fact, all autoimmune diseases have an inflammatory component. SCARY RIGHT? It can be very scary, but it doesn’t have to be. There are so many things that we can do to minimize chronic inflammation.

Nature provides some awesome natural anti-inflammatories and my favorite is ‘Olena. Most people know it as turmeric which has a very long history in medicinal use; dating back nearly 4000 years. Turmeric originated in Southern India which continues to be the world’s largest producer.

My deep love for ‘Olena started over 5 years ago when I had become so ill that I was literally trying everything and anything to just feel better. It was during this time that my husband was gifted our very first ‘Olena plant. I soon found that ‘Olena would help with my chronic wide spread pain by way of decreasing the chronic inflammation that was occurring in my gut. I suffered from leaky gut syndrome (amongst other illnesses) which a complete change in my daily nutrition regimen and the addition of ‘Olena into my diet, helped turn me around.  My husband planted as much ‘Olena that he could get his hands on so that I would have it fresh all the time. I learned to juice it and drink it straight up (it’s rough but you’ll get used to it), I dehydrated it and made it into tea, or to use in soups and meals. We used it in poultices for numerous injuries and it soon found its place in our Natural Aloha products.

In 2014 when I was the sickest that I had ever been in my life, everything ached; including my muscles. It was then that our Homegrown Body Scrub and Salt Soak was born. This stuff has been called MAGIC by many who use it! IF you have achy muscles from working out, sore feet and legs from standing all day, or dry itchy and scaly skin…..Homegrown ‘Olena works FABULOUSLY! This is no joke! Every time I use it, I am once again AMAZED by how I feel after using it! You can use it as a body scrub to exfoliate, nourish, moisturize, and sooth your skin. Or you can use it as a salt soak to detoxify and rejuvenate your body, and reduce inflammation. Systemic inflammation starts from within, so eating an anti-inflammatory diet is always best! (For more information on an anti-inflammatory diet or for consultation, email naturalalohahi@gmail.com)

Today our ‘Olena can be found, not only in our Homegrown ‘Olena Body Scrub and Salt Soak, but also in our Olenalicious Lip Balm and our ‘Olena Love Lotion. From time to time we are able to provide small batches of our dehydrated ‘Olena for sale.
 

HI Vibration Nation

Natural Aloha was born from my passion to help heal people through natural products, lifestyle choices, and the power of community. All products and gear are close to my heart, designed and created with love.

 

Last year we introduced our Alohalicious Gear that was inspired by our pucker loving lip balm! Our Alohalicious clothing line was received with much love! We are so grateful and happy that we could put a smile on so many faces with our tees, tanks, towels, hats, and visors! Over the course of two years, Alohalicious has grown from the best lip balm, to our fun loving clothing line, into a lifestyle! Alohalicious has become a way of life for us! #bealohaliciousalways

 

Sharing Aloha is a high vibration act and we want to spread high vibrations far and wide! In an effort to share and spread loving vibrations throughout our Islands and beyond, we are debuting our HI Vibration Nation t-shirt brand!!! We are super excited to share this with all of you, and to announce that we will be donating a portion of the proceeds to local programs which are in line with our mission to raise the vibrations for our universe! Please share your knowledge with us about any programs, charities, or businesses that provide services that help and nurture people, mother earth, and the universe! At the beginning of each month we will make a donation to our deserving recipient based on the previous months earnings. Please email us at naturalalohahi@gmail.com with your suggestion and include a reason why they are deserving of the donation.

 

Join my mission to live the Alohalicious way and spread Hi Vibrations throughout Hawaii and beyond! #HiVibrationNation

 

Why Should You Choose A Natural Deodorant?

Did you Know?


So many of you already know the benefits of Natural Aloha Pit Balm and have been long time users! We are super grateful for your support, but did you know that Pit Balm can be used for so much more?
You know how fabulous it works on tough armpit odor, but did you know that many use it on their feet and under their sports bra to battle tough odors there? 
Many of our customers write us and share their stories and successes of how they use Pit Balm. It brings us great joy and we are humbled to be able to bring you a clean, nontoxic product that WORKS
Did you know that regular deodorants and antiperspirants contain chemicals such as Aluminum, Steareths, Parabens, Triclosan, Propylene Glycol, and TEA/DEA. This may not scare you, but it should! Each one of these chemicals can cause serious damage to your body and disrupt your body's normal function; prohibiting your body's natural ability to heal. What are these? How do they affect you? 
 

  • Aluminum is a chemical that is used in antiperspirants. Aluminum stops the body from sweating and therefore prevents the body from releasing toxins. It is an estrogen mimicker which may cause hormone imbalance and lead to hypothyroidism, endometriosis, and has been linked to Alzheimers and cancer, as well. Aluminum is not excreted from the body (requires heavy metal detox) and continues to build up in the body over time. It is safe to say that ridding yourself of Aluminum from your deodorant, and other products that you use, is a good idea! 

  • Steareths are used as an emulsifier which keeps the ingredients in deodorants and other body care products from separating. This chemical causes endocrine disruption, developmental/reproductive toxicity & skin irritation. 

  • Parabens are a preservative added to cosmetics. It has many side effect ranging from skin irritation to endocrine disruption. It is linked to learning disabilities, immune system dysfunction, and developmental disorders. 

  • Triclosan is classified as a pesticide. It is used to kill bacteria on your skin. It is known to cause abnormal endocrine system/thyroid hormone signaling and weakening of the immune system. Children exposed to antibacterial products at an early age have an increased chance of developing allergies, asthma and eczema. 

  • Propylene Glycol is a known skin irritant at very low levels. This chemical can cause damage to your nervous system, heart, and liver.

  • TEA/DEA are known carcinogens which have been banned in Europe. They cause damage to liver and kidneys. 

    This is seriously scary stuff! Many, like me, have learned the hard way by getting sick and having to battle our way back to health. Lucky for you we make Pit Balm with just 4 ingredients, which are all safe for your body and in fact every ingredient is edible (but we don't recommend you eat Pit Balm :)) ! Every batch of Pit Balm is made small, hand poured, and aloha infused. 
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