You have all probably heard about the on-trend practice of Oil Pulling, but it has been used by many as a natural oral care method for thousands of years. I haven’t been using this method for thousands of years but in the brief time I have used it, I can tell you, there is no turning back. You won’t believe how beneficial it is. Or maybe you will because, coconut oil. Am I right?…
This was an element that helped me on my holistic health journey because it was so effective. That is why I wanted to share it with you. I never knew what oil pulling was until I was researching into natural ways to have outstanding oral health After I did a little research on it, I saw it everywhere. Companies were even selling sachets of oil to make the process easier, however, they were generally asking an absurd amount of money for… well let’s face it.. just sachets of oil. Although convince is extremely valuable, the individual plastic packages and the mileage needed for the product to be shipped from the company to various places in the world would add up. I have found a way to make oil pulling hygienic, convenient, pleasant and extremely doable in my day-to-day. If you haven’t read my morning routine where I have chosen the perfect time in my morning to practise oil pulling, be sure to check it out. and I wanted to share with you how I do it.
Swishing oil in your mouth for 5-20 minutes has been traditionally used as therapy to alleviate symptoms of oral disease. Although the amount of clinical research is minimal to date, the few studies that have been done are extremely promising. They have found many benefits of using the oil pulling method. By using coconut oil, you are also going to experience it’s healing properties. Coconut oil contains predominantly medium chain fatty acids, 45-50 percent of which is lauric acid and lauric acid is known to have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. Traditionally sesame oil and olive oil is used as well.
One of the oil pulling studies done evaluated the effects of oil pulling on people with plaque-induced gingivitis over 30 days. The data was collected and oil pulling was found to decrease gingivitis and plaque after just seven days of use. What is more exciting about the results was the fact that the levels of plaque and gingivitis just kept decreasing over the 30 days.
By oil pulling, you can expect to see many oral and other health benefits. Such benefits include:
-the curing of bad breath
-promotion of healthy gums
-whitening of teeth
-alleviation dry throat symptoms
-prevention of cavities
– moisturising effects to ease and heal dry lips
-improvement of immune system
-improvement of skin condition
For a convenient way to get oil pulling into your life, I would suggest using the following method to create the perfect sized oil pieces to pop into your mouth while you go about the rest of your morning routine. It is important to use an unfractionated version of coconut oil as it will hold its shape in storage in the fridge. I also recommend using an essential oil as it decreases the intensity of the coconut flavour of the oil. Two other items I recommend for this DIY is silicon ice cube trays and a small pouring jug (once used for milk would be perfect). You can adjust the amount of oil depending on how much your trays will hold.
Oil pulling has been such a wonderful addition to my morning routine and my personal favourite result from oil pulling is my teeth and gums healthier appear ace and longer lasting fresh breath after bushing.
How it works
A simple magic of oil pulling can be explained by the following:
As the oil is a fat (lipid), and the barrier around the bacteria is also a fat they bind together. When oil pulling is done in the morning the bacteria that is grown in the mouth overnight is then trapped in the oil solution and the toxins are disposed of.
Things you will need
- 1 C Cold pressed coconut oil
- Flexible ice-cube trays/moulds
- A large mixing bowel
- Small milk jug
- OPTIONAL: Cookie sheet, Essential oils (I personally love the classic taste and fragrance of peppermint with the coconutty favour of the oil.)
- Melt coconut oil in a double boiler by putting about an inch of water in a saucepan and placing the large mixing bowl on top. Once it reaches boiling point, turn down the temperature and add oil to the mixing bowl.
- Stir the oil until it becomes liquid (the temperature does not have to be very high at all for this step)
- Once the oil is in its liquid form add it to the small milk jug.
- Place mould(s) on a cookie sheet (to minimise spillages while travelling to the fridge)
- While the oil is still warm pout gently into the mould(s)
- Add one drop of essential oil to each of the pieces
- Place in fridge to set for 2-4 hours
- Once the oil pieces are set, release the oils and place into a container and store in the fridge
- Use every morning for best results!
Making the oil pieces is such a convenient way to include oil pulling into your daily routine. For the best results use the oil pulling method consistently every day and it will become a very valuable holistic health habit.
How to Oil Pull
-Place the oil into your mouth and break it up with your teeth (this will not be hard and you will find that the oil melts quite quickly).
-Swish the oil around in your mouth for 5-20 minutes making sure you direct it between the teeth (It is like a little mouth workout so if you get a sore jaw or cheeks be a little bit more gentle.)
*for a 5-minute express swish I recommend using a smaller sized oil piece and for a longer session I would use a larger oil piece.
-Once satisfied with the swish sessions dispose of the oil in the bin.
*because the oil is in its liquid form only while it is warm, disposing of the oil in the toilet or down the sink will clog the systems.
-Rinse the mouth thoroughly with warm, lightly salted water
-Brush teeth after as you would usually
*try to use natural tooth care products
Thank you for reading this (quite long) post. I do feel it was necessary to let you know that even clinical trials have proved oil pulling to be effective oral health practises. For more information, I have put a reference source below so be sure to check that out!
-Axe, Josh. “Coconut Oil Pulling Benefits and My How-to Guide.” Dr Axe. N.p., 08 Oct. 2014. Web. 08 Nov. 2016.
-Peedikayil, FC, P. Sreenivasan, and A. Narayanan. “Effect of Coconut Oil in Plaque Related Gingivitis – A Preliminary Report.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. U.S. National Library of Medicine, Mar.-Apr. 2015. Web. 08 Nov. 2016.