When faced with highly-personal emotional difficulties, most people turn to meditation, long runs, professional counseling or have regular meetings with chocolate. But not Taylor Marie. She turned to a tobacco juice detox to free herself from the emotional blocks that she says plagued her since she was young.
You read right. Tobacco juice. Most detox from tobacco, not with it.
We’re intrigued more than anything, since just reading those two words together already makes our stomachs uneasy. I mean, we’ve heard of trying to gain mental clarity by fasting, going to silence retreats or engaging in lemon juice detox diets, but drinking tobacco juice?
Can tobacco be good for you? A day in the life of drinking tobacco juice
Marie went into it knowing that she was going to feel like “hell” as she says, but says she’d “rather put herself through a week of hell than a lifetime of it.” So. . . what was the tobacco juice detox like?
She documents her week drinking it in the video above, saying that although she was scared to try it, it was the best way she (and the healer who did her tobacco reading) felt would shed her inner demons.
For starters, Marie often felt as though she was “buzzing from head to toe,” after drinking the juice. To get it down, she typically had to plug her nose while consuming the juice. If she unplugged, well, welcome to Vomitville. One night she explains (barely) her inability to speak easily and how she simultaneously felt cold, yet was sweating. Hmmm.
Just about the only positive, to us at Raw and Natural Health anyway, was the fact that one night she had a wonderful dream in which two women entered her room, and in a kind of cleansing ritual, told her not to be scared. And oh yeah, she says that a few days into it, she felt happier and “mentally stronger.”
Honestly, we think anyone would feel mentally stronger for having the guts to ingest tobacco juice in the first place, so we’re more inclined to say her strength was more of a “Yay, I survived such grossness” factor than it was from tobacco juice powers. Then again, who knows. If it ultimately made her feel better, then good for her.
Tobacco for healing, it turns out, is nothing new. The Tucano tribes of the north-west Amazon used to give teenage boys tobacco snuff to formally initiate them as men. Many other tribes have used tobacco smoke before engaging in battle, and have used its juice on the skin to help heal snake bites and control lice.
It’s even been placed directly in the eye with a dropper to improve night vision. For more about the role tobacco has had primarily in South America, read here.
But wait, there’s also fecal transplants and urine therapy . . .
The only part of this that has us thinking, maybe, just maybe, there could be something to it are stories floating around about people who have healed themselves in other ways typically deemed unconventionally yucky.
You know, things like urine therapy (basically throwing back a shot of your own urine and for those less brave, slathering it on their skin) and freezing poo to use thawed at a later time in life through a tube that runs from the nose to the stomach in the hopes that it might cure recurring infections.
So this concludes today’s bizarre/interesting health news of the day.
The idea of doing what makes you feel good is something we typically subscribe to, but in this case, we think we’ll stick to our turmeric smoothies and fennel juices to improve our health, thank you very much.
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