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Why Remember?

Today is Memorial Day.  For many, Memorial Day is only about backyard BBQ’s and lazy days on the beach.  I’ve had my fair share of both.  However, having spent two decades in the military as a cadet, soldier, and spouse, I know all too well what Memorial Day is really about. My first experience with losing a dear friend and […]

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My Top 5 Essential Oils for Cold & Flu Season

‘Tis the season for colds, flu, and for many, holiday stress.  I personally have an arsenal of essential oils for every occasion and ailment.  Recently I was asked by several families what the must-haves were for this time of year.  I did my best to narrow my favorites down to the top 5 (not in any particular order) from Young Living.*  Disclaimer:  I’ve personally been using essential oils almost daily for over 15 years and have been using them with my children ever since they were infants, so we can handle using the oils undiluted.  In general, some of the methods I describe below are NOT recommended for first time users, people with skin sensitivities, or small children.  Consult your health care provider and/or your own wisdom for what is right for you and your family. *Young Living Oils are premium, therapeutic essential oils.  I have tried many high-quality companies, but I continue to come back to YL which I’ve used for almost two decades, professionally and with my own family.  I particularly like their blends.  They also have a great, user friendly website.  Peppermint ~ It’s great for headaches, reducing fever, digestion, breaking up mucus, increasing vitality, and making yummy holiday recipes!   When my kids have a fever and/or headache, this is what I grab first.  I put it right on their upper forehead close to the hairline (away from eyes) and at the occiput (back of the […]

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What does Ola Lokahi mean?

The two Hawaiian words “Ola Lokahi” have layers of meaning that cannot be fully understood until they are felt.  Like many, if not most indigenous cultures, the language of Hawai’i is an oral tradition.  The written form was created in the early 1800’s when missionaries wanted to translate the Bible.  In some cases, the written form does not do justice […]

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Understanding Hawaiians (Na Kanaka Maoli)

Originally posted on Indigenous Medicine:
It is the year 2012 and the Polynesian Kingdom of Atooi (PKOA) is finally recognized by the United Nations as an indigenous sovereign nation.  After many years of painstaking struggle, we as Hawaiians can finally return home.  The government of Atooi now has jurisdiction over the U.S. government, occupying Hawaii according to international law and the recognition by the UN.  You can find the headquarters of this nation on the island of Kauai.  The Ali’i Nui (High Chief) is Aleka (Dayne) Aipoalani (a direct descendant of Kaumuali’i) and the kingdom’s website is http://www.atooination.com.  PKOA is composed of peoples from diverse cultures whose relationships share the mission of ho’opono ‘aina (to make right with the land).  Hawaiians now have an opportunity to regain their stolen lands and government (1893 colonial possession by the U.S). Atooi is a far cry from my young days growing up on the Big Island of Hawaii, when land was continually swindled from the Hawaiian people by the corrupt practices of the new invaders.  My father knew every Hawaiian living in West and knew that these people never sold their land to anyone.  I believe the term he used was “adverse possession.”  This is when an individual or a group pays taxes on a specific parcel of land, and after seven years, can claim that land if no one else has paid taxes on it.  You can look it up in Black’s…

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