Most of us want to lead healthy lives. When we feel better, as a whole, it’s as if our entire day glows with excitement. We have the energy and spirit to tackle whatever the world throws at us, but even when we’re feeling well there are always those little desires we’d like to accomplish to improve our appearance and physical/mental health.
These concerns aren’t life threatening but you may recognize a few:
- Whiter teeth
- Increasing our metabolism
- Removing blemishes
These are the type of things where we look in the mirror and say “Ehh, I wish that wasn’t there” or “I wish that could look better”.
There are plenty of over-the-counter treatments for these items and even more if you get a prescription, but since we’d all like to keep it green, clean, and natural it’s worth your while to take a look into some of these “unconventional” methods for the common health & beauty desires.
#1: Whiter Teeth
Discoloration from foods and drinks can leave our teeth looking a little off-color, which isn’t the end of the world but we’d all like to have whiter teeth, right? Kim recently wrote about the benefits of oil pulling, which is swishing around coconut and sesame of sunflower oil around in your mouth to help whiten teeth.
#2: Removing Moles
Moles, we’ve all got ‘em and we’d just rather them not be there. Moles generally happen around childbirth or when you’re growing up because the skin cells that provide color grow together rather than spreading out, causing the discoloration and build-up. If you want to do a natural mole removal you can find drops, like those from Amoils.com, which when applied a couple times a day over the course of a few weeks, will reduce their size and eventually remove them altogether.
#3: No More Dandruff
Dandruff is a real annoyance. Once you think you have it under control it just seems to start again and you’re always embarrassed walking around with flakes all over your shirt and in your hair. Some of the natural treatments include using coconut oil and taking cold showers (since hot showers dry your skin). Though one interesting method that has been tried is actually just not washing your hair, which may sound gross but there’s a bit of logic to it: by not putting chemicals in your hair you’re allowing it to naturally become greasy, which traps in the oils so your scalp isn’t getting extremely dry.
This is one you probably won’t want to try but you can’t say it’s not unconventional!
#4: Stress-Free Living
Stress can put a cramp into our plans. It gets us too worked up so we become irritable and not able to stay focused on what we’re doing. There are plenty of ways to go about getting rid of stress like taking a bath, taking a nap, deep breathing, yoga, and the like but one that may not have cross your mind is a good cuddling session. Cuddles are extremely relaxing. Do it with your significant other, with a close friend, or even with your pets. A few minutes holding each other close and those worries will begin to drift away, guaranteed.
Ugh, allergies. Those that have it the worst can attest that allergy season is absolutely dreadful and that you either have to ride it out or take an over-the-counter medicine (or nasal spray). The latter is definitely something to keep using when it gets too much to bear but an unconventional method that may be worth your while (that’s growing in popularity) is taking probiotics. Kim, again, has covered the effects of probiotics and says that her allergies are definitely in control so it might be worth your while to give them a shot, too.
#6: Mood Boosting
Our minds are constantly releasing chemicals such as serotonin and dopamine which makes us happy and euphoric. One natural item you may want to consider if you are feeling particularly blue and out of energy is 5HTP. This is a chemical by-product of the protein building block L-tryptophan and has been used for a variety things such as sleep disorders, ADHD, anxiety, and more. Once you begin taking it (after checking with your doctor, of course) you should see your mood begin to boost. In basic terms it helps with the production of the “happy” chemicals of your brain so you’re less likely to feel those high highs and low lows – it keeps you constant.