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

More Than a Dozen Ways to Start Living a More Peaceful Gentle Life Right Now

The "hand symbol" above, right, is an adaptation of the original Jain symbol depicting a wheel inside the palm and the word Ahimsa contained within it.

The "hand symbol" above, right, is an adaptation of the original Jain symbol depicting a wheel inside the palm and the word Ahimsa contained within it.

In the Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain traditions, the principle of nonviolence and compassion toward all living things; it is considered one of five great virtues of man; its origin is from the Sanskrit language: from a ‘non-, without’ + hiṃsā ‘violence’

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi promoted Ahimsa in his life and in his life's service. He applied Ahimsa to all arenas of life. He said, "Ahimsa is in Hinduism, it is in Christianity as well as in Islam... Nonviolence is common to all religions, but it has found the highest expression and application in Hinduism (I do not regard Jainism or Buddhism as separate from Hinduism)."

Ahimsa tends to include the following loving lifestyle practices and leads to an overall more peaceful life:

  1. Practicing vegetarianism and even greater, veganism in both food and clothing choices
  2. Refraining from hunting and fishing whether to kill or to wound and release
  3. Eliminating the caging of animals and visiting animals in zoos (animal sanctuaries for the wounded would not apply here)
  4. Treating pets with love and respect, and creating structure within ourselves and for our pets so we may engender their obedience
  5. Refusing to patronize companies that practice cruelty toward animals
  6. Taking in abandoned pets in shelters; consider adopting an aging pet who is more likely to be passed by.
  7. Taking loving care of our own bodies with high frequency exercise such as yoga, martial arts, distance meditative walking; see our blog post of June 10, 2016 for one such simple exercise.
  8. Espousing moderation in what we take into our bodies such as quantities of food, alcohol, sugar, fats, drugs, tobacco
  9. Meditating daily for at least a short period of time being sure to include some form of prayer before or after
  10. Creating a home environment of peace and order that will support nonviolent tendencies within us (See blog post of June 27.)
  11. Gently rejecting negative and destructive self-talk realizing this is the ego talking and not us and that exactly the opposite is true about ourselves; this is practicing non-violent thinking.
  12. Enriching our attitudes towards life by reading uplifting, inspiring books; see list in column 2, right. For a healthier approach to physical vitality and skincare, check out our book, Energetic Skincare, Naturally, replete with all kinds of well researched info. on time-honored techniques for healthy living.
  13. Slowing down if we tend to rush through life; getting present to life
  14. Recycling all that we don't use including clothing, furniture, tools; recycling food scraps
  15. Buying organic and vegan
  16. Walking or riding a bicycle whenever possible
  17. Cutting way back on our consumption of paper, plastic and synthetic products
  18. Becoming more acutely aware of our individual carbon footprint overall and how to reduce it

#ahimsa #nonviolence #peace #holistic #consciousness #holistic #organic #vegan #buddhism #skincare #Swiss #sustainability


Some Titles You May Want to Dive Into for a More Peaceful Loving Life:

  • The Official Ahimsa Dog Training Manual: A Practical, Force-Free Guide to Problem Solving and Manners by Grisha Stewart
  • Living Ahimsa Diet: Nourishing Love & Life by Maya Tiwari
  • Gandhi: An Autobiography - The Story of My Experiments With Truth by Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and Mahadev H. Desai
  • Peace Pilgrim: Her Life and Work in Her Own Words by Peace Pilgrim
  • The Dalai Lama's Little Book of Compassion by the Dalai Lama
  • Personality Development by Swami Vivekananda

All PHYTO5® Swiss-made skincare products are crafted in the spirit of Ahimsa. Animals are not tested and the highest good of the planet is at the core of all our manufacturing practices.

Ommmm. 7 Other Ways to Meditate

Meditation doesn't have to look like you sitting very tall in lotus posture with hands in chin mudra. Meditation can be indigenous to YOU. Explore some of the following methods and discover your own.

  1. Take quiet walks in nature.
  2. Dance, letting the music take you.
  3. Dig in the garden.
  4. Sweep the floors.
  5. Gaze into a candle or fire flame.
  6. Practice yoga, qi gong or tai chi.

With your focus on the sound of crickets singing or on the profound metaphor of sweeping away the dirt in your life, Divine messages will more easily slip into your consciousness. With practice, your method of meditation will become your own indigenous asana (or manner of entering into it).




The 6 Big Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness Qigong

In view of the inadequacies of mainstream treatments for anxiety disorders, we suggest that qigong, an ancient oriental mindful exercise, may be a useful adjunctive treatment. We base this on a biopsychosocial model for health.

Evidence suggests that the benefits of exercise on personal well-being can be explained using six theories:

► cognitive behaviour;
► distraction;
► social interaction;
► cardiovascular fitness;
► amine;
► and endorphin theories.

To date, not much has been done to employ these theories to analyze the benefits of mindful exercises. We try here to reorganize these theories into psychosocial and physiologic perspectives and integrate them with the “mind regulation,” “body regulation,” and “breath regulation” components of qigong. We propose, because of its potential therapeutic effects, that qigong can be considered as an alternative therapy to help meet the increasing demand of nonpharmacologic modalities in achieving biopsychosocial health for those suffering from anxiety in the general population.
— Biopsychosocial Effects of Qigong as a Mindful Exercise for People with Anxiety Disorders: A Speculative Review; Yvonne W.Y. Chow and Hector W.H. Tsang. The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. November 2007, 13(8): 831-840. doi:10.1089/acm.2007.7166.

More on the 6 Big Benefits of Practicing Mindfulness Qigong:

  1. COGNITIVE BEHAVIOR = Feel more positive and better about yourself and your life!
  2. DISTRACTION = Qigong leads us deeper into concentration, and to remain within the requirements of the practice. It becomes a joyful discipline. (The thoughts that create distractions cause the practitioner wander away from the practice come from what is often termed, "Monkey Mind.")
  3. SOCIAL INTERACTION = Make friends while practicing making life an even richer experience!
  4. CARDIOVASCULAR FITNESS = Get and stay healthy!
  5. AMINE = Counteractive to ill effects of pharmaceuticals
  6. ENDORPHIN THEORIES = Qigong is an effective pain and stress fighter.

#consciousness #meditation #qigong #holistic