I've said it before; if you saw my Google history you might not be my friend. Your eyes would narrow and then broaden as it dawns on you that I actually am that weird girl who remembers everyone’s' names and quietly starts singing to herself when triggered by key words. But hey, I can make a mean soy latte and will nod thoughtfully as you recount your dream from last night and won't judge when you confess you only shave one leg so you never feel like you are sleeping alone...oh you don't do that? Oh, I have never done that either..... So I'm weird, you're (less) weird, we are all weird. Here are some weird things I've been Googling....
Long Story: This is an ancient Ayurvedic practice from India. The idea is to swish oil (e.g. sesame sunflower, coconut) through your mouth for at least 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning. It is said that the oil will break down plaque and draw out toxins and bacteria in your mouth. Since the health of our mouth can be related to the health of out bodies some advocates claim that it will help to treat systemic ailments such as migraine headaches, bronchitis, diseased teeth, chronic blood disorders, arthritis, eczema, heart disease, kidney disease, meningitis, and women’s hormonal disorders. I looked for studies to back up these claims and there hasn't been much research done on these topics. I did find a couple studies that do show a strong link between oil pulling and the reduction of bad breath, plaque and gingival inflammation. There are also a lot of people online who have tried it out and reported that they notice feeling more energetic and that their skin and teeth have improved in appearance. Click here for more info.
What do you say? You up for trying coconut oil mouthwash?
Cleaning Microfiber Couches
Short Story: Clean your dirty couches with rubbing alcohol
Long Story: It’s the day you realize the sippy cups are all leaking when every drink stain and greasy finger print dries into a mark on your microfiber couches. Then the next night your kid pukes on them. Or maybe it’s just me. I’ve tried every liquid and powdered remedy to get the smell and stains out and then Pinterest came to the rescue when I found THIS. Here are my before and afters!
Short Story: Betty Draper ate her placenta, should you?
Long Story: January Jones brought lacentophagy (consuming your own placenta) to affront when she had hers dried and put into capsules. Why? There are claims that doing this is a great source of protein and contains hormones that help to reduce post partum depression. I’ve looked for studies on this, and the research I could find shows what Wikipedia said all along, that women who consume their own placenta reported ‘improved mood’ and ‘increased energy’ after childbirth. Critics will point out that this could be a placebo effect. Seems like there is no way to ever know. How does a new mom know she has ‘more energy’? And a ‘better mood’? The most important thing, in my eyes, is the note from researcher, Mark Kristal, that heating, drying and freezing the placenta can destroy all the proteins and hormones.
More from the skeptics, more from the from the believers
What do you think, do it gal? Don’t do it gal?