“Holism” – a new word and a life altering concept, I was first introduced to as student at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition.
Just what is “holism” ?
“Holism” is a belief that nothing is separate instead everything exists as an interdependent piece of an alive and intelligent whole.
Just how does this relate to our skin and our bodies?
According to the philosophy of “holism”, an alive, balanced body is a network of mutually supportive functional systems. Every aspect of the body is intertwined and interdependent, and each of every one the body’s cells is governed by a common intelligence that guides its function to work in support and service of the whole body.
In order to better serve the needs of their clients, a growing number of estheticians like myself are exploring “holism” and its applications in skin care. We understand that the digestive, intestinal, lymphatic, circulatory, nervous, immune, respiratory, urinary, glandular, hormonal, structural, and other systems are all linked to the beauty of the skin and the health of the whole body.
Cells are organized into organs and tissues. Organs and tissues are organized into body systems. Every body system and organ performs performs a function that is critical to the support and survival of every other organ and system. This interdependence is true for the skin, just as it is true for the stomach, or the heart, or the nervous system. The skin is essential to the survival of the body and the skin is in turn dependent on the other systems of the body for its own health and well-being.
In order to sustain life, your body must take in adequate nourishment and oxygen. Your body must dispose of toxins and wastes. Your body must maintain its internal temperature and moisture balance all with a critical range. In addition you body must defend itself physically. Your body must be able to sense and react to threats from its environment. To stay alive your body must have a perpetual barrier to ward off the environment’s constant barrage of irritants, germs, and environmental toxins. Your skin is essential to each of these vital functions. Your skin is the largest organ of the body and perhaps the most holistic one.
How can you support the skin in the most holistic way?
All you need to do is remember ”hol“ or whole, where you are in balance in mind, body and spirit. Live as a whole person. Eat whole and unprocessed foods. Meditate and manage your stress. Exercise and take a walk in nature. Use natural products on your skin and body. Clean your home with safe and un-chemical products. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add 100% pure therapeutic grade essential oils to your daily routine. They can add “holism” to all aspects of your life. Simply buy the best quality oils and read the labels on the bottle for suggested usage. Essential oils are holistic and naturally intelligent. They are “nature in a bottle.” Essential oils know what to do to support you as a whole person.
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