Is it just us, or is Shailene Woodley not human? Not only is her resume jam-packed for a 22-year-old — The Spectacular Now, Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, plus a TV show for five seasons — but she says the most profound(ly weird) things. Either she’s born in the wrong decade, which we have said before, or she’s… something else entirely.
Throughout her many interviews over the past few months, including one of her latest for Into the Gloss, we’ve learned all about her self-proclaimed ‘hippie’ lifestyle; it’s odd, but it’s totally endearing too. Heck, how many people her age can say they can make their own medicines, huh? For more Shai tidbits, here are 15 peculiar things you can count on her for:
The many uses of clay.
"I first heard about the benefits of eating clay from a taxi driver. He was African and was saying that, where he's from, the women eat clay when they're pregnant. Seriously — ask your taxi drivers where they are from and about their customs. You will learn a lot. So, I've discovered that clay is great for you because your body doesn't absorb it, and it apparently provides a negative charge, so it bonds to negative isotopes."
"There's this cool thing called prehensility, which is the way we can move our fingers and our toes, and so a friend brought it to my attention a few years ago, and I've been practicing spreading my toes and see how far I can get them, and I was able to clasp hands, but with my toes with a friend once."
A way to whiten your teeth with oil.
"I love a natural way to heal. 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."
The perfect fixer-upper for sinus congestion.
...using (phallic-shaped) horseradish root.
The pros of funky footwear.
After wearing five-toed shoes to a Golden Globes after-party, she exclaimed, "I would do it again in a heartbeat. I got them from REI, and if people spent as much time thinking about the genocides going on in Africa and around the world as they do the shoes that actors wear to after-parties, the world would be a much more peaceful environment."
The power of the hug.
Tony Goldwyn says, "It was about 6 o'clock in the morning on my first day of work. We were driving over together and [Shailene] leapt out and gave me a long hug. I was like 'wow.'"
Ansel adds, “My first Shailene hug was when I met her for the audition and I was taken by surprise. I thought maybe she knew me or something... and I didn't really hug her back... To this day she tells me that she wasn't sure she's going to like me or not because I didn't hug her back. She thought I might not be a real grounded person."
A natural cure for the common cold.
Apparently, garlic's a great anti-viral remedy.
An ailment for indigestion and stomach cramps.
If you got 'em, Shai says fresh ginger root's the way to go.
How to incorporate nature into your leggings.
Yes, even her clothing is earthy.
The benefits of unbottled water.
"I gather my own spring water from mountains every month."
All about vagina health.
"Another thing I like to do is give my vagina a little vitamin D. 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. If you're feeling depleted, go in the sun for an hour and see how much energy you get. Or, if you live in a place that has heavy winters, when the sun finally comes out, spread your legs and get some sunshine."
How to survive in the wilderness.
She taught herself how to build a fire and make weapons. Look out, Katniss Everdeen!
You don't need to get food from the grocery store.
"I go to a farm to get my own food."
I make my own cheese and forage wild foods and identify wild plants. It's an entire lifestyle. It's appealing to my soul."
How to make your own toiletries.
"I make everything from my own toothpaste to my own body lotions and face oils."
Ways to detach from technology.
"I'm not a big technology person. I don't even have a smartphone. I don't even have a cellphone! And if I were to have one, it would be a flip-phone. There's a bigger lack of privacy than there's ever been, but there's also a bigger lack of camaraderie and community than there's ever been... I'm talking to people more than I've ever talked to in my life because I no longer have that crutch. The more you get away from all the technological buzz, the more freedom you have."