UPDATE: This post is from October 2012, just a few months after I began my journey towards a holistic lifestyle. You may be interested in reading a more recent post, 70 Ways to Be a Hippie, For the Crunchy-At-Heart.
Last month, I showed you my Hippie To Do List. In an effort to boost my healing and the healing of our environment, I decided to wander tentatively into what I considered “hippie territory.” The list included:
- Putting down my shampoo and conditioner bottles… for good
- Trying the oil cleansing method, with high hopes that it might help my acne and oily skin
- Giving the cold shoulder to my (albeit aluminum free) deodorant in favor of this homemade version
- Using homemade toothpaste instead of my glycerine-laden natural brand of toothpaste
- Giving up tampons in lieu of the Diva Cup
I worried that I might turn into a greasy, smelly monster with bad breath and blood-stained panties within the month. Fortunately, I have positive results to report!
It probably took a good three weeks for my hair to adjust. The transition period was greasy, I’ll admit. I am still recovering from a devastating period of hair loss due to past medication and colitis, and so I really don’t have much hair to test this technique out on. But now my hair is noticeably softer and it is much less greasy–I can go three days without washing it!
On a side note, I recently learned that I have low thyroid and this may also be contributing to my premature receding hair line and bare patches. I am relieved to know another piece in the puzzle so I can correct it! I have full faith that my hair will grow back completely as I continue in my healing journey.
I was apprehensive about smothering my face with oil, since my face is a veritable oil slick one hour after I wash it. So it took a big dose of courage to throw out my face wash and use the oil cleansing method in the evening and just rinse with water in the morning.
The good news? My acne certainly isn’t worse after a month of this new regimen. The oiliness is improving, but I haven’t seen other results yet. I also stopped using all my other skin care products except for alcohol-free witch hazel for a toner and a few drops of jojoba oil mixed with tea tree oil patted on top.
This passed the test with flying colors since it stands up to very sweaty ballet classes. I put a few drops of vanilla or sweet orange oil in the recipe and it smells divine!
This tasted so gross at first… the bitter baking soda made me grimace for a few days. But now I don’t even notice it. I don’t really use a recipe, just mix up a paste with baking soda, water, and a few drops of peppermint oil.
This was really awkward the first few times, too. But it is even more awkward to discuss this here, so I won’t. I’ll just say that I am now a convert. And it also stood up to the ballet class test.
Are you on a hippie transition? What are the strangest, most difficult, or most adventurous changes you’ve made? Now that these to-do list items are crossed off my list, please tell me what I should try next!