On eating clay and believing in trees: The best of Shailene Woodley's nature-centric wisdom

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By now, we all know about Shailene Woodley’s quirky, environmentally-friendly tendencies — she gathers her water from fresh springs when she can; she brought Jimmy Fallon a bag of herbs last week on The Tonight ShowBut that’s only the beginning.

Woodley is more magical nymph than Hollywood starlet; even Jennifer Lawrence’s relatable clumsiness can’t hold a candle to Shailene’s lovable kookiness. So after reading the Divergent star’s latest awesome interview, we decided to compile the Shailene-iest quotes she’s ever given. Check out what the offbeat actress has said about eating clay (yes, for real) and giving up Instagram below:

On eating clay: “Clay is one of the best things you can put in your body… My friend starting eating it and the next day she called me and said, ‘Dude, my s— smells like metal.’ She was really worried, but we did some research together and everything said that when you first start eating clay, your bowel movements, pee, and even you, yourself, will smell like metal.” (Into the Gloss)

On giving up Instagram: “Everything I was posting was for a story — like, ‘Look how interesting I am” It felt disgusting to me. It feels as though we’re so detached from actual human connection. And I got rid of my phone, too. We’re all such narcissists, and that’s what social media caters to. Our society conditions us to be our own planets, which is great. Independent thinking is so important. But we expect everyone around us to be our moons.” (Marie Claire)

On religion:  “My religion is the Earth, man. I believe in trees.” (Hollywood Reporter)

On waking up: “The second I wake up, I scream very loudly [sings to the tune of "Good Morning" from Singin' in the Rain], “Good morning! Good morning!” And then I scream out, “Exciting day! Exciting day!” I feel like it completely sets the mood for the whole day.” (Interview)

On hugging to the left: “I feel like inherently we go to the other side, the right, but what’s that about? Maybe it says something about our society that we go to the right and not to the heart. Heart to heart, man!” (The Tonight Show)

On lucid dreaming: “There is an herb called mugwort that I’ve tried, which is supposed to help enhance dreams. You can burn a little before bed or sleep on a mugwort pillow. It’s found in all parts of America, East Coast and West — anytime you see weeds growing through cracks in a parking lot, there’s probably mugwort. You can harvest it yourself, dry it, bundle it, and burn it like sage.” (Harper’s Bazaar)

On enjoying life: “Well, I realized — and this is just like in my personal life, too — we have a set number of days to live, you know? Or like, whatever, breaths to breathe. And you’ve got to enjoy all of them, even in the moments where you’re like, “I don’t want to be here. I don’t want to do this.” Am I going to complain about it? No. I’m going to f—ing make it fun.” (Huffington Post)

On Sundance: “This is sort of a materialistic tradition, but every year for Sundance, my friends and I road trip out here. It’s a special time where we give each other our time and space and existence.” (The Daily Beast)

On making medicine: “I make my own medicines; I don’t get those from doctors. I make my own cheese and forage wild foods and identify wild plants. It’s an entire lifestyle. It’s appealing to my soul.” (Flaunt)

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