If you follow me on facebook you’ll know that I’m a big fan of oil pulling. I usually use coconut oil when I oil pull but lately I’ve been adding thieves essential oil to my coconut oil.
The mix of these two oils is amazing and I know they’re both so beneficial too! According to the Essential Oils Desk Reference 6th Edition, “The swishing action with the oil literally “pulls” or “extracts” inflammation-causing bacteria and fungi form the crevices in the mouth, which will then be spit out (not swallowed or gargled). A new advancement in the practice of oil pulling is to combine coconut oi with an antiseptic essential oil such as clove. This can magnify the effectiveness of oil pulling to a huge degree, especially because the germ killing clove oil will penetrate the nooks and crannies of the mouth along with the coconut oil to provide far reaching disinfecting benefits far exceeding that of the vegetable oil along (which only mechanically removes microbes without actually killing them).” I use Thieves Essential Oil Blend because it contains immune boosting essential oils, including clove!
Oil pulling is known to help strengthen your teeth, reduce plaque and eliminate bad breath. According to Dr. Bruce Fife, “Your mouth is a window to your body”. If your mouth is filled with cavities, swollen and inflamed gums, bad breath, plaque or tartar buildup then thats a sign that things aren’t working properly in your body. In the book, Oil Pulling Therapy, Dr. Fife makes a great case on how important it is to keep your mouth clean. Apparently bacteria in the mouth is known to trigger health conditions like arthritis, chronic fatigue and even diabetes.
Oil pulling can be an amazing method to improve oral health which helps keep the whole body healthy!
How It Works
- The oil helps to soak up bacteria and other toxins out of your teeth and gums.
- Coconut oil is rich in Lauric Acid and has been proven to be antimicrobial (kill bacteria, viruses and fungi).
- Thieves Essential Oil is highly antiviral, antibacterial and anti-infectious. For this reason adding a drop of thieves to your oil pulling routine will enhance the benefit of oil pulling with coconut oil.
How To Oil Pull
- Put about a tablespoon of coconut oil mixed with a drop of thieves essential oil in your mouth.
- Swish the oils around your mouth for about 10-20 minutes.
- Spit out the oil, then brush your teeth.
It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth. I usually do this when I’m making breakfast for my family. I always forget to tell them what I’m doing and we end up playing charades until they figure it out.
It’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria. I do my best to remember to spit my oil out int he trash so I don’t clog up my sink.
Oil Pulling Tips
Tip 1: Make Oil Pulling Chews
I’ve been making oil pulling chews inspired by Katie of Wellness Mama. I keep them in my refrigerator and they’re the first thing I see when I open my fridge (a great reminder for me to oil pull before eating breakfast).
To make your own oil chews you just need to melt your coconut oil over low heat. Once it’s melted add a few drops of Thieves or Clove and mix well. Pour the oil into small molds or ice cube trays. Freeze the oils and pop them out into a bowl.
To use your oil pulling chews, just pop one in your mouth and chew until the coconut oil is melted. Then start the “swishing”!
Tip 2: Whipped Coconut Oil
You can make up a batch of whipped coconut oil mixed with your favorite essential oil(s) and store it in a glass jar. When you’re ready to oil pull, just scoop a small spoonful out and swoosh it in your mouth.
Have you tried oiling pulling? Have you seen an improvement in your health since you started? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!