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Hidden Gems: Meet Erika Monroe of Alke-Bulan Naturals

Today we’d like to introduce you to Erika Monroe.

Our passionate founder, Erika Monroe, has studied health, wellness, and nutrition for the past ten years. This taught her the importance of using holistic lifestyle changes to promote overall health and wellness. After a decade of committing herself to the study of natural wellness, Erika has decided to create her own range of herbal products inspired by her own self-healing journey. She formulated Alke-Bulan Naturals to help people thrive. Erika is a certified reiki practitioner and motivational speaker that is committed to educating people on the benefits of having a healthy lifestyle.

Erika has a brand manager that helped her execute her vision and a business consultant that helped her get started.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
We have endured many challenges and obstacles while creating Alke-Bulan Naturals. There were days where we wanted to give up because the load was heavy and weighing us down at times. However, we reminded ourselves that nothing worth having came easy. So we pushed through with faith, resilience and perseverance knowing that if we planted a seed daily, we would one day reap the benefits of our harvest. Two challenges that stand out the most were the global pandemic and finding the perfect manufacturer to package our products. The global pandemic delayed our manufacturing and our launch date because a lot of business were either closed or short-staffed. Again, we just had to have patience and faith and we knew that whenever our products were ready to launch that would be the perfect date. When it comes to manufacturing, we researched and interviewed several manufacturing companies until we found the perfect one. They are a woman-owned small business like us and were in their start-up phase as well. We both learned from each other and developed a close relationship as a result of the learning curve. We truly believe that everything happens for a reason and are excited to share our journey with the world!

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your business?
Here at Alke-Bulan Naturals, returning to our roots is our mantra. We take a wholesome approach to wellness—one that taps into centuries of ancient wisdom. In a world where many of us feel overwhelmed and unsatisfied by modern medicine, getting back to basics is essential.

We chose to name ourselves after “Alkebulan” (Al-ke-bu-lahn) because it’s a profound indigenous word that means “Mother of Mankind” or “Garden of Eden.” The word “Alkebulan” symbolizes returning to our roots. We changed the spelling to “Alke-Bulan” as a nod to alkalinity: the concept of enjoying a healthy diet to maintain your body’s ideal pH level.

Our products include ingredients that have been used in traditional healing since ancient times, including sea moss, ashwagandha, noni, camu camu, and spirulina. These powerful plant-based supplements were revered in multiple cultures around the world for centuries and are often recommended by wellness gurus and holistic doctors today.

Because of our dedication to health and the environment, Alke-Bulan Naturals uses organic ingredients, all derived from sustainable sources. All of our products are completely plant-based, as we use gelatin-free capsules. Our products are packaged in BPA-free bottles and manufactured in an FDA-approved facility right here in the USA.

What’s next?
Alke-Bulan Naturals is a lifestyle. We are growing and we look forward to bringing more innovative products to our consumers that go beyond supplements. Stay tuned to experience more magic and bliss of Alke-Bulan Naturals.

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