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Life-Energy-Vitality; The role of Vital Force in health and skin care


"What is the essence of life energy?"
"Does the life energy of plants differ from that of man and animals?"


Philosophers, physicians, and every day seekers have pondered the subject since the days of Hypocrites. Early physicians referred to a mysterious energy or spirit-like substance that had a definite role in life and health. They called it “vital force.“

Vital force is an aspect of nature that “orders” our body so that it may maintain or restore health. When the vital force is disrupted or “dis-ordered” the body manifests symptoms of imbalance as colds, allergies, aches, illness and disease.

How does this pertain to skin care?

Similarly the skin shows imbalances in terms of rashes, dryness or oiliness, breakouts, wrinkles and inflammation. This is how the body and skin communicate to us that it is "out of sorts" and in need of help. It is important to know the elements that support a healthy energy flow i.e. vital force, and elements that disrupt energy flow resulting in signs of physical imbalance. This is the primary principle of how to stay healthy. It is a vital consideration when selecting skin care products.

“What happens when the vital force is ignored?”

The modern commercial skin care approach is to treat symptoms of dryness, oiliness, acne, and such with synthetic chemicals. This approach does not recognize the importance of the presence of vital force in skin and skin care ingredients.

When ingredients are used that do not support the vital force, symptoms may be appeased but the cause is not addressed. Additionally the body may become toxic from the synthetic chemical ingredients thus side effects can occur. Health in general can be compromised. Because synthetic ingredients do not support the body’s vital force it is crucial to seek skin care products that contain only ingredients that do have a vital force, and thereby support life, vitality and beautiful skin.

“How can we support the vital force in its effort to maintain optimum health and vibrant skin?”

The body will recognize and interact with elements of nature which contain vital force. We respond to nature – herbs, flower essences, essential oils, homeopathy, and “grown” food because we are nature. Within nature all organisms share a similar essence of vital force. To restore vital force to the body it is necessary to use these vital energies of nature.

What differentiates plants from synthetic ingredients is the presence of vital force. Plants are living beings. When we work with a plant its vital force interacts with the vitality of our own being in ways that enhance our well being far beyond the capabilities of synthetic ingredients.

When working with plant remedies – herbs, essential oils of plants, homeopathy, or flower essences we are taking in not only the nutritional and chemical constituents of the plants, we also take in the full energy and wisdom the plants offer. Understanding the mind, body and spirit’s responsiveness to the energies of nature’s plants is integral to an holistic approach to health.

“… that which does not support “life” breaks down life.”

Any product we use internally or topically (which in turn enters the bloodstream through the pores of our skin) whether it is food, supplements or skin care products, must have active vital force. If a substance is not “live” with vital force it is dead; the body cannot use it. What the body cannot use, it either converts to a usable state or relates to it as waste (toxic) matter that must be eliminated. Either way this creates an energy burden on the immune and detoxification systems of the body - liver, kidneys and lymphatic system. Thus any food or any product which does not support life breaks down life. Signs of aging, fatigue, toxicity, and poor health – disease will appear.

"Certain energies are known to disrupt the flow of vital force"

Vital force is an innate aspect of all living organisms - plants, humans and animals. However, certain energies are known to disrupt the flow of vital force - chemicals, preservatives, excessive heat, x-ray, microwave, electrical and magnetic frequencies. When foods and other health products are processed or merely come in contact with these energies they lose their vitality; their vital force is disrupted. This renders them less effective or ineffective and sometimes even harmful as they rob energy and vitality from the body.

“Do essential oils and hydrosols have vital force?”

Yes, some do. When distilled properly essential oils and hydrosols contain vital force. However, the vital force is often destroyed during the extraction process. Organically grown raw plant materials and proper life-preserving distillation methods can be costly. Many oils in the market place have been extracted with the use of chemical solvents to speed up the process, and extract greater quantities of fluid, thereby reducing production cost. Unfortunately the solvents are toxic to us and they destroy the vital force of the plants as well. Some essential oils and hydrosols on the market have been diluted and some are synthetic. The essential oils and hydrosols used at Garden of Eve skin care are intentionally distilled by low pressure, low temperature, pure steam distillation. The herbs and flowers are organically grown to ensure the absence of harmful synthetic pesticides. This ensures that the resulting skin care products are of great vital force, readily usable by the body.

The skin deep cosmetics safety database scores products from 0-10 hazard risk, 0 being the safest score. Synthetic ingredient products have high hazard scores whereas the more natural ingredient products have low, closer to '0' hazard scores. Garden of Eve skin care is proud of their 0 hazard scores in that database.

To best support health and vitality everything we eat, drink, or put on our skin is best chosen with vital force as a criteria.

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