Hope y’all had an amazing Halloweekend/fresh start of the month! This weirdo weekend/week combo with nearly 5 days of celebration combined with the new month starting mid-week has me feeling super out of wack. Not only that, I’ve found that everyone around me is starting to feel the effects of this bizarre weather that’s been coming in waves (#globalwarming).
Rather than just share a few of my fave tips for boosting your immune system when it’s feeling run down, I decided to stack up my top go to holistic health hacks. I’ve noticed a big rise in my generation choosing to reach for natural options over modern medicine, and with health insurance prices getting as insane as they are (ps, scoop that enrollment window while you can), it’s not all that surprising!
If you babes see your holistic fave isn’t on the list, be sure to share it in the comments! I’m always down to learn more natural healing tips and tricks.
1. oil pulling for mouth health
Oil pulling is an old Ayurvedic dental practice that involves the swishing of oil within your mouth to help draw out toxins, freshen breath, and even whiten teeth.
The human mouth can be home to thousands, even millions, of bacteria and toxins. If not removed, all that bacteria can cause gum disease and inflammation, which will then affect the rest of the body. The oil behaves as a cleanser, detoxing and pulling out all the gross stuff, to create a healthier oral environment.
+ HOW TO: Take about a tablespoon of the oil of your choice (I prefer coconut, but sesame and sunflower work) into your mouth, and swish for 20 minutes (or as long as you can stand), making sure to NOT swallow it. Swallowing will put all the toxins you pulled out right back into your body. When done, spit into the trash. Then, brush well!
2. peppermint for hair growth
Not only does peppermint smell amazing, but did you know that the menthol in peppermint oil is a vasodilator? That means it increases the blood flow to whatever area it’s applied to. When you massage peppermint oil into your skin, you’ll feel a tingly sensation and relief to the area it’s been applied.
When you use a peppermint oil-infused shampoo, the menthol increases blood flow to your scalp! Increased blood flow means more nutrients rushing to your head, which means stronger hair. Kinda makes you wonder why people would use any other kind of shampoo?!
+ I’ve also discovered recently that rubbing peppermint oil into your temples can help with migraines, which is a friggin game changer. Definitely worth making your own migraine relief essential oil roller to keep in your bag.
3. turmeric for inflammation
This yellow herb should honestly be number 1 on my holistic list, but I don’t want to give it a (well deserved) big head. Right up there with ginger, this wonder root is one of the most beneficial things to include in your holistic tool kit. Not only is turmeric a known anti-inflammatory (which means it calms internal swelling and autoimmune response), it can also:
• neutralize free radicals (what AGES you)
• boost your brain connections
• lower the risk of heart disease
• help fight + prevent cancer
• aid in alzheimer’s treatment
• assist in treating depressing
• treat aches in joints + muscles
• detoxes the body by improving liver function
Because it’s hard for the body to properly absorb the curcumin in turmeric on its own, you need to add a dash of black pepper when cooking with this herb. The piperine in pepper increases absorption rate by something like 2000-friggin-percent!
4. dry brushing for cellulite
The idea of dry brushing has been gaining popularity the last couple years, and for good reason. Does your skin regime include exfoliating your face? Then it should include dry brushing your body! I’ve mentioned the benefits before HERE, but it’s worth diving into again.
Dry brushing is exactly as it sounds: you take a dry, bristled brush to your skin, directing the strokes toward the heart. While the brush itself can vary in softness, you want it to be somewhat firm (but listen y’all, you’re not sanding your skin).
Now I can’t lie and say it’ll completely banish cellulite, but the exfoliation of dead skin will certainly brighten your complexion. Not only that, adding a daily dry brush to your routine will:
• stimulate the lymphatic system, eliminating cell waste
• assist in improving blood circulation in the body
• can help rejuvenate the nervous system by stimulating nerve ends
+ I prefer to dry brush right before I shower, so I know I’m washing all that dead skin away, and I feel like I get a cleaner shave. Win-win y’all.
5. ginger for upset stomachs
Hasn’t everyone consumed ginger ale for an unruly stomach at least once?? I feel like it’s a dang right of passage as a kid to have one of your parents bring you ginger ale in bed on a sick day.
The chemicals in this other wonder root, called gingerols and shogaols (which sound like mold names to me), are actually known for being able to relax the intestinal tract, which helps to relieve nausea! Ginger root has also been found to be great for:
• drastically lowering blood sugar levels
• helping with indigestion and stomach pain
• being a powerful anti-inflammatory
• remedying and preventing motion sickness
I actually really hate the smell and taste of ginger unless it’s combined with something else (like the recipe linked above). It’s just a little too spicy for me. Anyone else??
+ Also, I’m one of those lucky people that can smell alcohol and get a hangover, so I usually grab for ginger hard candy when I need something to quell the dragon in my stomach post drinking, and liquids won’t stay down.
6. activated charcoal for detoxing
It’s no secret I’m in love with activated charcoal, since I’ve shared it on TGS not only in scrubs, but also masks, and tooth paste. It’s one of my favorite things to add to beauty products, because it’s amazing for detoxing.
Activated charcoal is super porous, making it easy for the negatively charged ions to snag those positively charged toxins and hold on to them. The charcoal binds to the junk, and it’s then carried from your body! This binding power works really well with teeth, helping to clear stains from the surface of your pearly whites and keep ’em extra white.
+ I like to keep a few activated charcoal capsules in my purse, in case I ever deal with food poisoning. In the same way that hospitals use it to purge stomaches, it helps get poison out and you feeling better ASAP.
7. honey for healing breakouts
• reducing and improving cholesterol levels
• lowering blood pressure through antioxidants
• strengthen the immune system (especially Manuka honey)
• improving heart health and lowering heart disease risk
How sweet (pun totally intended y’all). Despite some of those rad uses, my favorite way to utilize honey (aside from just eating it) is on my face. Honey is a natural antibacterial and antimicrobial, so it helps clean out any breakouts and start the healing process. It’s also a humectant, which means it draws in and traps moisture, so all those crazy patches that combination skin gets?? GONE.
+ Y’all seriously, if you take nothing from this post: go make a honey mask, and tell me your skin doesn’t c.l.e.a.r. up.
Have any fave health hacks I missed?
I’d love to hear about them below!