With detox being all the rage you can easily find yourself shelling out big bucks and hustling all over town for this yoga, that infrared sauna, those special supplements. Here are a couple tricks that are relatively cheap (although the price of organic lemons can hurt) and have yielded some satisfying results.
Oil-pulling, this is one of those remedies that’s been around forever but has recently resurfaced with some traction. There are tons of things written about oil-pulling on the internet – about it’s root in Ayurveda, about it’s benefits ranging from better oral health to aiding in insomnia, but like this article said, this one girl’s personal journey gets people most excited to try it, me included!
I’ve decided to gargle each morning with coconut oil, but if coconut oil is not for you (I can hear my friend A. gagging at the thought) other options include sesame or sunflower virgin, unrefined, organic oils. It’s a simple drill – pop in the oil, swish and gargle for 20 minutes, spit (in the trash – it’s oil people you don’t want it down your pipes), and tongue scrape. The strangest part for me is getting used to gargling that long, it helps to multi-task which leads me to my next morning cleansing ritual.
A warm glass of water and lemon. This one I’ve been doing for years and if you are taking a break from coffee or tea it’s nice to still make yourself a warm cup of something in the morning. So while I’m swishing away with my oil, I fill the kettle, bring water to a boil, grab a lemon, slice in half (save the other half for the next day), pour the water into a cup and wait for it to cool down to warm. (This allows you to save the delicate lemon nutrients from burning up in boiling water). While the cup cools a bit I wrap my (always) chilly fingers around the mug and think nice thoughts (and swish my oil). When the cup feels warm instead of hot, squeeze in your lemon half and enjoy.
P.S. In case you are still singing from the title (like my sister and any fan of “Pitch Perfect”), here’s a link to the video…..We don’t need the money, money, money. We just wanna make the world dance, forget about the price tag!