Eiko Kitagawa is a founder of a health focused initiative called Earthly Harmony aiming to help people take care of their physical health as well as mental wellbeing.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you share with us a personal story or a struggle that inspired you to start this initiative?
I began my journey in 2017 by working as a clay therapist. While clay is still a niche topic in Japan I was certain that this was a solution to both mental and physical wellbeing for people. In Japan, the word Clay is mostly known for “mud bath” where people will take a bath filled with mud/clay material.
After working at National bank and receiving blessings of giving birth to my daughter and my son, I had a great opportunity to find out about clay and its effect as a cure for personal skin problems. With my daughter’s allergies and between my son infant eczema and my hand eczema I have come to experience the positive effect of utilizing Clay as a skin cream.
That was when I began to learn more about it. The more I learn the larger my passion grew. Now it is my mission to share the impact here in Japan and the world.
According to the “directory of clay material for the self reliance potter”, Clay is a result of the continuous weathering of the Earth’s surface.
How do you describe what clay is for people who are not familiar with the material?
In Japan, the word Clay is mostly known for “mud bath” where people will take a bath filled with mud/clay material. To study Clay it is important to look into how earth and ground came about. The rainwater breaks up the rocks and this washes away soda. Through those processes a new mineral, clay is formed.
How do you think your work on solving health issues utilizing Clay could make a difference in our daily lives?
The tag line I have been pushing forward goes like this “Encouraging positive healing with the infinite power of nature.” It is my aim to provide different steps for people. First closing the gap between “us” and nature and secondly providing enjoyment of interacting with “clay”. And third, to encourage mental and physical well being. I think it is this process that could be most effective in providing well being whether it is physical or mental.
In recent years, I think stress has been a big issue causing various negative effects in modern society. There are many people who choose to combat this by interacting with nature. Some take breaks from work and go out for hikes in vast nature. Seemingly out of nowhere people decide to go on a trip. Actions like this remind us that our body understands and long for green scenery, air and all the positive effects nature provides. That is why I believe in the skin solution with clay material.
After I started using clay for my skin, I have become more conscious of removing extra things from my body and adding nutrition and things that are not consumed enough (Clay also has this effect of sucking out extra things and replenishes minerals). I have also been far more conscious of my state both mentally and physically.
What advice would you have for others who are going through skin problems?
I will say encouraging positive healing from within is as important as taking care of your physical wellbeing. I think clay allows those 2 aspects by expressing the importance of spending more time with nature.
What are your future plans?
I am now on the verge to building a like-minded community that shares the understanding and value of interacting with a nature-based solution so that people can benefit as to enrich their daily lives.
This may be the flywheel that could enrich modern society in a positive way. While there are many cosmetics sold throughout the globe, Amazonian clay infused makeup brash that has been a top seller on QVC for one, rather than putting the materialistic or physical beauty on the peddle stole, workshops and courses such as the one Eiko organizes helps to encourage mental well being. By helping people be more conscious of why they choose certain products, continually reminding them of the importance of mental health, physical health and ultimately self care could be one of the best value-driven strategies companies could adopt when it comes to product delivery and customer satisfaction.
We thank this opportunity to witness Eiko’s journey and it is our desire that people around the world can benefit from such initiative.
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