Autumn is a wonderful time to slow down and turn within, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Intellectually, we feel the call of the book that went unread in summer. Spiritually, it’s alluring to quiet ourselves and listen to Spirit moving amidst the changing trees and foliage. Physically, it seems a part of human nature to turn to comfort – in the form of more warming foods, a day at the spa, or a long walk on a mountain or meadow trail. There is no better time than fall to pamper oneself and for good reason—doing so is emotionally renewing and physically fortifying. You’ll need all your reserves for the coming winter months. So, why not build them up now, and have fun doing so! How? By taking good care of your body’s largest and extremely versatile organ—your skin!
The Edgar Cayce readings are abounding with references to and suggestions for the health of your skin. For the purposes of this article, I will be focusing on three levels of skin care. The first two are diet and eliminations. Cayce often indicated that you are what you eat – and you become what you keep. Since the skin is an organ of elimination (perspiration), you should keep the focus of your diet on healthful and nutritious foods so that you can properly assimilate nutrients and not overly tax your organs of elimination with excess toxins. Some specific foods that promote healthy skin are seafood, vegetables, nuts, herbal teas, and water. Lettuce, carrots, and celery were favorites in the Cayce diet as well because they strengthen the nerve forces within the body, promoting optimum health. Be sure to maintain your focus on light, fresh foods such as these, even in winter. Doing so will support a healthy glow!
Cayce offered many therapies to stimulate eliminations. For the purpose of promoting healthy skin (with a spa-like approach), I suggest you pamper yourself in the following three ways. One, drink eight glasses of water a day, perhaps with a squeeze of lemon or slice of cucumber, or both. You may not consider this the ultimate in pampering, but your body will. Second, get a regular steam at a spa or therapy center or just as good, get into a routine of a very hot and relaxing bath every evening, staying in the tub until you break and sustain a healthy sweat. You’ll immediately feel the benefit, and with consistency you’ll truly detoxify and improve your overall health from the inside – while showing renewed health on the outside.
External care of the skin really comes last, though modern–day advertising would lead us to believe that it comes first (and ends there). It’s not uncommon to find lotions and creams costing twenty and thirty dollars when in truth the best “foods” for the skin are as close as your pantry – olive oil and peanut oil. Each of these oils by themselves make a wonderful “lotion” that will nourish your skin and stimulate the coordination between your deeper and superficial circulation. That said, Cayce additionally outlined many formulas for skin lotions, one consisting of peanut and olive oils plus lanolin, available today as Body Beautiful™ and Olivae™.
This lotion is considered by many to be one of the best Cayce skin care formulas to have on your shelf. Another lotion to consider, complete below with instructions for use, is Natura Magic™ and NaturaRose™.
“For making or keeping a good complexion—this for the skin, the hands, arms and body as well, we would prepare a compound to use as a massage (by self) at least once or twice each week.” (Cayce) This formula contains peanut oil, olive oil, lanolin, and rosewater, a pleasant and effective humectant.
Please, take the time to take care of your skin this fall … your skin will glow and your health will be truly enhanced.
October 2007 © True Health Newsletter