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The Uses of Five Element Theory

Elemental Herbology believe that it is important to recognise that our lives are a constant state of change and flux. To maintain balance we have to consistently make conscious adjustment. By making changes to our diet, our clothing, our sleeping patterns, taking more time to rest or exercising more and adapting our skincare to meet our changing needs, we can keep our bodies and minds balanced, harmonious and energised.

So here at Elemental Herbology, our product ranges are designed to be highly prescriptive to address the uniquely fluctuating lifestyles of our clients and deliver beautiful, balanced and radiant skin. Using the principles of Chinese medicine and the integral philosophy of Five Element theory, we look for true harmony by exploring the alignment of the elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Metal and Water.

The Wood Element is akin to Spring, flux, movement and growth. Spring is a time to renew and regenerate so we encourage the use of our Radiance and Vitality range during Spring or when the skin is looking sallow and dull and needs to be energised and revitalised.

The Fire Element is akin to Summer and symbolises outward movement, warmth, energy, heat and maximum energy. When the Fire Element is excess our skin becomes excessively oily and congested. We have created the Oil Control range filled with cooling, soothing and sebum-balancing actives to help support the skin and rebalance it when it is subjected to excessive irritants.

The Metal Element is akin to Autumn and is a wonderful time to detoxify, encourage circulation and cleanse just as trees shed their leaves and clear away the old to prepare for the new. During Autumn we encourage the use of our purifying facial masks, detoxifying bath and body oils, and SOS circulation serum.

The Water Element is akin to Winter and is a time to nurture, turn inward and be still and calm. The Water element also helps to boost moisture and when it is depleted by excessive wind, cold and central heating the skin can become dehydrated, sensitive and irritable. To help support the Water element we have created the Moisture Replenishment line filled with an abundance of essential fatty acids and moisture generating actives to help plump and nourish the skin. Our sensitive skin line also helps to further support the skin if it has been sensitised and needs a very soothing and gentle approach.

Finally the Earth element is central to all elements. When the Earth element is in harmony all of our elements are in equilibrium. We have created the Balance skincare line to help skin that is always fluctuating between dry and oily / congested or for normal skin that thrives on a balanced skincare regime.

Of course to keep our bodies and indeed our skin in a state of harmony requires a multi -faceted approach that takes in all aspects of lifestyle, seasonal, dietary and hormonal change, but beautiful, nutrient rich skincare designed to adapt with your changing needs is a very good start