The benefits of coconut oil have been known for centuries. It is one of the most common ingredients in most ayurvedic and ancient remedies. From healthier stomach to a stronger heart, and from longer hair to shinier skin, coconut is one magical wonder backed by science. However, one of its lesser known benefits is its usage as an oral and dental health remedy.
Oil pulling is the technique that allows you to use coconut oil as a cure for your oral health related issues. If done right, oil pulling can be a great alternative to toothpastes, mouthwashes, teeth brighteners, and your unscheduled visits to the dentist. Before elaborating the benefits, however, let’s take a look at what oil pulling actually is and how it is done.
What is Oil Pulling?
Oil pulling, as mentioned earlier, is an ancient oral hygiene technique. It is simple and easy to use. It requires you to use extra virgin organic cold pressed coconut oil of the highest quality. Take one tablespoon of the oil into your mouth. Swish the oil around in your mouth for about twenty minutes and spit it out in the trash. The swishing has to be gentle and slow unlike the aggressive and quick movement required for mouthwash. Wash your mouth with warm water and brush your teeth without any tooth paste or with an organic teeth cleaning formula.
It takes about 20 minutes for the coconut oil to break through the bacteria and plaque on the teeth. As it frees your mouth from such toxins, the impact is not just on your oral health but also your overall health.
Here are some of the most significant benefits you need to know about.
- Whiter Teeth – Oil pulling will save you the expense as well as the disappointment associated with the chemical laden teeth whiteners. With the plaque and grime out of the scene, oil pulling makes your teeth whiter. The oil also covers the teeth with a shinier coat.
- More Energy Level – Oil pulling early morning is a great way to get rid of toxins that would otherwise end up in your system. These toxins get into the bloodstream making you feel lethargic. With oil pulling, your body doesn’t have to do the extra work to get rid of the toxins. So, the energy is preserved for other functions and activities.
- Hormonal Balance – One of the major causes of hormonal imbalance is the toxins that enter our system and meddle with its natural process. With oil pulling, you get rid of majority of these toxins. Therefore, there are proven records of how oil pulling can actually improve the hormonal balance in the body.
- Less Headaches – Do you know headaches are often related to your oral health? Weaker teeth, gums, and jaws can lead to constant headaches or pangs. Coconut oil not only cleans your mouth, oil pulling can actually strengthen the teeth as well as your jaws. Therefore, you will experience a significant decrease in those headaches. Moreover, you can expect healthier skin and better wellbeing overall. It’s not just effective; it is also simple and safe.
Yes, we oil pull
We don’t always keep the oil in our mouth for 20 minutes however it ranges from 2-20 minutes depending on the day and which of us is doing it. My husband is the most habitual with it and often does the full 20 minutes. My daughters age 7 and 9 do it before breakfast for about 2-4 minutes. I’m still working on my habit. I’ve found it’s easiest for me to put a spoonful in my mouth right when I get in the shower.
What Coconut Oil Should You Get
I found a good brand at Costco called Carrington Farms but I’ve also ordered Nutiva Certified Organic Virgin Coconut Oil on Amazon.
If you oil pull regularly let me know what benefits you’ve been seeing. Also, what is your favorite brand of coconut oil?