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The Elements of Care® Program

At the Golden Apple Self-care Institute we take Self-care to a whole new level.


The Elements of Care® is a Precision Self-care program.


Self-care is a time-honored healing tradition that is a personal right and responsibility. 

The 5 P’s of the Elements of Care program:

  • Partnership with Healing Plants,

  • Health Pattern Recognition,

  • Primary Prevention,

  • and promotion of health as balance in body and Peace of mind. 





The EOC® Program health culture diplomacy philosophy and the five elements (Fire, Air, Water, Earth, and Ether) guide the work of the Self-care League. We give equal consideration and specialize in the integration of energetic, traditional, physiological, and biomedical evidence and resources in Self-care decision making and actions. 



The Self-care League consists of professional and lay instructors trained to teach the EOC® Program.

The Self-care League Medical Science Liaison team are licensed RNs and Advanced Practice Registered Nurses who train and support the Self-care League.



The Elements of Care®- What it is and what it is not


  • Rooted in ancient Hermeticism, EOC is a Gentle Medicine philosophy of Five Elements that is universal and foundational to all healing traditions. Hermetic philosophy suits every creed and health belief and clashes with none.

  • The five elements make up all creation including the Self with a capital "S". The elements are fire, air, water, earth, and ether, which was known as “pneuma” or essence by the ancient Greeks. 

  • We incorporate the five elements in a Self-care plan that addresses the energetic patterns unique to the person and their relationship to the environment in which they live and serve humanity.

  • The EOC program is a precision Self-care education rather than a biomedical treatment system. 

  • Plants are not “prescribed” in the EOC system. Participants are trained to recognize their own health patterns and make informed choices about the plant partners and other non-drug solutions rooted in the five elements that are best applied in the care of Self and family.

  • Based on the historical and clinical research and more than 30 years of clinical nursing practice of Dr. Martha Libster and other health scientists, Self-care is complementary to any biomedical treatment. Self-care is foundational to any healthcare system.


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