Coachella is a world unto itself. One fraught with its own singular brand of conflicts and dilemmas. From navigating the sprawling menagerie of the polo fields to packing the right street style gems, there’s much planning to be done. As for the festival itself, three days of revelry in the hot desert sun and arid climate can be a hard hit come Monday morning. To that end, we test-drove a slew of holistic remedies at SXSW. From hangover cures to energy-boosting supplements, here’s everything your handbag can’t live without. Welcome to the jungle. We got you.
Festival rules will impede your libation agenda. Alcoholic beverages are permitted in designated areas only. Bring a water bottle, and stay hydrated. Bonus points for fun colors.
Chemical-ridden hand sanitizers contain harmful parabens and can actually weaken your immune system by killing off good bacteria in addition to the bad. This essential oil alternative is entirely safe and naturally antiviral, antibacterial, and antifungal. It will actually boost your immunity while keeping germs at bay.
Nutrient depletion and a lack of sleep can leave you feeling exhausted come Monday. Magnesium allows your body to properly assimilate nutrients and de-stress. Yes, what mentally feels like blowing off steam can register as just plain stress to your bod. Take a tablespoon of this with your morning coffee.
Don’t know if you’ve heard, but coconut oil contains SPF and is actually an organic, toxin-free alternative to sunblock. Even if you're using a full-blown SPF lotion, this Tiare scented oil still makes a fragrant and supple moisturizer, on top of blocking exposure. It also offers soothing relief for sunburns.
B vitamins are your new best friends, y’all. Most of what’s painful about a hangover is mineral deficiency. Pop open a coconut water to replenish your electrolytes in the morning, mix up a few tablespoons of this tangerine-flavored vitamin, and mineral supplement, you’ll be right as rain. Pack a small Ziplock of it in your bag, and carry it to the festival. Note: SXSW security did inquire as to what the unmarked substance was, however the distinctive orange scent and neon color gave it away as vitamin powder.
Protect your eardrums. Tinnitus is not the vibe we’re going for. Also, they’re beneficial if you find yourself sharing an abode with raucous party mates; opting out in favor of Z’s requires accessories.
Meet the Jason Statham of vitamins. It’s highly potent and shows no mercy in fighting for your immune system, though the taste can be somewhat intense. Fill a shot glass with water, squeeze the gel-like dose into the glass, and shoot it back. Chase with kombucha and your taste buds will thank you.
This clay has a litany of benefits. Dissolving a few tablespoons in water and drinking it serves as a potent detox, the sort of thing that will soak up all the questionable decisions and hit reset. You can also use it as a facial mask.
Iodine is essential for healthy thyroid function and a thriving metabolism. Studies suggest up to 95% of Americans are iodine deficient. Keep your metabolism firing with a few drops of this supplement each day.
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