The PHYTO5 Blog of Blogs: A Holistic Lifestyle Compendium

With more than 100 blog entries at our site (and more to be added throughout 2017), it's likely you can find the answers to most any holistic skincare and lifestyle question you have. Here's a rundown of topics and live links to get you right through to the easy-to-read details.


Truly Holistic Skincare and Beauty

🔷Holistic skincare defined here

🔷Anti-aging benefits of chia for holistic skincare with bonus recipe here

🔷14 tips to keep your skin hydrated here

🔷How to tell if you have over-processed skin here

🔷Find out which of the five major skin conditions you have here

🔷The scoop on couperose here

🔷What authentic truly organic skincare is here

🔷What to eat for glowing skin plus bonus recipe here

🔷20 tips for "no makeup" beauty here

🔷One simple way to exfoliate your skin here

🔷The soothing attributes of jojoba oil here

🔷PHYTO5 facial clay masks here and here


About Essential Oils

🌹Benefits of rosemary essential oil here

🌹What juniper essential oil has to offer with bonus music video here

🌹What essential oils are all about here


Maintaining Physical Vitality and Wellness Without Allopathic Medicine

🤕How to combat drug-resistant superbugs naturally here and here

🤕Protect yourself from harmful EMFs here and here

🤕What might be behind unexplained periods of exhaustion here

🤕How trees are constantly giving to you here

🤕How the simple act of walking is great medicine here and here

🤕What body shape and morphology tell us about our health here and here

🤕All about earth's negatively charged ions and the healing they offer here and here

🤕Drainage of the five fluids here

🤕How reflex zones provide telltale signs of lack of health and vitality here

🤕Wear a scarf! here

🤕The five major functions of light in the body here

🤕Eight very accessible forms of color and light therapy here

🤕A list of questions your holistic practitioner should be asking you here

🤕How your skin is a diagnosis tool here


These "Between Seasons" Posts Are Worth Revisiting as of January 18

🔶About the timing of the energetic seasons here

🔶'Splainin' the spleen here

🔶14 ways to get "unstuck" here

🔶If you just can't say no here

🔶Best eating practices for between seasons here and here

🔶Why you shouldn't ignore the 18-day transition periods between seasons here and here



🍜10 reasons spirulina will never go out of style here

🍜12 reasons for pursuing a plant-based diet here

🍜Your Monday morning breakfast parfait with bonus recipe here

🍜Heart-shaped foods and why you should eat them here


Conscious Lifestyle Tips

💠Five key ideas on energy and consciousness here

💠The quantum and conscious nature of water here

💠How our energy fields affect everyone around us here

💠Body–mind–spirit alignment as the highest wellness goal here

💠How to find sanctuary in uncertain times here

💠How to live on purpose here

💠Elegant ways to recycle kitchen scraps here

💠How to make your home radiate with peace here

💠How to start living peacefully here

💠Everyday vegan shopping options here

💠14 ways to take in heavenly chi here

💠How to cope here

💠18 avenues for releasing stored emotional pain here

💠The other half of YOU here

💠7 "other" ways to meditate here and the rewards of meditation here

💠Aura hygiene tips here

💠What practicing mindfulness qigong can do for you here


Pathways to Inner Beauty

💆🏻18 inner beauty tips here

💆🏻To be attractive is about far more than exterior beauty here


Vital Energy and Chinese Medicine

🌀7 ways to have good Jing here

🌀What our skin can tell us about our vital energy here

🌀How to balance your chakras here

🌀All about energy and chakras here

🌀Vital energy and the five fluids here

🌀The other half of skincare here

🌀The difference between matter and energy here

🌀How energetic skincare is a super smart lifestyle decision here

🌀Belief in vital energy through the ages, cultures and belief systems here


Winter Energetic Season Lifestyle Tips

❄️Possible signs you have a Water element imbalance here

❄️A listing of black or nearly black nutritious foods to eat during the Winter energetic season here

Stay Well! Don't Ignore the Transition Period Between Summer and Fall

"...the Earth element governs the change in the seasons, and ... thus the Earth element’s season, by definition, is the transition point between all seasons. By this logic, a weakness in the Earth energy of the body (which governs our Spleen, Stomach, and digestive function), could lead the body to be susceptible to outside illnesses when it is dominant–the time between all seasons." – from "Why Do I Get Sick When the Seasons Change?" by Marcie Griffith Bower, Lic.Ac., MAOM, Dipl. OM


The next transition or "between seasons" period begins July 20 and lasts until August 6 when Fall begins according to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Just as it's wise to live in harmony with Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter, let's not ignore the "between seasons" periods! One of the five for the year is about to begin.

We are an inherent part of nature. We are not separate from it. Logically speaking, living in harmony with nature will assist us to have physical bodies that are in harmony in all its internal systems. We will eat in a certain way, exercise in a certain way, sleep and wake accordingly, give, love, contemplate, and nurture ourselves in alignment with the ways of the Earth season in TCM. Not only our physical bodies will benefit with health and vitality thereby preventing illness, our mental, emotional and spiritual aspects will be kept on balance and thrive as well. See also our blog post of July 15, 2016.

The element associated with this transition period is Earth, the color is yellow, the organs are stomach and spleen, and it's now the time to think about harvesting what we have sown throughout the summer. It's a time of "decrease" or slowing down and at the same time, abundance, when we can:

  • realize the fruits of our labor (in the relationships we enjoyed this summer, in our exuberance of life, in the care of our hearts, both literally and figuratively);
  • begin again to nurture ourselves in whatever way that looks;
  • to intend to digest not only our food very well but our thoughts and emotions enabling them to reach our minds and spirits;
  • start slowing down and gathering in all that we have created throughout the Summer;
  • recognize the bounty of the earth as harvest is about to begin and to see how we can be bounteous in our lives in our giving to others;
  • contemplate the harvest aspect of our lives to see the areas that are bearing fruit and which are not; then to determine in the Fall (beginning August 7) which ones can be let go or given focus;
  • determine what is truly necessary in our lives and what is superfluous and a distraction then take steps in alignment with our discoveries; this is important as we prepare to enter the Fall season where letting go is paramount;
  • observe and mirror nature at this time of year; the metaphor of the cycles of nature has much to teach us; now is the time to begin contemplating how the seeds we plant (both physically and metaphorically) reap corresponding harvests; we can contemplate the seeds we have sown and realize that every harvest bears the seeds for the next one.