my top holistic health hacks

My favorite holistic health hacks, to help get you looking and feeling better without modern medicine.

My top holistic hacks for better health.

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.

My top holistic hacks for better health.

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.

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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!

+ You can check out my favorite way to consume turmeric HERE, in my golden milk recipe, or check out my skin brightening turmeric/yogurt mask HERE.

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.

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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

Honey is another amazing natural medicine that I’ve shared a few times before. Not only is it super rich in antioxidants, when consumed internally it’s amazing for:

• 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.

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32 Comments

  1. Terumi November 3, 2017 / 12:25 pm

    I didn’t know peppermint stimulates hair growth! How cool!

  2. Jenna | The Urben Life November 3, 2017 / 1:06 pm

    I love this post so much! I use turmeric all the time and peppermint tea for upset tummies 🙂

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 3, 2017 / 2:19 pm

      thank you! I love the idea of peppermint for an upset stomach! gonna have to try it. x

  3. Nichole November 3, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    I love these tips! I’ve never heard of some of them like dry brushing your skin but it makes total sense. Definitely have to try that. Also really been wanting to include turmeric into my diet.

    Thanks for sharing.

    Nichole // thedailypursuit.com

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 3, 2017 / 2:18 pm

      I think you can throw a dash of turmeric into a lot of things! if you’re not feeling up to golden tea, turmeric capsules are worth investing in. :)) x

  4. thehumoftheearthxo November 3, 2017 / 1:18 pm

    Hey babe, absolutely loving these hacks! I’m going to have to pick up some of these activated charcoal tablets, seems like a game changer.

  5. Sam | Away She Went November 3, 2017 / 1:21 pm

    I didn’t know that about peppermint! I just like the tingling feeling of it in my shampoo! I have a dry brush and used it for awhile and then forgot about it. I should really start again.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 3, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      kinda crazy right?! I was never into the smell of peppermint, but the other uses are amazing. x

  6. Krista Aoki November 3, 2017 / 1:30 pm

    WOW – I love these.

    I definitely want to try oil pulling & your dry brush tip! I’ve made myself ginger tea when I start feeling a little ill – but what a good idea to grab some ginger candy when you’re battling keeping last night down.

    When I’m feeling like phlegmy in my throat, I have peppermint tea which really calms down my cough. That’s my go-to when I’m feeling down with the cold!

    xoxo

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 3, 2017 / 2:17 pm

      I usually oil pull while I’m in the shower, because it doesn’t otherwise take time out of my day! super easy. :))

      I’m not a huge tea drinker, but I’ll have to try out peppermint tea. I think peppermint candies might work the same!

  7. katevanvleck November 3, 2017 / 3:17 pm

    Great list! I just switched to a peppermint shampoo for the volumizing effects but Im glad to see it will help with growth too!

  8. dannie54 November 3, 2017 / 10:37 pm

    Oh man, I use all of of these! I oil pul (doing it right now! although oh man does it trigger my gag reflex like whoa). I use peppermint oil (eucalyptus is also A+ for migraines, btw). Turmeric is my BFF. I’ve been dry brushing for 3 years now. Ginger is the only way I can heal an upset tummy. I LOVE masks with charcoal in them. And I use a teaspoon of local honey every day to help manage my allergies! Girl, we’re on the exact same page.

    xoxo,
    Dannie
    http://www.stilefotocibo.com

  9. Chante Studin November 3, 2017 / 11:29 pm

    I can totally vouch for the dry brushing and the ginger – they always work so well!! I don’t think i’ve tried any of the others – super intrigued by this oil pulling 🙂 Thanks for sharing!
    Chante xo | http://www.chante-louise.com

  10. Melanie November 4, 2017 / 7:51 am

    Ooooh these are GREAT! I’m a huge fan of ginger for so many things, esp. when it gets to that time of the year when seasons change – that lemon/ginger tea always works.

    Huge fan of dry brushing!

    I didn’t know about the peppermint for hair growth though… hmm, I need to try that one!

    Great post, thanks for sharing these tips 🙂

    ~ Melanie
    http://www.imagineyou.co.za

  11. Dafrastar November 4, 2017 / 9:00 am

    I am a thousand per cent here for this- I love natural remedies! I do oil pulling and I’ve tried a turmeric and yogurt mask, as well as drank golden milk; I also love cooking with turneric. Local honey relieves my allergies, and I love ginger tea and ginger infusions!

    I haven’t gotten around to trying activated charcoal, but you’ve sold me. I heard of dry brushing – it sounds intimidating! And I’m buying peppermint oil right now- I have headaches and didn’t know it could help!!!

    Thanks for this fantastic post!

    http://www.dafrastar.com

  12. Jen November 4, 2017 / 9:57 am

    these are great holistic approaches. I used to oil pull, I don’t know why I stopped. I should do dry brushing for cellulite cause my thighs aren’t getting any younger 🙂
    Jen from styleinshape.com
    http://styleinshape.com/take-10-challenge/

  13. jamielynn0709 November 4, 2017 / 10:46 am

    I think I may have to try the peppermint trick. My hair is already longer but I would love a few more inches and I feel like it has just stopped growing! I just started using a charcoal teeth whiting powder, so fingers crossed!

  14. chelseawessman November 4, 2017 / 5:13 pm

    I have a shampoo with peppermint and tea tree oil and I LOVE that tingly feeling. But I had no idea it stimulates hair growth. I have also never heard of skin brushing but I love the idea!

  15. zuzana November 6, 2017 / 9:33 am

    Wow what a great advices. I love Oil pulling, but have never tried activated charcoal. Thanks for those.

    • thegoldsister@gmail.com November 6, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      try mixing them together with some baking soda, and you’ve got a decent tooth paste! x

  16. Kate Andrews November 6, 2017 / 9:45 am

    I’ve been under the weather with a cold so I will have to try some of these hacks to make me feel better. I love tumeric! That is always my go-to after a work out.

  17. nsaunderssays November 6, 2017 / 9:57 am

    I cannot wait to blend peppermint oil with coconut oil and use as a mask on my scalp! Great tips!

  18. Leigh Suznovich November 6, 2017 / 10:27 am

    These are such fantastic tips! I never heard about the oil pulling for my teeth or peppermint for hair growth. Can’t wait to try them out :-).

  19. Seppy November 6, 2017 / 5:03 pm

    I already dry brush once a week and I’ve noticed a difference – my skin looks and feels so much better!

    I’ve been thinking about oil pulling but I’m scared it’s going to gross me out haha I haven’t tried charcoal either…

    I think I’ll try the golden milk this week though!

    http://www.elleisforlove.com

  20. Kendel | Little Misadventures November 7, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Charcoal is my JAM! I have it in 99% of my face masks! My sister also uses it to whiten her teeth and I’m about to jump on that bandwagon as well!

  21. Lauren Sheriff November 7, 2017 / 9:24 pm

    I never knew all the uses for all these things! Really interested in the oil pulling and charcoal especially!

    Lauren

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