Organic & Natural Beauty Week 4. Oil Pulling


Following on from my post yesterday about the numerous benefits of using coconut oil, I wanted to touch on something else that I mentioned in that post. Oil pulling.
I agree, this sounds disgusting. But from the huge list of benefits this one thing can do, it's worth giving it a go.

What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is basically swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes. Sounds a long time right? Your right, it is. It's said to get the greatest results first thing in the morning on an empty stomach. 
It's important you don't swallow it as there's all that bacteria and toxins in their which you've just spent all that time trying to get out of your body not put it back in. After the 20 minutes is done, spit it out into a bin, not a sink as coconut oil hardens in cold temperatures and it would block your sinks which isn't pretty. Once you have finished, clean your teeth as normal and you're all done. Do everyday or a few times a week, or whatever you have time for and then see the results. 

What does it do?
The list of benefits of this one daily action is insane. Oil pulling is getting out all the toxins that are in your mouth. The main selling points for me were that it whitens teeth and improves gum health. But obviously all the other things are a bonus too.
It's been known to prevent cavities, improve bad breath, strengthen teeth and gums, improve jaw pain, relieve sinuses and helps you drift off to the land of nod. It can relieve headaches and even hangovers and there's also been skin issues that have improved dramatically, like eczema, psoriasis and even acne. 
How amazing is that?

I was reluctant to start off with and the first time I tried it, I lasted 5 minutes before I spat it out and nearly spewed. TMI? But that was because I didn't melt the coconut oil down enough and the texture of the unmelted parts is what made me want to vom. After that I became a complete wuss and refused to do it, but I kept thinking of what it could do for me, which got me motivated to keep trying it. Plus, I made sure to melt it down properly. I like to find something to do whilst I'm waiting, like do some blogging, apply my skincare, or do my hair. Finding something that can keep you busy for that time, something that will distract you for 20 minutes makes it a lot easier and go by much faster. I haven't been doing it long enough to say it's worked 100% but my mouth and gums certainly feel much cleaner and healthier and my teeth are slowly but surely looking slightly less stained and a teeny tiny bit whiter. Yay. 

Do you think you will be trying this? 

** Disclaimer: I do not actively use only natural and organic products. This is just something I have become very interested in recently and I am finding my footing with what works and what the benefits are for these amazing ingredients. 

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  1. What do you mean by melting? Is that with it in your mouth or before? I guess you have to go through the gross stage before it becomes easier?

    Alana | alanawise

  2. Well, it has two forms, liquid and solid. Melting it down to it's liquid form is much better and easier to handle for oil pulling than it's solid form which is totally gross and not very effective.


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