Oh, celebrities. We are endlessly fascinated by them, including how they stay healthy and look so ‘gram-worthy all the time. As it’s been proven by the Goop legend herself – Gywneth Paltrow – celebrities sure do love their weird wellness habits. You can’t blame them, though. Celebrities, just like so many of us, are eager to stay fit and feel well. However, sometimes that leads them to embrace some unique wellness trends that are not for everyone. While some of them aren’t that strange (like swishing around coconut oil in your mouth) others are super out there (blood-sucking leeches, anyone?).
Celebrity wellness trends definitely give us some odd sense of voyeuristic pleasure and hey – just because something is a little different doesn’t mean it’s not worth trying. Maybe they can inspire us to change up our own wellness routines and embrace something new…although maybe we will skip the leeches.
Read on below for some weird celebrity wellness trends that we found.
Oil pulling is rooted in Ayurvedic tradition in which you swish a tablespoon or so of coconut oil (or sunflower or olive oil) in your mouth for an extended period of time to “detoxify” your mouth. It’s popular among the Kardashian/Jenner fam – it’s all over their wellness website POOSH – and Kylie Jenner posted an Instagram photo of whitening her teeth with coconut oil (that has been since taken down).
Though now she regrets it because “it was really rough and painful for me,” Kardashian once had a “vampire facial,” which is a microdermabrasion facial followed by a mask of platelet-rich plasma (PRP) a.k.a. your blood, which helps improve your complexion and cell turnover. She did add that “Kourtney is a huge fan” as well.
In a recent episode of The Kardashians, Kourtney revealed that an Ayurvedic guru advised her to drink her husband Travis Barker’s semen to boost her fertility. While she didn’t confirm she would try that, uh, unique method, she did mention going on a Panchakarma cleanse to help “cleanse” her body to help her have “better quality eggs.” Besides some unhealthy practices like taking enemas, it also includes semi-normie things like bodywork and massage.
As the queen of the weird wellness movement, Paltrow has a ton of unique habits. One of them includes being stung by bees on purpose, otherwise known as apitherapy. In an interview with the New York Times, she said, “People use it to get rid of inflammation and scarring. It’s actually pretty incredible if you research it. But, man, it’s painful.”
Like most people, Woodley likes to sunbathe. But unlike most people, she also likes to do some “vagina sunbathing.” In an interview for Into the Gloss, she said, “I was reading an article written by an herbalist I studied about yeast infections and other genital issues. She said there’s nothing better than vitamin D … when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine.”
Moore tried another “bloody” wellness trend. Back in 2008 she told David Letterman that she tried leech therapy as part of a cleanse in Austria. According to Moore, the leeches detoxify your blood and “they have a little enzyme that when they’re biting down on you, gets released into your blood and generally you bleed for quite a bit. And your health is optimized. It detoxified the blood and I’m feeling detoxified right now.”
On a 2021 episode of Red Table Talk, Pinkett Smith, along with her other co-hosts, Willow Smith and Adrienne Banfield-Norris, participated in vaginal steaming, which involves sitting over a bowl of steaming herb-infused water. Essentially, it’s a facial for a vagina. Advocates say it’s calming for the vag and can help with drying and irritation.
The actress and 2022 Oscars co-host confessed on Conan in 2016 that she practices with yoni eggs to strengthen her pelvic floor. Legend has it that yoni eggs, which comes from the Sanskrit word for vagina, yoni, which literally means sacred space, are an ancient pelvic floor tradition. The wearer inserts the egg, typically made from jade, into her vagina to help strengthen pelvic muscles, including for bladder control.
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