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

Jennifer Juniper! Discover Juniper Berry Essential Oil, That Is

Juniper berry essential oil, a unique ingredient in many of PHYTO5’s holistic and Swiss-made Winter energetic skincare products and hair care line, is a versatile and many-faceted healing agent. 

Its aroma is distinctive, crisp, fresh, woody and herbaceous with a hint of sweetness. If it smells a bit like a cocktail to you, it’s because juniper berries are used to flavor gin.

Juniper’s properties include anti-inflammatory, calming, anti-irritating and lipolytic but there’s a far more extensive list a couple paragraphs below.

With origins in Bulgaria, Canada, France, Nepal and the U.S., evergreen juniper trees produce seed cones called berries. The sweetest oil comes from the berries of the tree, though inferior juniper oil can be harvested from the needles and twigs. 

Here’s a partial listing of the wonderful healing actions of juniper berry essential oil:

  1. Soothes rheumatic and arthritic pain
  2. Helps ease cramps from menstruation and assists to regulate the menstrual cycle
  3. Alleviates symptoms of cystitis by adding a few drops of juniper berry oil in a warm shallow bath
  4. Lessens kidney stone discomfort when placing a compress with juniper berry oil on the lower back
  5. Purifies and detoxifies the blood
  6. Reduces water retention
  7. Helps to shrink both varicose veins and hemorrhoids
  8. Tones the skin by unblocking pores and balancing oily and blackhead- and acne-prone skin
  9. Provides relief for psoriasis and eczema when applied in diluted form
  10. Soothes skin eruptions when used in a cool compress
  11. Softens scar tissue
  12. Promotes nerve regeneration after injury
  13. Helps treat dandruff when used in a hair rinse
  14. Enhances the filtration action of the kidneys
  15. Flushes out free radicals from your system
  16. Purifies the air, repelling insects
  17. Eases mental exhaustion and nervous tension acting as a sedative
  18. Acts as a grounding agent for anxiety
  19. Helps to sharpen memory when used in aromatherapy
  20. Dispels such negative emotions as guilt, loneliness and insecurity
  21. Releases suppressed anger and negativity when used in aromatherapy or during meditation

Check out PHYTO5’s holistic, energetic skincare seasonal lines especially those for the Winter season.

“Juniper berry oil is non-toxic and non-sensitizing, although there are some people who have a reaction to it, so use it in moderation. Make sure you do a skin patch test before using juniper berry oil. Apply a diluted drop on your arm and see if any reaction occurs.
Because it can stimulate the uterine muscle, juniper berry oil should not be used during pregnancy. I do not recommend this essential oil to nursing moms and very young children as well. Those who suffer from any type of kidney or liver disease should refrain from using juniper berry oil.”

–Dr. Joseph Mercola,

Additional sources for this blog post:

Neal's Yard Remedies. Essential Oils: All Natural Remedies and Recipes for Your Mind, Body, and Home. New York: Penguin Random House, 2016. Print.

Rector-Page, Linda G. Linda Page's Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-healing for Everyone. California: Traditional Wisdom, 2000. Print.

Essential Oils for Beginners: The Guide to Get Started with Essential Oils and Aromatherapy. Berkeley: Althea, 2013. Print.

Lis-Balchin, Maria. Aromatherapy Science: A Guide for Healthcare Professionals. London: Pharmaceutical, 2006. Print.