When it comes to health and beauty products, I definitely reach for more holistic treatments rather than loading up on medications. Some days you’ll find me walking around the house with a homemade, Aztec clay, face mask chewing tree bark trying to cure my acne and the common cold at the same time. (Just kidding about the tree bark. It doesn’t cure a cold…at least, I don’t think it does.) I’ll have some ailment and spend hours googling weird treatments and will come home with $30 worth of disgusting teas and other lotions and potions that the internet has sworn to fix all my woes. Only after I’ve exhausted every hack the internet has to offer, will I drag myself to the doctor. My hubs looks at me like I’ve grown a third eye but now I can tell him it’s all in the name of blog research.
Of all the holistic remedies I’ve tried, here are my top 5 that I actually do on a regular basis:
I had a vacation coming up a few years ago and got a cold/virus/something awful that came with a fever. I needed to get over this thing quick so I went to trusty google and found this recipe for a detox bath. I’m not going to lie…if you have a fever, this is not the relaxing bath that this picture would have you believe. It’s recommended that you soak for 40 minutes in as hot as you can stand it water. When the ginger starts doing it’s work, you will start sweating profusely and begging to get out. I’ve never made it past 25 minutes but it’s still been effective for me. I also take this bath when my muscles are sore after a hard workout. It’s actually not a miserable experience when you’re not sick.
-Run a bath as hot as you can stand it: You’ll be soaking for 40 minutes (the first 20 supposedly is the toxin releasing stage and the last 20 is where you’ll be absorbing minerals in the bath) so bring a book or a magazine and some water…see ginger step below
-Add two cups of Epsom salt: the Epsom replenishes your magnesium levels which helps with aches, pains and swelling
-Add 1 cup of baking soda: Baking soda is known for it’s cleansing and anti-fungal properties. It also makes your skin really soft.
-Add ground ginger: You can add 1 teaspoon to 1/3 of a cup. The ginger will increase the heat in your body so you’ll sweat the toxins out.
-Essential oils: Some essential oils have different healing properties but mainly I add it so I don’t smell like pad thai.
Be very careful when getting out of the tub. Some people are lightheaded and a little dizzy.
I started dry brushing because I read that it was a good exfoliator. Later I learned it also increases your circulation which helps reduce the appearance of cellulite. It stimulates your nerve endings, helps with muscle tone, and eliminates clogged pores. It feels awesome and it’s really simple.
All you need is a natural bristle brush like this one:
-Start on dry skin before bathing
-Begin at the ankles and move towards your heart
-Always brush towards your heart
-Work in gentle, circular motions and then longer strokes
-Work up your whole body being gentle with areas of sensitive skin
-Take a bath or shower after brushing
-After the bath/shower, use a natural moisturizer like coconut oil
Did you know that chicken soup is good for illnesses because of the broth? Sorry to tell you…the noodles don’t have magic healing powers. A lot of nutritionists have been touting the benefits of bone broth the last few years. The claim is many people have shinier hair, improved digestion and reduced joint pain and inflammation. I’m like Amber and am not hungry when I first get up. So I usually suck down my warm, lemon water which I think tastes like dish soap. And then I’ll follow it up with a warm cup of bone broth right before I walk out the door for work. It’s simple to make (one of my fave recipes here) but recently I’ve gotten even lazier and have been buying it from Whole Foods or HEB. Homemade will definitely give you more nutrients but I always think something is better than nothing.
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing natural oils in your mouth for 20 minutes every morning. The claims are whitened teeth, strengthening of gums, teeth and jaw, and the clearing of allergy issues. Some people think it helps with full body issues like hormones and general pains. I’m not sure about that but I do feel like my mouth is cleaner when I oil pull. (I have not replaced brushing my teeth with oil pulling. If you use the sesame oil, you’ll definitely want to get that taste out of your mouth anyways.) When this started becoming a craze last year, most people were using coconut oil. The original suggestion is sesame though both seem to work. If you’ve never tried it, I suggest going with the coconut oil first. The sesame has a very strong flavor and it’s a little weird tasting Chinese food at 6am. With either oil you choose, slowly swish 1 tablespoon around your mouth for 20 minutes. I usually do it while I’m taking my dogs outside. Make sure you don’t swallow the oil. It’s pulling toxins and bacteria out of your teeth/mouth and you don’t want to ingest it. Spit it out in the trash when you’re done. Also start slow with the coconut oil. The texture is strange and makes many people gag so start with a little spoonful and build to a tablespoon.
Fruit Infused Water
It might be a little stretch to call fruit infused water holistic but I think we can all agree that all health experts recommend getting tons of water intake daily. It’s way more than most people drink. And I get it…there’s so many other choices: coffee, cokes, teas, etc. When I can’t suck down anymore plain water, my favorite way to up my water intake is to drink fruit infused water. Add your fruit the night before and let it infuse over night. There’s so many combinations so you won’t get as bored as regular water. My favorite is strawberries and mint. Some other great combos are:
-strawberry, lemon, basil
Have you tried any of these remedies? Have any other remedies that I should try?
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