It's a running joke between Maddie and myself that we put personal hygiene on our to-do lists. Sometimes it takes the gratification of crossing off "tweeze eyebrows" to make it happen. As if I needed more things on my list, I've recently added some new personal hygiene rituals to my day.
A few years ago my sweet friend Erin told me about this thing called Dry Brushing. She said it was like exfoliating and the benefits were amazing. So I went to Target and bought a dry brush. I used it here and there and never noticed results. Of course since then there have been just short of a million blog posts and articles popping up on my Facebook and Instagram talking about these amazing benefits. Benefits that are only found with regular dry brushing. I recently had a realization on my yoga mat that's convinced me right now it's time for me to get to work. So every morning you will find me with my dry brush and a nice 5 minute timer keeping me on track.
- Increases circulation for possible reduction of cellulite and release of toxins
- Sheds dead skin cells and unplug pores leaving skin smoother and brighter
- Improves vascular blood circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Increases energy
- Do ideally in the morning before your shower. I cannot be bother to shower daily so I just do it in the morning.
- Stroke gently upward starting at your ankles, moving up your legs, butt, belly, arms, and chest.
- For your back, work from your neck down to your low back.
- If you don't shower you can oil or lotion. I use the homemade body oil found in this book.
- If you do, rinse off and follow with moisturizer.
- Do this daily for 30 day's to notice results.
I've dabbled with this here and there, because many of my friends asked if I'd ever tired it. So of course I wanted to know what it was about. When is started doing the candida cleanse at the beginning of October, my mouth started being extra dirty, so I wanted to give it a consistent try.
Original practitioners of oil pulling used it as a way to prevent bleeding gums, decay, oral odor, and cracked lips. It is said to draw out toxins and impurities from your teeth and gums.
- Do first thing in the morning, before you brush your teeth or have coffee.
- Warm a spoonful of coconut oil in microwave or stove top just until melted.
- Put into your mouth, be careful it might be hot.
- Swish for 15-20 minutes.
- Spit in trash.
- Brush teeth and floss.
- For bonus points, scrape tongue.
I can't quite remember why we ended up with them but Cale bought us tongue scrapers this Spring and I've been enjoying how clean my mouth feels after using it! And ditto to above, after starting the Candida Cleanse in October I have had extra yuck in my mouth that I'd love to eliminate!
Tongue scraping done daily removes any build-up that causes bad breath and could house a number of bacteria. With a clean tongue it is thought that taste will improve making food more satisfying. This could also eliminate a need for sugar, salt or excess spice to make food flavorful.
- After brushing your teeth use scraper lightly from the back of your tongue to the front.
- Rinse off scraper.
- Clean off scraper with soap.
- Take a deep breath in and out because your mouth is fresh!
I am about 3 weeks into these morning rituals. I may have forgotten a couple days in there and that isn't cause to feel guilty or bad. It is just the process of me creating a new habit. I'm away on a trip that is keeping me from these rituals and I'm ok with that. I didn't add these in to cause more stress or worry, I added them in to eliminate it. So, if I can't do it because I am gone, than I won't. Which feels way different than just not doing it because I am too busy watching morning news or checking Instagram. After a month of doing them, I'll check in and see how it's going, how it's making me feel, and if I need to add a new one or subtract a current one, I will.