Shailene Woodley Revealed She Loves ‘A Natural Way to Heal’

Over the past few years, the burgeoning interest in wellness has begun to dominate mainstream media. More and more, people are practicing mindfulness and prioritizing their mental health. Furthermore, people are relying on natural remedies, rather than traditional Western medicine, to help with illness and ailments. However, Shailene Woodley has been relying on more atypical methods of healing years before it was popular.

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Shailene Woodley has a unique approach to wellness

It would be fair to say that Woodley’s approach to wellness is a little unorthodox to most people. For example, the Divergent alum is fond of eating clay, claiming that it has benefits for the body. She has also shared that she screams to herself when she first wakes up, which allegedly helps her mentally. The Last Letter from Your Lover actor has even admitted that she believes in tanning her vagina to support vaginal health.

The ‘Big Little Lies’ cast member uses oil-pulling for her teeth

In an interview with Into The Gloss, Woodley got candid about how she loved using natural remedies for illnesses and ailments. One thing that she went into depth about was how she approaches oral care. The Big Little Lies star utilizes oil-pulling, which is an ayurvedic oral hygiene therapy that has become popular recently.

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“I love a natural way to heal,” Woodley declared. “You can do something called ‘oil pulling’ where you swish coconut or sesame oil in your mouth when you wake up and spit it out. It’s amazing! It really makes your teeth whiter, because the plaque on your teeth is not water-soluble, it’s fat-soluble. So the lipids have to dissolve in fats, which is why oil works in your mouth. I prefer sesame oil, but they’re both good.”

Woodley would pursue a career in food if she wasn’t an actor

In addition to her wellness practices, Woodley also has a passion for food. She developed an interest in the environment and agriculture when she was in high school. The actor also believes in using food as a way to help promote healing. Citing Moon Juice, a buzzy LA-based adaptogenic beauty and wellness brand, Woodley explained that she’d be interested in doing something similar.

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“If I wasn’t an actress, I’d probably do something with food,” Woodley declared. “Finding seeds, planting seeds, watching them grow, harvesting the fruits, cooking the fruits, eating them, seeing how my body reacts, and even digesting. I’m fascinated with the entire process. I would open a place like Moon Juice and have an elixir bar where people could come in and say, ‘My tooth aches,’ or, ‘I have a sinus infection,’ and I would be able to help them.”

Clearly, Woodley is passionate about finding natural approaches to healing illnesses. And while she has found no small amount of success as an actor, it’ll be interesting to see if she ever switches gears. With brands like Goop and Moon Juice gaining popularity daily, a food/wellness brand by Woodley would probably find its footing also.