Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil
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Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil

Learn how oil pulling with coconut oil promotes healthier teeth and gums

Oil pulling with coconut oil is one of the best ways to achieve a healthier smile! It’s natural, it’s safe, and it requires minimal effort

What is Oil Pulling?

Oil pulling is an oral detoxification practice that has been around for literally thousands of years. It comes from Ayurvedic medicine, a traditional style of medicine developed in India many years ago. Ayurveda looks at health and wellness from a whole-body perspective. It focuses on mind, body and spirit to help bring balance to your state of health.

Oil pulling is simply the action of swishing oil through the mouth for a period of time. The oil works to break down plaque buildup1 by absorbing bacteria and toxins. As you swish the oil around, it becomes thicker and milky in appearance. After oil pulling for approximately 20 minutes, the oil is spit out, along with all the bacteria and toxins it has absorbed.

Studies have shown that oil pulling can improve bad breath2, and reduce bacteria3 in the mouth that contributes to tooth decay.

Though traditionally oil pulling is done with sesame oil, you can also use coconut oil. Coconut oil is a great option because it contains lauric acid, which is proven to have anti-microbial benefits.

While oil pulling is not a replacement for brushing, flossing or visiting the dentist, it is an easy way to effectively improve the health of your teeth and gums.

oil on a spoon for oil pulling

How to do Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil

Oil pulling is ideally done first thing in the morning, and consistently practiced 3-4 times per week. For best results, you want to oil pull for 15-20 minutes long. It can be easily fit into your morning while you’re showering, or getting ready for the day.

  1. Put approximately 1 Tbsp of Organika® Organic Virgin Coconut Oil in your mouth – you can used melted or solid coconut oil to start. (The oil will melt in your mouth quickly.)
  2. Swish for 15-20 minutes – swish the oil gently around your mouth and between your teeth. The oil will become and thick and milky as it mixes with saliva and collects bacteria and toxins.
  3. Spit it out – avoid spitting the oil into the sink, as the can thicken and contribute to clogging the pipes. Make sure you don’t swallow the oil, since it’s full of bacteria and toxins after finishing.
  4. Rinse with water – Rinse your mouth our with water to clean out any residual oil
  5. Brush your teeth – Using your toothpaste as usual, finish by brushing your teeth

Girl Swishing Oil

References:

  1. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19336860
  2. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21911944
  3. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18408265

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