The ancient Chinese saw how the cycles of the seasons profoundly impact everything from weather to plants and crops, animals and even human mental well-being. They surmised that to each season corresponds a specific energy that influences all life forms. They concluded that in addition to the cyclical movement of yin and yang, illustrated by the repetitive cycle of day-night, there must also be changing energies causing, and therefore related to, seasonal changes. The ancient Chinese subdivided yin and yang into five phases, also called elements which they named: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal, Water.
But why five rather than four phases to correlate with the four seasons?
Since all these energies were seen by the Chinese as coming from the earth, they surmised that at the end of each season the energy goes back to the earth for its transformation before appearing as the energy of the next season.
This transition period necessarily repeated four times a year became known as the Earth season.
A little arithmetic made it clear that each energetic season is approximately seventy-two days and that the Earth season occurs for approximately eighteen days four times a year (for a total 72 days out of 365).
The Earth element seasons or “between seasons” periods are:
January 18 to February 4
April 18 to May 5
July 20 to August 6
October 21 to November 7
PHYTO5’s Earth element skin and haircare products are formulated to help bring balance to what we call Earth imbalance.
An Earth type person whose skin is out of balance will manifest some or all of these: blemishes, toxicity, acne, psoriasis, enlarged pores.
Earth element products support balance by helping to detoxify, purify and normalize the skin using natural unique ingredients like: high grade essential oils of lemon, cypress, and eucalyptus.
Lemon essential oil is an anti-inflammatory, anti-irritating and astringent that relaxes nervous energy while attenuating wrinkles. Lemon essential oil is best known for its ability to cleanse toxins from the body and purify the skin. It is widely used in lymph drainage treatments and to rejuvenate energy.
Recommended in treatments for conditions caused by poor circulation, anti-infectious cypress essential oil supports the body to remove excess water and salt that can lead to fluid retention. It also supports circulation.
Eucalyptus essential oil is primarily used for its soothing and relaxing properties.
The synergistic proprietary blend of essential oils supports emotional balance when lightly inhaled. Earth types who are out of emotional balance will tend to worry, feel stuck and stagnant. They often have challenges saying “no” to others in favor of focusing on taking care of themselves.
“One of the imbalances of Earth types, however, tends to be lack of boundaries. It is evidenced in the volunteers who never say no and the friends who always offer a shoulder to cry on to the detriment of themselves. They have difficulty separating their lives from the lives of their friends or clients. They have forgotten how to take care of themselves. They have fallen into the groove of reacting to others rather than responding with awareness.” —PHYTO5’s blog post of October 24, 2016
Just one drop of Earth element Phyt’Ether serum lightly inhaled, for example, may enhance your innate but temporarily blocked sense of knowing and creativity. The aromatherapeutic fragrance of the Earth element product may help to open up abilities within you to begin new projects with clarity and focus.
“In balance Earth types are the people with the sunny disposition. They are very nurturing, caring and are wonderful friends. Earth types accept everyone into their world for they feel a kinship with all other human beings. When in balance, Earth types are very even, serene centers of gravity around which people love to gather. Tolerance is their guiding principle. They are able to feel empathy for another’s pain and can quite easily return to themselves without having taken on that pain. Balanced Earth types can do this because their boundaries are very well established within themselves. They give selflessly and are always available for their friends.” —PHYTO5’s blog post of October 24, 2016
If your skin is nicely in balance, now is the time for you to use Earth element products as well.
Editor's Note: This post was originally published April 14, 2016 and has been updated for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.