Oil Pulling 101: Whiten Your Teeth, Detoxify Your Body and Prevent Cavities
Oil pulling is known to help strengthen your teeth, reduce plaque and prevent cavities. A clean mouth may be the key to preventing disease, and studies are beginning to highlight the relationship between poor oral health and conditions like inflammation, diabetes and even heart disease.
If you follow me on Facebook you’ll know that I’m a big fan of oil pulling.
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
1. The oil helps to soak up bacteria and other toxins out of your teeth and gums.
2. Coconut oil is rich in Lauric Acid and has been proven to be antimicrobial (kill bacteria, viruses and fungi).
How To Oil Pull
1. Put about a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth.
2. Swish the oils around your mouth for about 10-20 minutes.
3. 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 my drain.
Oil Pulling Tips
Tip 1: Make Oil Pulling Chews
I’ve been making oil pulling chews inspired by a recipe from 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 essential oils 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 oils(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!