a Bumbo, an amber teething necklace, and some affection walk into a blog post ...
On a scale of 1 to crunchy I have to admit that I'm probably a 1. Maybe that's too generous. I'm probably more of a -1. I'm not proud or ashamed of my smooth existence but anyone that reads blogs as much as I do will probably realize that the rest of the world is seemingly very passionate about the crunch situation and I hate to be left out. Some of my very favorite friends and bloggers are skilled at all things cloth diapering, natural birthing, and extended breastfeeding and they have all of my respect and admiration. I'm amazed. I don't know where genetics went wrong because because my mom has an oil or a homeopathic remedy for any and all ailments. It's pretty incredible. So ... I've slowly but surely dipped my pinky toes into a few (easy! no family cloth for us, ever) semi-crunchy practices and thought I'd throw a little rundown in your general direction.
Like it or not ... here it comes.
1. Dry Brushing: I first learned about skin brushing from Kate and I love Kate and trust that she's doesn't do things just because it's the new trendy thang. She told me she uses this Yerba Prima Brush brush so I ordered it and went to work. The claim: sheds dead skin cells (encouraging new cell growth), reduces the appearance of cellulite by breaking down unwanted toxins, improves circulation and lymphatic drainage, and eliminates clogged pores and ingrown hairs. The truth: I don't know if it's doing all of this but I do enjoy a good brush of the skin every day or so because it feels almost invigorating? I do know that I've always had random break outs on my arms (so fun) but those have completely dissipated since I've started dry brushing. It takes 30 seconds so I'll keep on keeping on with it and hope that all the toxins in the yard realize my body is not a toxin wonderland. Be gone, toxins.
2. Oil Pulling: My mom told me about this a long time ago and I thought she was nuts but then I started reading about more and more and MORE people voluntarily swishing oil around their mouths for many minutes at a time so I gave it a go. The claim: reduces bacteria and plaque in your mouth, whitens teeth, prevents bad breath, improves overall oral health. The truth: I did this quite a bit when I was pregnant with Phoebe. I got up before the kids (now I sleep until the very last possible second) and swish swish swished and I did notice my teeth were whiter. Probably my favorite about the pulling was that my gums didn't bleed once throughout the entire pregnancy which was pretty incredible because with the first three kids they most definitely did (totally normal, supposedly - or my dentist is a big fat liar). The problem with the pulling is that it takes a long time (20 minutes! I could only ever do 10-12) and well, excuses excuses.
3. butter in my coffee: Okay maybe this isn't a crunchy thing but I'm including it. Basically you throw melted grassfed butter (I used Kerrygold) along with some coconut oil and coffee (good coffee - or you can buy actual Bulletproof Coffee) into the blender and um, blend. Sweeten with raw honey or liquid stevia. The claim: that there is no caffeine crash because of all the good fat and you can also skip breakfast and not feel hungry because the coffee is so filling and calorie laden. The truth: I'm a die hard sugary creamer fan SO I didn't LOVE the way this tasted but I definitely didn't have to choke it down. There was no crash later in the day and I did feel significantly more awake and energized. I could not skip breakfast though because I love food.
4. Essential Oils: I already told you about how peppermint oil did (or did not? we'll never know) flip Phoebe from being breech. I've also diffused eucalyptus and some other oils in the big kid's room when they have coughs and it works SO much better than any cough syrup (even the homeopathic kind) we've tried. There are lots and lots and lots of knowledgable oilers around the dubya cubed and I'm not one of them. I still hate hate hate the way they smell but I don't doubt that they are most certainly effective.
I told Simon I was writing this post and he said I should add, "watching the Bachelor/ette and baby led weaning straight to formula" because he so funny. But, you can include those too.
What should I try next? Blythe has me all excited about homemade deodorant. My hair does not take kindly to being rinsed with vinegar and I still begin every day with a prayer of thanks for the almighty epidural so little tiny baby steps before we go super wild ...