It seems like a lifetime ago that I was smoking cigarettes, drinking sugar free soft drinks and rarely exercising. That was my lifestyle when I was in my twenties. By the time I was in my later thirties, I had started exploring natural healing modalities, like massage therapy, Reiki, aromatherapy, homeopathy, nutrition, supplements, exercise, etc. There wasn’t anything in particular that sparked this transition – simply a desire to look and feel my best.
As I embarked on the healthy lifestyle path more and more, I felt disconnected from my corporate job in the advertising industry. I longed to inspire other people to follow a healthy lifestyle and to create products that would help them feel better, naturally. Sixteen years ago, I decided to focus on the study of plant essences. They were so versatile in their healing properties and capabilities.
For the next four years I studied with different teachers and learned as much as I could about these amazing plant essences. I then created a home based business and formulated products for individual people. Ten years ago, I left my corporate job and launched my line, under the brand name Essence of Vali (Vali is my nick name).
It is important for people to realize that the body care products they use should be natural. Otherwise they are introducing chemicals into their bodies that are potentially harmful. I always tell people, “What you put on your skin goes in”.
At this point in my life, I follow a very healthy lifestyle. I rarely drink alcohol – a glass of wine on special occasions is it. The foods I eat are NOT processed. Every day, I have a large salad with different veggies, sunflower and chia seeds, with a can of sardines. I eat simply and never large portions. I weigh the same now as I did when I was in my twenties. In terms of exercise – 3 times per week aerobics and weight lifting. One day per week, I take a restorative yoga class. I also never drink soda or coffee – water is my main drink. Green drinks are also very powerful and effective for staying healthy.
My physical body is very well taken care of with diet and exercise. In terms of my psychological and spiritual well being, I attend a Buddhist mediation class on Sunday, do restorative yoga and lead a life balanced between work and play.
Health on all levels is a gift we can give to ourselves. Each day, we make that choice through decisions we make on what goes in and on our body. It is my hope to live in a world where people truly honor the temple of their bodies in a loving way each day.
In health, beauty and wellness,
Valerie Bennis, founder and creator of Essence of Vali natural healing blends, is committed to each and every person’s health and well being and believes it is preferable to use the gift of nature in achieving this. Her products have won industry recognition for their fragrance, effectiveness and appeal to men, women and children of all ages. They are 100% natural using the healing energy of plants for health and well being. Essence of Vali