If you follow our blog or even if you’ve just stumbled across us we’re going to take a guess and say you’ve definitely tried and probably use coconut oil. Far out we love the stuff, for so many reasons. But have you tried oil pulling with coconut oil?
We have been oil pulling with coconut oil for about a month and noticed awesome benefits after a couple days. A massive thanks to team Niulife who convinced us to start!
“Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic remedy for oral health and detoxification. It involves the use of pure oils as agents for pulling harmful bacteria, fungus, and other organisms out of the mouth, teeth, gums and even throat.” Food Matters
So what is oil pulling with coconut oil?
It’s pretty much using coconut oil as a mouth wash! You place a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth, swirl it and swish it around for 5 -20 minutes and then you spit it out! BUT please spit it out in the bin, not your sink… otherwise your pipes will get blocked! And PLEASE spit it out, DO NOT SWALLOW! We have been doing it while we shower in the mornings… multi-tasking at its best.
What are the benefits of oil pulling with coconut oil?
There are heaps! The fats (lipids) in the coconut oil pretty much pull out the toxins/bacteria/fungus in the saliva (so that be why it’s called oil pulling!). When you oil pull the oil sort of goes watery, then it thickens and turns a cloudy white colour… this is good, this means it has done its job in pulling the toxins from you! These are some other benefits! It has been found that oil pulling with coconut oil…
- cleans, strengthens teeth and gums
- prevents mouth diseases
- gets rid of bad breath
- gets rid of dry lips and mouth (we both noticed this one after a couple days!)
- removes bacteria from the lymphatic system
- reduces inflammation
- helps arthritis and general pain
- supports kidneys
- reduces insomnia
- balances hormones
- is a total body detox and more!
There have been a heap of studies done but like most they aren’t 100% proven. We’ve both noticed our lips are NEVER dry anymore (they used to be) and our teeth feel super dooper clean! And it may be in our heads but it just makes us feel really cleansed and energised!
If you’d like to learn more there are some great books here. We’d recommend always using organic coconut oil. If you ever find that your coconut oil tastes or smells funky it has probably gone yucky from moisture or it’s not good quality. It should taste delicious. Our favourite is Niulife.
Do you oil pull or do you think it’s all a big sham? Tell us what you think in the comments section, we love a good debate!
Emma + Carla