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What Are Toxins?

In short, toxins are something that doesn’t belong in our body or something that is in excess.

We consume toxins with every bite, every breath, every drink, and, every shower and body product we use. We are exposed to toxins through the air we breathe (air pollution such as emissions, off-gassing from furniture, the multitudes of chemicals in air fresheners, laundry detergents and perfumes, chemtrails, etc.) the food we eat and drink (think chlorine, genetically modified organisms, hundreds of pharmaceuticals in our drinking water, pesticides, etc.) and the body products we use .

Toxins affect us, and we need to take action to protect ourselves!  Everyone has some level of toxic burden nowadays, from the contamination of our water, air, and, food sources. With pesticides, chemicals, and heavy metals everywhere, we are all at risk!  

The more combinations of toxins we have accumulated, the more compounded the negative effects. We can control and cleanse most of the environmental toxins we are exposed to. We need to learn how we are getting exposed, cleanse these toxins and PREVENT them from entering our body in the first place.

In this 3 part series

  • I will introduce you to the 7 categories of toxins.
  • Help you understand your exposure and ELIMINATE IT.
  • I will offer you a quiz to determine your toxic burden
  • Provide ways to rid your body of these life zapping toxins.

WHAT ARE TOXINS?

In short, a toxin is something that doesn’t belong in our body or something that is in excess. For instance, we need a certain amount of iron to be healthy, but in excess, it can cause constipation, nausea, vomiting, problems with the liver (such as chronic cirrhosis of the liver). However, even things that are good for us in the right amount can become dangerous, and act as toxins in too large an amount. In sharing this with you, I don’t want to create fear. But I do want to educate, and empower you so that we can eliminate toxins, and prevent our bodies from further poisoning.

We imbibe these toxins in three ways, either by inhaling them, eating or drinking them or through our skin.

Suzanne Summers said it well:

“People are so busy counting calories. I think we should be busy counting chemicals,” “Where’s the tipping point? There’s the air freshener. There’s what you’re cleaning your house with. Pest sprays…all poison. The chlorine that you’re using. The fluoride in the water… And then you’re eating food that is not organic. What you’re putting on skin care that’s all chemicals… Well, guess what? That’s going to go somewhere. It drops into the bloodstream…”

Suzanne Summers

Our Grandparents DNA affects us


Recent advances in science have shown us that stress and toxins (chemicals, environmental, heavy metal toxins, etc.) we are exposed to affect ALL future generations. With stress think PTSD, Holocaust survivors, rape, divorce, surviving natural disasters and accidents, droughts, famine, even stressful pregnancies.

However, things our grandparents were exposed to, affect us. Even things like drought and famine affected their DNA, and subsequently our DNA.
This unexpected phenomenon has given rise to a new field called transgenerational epigenetics. Or the study of inherited changes that can’t be explained by traditional genetics.


Remember, a toxin is something that doesn’t belong there or, something that is in excess in the body.

For instance, when there is nicotine exposure during pregnancy, this affects subsequent generations. Virender Rehan’s study shows that nicotine exposure induces asthma in offspring, and the effects are permanently transmitted to subsequent generations providing a breakthrough in studying multigenerational effects of toxins.

Case Study: A woman who I helped, to find & eliminate her toxins, resulting in headaches, allergies & asthma went away.

Renu Chawla, an otherwise healthy, happy, young woman in her 20’s, came to me in a lot of pain. Including debilitating TMJ (jaw pain) headaches, allergies, and asthma. Renu came one of my cleansing & rejuvenation programs. She was with me for 7-days.

I still remember her happy face on the 5th day, when her headaches went away. Renu showed me how she could now open her mouth wider than she had in years. In addition, her jaw didn’t hurt anymore! I was relieved too, I don’t like seeing people in pain. During her cleansing, and rejuvenation retreat with me, I helped her to eliminate toxins, and her painful symptoms were eliminated. Then, I helped her to make lifestyle changes to prevent toxins from entering in the first place!

Introduction to the 7 categories of toxins

As far as I know, I am the first to codify 7 categories of toxins. I will not get to every single toxin. But, I have highlighted some hidden and important toxins that you need to know about. First, I list them and then we will take a deep dive into each one.

  1. Food toxins, the easiest to detect, create & eliminate & I show you how.
  2. Toxins in our food, water, air, soil & medicines
  3. Naturally occurring toxins
  4. Toxins in the form of Electromagnetic fields (EMF’s)
  5. Chemical, petrochemical & heavy metal toxins
  6. Mental and emotional toxins
  7. Pathogenic microorganisms; Bacteria, virus, fungi, yeast, and parasites.


In conclusion, we are constantly exposed to toxins through the air, water, foods, body, and cleaning products that we use.

We need to learn about which toxins we are exposed to, prevent toxins from entering our body and cleanse those toxins out!

In the next part of what are toxins, I will go deeper into the 7 categories and more!

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Kauai update, good news and, the bad news.

Hanalei Side Checkpoint

I’ve lived on Kauai for 20 years. When I tell people where I live, they get this look of wonder. Kauai conjures up all manner of visuals of relaxing on turquoise exotic beaches, delicious foods, amazing farmer’s markets, and deep relaxation. For balance, I need to add that we have the occasional tsunami, flood, hurricane and centipedes, oh and high cost of living. There is both light/good news AND shadow/bad news in paradise.

I guess all well-adjusted adults have developed some resilience, tolerance, and acceptance, and we realize that not everything is always smooth, pretty or goes our way. As you may know, our community has endured a tragic flood, fortunately, there were no fatalities, and we are very resilient!

It has been a long loooooong haul for us who have been living on the very North shore of Kauai. Since the flood of April 2018, during the repairs, we have had to adhere to a strict schedule for our comings and goings.

Imagine for a moment that you could only leave and arrive home at certain times.

And if you were late, you missed the convoy and had to wait for the next one, maybe up to 6 hours. Imagine how you might feel if you couldn’t just get up and go see a friend, get supplies, medical help or groceries. After not being able to use the road for a month mid-April 2018, our little Haena and Wainiha community had to adhere to a set convoy schedule.

I’m sure you might have had a tinge of claustrophobia too, the day you saw locks on the gates that they closed at night at the Haena and Hanalei sides.

The Department of Transportation DOT has done a great job at the repairs, and we received a lot of support. We always had the reassurance from emergency vehicles parked on this side in case of an emergency. And medivac has available and emergency vehicles do have the key to get in.

“Look honey, we live in a gated community now!”

We got the convoy blues…

During the convoy, all folks who wanted to leave/or enter would go through the same procedure. People would fist get in line, then at the selected times, there would be a pilot truck leading us through the construction areas and another pilot truck who follows the line. Only bonafide residents have been allowed in and out of the area. With a $5,000 fine for those who violated this rule. A placard on our vehicle shows that we have jumped through the required hoops to show our residence here. Required hoops being; proof of residence, utility bill, lease agreement, car registration, etc.

Just for a moment, imagine your life within this context. Let’s say you have to get your child from school at 3 pm, so you leave on the 1:45 convoy, then you have to wait until 5:30 to get back in line to get home… Or, you need to pick up mail, but the Post Office doesn’t open till 10 and then it closes at 4.

Sundays we have had more freedom to come and go hourly. Our convoy life is coming to an end soon.

Yup, THIS has been OUR life.

Yup, THIS has been OUR life. AND we are also so very grateful that we get to live in such a beautiful area. A beautiful, exotic and vulnerable area.
Take a look at our convoy schedule here.

I am super grateful for all the hard, and dangerous work that the DOT is doing! In my visual video news update, see a clip of the convoy first hand.
Video clip of me driving the convoy

Steep Repairs, Teri Tico photo credit
The DOT workers worked rain, shine and on super slopes! thanks ya’ll! Teri Tico photo credit

What’s the good news?!


Unless the DOT has weather interruptions the road is scheduled to open May 1st. We thank the Department of Transportation for their attention to the needed repairs and we look forward to seeing you all soon.

The road will open, however, for the month of May, there will be significant delays due to continued road construction and bridge work. Please know you might experience delays of 45 minutes or more if you plan to come to the very north shore.

Some more bad news, sorry…

  • Napali trail is still closed to hikers.
  • There are no public restrooms past Hanalei.
  • Haena State park (Ke’e) including Kalalau trail, Hanalapi’ai Beach and Falls, and access to Ke’e Beach is CLOSED. There is NO PARKING
  • Haena County Beach Park, including access to Tunnel’s is CLOSED. There is NO PARKING.
  • Limahuli Gardens is CLOSED. There is NO PARKING
  • Parking on the side of Kuhio Highway in Haena is PROHIBITED. Parking fines are $200 for the first offense.
  • All public parks and facilities in Haena are CLOSED. There is NO PARKING
  • Black Pot Beach parking not allowed either. (By the pier in Hanalei.)

The state is asking if you do not have a residential permit or placard, please do NOT drive north of Hanalei.
Meanwhile, Princeville, Hanalei, and Kilauea are open for business. Please enjoy these towns until Haena and Wainiha have recovered and are ready to welcome visitors late in the summer.
Effective May 1-31. This Advisory will be updated in June.
As a result, there will still be a checkpoint just past Hanalei town.

To see more information on the Master plan for Ke’e click here.

FAQ’S

  • When will Hanalei Day Spa Open? Since there has been so much uncertainty around when the road will open, due to weather, etc. I will wait until the road is ACTUALLY open. Then do my repairs, and then Hanalei Day Spa will reopen. I will most likely be the summer. However, I do not have a date at this time. I will let you know! Make sure you are signed up for my Newsletter. Sign up here.
  • A question I get a lot is “did the FED help you financially?” the answer is no
  • Will you honor gift certificates? Yes, of course, when we open.
  • When will the Hanalei Colony Resort Open? In addition to storm repairs, HCR had a small fire last summer due to the flood damage. These repairs need to be permitted (which takes time) and then the damaged structures will be rebuilt. The maintenance, housekeeping and pool areas need to be rebuilt. Necessary repairs may take until Jan 2020, I do not know.
  • When will I be able to go to Ke’e/the end of the road? Ke’e may re-open July 1st, but don’t hold me to that.
  • What is this I hear about a shuttle? A shuttle seems a solution to some pressing problems. Our natural resources, the health of the reef and the ecosystem, some people are concerned about “over tourism” To help reduce the impact of so many cars in our small neighborhood, the HanaleiInitives.org formed a non-profit group which will run shuttles every 20-30 minutes from Princeville to the end of the road.
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Spa Owner Beauty Secrets! Oil cleansing for the face

Oil Cleansing for the face

While Hanalei Day Spa is temporarily closed, consequently we are kicking up our skincare routine a notch, and bringing you exclusive spa treatments like oil cleansing for the face, that you can do at home!

You benefit from my years of exclusive spa ownership, where I have been practicing Ayurveda and Massage therapy for 25 years (15 years of which have been with Hanalei Day Spa).

You can probably imagine that I have so much to share!

Welcome to my new YouTube channel. Spa Owner Secrets… In it, I will share some of what I’ve learned over the years. This first video is about an ancient way of cleansing the face using Ayurvedic medicine.

This first video is about an ancient way of cleansing the face using Ayurvedic medicine. The process is called “Oil cleansing”, from the ancient tradition of deeply cleansing the skin using gentle heat, light purposeful massage, and oil.

Oil Cleansing, also called “the oil cleansing method”, quickly decreases inflammation, eliminates toxins on the skin which are fat soluble, enhances lymphatic circulation, and as a result, leaves a stunning, spa-quality glow! No one will know that you did it at home!

If you have oily skin to begin with, you may be skeptical, but this really works! (Oily skin is hungry for moisture. Today, you will feed your skin!)

Oil Cleansing Benefits

  • Deep cleans the skin
  • Leaves glowing skin
  • Decreases inflammation
  • Removes makeup residue
  • Eliminates impurities & toxins
  • Enhances lymphatic circulation
  • Helps to sustain a healthy, nourished, pH balanced skin & microbiome, or healthy bacteria on the skin.

The science behind this is that there are some substances which are water soluble, in that they dissolve or are diluted by water. Yet other substances are fat soluble or are diluted by (or mix well with oil). First of all, when we want to clean up a mess with something that is water soluble, we use water, right? Do you get where I’m going with this?… Likewise, if something is oil soluble, you need to use something oil based.

The oils on your skin, the stuff blocking your pores are oil soluble!!

Then, when we clean the skin with these good quality oils and warm the skin, this unblocks your pores!

Finally, once we get your skin breathing, restore moisture balance, and unblock your pores, as a result, your skin will be even more healthy, glowing, and gorgeous! You deserve it! And it is easier than you think.

Do your skin products kill or nourish beneficial bacteria?

Along with the intestines, the skin also has beneficial bacteria, which get killed as a result of the use of most soaps and hand sanitizers. This method helps to restore the healthy skin biome while detoxifying the skin of superficial and impurities.

You will need

  • Organic Coconut or jojoba oil, Hexane-free Caster oil. 5-10 drops each
  • 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil, (optional)
  • Washcloth & hot water

Time needed: 5 minutes.

Simple steps to Oil Cleansing for the Face

  1. Take 5 drops of coconut or jojoba oil and 5 drops of caster oil with 1-2 drops of lavender essential oil in your palm.

  2. Mix it in your palm, then apply to the face with upward movements. Massage in circular upward strokes avoiding eyes. (see video for face massage details)

  3. Use hot water on a soft, clean, washcloth, and wring out excess water Gently apply the washcloth against your face for a minute while slowly breathing, feeling the warmth as it tingles, as healthy cells awaken.

  4. Re-heat washcloth and repeat step 3, rinsing and wringing the cloth between applications.

  5. Finally, wipe off any excess oil using the washcloth and allow skin to cool (do not use soap)

You may pat dry with a towel. The skin may be a little pink as you have applied heat. Your natural color will return within minutes. Leaving a glow that will last up to several days!

Repeat at least 1-2 times per week for optimal outcome and check out my website for long-term care of oily skin [LINK TO SITE/SKINCARE SECTION].

Notes:

  • No need to cleanse first, this is the cleanse!
  • You may be skeptical, but still, try it!
  • This works on all skin types.
  • There is no need for soap.

Watch the video & follow along with me! In this video, the same facial massage techniques that professional estheticians use!
Love it? Found value?  Leave a comment on Youtube & share!

Spa Owner Secrets, Oil Cleansing for the Face!

Darci Frankel

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Listening to Our Body

Listening to Our Body
Listening to Our Body: The Art of Being Human

Listening to our body is a vital skill that we develop over a lifetime. We awaken to the subtle cues within us as we mature and we make better decisions about our health.

Ultimately, the decisions we make about our health significantly impact our quality of life and our longevity. Listening with an ear of love and respect will make health a fun, joyful, and important endeavor throughout life.

Understand more from listening

For instance, learning to listen to our body provides immediate benefits including: Firstly, we gain the value of knowing how to interpret the information, Secondly, we prevent illness and respond at the onset, Thirdly, we provide our own unique self-care, Fourthly, we understand our body’s signals, and finally, we practice prevention and because of it, we create ideal health.

Undoubtedly, “listening to our body” is an inward skill that most folks don’t take the time to develop before illness occurs. The immediate value of this awareness is often not seen until it is too, late.

Therefore, grab a notebook and let’s explore the value now so you can decide what’s right for you. You will likely have questions of your own. Please post them below or feel free to e-mail me directly at E-mail.

Start where you are:

Most of us range in our body awareness somewhere between fear (disease obsession) and denial (I’m fine or it won’t happen to me) and therefore, most of us are somewhere on that continuum. As a result few live in the middle ground.  Therefore, have a sense of your overall health and learn to listen to your body to prevent disease and for the best health possible. In conclusion, every human being has to interpret the information we get from listening to our body accurately because we can make good health decisions when we do.

Learn the Language of Your Body

Unfortunately, we are not taught to listen to information that our body gives us we risk our health. Because our body speaks to us with feedback for our health and well being, above all we need to hear. Some learn this early in life, others grow into this intimate dialogue. In conclusion, your language is unique to your body.

Why listen?

For example, have you ever ignored a baby that was hungry or wet? How long could you listen to it scream before you needed to respond? Our bodies are like screaming babies sometimes. Naturally, we want to soothe the discomfort. Ultimately, we give ourselves what we need. However, sometimes we ignore the cries for too long and we create imbalance.

We are constantly getting cues and clues as to what is happening inside of us, but we are often moving too fast to interpret this important language. Imagine if you were listening however and could hear exactly what your body needed. How would you feel after all, if you could self-assess and know how to heal your own pain, upset, emotion and stress? You can!

A great conversation, if you listen

Are you in conversation with your body! What is it saying?

If it is in pain it will let you know. If you are not using the bathroom regularly, it is letting you know that something is not balanced. If you have fever, your body is alerting you to an infection. If you are dizzy or lethargic, you could have low blood sugar or be dehydrated.

In conclusion, here are so many cues and ways your body is communicating if you would learn to listen. Because you are a miraculous living organism of synapses and processes, you deserve to hear and understand.

We have to learn to interpret what the body is saying.

To better understand the cues and messages your body is sending, click here to schedule a consultation with renowned spa owner, Darci Frankel and her amazing team, and begin your journey to health and wellness.

At every step of the way, the body gives us information.
As a result as soon as we start to listen, we can begin to heal, change, or grow.

For instance, in July of 1984, Jim Fixx, an avid runner and author, sadly, died of a heart attack. People were shocked. They exclaimed, “he was perfectly healthy!”

Actually, he was not!

Because Jim’s arteries for example, were (in the process of) clogging for years. In fact, three of the main arteries to his heart were seriously clogged; shockingly, one was 95% blocked, the second 85% blocked, and the third was 70% blocked, so a heart attack was not so far off. In conclusion, and with great respect to Jim and his family, there were most probably signs!

In conclusion, had he been more adept at listening to his body, treatment may have been possible. Alternately, exercise and eating well are not always a guarantee of health. Therefore, we must listen more adeptly.

Great health begins with good listening

Luckily, no one goes from perfect health to terminal disease overnight. Disease is progressive and most can be prevented when we listen to the body’s cues and unique language. Above all, we need to interpret the body’s subtle sounds and whispers. Alternatively, sometimes we need a professional to diagnose what we could not hear.

Listening for solutions

However, if Mr. Fixx slowed down and tuned in to his needs, he may have realized that his body was communicating. As a result, he may have changed his diet to decrease inflammation. For instance, he may have used meditation or yoga to decrease stress.

In addition, studies show that inflammation and ‘bad’ fats are the cause of arteriosclerosis.  

After all, you know your body. You know what it feels like to feel good, and when you just feel off in some way. Have a “go to” plan that brings you to your center.

Hearing from wholeness

Similarly, when something feels off to me, I remember what our old friend Smokey The Bear used to say: “Stop, drop and roll.” Especially, because I sense pain in my body, I literally stop, drop and roll: I stop and become aware of what is hurting or out of alignment. For instance, I drop any expectation and relax, not trying to figure out what’s wrong. In other words, I give myself what is needed, even a few minutes to roll on an exercise ball to stretch and work out any knots.

Because, once I am relaxed, for instance, I can assess and respond: Perhaps I need water or a snack. Perhaps a massage is what is needed. A nap, whatever, may be appropriate. Alternatively, some exercise or longer stretch will do the trick. In conclusion, I do what I must to hear more clearly. As a result, I take responsible, appropriate action.

Ultimately, we know what we need. We must slow down, take time to give ourselves the necessary attention. Ask for help from appropriate practitioners and naturopaths, and envision our ideal health as we journey towards it. Health is a state of mind, a state of being in the body, and a respectful alignment between the two.

Check in with yourself regularly

 Next time you have an ache or pain, take pause, and a few breaths to center yourself. Take an honest look at what is really happening inside. Give it to yourself.

For example, you can’t know everything going on inside of you at all times. However, you can learn to listen better all the time.

Therefore, my friend, Deepak Chopra would take this moment to remind us of the tens of thousands of bodily functions going on: For instance, the heart is beating, the nerve synapses are firing, the gallbladder is secreting bile, while the arteries are all pumping blood, the temperature is being regulated and listening to our body, knowing this is all happening, lets us honor the micro changes in the environment through the senses.

In other words, the awareness of the miracle of the human body and our awe of it being in good working order therefore, is a great place to begin to hear what is being communicated. What cannot be heard can be explored through routine health exams, blood tests, hormone panels, and therapeutic/natural health care. In conclusion, there are no excuses for not hearing our bodies.

3 valuable life lessons:

  • Firstly, listening to my body is important
  • Secondly, doctors aren’t G-ds
  • Finally, medicine has limits.

Recently, I listened to my body. Here is what I heard. What are you hearing?

The other day I took a dip in the ocean and I loved it! I felt amazing and I was happy the whole day. The next day, I felt unusual pressure with an uncomfortable sensation on the side of my neck. Luckily, I paused and took notice because I’d never felt that before. So, I rubbed the area a bit and felt I needed some water.

I needed something; some kind of self-care, for instance: I went for a walk while taking deep breaths as I did. Although subtle, something was still off. However, I felt vulnerable and a bit feverish, as a result, I noticed that my mind became a little agitated; jumping from topic to topic.

Eventually, as I walked and did some movements to align my neck, something clicked into place. However, a few hours later, I felt throbbing in my left ear. Finally, I remembered water getting in that ear the day before.

Intuitively, and together with this information, I deduced:

It is the start of an ear infection! “Let me nip this in the bud! “

After that, I put peroxide in my ear and some essential oils BEHIND it on the mastoid bone I was able to ward off infection. (NEVER put essential oils in the ear).  It worked! Luckily, the pain went away and I am better today because listening to the subtle cues of our bodies saves time and money, and prevents pain and illness!

In conclusion, because I listened to my inner guidance and took the time to hear what was being said, a major medical malady was averted.

Ultimately, if you listen, your organism will communicate with you.

Develop your inner intelligence in 4 steps:

  1. Clean up your doorways of perception with a daily routine: Consider using a neti pot to clear head & sinus, Meditate, and eat a clean organic/free range diet, hydrate, avoid sugar, etc.
  2. Listen to subtle cues in your physiology. Listen and respond. Your inner intelligence rewards and acknowledges you with information.
  3. Pause and listen deeply when something feels misaligned
  4. Practice moderation in all that you eat, think, and do

Grab your notebook and let’s take 3 minutes to do this listening practice.

Meditation to Practice Listening (9 min)  https://hanaleidayspa.com/meditation-1/

Let’s take it to the next level!

Self-Care Questions to ask

  1. Do I need to rest and honor my body or push myself harder?
  2. Am I getting the suggested 7-9 hours of sleep daily?
  3. Would more or less exercise make my body feel better?
  4. How is my appetite? Am I hungry, or thirsty? Am I fueling my body?
  5. Do I know and honor my limits?
  6. Am I hungry, angry, lonely, tired? (H.A.L.T) Inquire. Listen. Respond.
  7. When you hurt yourself stop immediately. Assess. Ice. Rest. Elevate. Compression. Follow up with a doctor.
  8. Stop immediately. Assess. Ice. Rest. Elevate. Compression. Follow up with a doctor.
  9. How is my mood? Allow yourself to feel the emotion.
  10. Can I focus my attention on what is in front of me? Address your distractions.
  11. Am I sore, injured, or, is what I feel signs of natural aging? We need to keep active and learn to accept aging?

In conclusion, if you liked this, you will love:
10 Keys to BEING Seriously Healthy

and

DIY Hanalei Day Spa

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10 Keys to BEING seriously healthy

Keys to BEING Seriously Healthy part 1

Healthy lifestyleWe all want to be healthy, but we might not know what to actually do. In this 3 part series, I give you the 10 keys to being seriously healthy. I help you to gain a deep understanding of the foundations in truly BEING a healthy person. I have been practicing Ayurvedic Medicine for about 25 years, and I constantly learn, so I can bring you the best, most time-tested truths, based on volumes of research.

Join me on this journey through the 10 keys, so you can BE seriously healthy!

I’m going to go through each of the 10 keys, and explain them in detail. You can watch the videos and I will also go into more depth in a series of 3 blogs. As you hear each of the keys, you will probably intuitively know that these points are true. We’re just taking this time together to review, asses and refine where you are at with each key, and which areas you need to improve upon. Then, you will take this knowledge and turn it into wisdom by empowering yourself to make some life-altering changes.

Because ‘action’ is the thing that turns knowledge into wisdom.

Listening to our body

The first important point is to listen to our body. We sometimes get so caught up in life that we forget to listen. When we get sick, have aches and pains or an illness, it is our body’s way of communicating and asking for your participation and cooperation.  When we listen and cooperate with our body, we can learn how to restore balance and improve our health.

By honoring these messages,  we can turn an illness into a constructive time of restoration, healing, and revitalization.

Get a pen and paper ready, because, in each key, I want you to honestly rate yourself on a scale of 0-10.
If you are really being honest and true to yourself, where are you? I want you to be rigorously honest with yourself here.

Here is the video, but I flesh more out in this blog post.

Key #1 Healthy diet

Our bodies respond quickly to nourishing healthy foods. A healthy diet includes the highest quality foods. These are the best for the body and brain and include healthy un-saturated fats. We’re talking about 100% organically grown foods, grass-fed/pasture raised meats, neuroprotective fats which all protect our brain, body and nervous system. Coconut or olive oil & avocados are a great example of healthy neuroprotective un-saturated fats. Other healthy choices include wild salmon, eggs and dark leafy vegetables. Another category is the anti-aging free radical scavenger, potent antioxidant polyphenol foods, such as blueberries, turmeric, green tea.

Healthy oils

According to AARP, 93 percent of Americans are concerned with their brain health, but few understand how to protect it. Have you been deceived into thinking that canola oil is healthy? Or that coconut oil is not healthy!? If you want to have a healthy diet, you need to be able to identify healthy oils. Here are a few tips to do just that!

  • Rapeseed oil AKA Canola oil is NOT healthy oil, it is genetically modified not one, but twice! Once to lower the acid level so it doesn’t kill from heart disease, then a second time to make it roundup ready!
  • Check the ingredients in your salad dressings (even at the health food stores) and everything in supermarkets, you will find canola is in everything!
  • Studies have shown that rats fed canola oil get fat and Altzheimer’s.
  • Healthy fats for a healthy body and brain are, coconut oil, Avocado, ghee, olive oil, even duck fat are all good oils.

Farm raised Salmon facts

  • healthy oilsFarm raised salmon are given supplements made from petrochemicals, to enhance its color.
  • They are full of harmful toxic contaminants.
  • Fish farms cause environmental damage.
  • Dr. David Katz, director of Yale prevention research says that farmed salmon contains antibiotics, toxins, pollutants, and calories.
  • Farm raised salmon contains harmful, inflammatory fats that harm your health.

Drugs in our meat

The meat industry does not publicize its use of antibiotics and other drugs.  There is an increasing amount of evidence suggesting that the use of antibiotics in foods pose grave health risks in humans.  For instance, animals develop antibiotic resistance over time, which is passed to humans who eat them.  The New England Journal of Medicine found that people who developed Cipro- resistant bacteria had acquired that from eating pork contaminated with salmonella. Do you know that farm raised meats to contain antibiotics and growth hormones which creates antibiotic resistance & increase in growth tumors?

Sugar is as addictive as cocaine

Remember, there are some foods (substances and people) that look, smell and feel good in some way, but the net effect can be harmful to our health. Take sugar for example, do you know that studies show that sugar is more addictive, and causes more deaths than cocaine! Sugar has the same effect as some hard drugs. Such as heroin and cocaine, in that it strongly spikes dopamine.

When sugar is fed to lab rats, they consistently consumed larger and larger portions upon scheduled reintroduction.  When the sugar was taken away, the rats were restless, showed signs of anxiety, lowered dopamine and were unwilling to move about in their environment.

There are 10 times more sugar related deaths in the US then cocaine-related deaths. Sometimes I hear people talking about ‘rewarding’ themselves with some sugar, candy or a smoke. Is it really rewarding to create harm to your body? Is that a reward?  Do you want to eat antibiotics with your food?

I encourage you to do some research into this on your own. Given these facts, you may want to consider really being mindful and more selective about what you put in your body.

If you are rigorously honest, rate yourself on the area of healthy diet on a scale from 0-10?

Key #2 Self  Talk

We feed our bodies with healthy food, what are we feeding our minds with? Do we choose, 100% organic, healthy and kind words? Or do we just take in any junk thoughts because that’s what’s there? We have been taking a look and refining our food choices, but have you ever stopped to question the quality of your self-talk? Think about it, the words that we say to ourselves can be nourishing and contribute to our health too!

I eliminated sugar from my diet 3 years ago, but I am not hard on myself if every six months or so I have something with sugar in it. I take some supplements to counteract it and move on. The other day, I ate some Strauss strawberry ice cream. It definitely has sugar in it, and it was delicious! But the next day, I literally felt depressed, for the first couple of hours, I didn’t realize what was happening. I’m not the ‘depressed’ or melancholic type, so I quickly realized what happened. I have detoxed my body completely of refined sugar, so I can really feel it when I do take some in. So my immune system was negatively affected and I could feel it.

Remember, when our body is affected, our mind is too. They say that sugar suppresses the immune system. I said some kind things to myself acknowledging and accepting my mistake, gave myself a hug, and I moved on to do my day, which turned out to be a great day! Have you ever made a mistake with your diet, lifestyle choices? How did you treat yourself? Read more about studies on being kind to yourself here.

Pithy questions to contemplate

If you constantly say that you are getting old, or are stupid, or if you make a mistake if you can’t remember something, is that an example of healthy self-talk? Does how you think about yourself make a difference? Do you treat yourself well or poorly? What do you affirm about yourself? Do you realize that when you say something to yourself over and over, you believe it?

How our body looks and feels is a byproduct of how we treat ourselves.

Our cells eavesdrop on everything we say!

Ikea conducted anti-bullying experiments in some schools recently. They brought two plants into the school, and play a recorded loop of compliments and, words of praise and appreciation to one group, and unkind, toxic phrases to the other group. The children could hear and see the plants.

The plants that received kind words looked all green and full, they thrived! While the other group of plants were significantly smaller, shriveled and literally looked sad. It’s the same with humans, our cells hear everything we say.

Are you kind to yourself without exception?
Or, are you only kind when you are doing good?
When you make a mistake do you berate yourself?
Do you create inner toxicity?

Please rate yourself, an honest self-evaluation from 0-10 what is your self-talk like?

Key #3 Exercise

The next key is Exercise This includes all forms of movement. Exercise stimulates feel-good hormones such as serotonin, increases neuroplasticity, neurogenesis, stimulates venous and lymphatic circulation, brain-derived neurotrophic factors which are responsible for making new connections in the brain. As a culture, we HAVE to move. In our culture, we spend so much time sitting, they coined a new disease ‘sitting is the new smoking’. There are studies that show active people are depressed and have less anxiety less than inactive people. In a recent blog entry, I talked a lot about this important Key to being Seriously Healthy.

Try these ideas, and let me know what you are doing to get moving!

  1. Find more ways to incorporate activity in your day.
  2. Set a timer, at the top of each hour, get up and move.
  3. Take a call standing and have a meeting while walking.
  4. Do this minute desk workout with me!
  5. Activate/flex the muscles of your quads, hamstrings, and abs at your desk, or on your commute.
  6. Walk to lunch.
  7. Sit up straight.
  8. Rock your baby and do lunges.
  9. Go for a walk instead of watching tv after dinner.
  10. Have a simple exercise routine that you can do on a call or webinar (they won’t even know). Push-ups, lunges, triceps extensions on your chair.
  11. Halftime at a sports event or-or Intermission of the school play is a great time to take a power walk for 5-10 minutes.

Exercise creates healthy brain- body connections

Our children need to put down the devices and go out and play, barefoot!
So they make as many brain-body connections early on as they can. The same is true with us, we need to go outside and enjoy nature and soak in the sunshine!

Take frequent movement breaks, do this 5-minute desk workout with me!

Do you get enough exercise? Rate yourself from 0-10.

These are the first 3 of the 10 keys to being Seriously Healthy. Let’s make some positive changes together! Take a look at how you rated yourself and choose some areas to refine and up-level your practices. I really, really, really want to know what you are letting go of and what you are refining!

 

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Clear your head, Reduce brain fog!

Have you ever had brain fog when your
sinuses and nose are congested?

  Jala Neti is an ancient Ayurvedic (and yogic) self-care practice of washing the sinuses with warm salt water. This cleanses & flushes out mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses.

Neti is one of the ways that we cleanse the sense organs,
so that we may percieve the world around us with more clarity.

At first, it may seem a little different, but after you get used to it you will feel the benefits, especially if you have suffered from; colds, flu, respiratory disorders, sinus problems, stuffy nose or allergies. Doing neti will definitely improve your sinus health and your overall health too!
neti

When to Neti:

  • First thing in the morning
  • After cleaning out a moldy, musty or dusty closet.  
  • Before and after air travel.
  • Daily if you are in an area dense with pollution, or dust.
  • Daily during spring
  • Before, during and after a cold or flu.
  • After dental work

How to Neti 

  1. fill up your neti pot with warm water and add 3/4 tsp of good quality salt
  2. put the nozzle into one nostril
  3. tilt your head forward and chin down over the sink
  4. for beginners, it helps if you gently exhale a little bit through your nose to start the flow
  5. You will breathe gently from your mouth 
  6. cleanse the next nostril
  7. gently blow out from both nostrils to clear all the salt water when you are finished.

Avoid Neti:

  • Immediately before or after a meal
  • Not during your menstrual cycle   

You may also enjoy:

  1. Cleansing Through Breathing Video
  2. An Ayurveda Consultation with me, HealthConsultant808@gmail.com
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Create optimal health during the transition of seasons

Everyone loves summer, with the long days, lots of outdoor time and communing with nature. As we bid farewell to the high heat of summer, we begin to mindfully transition to Autumn. We mentally and emotionally prepare ourselves for the more internal reflective state of mind that the eventual winter will bring with the change of seasons and the gentle turning of the earth.  Ayurveda teaches us how to create optimal health and take special care of our bodies during the transition of the seasons.

The cool fall air was nectar…
~Stephen Connella

This is because these transitions are delicate and unstable times, we are neither here nor there. We are no longer at the place we were, nor are we established in the new situation. This is called sandhi, the junction, the joint/the in-between place. In the same way, the joints of our body are more delicate than the long bones.  If we don’t promptly eliminate the excess that the previous season brought to us, (in this case, excess heat) this excess will cause problems, the root causes of disease…
In this way, Ayurveda teaches us to live in harmony with nature, working hand in hand.

“We have our part in the preservation of our health,
the prevention of disease, we can promote longevity
and Ayurveda shows us how!”

The high heat of the summer subjects us to an accumulation of heat in our bodies (even though we naturally tend to favor cooling foods in the summer, such as watermelon, juices, and salads.) Ayurveda texts teach us how to eliminate these excess ‘doshas’ or heat and stay out of the doctor’s office. Symptoms of excess heat can be; irritability, prickly heat rash is common, loose stools, rashes, irritability, anything with an ‘itis’ indicates inflammation, acid indigestion, and acid reflux to name a few. Which is why the end of each season is the best time eliminate the build-up from the previous season and to receive Pancha Karma if we can. Ultimately we want to promptly eliminate the ‘heat of summer’ so it doesn’t cause damage.

Create optimal health during the transition of seasons…

I will give you two lists, the first list contains a few simple, easy things you can do to eliminate some minor excess heat, the second is more of the warrior path, it’s not for everyone, but those who are really motivated, really need it or are superheroes of their own health and well being.

Simple (armchair want to be healthy) tips to eliminate excess heat, prevent that Summer heat from lodging into your system:

(Do these only for the next 2 weeks during this transition)

  1. Drink celery juice over the course of 3 days, celery juice is extremely anti-inflammation and pulls extra heat out of the liver and intestines. you can mix it with apple which is also cooling, and dilute a bit too.
  2. Add cilantro, or juice it! Cilantro is supercooling to the system!
  3. Have a few raw salads (at lunch) with organic coconut oil, nothing spicy for a few days.

Superhero, warrior, protector of your health, tips:

Do this for 5 days ASAP
Please consult your doctor before making any changes to your diet or doing the salt water cleanse.

  1. Use the power of routine. The ayurvedic routine is an influential tool in itself – and allows you to harness the power of daily cycles of Nature. Wake up before 6 AM, eat your main meal at midday, go to bed before 10 PM – all are very important points for balancing the three fundamental mind-body principles of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
  2. Kitchery Mono diet
  3. Daily Abhyanga
  4. On day 4 do a salt water cleanse, email me for instructions.

If you need more specific help or guidance, I have a few spaces available for consultations in the next 2 weeks.

I care about your well being, let me know how this goes for you!
With warm aloha,

 

 

 

You may also enjoy:

  1. Clear your Head! Neti reduces brain fog!
  2. An Ayurveda Consultation with me, HealthConsultant808@gmail.com
  3. Cleansing Toxins Through Breathing Video
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DIY Hanalei Day Spa… At your home!

Here’s a way to bring the spa home with you while you exfoliate those
dead skin cells this week with DIY Day Spa at home!
This scrub leaves your skin clean, fresh and moisturized!

Supplies needed:

1/8 – 1/4 cup of salt
1/4 cup of Coconut oil

Optional a few drops of essential oil

It is nice to get a body scrub at the spa, but you can also give yourself one at home!  The purpose of an at-home body scrub is to exfoliate the outermost layers of dead skin cells, revealing softer, younger cells just below.

Doing a body scrub at home is different in that you have all your creature comforts at home, but it might not feel as luxurious (or pampered) as a spa treatment might feel. DIY definitely has it’s benefits though! It is a lot less expensive, and you can give yourself one any time! You can make your own or pick up a body scrub or even use exfoliating mitts!

Personally, I like to use more oil than salt in my body scrub.

How To Give Yourself A DIY Body Scrub At Home

  • It is always nice to soak in a nice hot tub first. Try adding lavender essential oil, ylang-ylang, or geranium-rose to make it more relaxing. Dry off.
  • I sometimes just sit in the tub. Put a little bit of the scrub in your hands then start with long or circular strokes on your lower legs.
  • Spend 5 minutes on your whole body, more than that, you might get irritated.
  • When you stand up to do your backside, make sure you dont slip.
  • With your back reach under your arm to get the mid-back, use the back of your hand to get between shoulder blades, then for the upper shoulder use the opposite hand. A side benefit is that doing this home scrub will keep you flexible too!
  • When you’re done, take a shower, you may want to use a washcloth to pull some extra oil off.

  DIY Scrub Tips

  • Weekly body scrubs are a great way to keep your skin clean and exfoliated.
  • If your skin looks irritated at any point, stop.
  • Smaller grain salt is gentler than the large salt. At Hanalei Day Spa, we finely grind our Hawaiian Sea salt with a vita mix.
  • You can also use the exfoliating mitts.
  • Soothing aromatherapy; lavender, rose, geranium
  • Avoid using on the face, it can be too harsh.

Therapeutic Body Scrub Tips, Ayurveda Kitchen Medicine

  • If you’ve had a cold or flu, you can make your scrub more healing add 1/2 tsp dried thyme leaves
  • 3 drops of eucalyptus, lemon, or orange oil
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon or 1 tsp coffee grounds to increase circulation
  • add 1/2 tsp charcoal to absorb toxins. (see our serious cleanse body mask for a more effective treatment)

You may also enjoy:

  1. Clear your Head! Neti reduces brain fog!
  2. An Ayurveda Consultation with me, HealthConsultant808@gmail.com
  3. Cleansing Toxins Through Breathing Video

Please take a moment to let me know how I can help you with this brief survey

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You are the BEST VERSION of yourself that you can possibly can be right now

In a recent newsletter, I mentioned observing our self-talk and how we talk to ourselves. Are you kind to yourself? Do you get frustrated, or angry quickly with yourself and or others? How we think of ourselves is really important.

In his work, Dr. Emoto and his team taped typed words to different glasses of water from the same source of pure distilled water. Samples of each were then flash frozen, and the crystals were photographed with a dark-field microscope.  Consistently, the water exposed to positive, loving words or images of beauty produced brilliant, complex and colorful snowflake crystals. Conversely, the water exposed to negative, dis-empowering words or sad, ugly images consistently produced fractured crystals or distorted, discolored blobs with no crystalline structure at all, much like water from stagnate or polluted sources of water.

His work powerfully and eloquently shows us how our thoughts, words, and intentions have a literal and direct effect on our physical world and our overall state of health and well-being!

Similarly, our whole being hears everything we say!

I recently met a woman in her 20’s, we were on a line and started talking. We were talking about health, spirituality and working out.  (it’s amazing the depth that we can get to while waiting for the bathroom!) I’m a little bit of an intuitive savant and I said something that touched and surprised us both. I said, “You are the BEST VERSION of yourself that you can possibly be right now, I hope you can realize that and relax into yourself and life.” She took a deep breath, teared up and thanked me.

I hope we can all realize this.
What are we striving for?
What are we running from?

You are the BEST VERSION of yourself that you possibly can be right now.
The next time you find yourself beating up on yourself or being hard on yourself, take a breath and relax into that truth for a moment.

I found these water blessing labels on a trip to Topanga canyon many years ago. We offer water in them at Hanalei Day Spa.
Each one has a special word a blessing for you. You may have noticed.
https://thespiritofwater.com/water 

 

Please take a moment to let me know how I can help you with this brief survey

Think kindly of yourself.
Warmly,

Darci Frankel

 

 

Image of Dr. Emoto water experiments, can you tell the difference between the ones that were loved?

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Move more, live longer

Americans are so sedentary!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

image Source: Washington.edu

James Levine, MD is a leader in sitting research. he opines that “Growing evidence suggests that the health impact of sitting may overall be greater than that of smoking. This is because the human harm associated with excessive sitting is extensive. This includes obesity, metabolic disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer risk, and psychological harm.” He also says that “physiological and molecular data suggest that sedentary lifestyle can explain, in part, how modernity is associated with obesity, more than 30 chronic diseases and conditions and high healthcare costs.”

Look, a new disease. The Sitting Disease!

– Insufficient physical activity is one of the leading risk factors for death worldwide.
– Insufficient physical activity is a key risk factor for noncommunicable diseases (NCDs) such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer and diabetes.
– Physical activity has significant health benefits and contributes to prevent NCDs.
– Globally, 1 in 4 adults is not active enough.
– More than 80% of the world’s adolescent population is insufficiently physically active.
– Policies to address insufficient physical activity are operational in 56% of WHO Member States.
– WHO Member States have agreed to reduce insufficient physical activity by 10% by 2025.

 

Here’s what we do!

Sleeping 8 hours
Work 8 hours
Commute 1 hour
Home computer 1.5 hour
Eating 2 hours
Watching tv 1-2 hours
Active 2-3 hours

 

We’ve got options, Let’s get our asses moving!

I take frequent movement breaks to parenthesize tasks, this keeps me very productive and IN GREAT SHAPE too!
Just above, I share one of my 5 minute desk workouts with you.
Try these ideas, let me know what you are doing to get moving!

  1. Find more ways to incorporate activity in your day.
  2. Set a timer, at the top of each hour, get up and move, take a call standing, do some exercises…
  3. Take a call standing, have a meeting, while walking
  4. Do 3-5 minutes of exercise at your desk, see video above!
  5. Activate/flex the muscles of your quads, hamstrings and abs at your desk, or on your commute.
  6. Walk to lunch,
  7. Sit up straight
  8. Rock your baby and do lunges
  9. Instead of watching tv after dinner, go for a walk
  10. Have a simple exercise routine that you can do on a call or webinar (they wont even know). Push ups, lunges, triceps extensions on your chair
  11. Half time at a sport event or or Intermission of the school play is a great time to take a power walk for 5-10 minutes.

let me know what you are doing to get moving!

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Learn to let go

Graciously letting go,
when life requires,
is a good skill!
Sometimes we don’t get what we want, we have an agenda or we are holding on to our preference, or we think, life should be different. When we are caught up in all this mind activity, we aren’t able to be present with what is.

Consider that letting go isn’t giving up, it is simply choosing what we have!

3 signs that it is time to let go:

  1. White knuckles..resistance to life or something/someone is an indication that we are holding on.
  2. When we notice that we justify and defend our point.
  3. During times where something, someone or a circumstance is ‘going’ anyway.

CONTEMPLATION:

  • Consider that letting go isn’t giving up, it is simply choosing what we have!
  • What is a life skill that you possess and are proud of?
In this 5 minute video, I teach a yoga practice, called a pranayama, to let go. Please leave a comment as to how you felt and what are you letting go of?

Please leave a comment as to how you felt and what are you letting go of?

Helping people to be healthy, happy, efficient and vibrant!

“Darci has a strong commitment to healing and transformation which she expresses through her wisdom in Ayurveda.”
Deepak Chopra M.D., Author

Darci Frankel, Day Spa Consultant/owner of Hanalei Day Spa, shares her expertise in the area of Ayurvedic medicine, health and well being. Helping folks increase their levels of health, learn about self-care, heal from diseases and reach levels of enlightenment with meditation practices.

Email for a free 15-minute consultation to see how Darci Frankel can help you
up-level your health!

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How to make healing Bone Broth, that tastes great!

Bone Broth, the superfood

 

Bone broth is a nutritional supplement, a superfood packed with potent nutrition!
The way that I make bone broth is quite unique.
I have a long background in Ayurvedic Medicine. In Ayurveda, we prepare herbalized oils, potent medicinal teas, and other medicine. For instance, one way we do this, is to cook cups of herbs in gallons of water for 3 days, strain, then add oil and cook the oil out. This infuses the oil with the potent tea. In this way (and many ways), my Ayurveda background has informed my broth preparation.

Similarly, bone broth also has a rich history in traditional Chinese medicine. It is highly regarded as a helps support the digestive system, is a great tonic, builds the blood, supports the kidneys, offers incredible minerals, which most of us are depleted with,  supports the gut, Bone broth improves skin, bone and joint health and is anti-inflammatory. It can single-highhandedly help someone heal from the leaky gut syndrome.

Above all, these are some of the reasons I love Bone broth.
We drink it in our family and recommend it to the those who need it when they come to me for Ayurveda Consultation.

INGREDIENTS:

3.5-4 gallons of water (depending on the size of your crockpot)
Bones; turkey, chicken, beef or bison
Whole Black peppercorns, fenugreek, ginger, thyme, fresh Rosemary
Apple Cider Vinegar which pulls the minerals out of the bones into the broth.
2 LG Onions, 2 Lg. tomatoes, celery, and 1 lemon

Lemongrass, fenugreek, galangal are a nice addition, especially during cold and flu season.

HOW TO MAKE:

add bones, water, veggies, and herbs, cook on low for 24-48 hours

WHO BENEFITS FROM BONE BROTH:

Athletes, New mothers, anyone who is sick; convalescing, weak, elderly, anyone needing more strength.

OVERVIEW;

Cook for 3 days, daily add veg if you’d like, add more water.
After that, let it cool.
Then strain it and throw bones away. (you can puree vegetables and use as a base of a soup)
Pour bone broth into containers, however make sure to leave ½ inch when freezing PACKAGING IT

WATCH VIDEO HERE:

More information, you might enjoy:

10 Keys to BEING seriously healthy

Exquisite Self-Care, according to Ayurvedic Medicine, and Darci Frankel

Exquisite Self-Care, according to Ayurvedic Medicine, and Darci Frankel

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Are Fabric Softener & laundry detergent Toxic? (Hell Yes!)

In doing research for my Serious Cleanse protocol, I came across many studies including these.
In the name of well being, I feel strongly compelled to share it with you.

Do you know that women who clean at home or work,
face increased lung function decline.
Summary:

Women who work as cleaners or regularly use cleaning sprays or other cleaning products at home appear to experience a greater decline in lung function over time than women who do not clean, according to new research.

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180216084912.htm

Are Fabric Softener & laundry detergent Toxic? (Hell Yes!)

http://www.organicauthority.com/sanctuary/is-fabric-softener-toxic-hell-yes-it-is.html

7 TOXIC CHEMICALS FOUND IN “CLEAN” LAUNDRY https://www.annmariegianni.com/toxic-chemicals-in-laundry-detergents/

Summary:
Laundry detergent & fabric softener are toxic

Alternatives:

At Hanalei Day Spa and in my home, we use products which have zero negative impact on the environment and individual’s health.
We use:

  • a solution of water and vinegar for cleaning windows and the floor,
  • Try real brightening: A little baking soda added to the wash cycle will naturally brighten colors, without the clingy chemicals to irritate your skin.
  • Skip the fabric softener: A half-cup of vinegar added in the rinse cycle will produce the same results without the toxic chemicals.
  • Bon Ami, a natural, non toxic slightly abrasive cleaner,
  • Home-Biotic, a pro-biotic for home/office, which is an enzyme formula that eats mold and toxins
  • Organic body products such as; organic coconut oil for massage, natural lotions, and organic essential oils, facial formula, body mud and body mask and teas with all natural and organic ingredients.
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Healthy holidays, Hanalei Day Spa style

Healthy Holidays, Hanalei Day Spa Style

Health is not merely the absence of disease. When we are truly healthy, we feel a certain way.
We feel open, flexible and almost buoyant in our bodies, we feel emotionally clear, and mentally resourceful. In order to have health like this we need to take care of our physical, mental and emotional wellness, and not let things build up. Things that build up include; physical toxins, our to do list, sleep deprivation, undelivered communications, unfelt emotions, grief, resentments even unexpressed appreciations can build up and can all affect our health.

The basic pillars of health
Make sure there is; circulation, enough exercise, (not too much, not to little), same with food, and elimination. Are you sleeping and resting enough? Are you sleeping too much?

The gift of nourishing connections
In the same way we nourish ourselves, we want to nourish our relationships. Instead of giving an arbitrary gift (that someone may not want or need), try asking your loved one’s what they want. Give extra appreciation to your loved ones. Ask them if they have any requests. Take time to do a clearing ritual, to clear the air periodically.

Fun questions that nourish connection:
“Do you have something that you want from me?”
“Is there something you’d like me to not do?”
“Is there anything else I can do to make you happy?”
“What can I do for you?”
“How is our quality time? Would you like more, or less time together?”
“Would you like a certain type of touch, a back massage, a foot massage?”
“Is there something you’d like to be appreciated for?”
“Do you have any appreciations for me?”
If you like these questions, you may want to attend one of our upcoming couple’s retreats.

Self care, quality over quantity
To feel your best, avoid over eating, stop eating before you feel full, it actually causes some damage when we overeat. In addition, quality over quantity. Choose high quality organic, GMO free foods, good fats the same way we nourish ourselves, we want to nourish our relationships. Instead of giving arbitrary gifts that someone may not want or need, try asking your beloveds what they want? Give extra appreciation to your loved ones. Ask them if they have any requests, something like “Is there anything else I can do to make you happy? What can I do for you? Or, is there something you would like me to not do? Do we spend enough quality time together?  Take time to do a clearing ritual, to clear the air periodically.

Avoid mental, physical and emotional indigestion
Take note to see when you are full. Do you frequently feel overwhelmed, that would be a signal that you are mentally ‘full’, and need a break. Studies have shown that taking some time after one activity and before another activity can help mental focus and acuity. In a conversation, if you feel like you cannot track, it is ok to take a few minutes break, then revisit the conversation.

Overall, we want to take extra care during the holiday time for many reasons which include; people can tend to be more sensitive, missing their departed family members, having nostalgic memories of holidays past, interacting with family members can frequently bring up old unhealed wounds.

Happy holidays from all of us at Hanalei Day Spa on Kauai!

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Hacking Travel, self care during travel

not all who wander are lost-2It is possible to maintain, and even ‘up level’ our self-care while we travel!

With a little planning, you can have your vacation uplevel your self-care on your vacation and propel you towards greater wellness! Most people do not understand that the problem is that air travel is extremely dehydrating, the dry air wicks important liquid from our bodies, this is why our main goal inflight is hydration. Our body and brain do not function well when dehydrated. A lot of people I know who have traveled frequently through their lives develop more negative effects of travel the older they get. Here, I outline some simple steps, to minimize the negative impact of travel.

Prepare in advance:

  1. Hydrate well for several days before you travel. 1 gallon of pure (filtered or artesian water) daily.
  2. Give yourself an oil massage the day of or the day before you fly.
    Self-massage Instructions here
  3. Prevent travel constipation by stabilizing your bowel movement cycle. You can do this by drinking 1 cup of warm water or tea immediately upon rising to stimulate peristaltic movement.  Peristaltic movement is the wavelike movement of the intestines and colon which moves waste out. Avoid colon weakening laxatives like cascara sagrada. Do ‘pose of the child’ AKA balasana, for several minutes upon arising.
  4. The best food choices at this time are warm, cooked, easy to digest, soupy foods that are easy to digest and in simple combinations with some extra grass fed butter, coconut oil or ghee, adding the oils supports hydration. *Warm foods are grounding and calming and counteract the dryness. According to Ayurvedic Medicine, we heal using the influence of opposites. For instance, if someone has dry skin, we recommend oil massage.
  5. Bring a home cooked meal on the plane. Right before your trip, make some cooked foods, basmati rice, fish, with your favorite veggies and add 2 tbs of ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil.
    * Use the container as you travel and for a meal when you return.

The opposite of what we need is what we are served on an airplane.
Inflight food is usually; cold, processed foods; pretzels (dry, light, rough). We need warming, grounding, unctuous, easy to digest foods.

During the flight:

  1. They allow you to bring a quart sized zip lock baggie with your liquids in it. I bring 2 ounces of coconut oil (for food) and another container of some herbal massage oil, essential oils and some tinctures that I might need during my trip, such as rescue remedy etc.
  2. Sip warm or hot water so you can stay hydrated.
  3. Self-massage, to hydrate/lubricate skin, and rejuvenation. I go to the bathroom after people have already used it. This way, I can take a few extra minutes in there without feeling the pressure of knowing that people are waiting. If it is cold, I cover the air vent, then wipe off the basin and fill it with hot water, so I can put my oil bottle in there to warm up. While that is heating, I take a few drops of essential oils in my palms and breathe deep. I like to start off with thieves, which kills airborne pathogens, or other simple essential oils such as Lavender, lemon, orange etc. Then, I use the warmed oil and give myself a modified ‘Abhyanga’. I rub some oil on my arms, chest, back, and legs. If it is a long flight, this will be completely absorbed by the time I arrive, and I will have deeply hydrated tissues!
  4. I wear compression socks and take several stretch brakes to increase circulation.

When you arrive:
* When going anywhere, I leave some spring water in a glass container, in my car for my return. There is nothing like spring water from where I live!

  1. Drink a lot of water, from a stainless steel or glass bottle, not plastic. I am sure by now you have heard about the DNA altering plastics and chemicals.
  2. Take a hot shower as soon as you can.
  3. On Kauai, we like to go to the ocean to wash off the plane and the mainland.
  4. Get a nice warm meal and add, avocado, grass-fed butter or coconut oil.
  5. If you watch the sunset and sunrise, this helps your body regulate to the current time zone. Enjoy!

Travel according to Ayurvedic Medicine:

Ayurveda is the ancient “Science of Life’ from India dating back 7,000 years.

The three goals of Ayurveda are to prevent disease, preserve health and promote longevity. From the outside, it may appear that Ayurveda is simply a diet, using herbs, massage, and body typing, however it truly is a lifestyle. Ayurveda is a health-giving, longevity creating, increasing quality of life, daily practice. Yoga and meditation are part of Ayurveda and common ‘prescriptions’.

According to the Ancient science of healing, Ayurveda, there are 3 specific energies that must be balanced in order for optimal health to prevail. When one of the three becomes depleted or excessive, the ending result is a disease. What is not common knowledge is that people who travel frequently for work or, for pleasure can easily increase the energy of movement. Then, this imbalance or excess of Vata, if not counteracted will begin to take root in the body, then continue to grow through the stages of disease. The root cause of disease is excess doshas, also Known as Vata/movement, Pitta/transformation, and Kapha/structure.

Traveling increases ‘movement’ and is called Vata in Sanskrit. The qualities of Vata are cold, dry, light and rough. When these qualities are increased in the environment or diet they affect our organism. If we want to remain calm and balanced we will counteract these with warm, oily, smooth and heavier substances.

Symptoms of high Vata:

Dry; skin, nails, hair, mouth and eyes, constipation, insomnia, forgetfulness, anxiety, nervousness, weight loss, shooting pain, traveling pain etc.

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Keep yer cool in summer.

This short video offers some quick tips how to eliminate heat in the body. Not an exhaustive list by any means, but it is a good start and I include special cooling yogic breathing techniques. If you post comments or questions, I will answer as my time allows. If it is an in depth question, you may want to enroll for an ayurveda consultation. I offer a limited number of these per month. Take care and enjoy!

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Let’s stop blaming Mercury retrograde, he doesn’t like it!

 

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Actually Mercury doesn’t care, but I got your attention. That’s right, Mercury doesn’t really care, but you should, not in a judgmental ‘should’ kind of way but in a self reflective, I am going to take responsibility for myself, kind of way.

I’m supposed to be sleeping right now, but I feel compelled to shout from the rooftops, or maybe just my lanai, “Let’s stop making mercury the scapegoat of our problems!” He doesn’t deserve that, no planet does. Mercury is so misunderstood, the minute anything goes wrong, people blame him.

The truth is, one of the best times to learn about communication is when mercury is retrograde. Let me explain, first, any retrograde planet is not literally moving backwards; it just appears to be, in relation to the earth. When a planet is in retrograde, that is the time to reflect on the specific energy of that planet, and learn the lessons, that ‘it’ wants to teach us. Ergo, contrary to popular belief, Mercury is not the scapegoat for everything that goes wrong during this time. In fact, we can make great strides in our inner world during any retrograde cycle because it is a centripetal energy.

Mercury asks us to reflect, ruminate, work and internalize the important lessons. One theme in Ayurvedic medicine (the system of healing from India) and Vedic Astrology is to align ourselves with the ‘energy’, and move in the same direction.

Here, on Kauai, surfers do the same thing, they wait for a ‘good’ wave, turn their surfboard in the direction the wave is moving, then they paddle hard. The wave picks them up and they have a great ride just in front of this big lump of water that pushes them forward! They can artfully carve in and out of the wave, or just stand there on the board enjoying the free ride (that’s what I did). I’ve surfed before and there is no other feeling like it! The potential here is a great ride, or… the waves can pummel you, it is entirely your choice.

Vedic Astrology and Ayurvedic medicine are sister sciences, which I learned together, starting some 20 something years ago. I want to clarify that I am not a Vedic astrologer, I am still very much a student, a devotee of it all, dedicated to learning and continually growing. My main focus is Ayurvedic medicine and Yoga, which, at some level, are all really interconnected and inseparable.

According to Vedic astrology, the name for planets is graha, meaning to grasp. Inversely, in yoga, we learn Apari-graha, which means non-possessiveness, to not hold onto; things, people, ideas, possessions etc.   In this case, the planets/graha literally grasp us. In a way, they posses us, and have their way with us. As these karmas ripen, they live out certain karmas through us during times when they are more lively in our chart. It is likened to an archetypical energy that we embody and live out.

To me, it is common sense to come to the conclusions that if the universe/a planet wants something from us, why not give it what it wants? Planets or ‘the universe’ or whatever your term is for creation/creator want certain behaviors from us. Such as: surrender, serious discipline, humility, consistency, did I say humility, yes, Saturn wants lots of that. Mercury wants clarity, distinction, discretion, and discernment to name a few.

There is also a bunch more data that your friendly neighborhood Jyotishi (Vedic Astrologer) will tell you about the house Mercury was occupying when you were born, your natal chart and where he is now which will give different results. I am not here to do that, I am here to say “hey, there’s this thing that people have been misunderstanding, here’s the truth, there can be a lot of positive cultivation now, so let’s take advantage of that.

In conclusion, Mercury wants clear communication, articulation, and flexible thinking. He governs: education, language, writing, logic, and understanding. He represents modes of communication, which is why people blame all sorts of communication breakdowns on him. The best use of mercury retrograde is to be involved in those activities or activities, which involve using those inner faculties just mentioned.

In my humble opinion, I think it is a perfect time to: journal, catch up on your inner work, learn, practice and teach communication skills (like I am doing here), learn a new language, teach something, articulate your messages clearly, enunciate your words, etc. Mercury is not our scapegoat. Mercury retrograde is an opportunity to learn and grow. If you’d like to learn; about yourself, to listen and communicate even better, you may want to participate in the upcoming tele-class I will be teaching during this Mercury retrograde cycle.

I’ll post the details soon or email me for more information. DarciAyur@gmail.com

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