In the twenty-first century, more and more people are starting to take their health into their own hands as they find what appear to be more effective treatments for health outside of the conventional medical system. Some of these “alternative” wellness trends come from the wisdom of centuries past, while others come from around the world.

Let’s take a look at seven alternative wellness trends that you can do at home.

1. DIY Stick Toothbrush

If you’ve been wondering how to reduce your consumption of plastic disposable toothbrushes, this trend could be the one for you! Inspired by Native Americans from the south-west United States, using a dry stick to clean your teeth is becoming increasingly popular around the world.

To make your very own stick-brush, harvest a twig of willow (or similar) of about 8 inches in length. After allowing the stick to dry, snap it in half with your hands a few inches apart so that the break leaves two long, semi-pointed ends. Then, use these ends to scrape the frontside, eating surface, and backside of all of your teeth.

The process can take up to half an hour, but scraping off the plaque this way really does leave your teeth squeaky-clean! For best results, use once every day or once every other day. You can continue to brush normally as well with an herbal toothpaste or powder.

2. Silver Solution

Another traditional treatment that might sound strange to us today is the use of silver for immune support. For centuries, those who could afford it would eat using silver cutlery to enjoy the health benefits of this precious metal. Before refrigeration, people would even drop a silver coin in their milk containers to prevent bacteria from growing!

A broad-spectrum remedy, colloidal silver is thoughts to offer bacterial, viral, and fungal protection internally. Likewise, it has external applications, including wound care.

So, what is silver solution? Basically, it’s tiny particles of silver suspended in a liquid solution, such as distilled water. This is not the same as ionic silver or silver protein. These are cheaper imitations that do not boast the same effectiveness as colloidal silver and carry more risks.

A number of companies make true colloidal silver and can provide more detailed indications for use.

3. Kratom

Turning now to ethnic wellness trends, we have the kratom leaf from Southeast Asia. This leaf has been used for centuries in countries like Indonesia and Thailand; manual laborers would chew on the leaves to alleviate their fatigue and muscular aches.

In more recent years, Kratom has become known in the western world where it is becoming popular among people who suffer from chronic pain. You can purchase the leaf in a dried and powdered form. It is typically taken orally with water or swallowed in a capsule.

When you look for a Kratom provider, make sure that your Kratom is lab tested for purity and sourced using fair trade conditions.

4. Matcha Tea

Similar to Kratom, ethnic teas such as matcha that have been consumed for a long time in their homelands.  are now becoming more well known internationally for their health benefits (and taste!).

Matcha tea comes from Japan and—like green tea—is very high in antioxidants. How matcha differs from green tea is in its nutritional potency and its composition. One cup of matcha is said to offer the nutritional content of ten cups of green tea (without multiplying the caffeine) and is ground from the whole leaf which retains all of the original fiber content.

To enjoy a cup of matcha, head to a matcha bar or healthy café where you can often find “matcha lattes”. Alternatively, purchase some organic, stone-ground matcha in a packet and prepare teas and lattes with your preferred milk at home.

5. CBD Oil

Cannabis and cannabidiol oil (CBD oil) have been around for a long time. They are now making a comeback on the public stage. CBD oil is an extract from the flowers, buds, leaves, and stems of the hemp plant using a solvent, oil, or CO2.

As cannabidiol is isolated from the other components of the cannabis or hemp plant, this oil typically contains less than 0.3% THC—so it won’t get you “high.”

Legal in most states and countries, CBD oil is considered safe for oral consumption and has been shown to help with seizures, pain, fatigue, and insomnia. You can purchase organic CBD oil at dispensaries and online.

6. Earthing

Our final wellness trend is the easiest to do and won’t cost you a cent. Earthing, also known as “grounding,” involves standing on the earth with your bare feet for half an hour. Sounds simple, but so few of us do it!

You can stand on grass, dirt, or even walk along the sand at the beach to reap the benefits of this very calming practice. Some of the effects that earthing is said to have include lower stress, a reduced sensation of pain, and even improved energy as your body absorbs the beneficial free electrons of the earth’s surface.

Try Something New Today

After reading this list of alternative wellness trends, you might find that there’s one or more that you are keen to try. Before taking any supplement or trying any procedure, we recommend that you research the risks, benefits, and indications for yourself. Furthermore, it’s best to consult with an integrative health practitioner.

For more tips on staying healthy and happy, be sure to take a look at 6 Relaxing Yoga Poses That Can Calm Your Racing Mind and How to Stay Healthy While Traveling.

Tess DiNapoli
Author

Tess DiNapoli is an artist, freelance writer, and content strategist. She has a passion for yoga and often writes about health and wellness, covering developments in alternative medicine and skincare. She also enjoys getting insight on the latest trends in the fashion industry and fitness world.