Today’s post is brought to you by Tropical Traditions. All opinions are solely my own.
Coconut oil is one of my favorite natural products that works for everything! I use it when cooking, for conditioning my hair, shaving my legs, and as a makeup remover. But one of my best tricks is for teeth whitening.
There are so many benefits to swishing coconut oil in your mouth (AKA: oil pulling). Benefits include detoxification, cleaning teeth and gums, removing built up plaque, and even reversing cavities.
Oil Pulling With Coconut Oil
You can buy coconut oil anywhere these days. But my favorite, for all purposes, is Tropical Traditions. This oil is handcrafted by family producers in the Philippines. Their process of making the coconut oil keeps it in its purest form which means it can have some of the highest amounts of antioxidants.
When you first start oil pulling, it’s probably going to feel gross. I start with a tablespoon of coconut oil and put it in my mouth. Since it is a solid at this point, I make sure to keep it at the front of my teeth and chew it until it melts. This usually only takes about 20 seconds. I learned this trick the hard way and found myself gagging every time I would chew it with my back teeth.
Once the coconut oil melts, the hard part is over. Next, all you have to do is just swish and stay busy for the next 15 minutes. I typically oil pull while getting dressed in the mornings. It’s important to make sure that you begin small with your time. Start by oil pulling 2-3 days a week for about 5-10 minutes and then increase from there. My routine is about 3-4 days a week for about 15-20 minutes now.
When your timer goes off, spit out the oil in a trash can. You don’t want to spit in your sink or toilet because coconut oil will harden again and may cause the drain to stop up. And definitely DO NOT swallow the oil since it has “pulled” all the germs out of your mouth. Brush your teeth right after and within a week you will start to see and feel the difference.