Pearls of (ancient) wisdom
An irritant finds its way into an oyster, mussel, or clam shell and is coated with layers of nacre until … voilà: a pearl is formed. Used for millennia in Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine, pearl powder is made from finely milled pearls. Its popularity continues today as a mineral-rich skincare ingredient that boasts antioxidant- and collagen-producing properties. Watch for pearly scrubs and creams that may help keep skin plump, polished, and radiant.
Go with your gut
Kimchi is a traditional Korean condiment commonly made from brined napa cabbage, vegetables, and spices then fermented by lactic acid bacteria. This nutrient-rich, low calorie dish is high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Fermented foods, like kimchi, are packed with live probiotics that may improve digestive health and restore a healthy gut balance. Boost your grain bowls, stews, and more with this spicy superfood.
Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a non-psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. New CBD products, like suppositories, arousal oils, and chocolates may provide relief to women seeking alternative treatments to manage PMS and menopause. While research is still in its infancy, recent studies show CBD may help reduce symptoms like hot flashes, anxiety, low libido, and pain. Because CBD products aren’t regulated by the FDA, check product dosage and quality before use.
Essential oils are concentrated, fragrant oils extracted from the flowers, leaves, roots, stems, and seeds of plants. In aromatherapy, essential oils (once diluted) are applied to the skin, to a pillow, or in a diffuser. Recent studies support the effects of calming lavender oil, mood-boosting citrus, headache-helping peppermint, and even bacteria-busting oils like oregano and clove. Remember: essential oils are potent. Dilute, do a patch test before using, and avoid ingesting.
Ever wonder what it’d be like to be wrapped in a giant burrito? Check out sauna blankets: the at-home, infrared sauna for your couch or bed. Studies using infrared technology have shown a potential for reducing inflammation and body aches. Wear some loose-fitting clothes, tuck in, stay hydrated, and set it to sweat it.
Best of both worlds
Traditional yoga: an ancient-practice-turned-modern-staple that reduces stress, improves flexibility, and lowers chronic pain. Now, a new form of yoga is taking things up a notch. Cardio yoga combines traditional poses with exercises that pump oxygen to muscles, increase heart rate, and improve cardiorespiratory health. Cardio yoga enthusiasts can reap the benefits of traditional yoga classes, while burning double the calories. It’s for people who want to stretch and get their sweat on!