This week's blog is brought to you by Marianne Wilson Stein of Gifts from the Earth.
Yes, this is an art blog. My art is natural skincare, the art of luxurious beauty. I bring you something to consider next time you look in the mirror: Really look in the mirror and see who is looking back. What is the mirror telling you? Face Mapping can tell you a lot!
Based in Ayurvedic teachings and ancient Chinese medicine, Face Mapping is the practice of face reading. It is connecting an area of your face to an organ or body part to understand how the body is functioning. By looking at the different areas or zones on your face it might help lead you to make some lifestyle changes. Is the quality of your skin different around your face? Acne in a specific area? Red and puffy?
Here are 5 areas of the face that may tell you something about your health.
1. Forehead – Digestion
Poor digestion could be due to toxins and lack of water. Drink water throughout the day. Carry water bottles with you and avoid fizzy or caffeinated beverages. If you want something different to drink, try an herbal tea blend or green tea. Green tea is packed with anti-oxidants to help reduce the effects from the toxins. The color yellow and the element of earth are associated with this area of the body.
2. Between the brows – Liver/Gallbladder
Acne, flaky skin or other skin issues of this area could be an indication of drinking too much alcohol or eating too much fatty food. Fat in the diet is ok if it is the good fat, like olive oil, not animal fat. Limit the amount you drink as well. Our liver is our clearing house keeping our body healthy, don’t blow it off. The color green and the element of wood are associated with this area of the body.
3. Nose – Heart
Swelling or bulbous changes to the nose could indicate heart disease/high blood pressure. Eat more heart healthy foods, control your blood pressure, reduce salt intake and love yourself. The color red and the element of fire are associated with this area of the body.
4. Chin – Hormones
Your chin is where you will see hormonal imbalances and stress. You are more likely to have break outs during your menstrual cycle. Exercising helps a lot, along with a good night’s sleep. The color orange is associated with this area of the body.
5. Cheeks – Lungs and metabolism
Cheeks are linked to lung function; inhaling pollution can show up as blotchiness or discoloration of the checks. It could also indicate poor metabolism. Pay close attention to how you breath and learn some good breathing exercises. The color white and the element of metal are associated with this area of the body.
Use the mirror to look at your beautiful self. Your face could be trying to say something about your health. Having a pimple or two doesn’t mean you have a serious health issue. But chronic acne or other skin conditions that can’t be squashed no matter how hard you try, might be worth asking a doctor to consider any potential health issues.
Remember we are all a work of art at the very core. This vessel we live in can show its age, life experiences and the unique creation that is each of us. Search your face for understanding who you are and your own possible frailties. For those that enjoy color and elemental healing work I have included some basic information. If your vessel is broken fix it and paint it a glorious color!
“Our faces will become works of art that our grandchildren will treasure.”
― Adriana Trigiani, Don't Sing at the Table: Life Lessons from My Grandmothers
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