coconut oil for oil pulling

Ritual: Oil pulling

I love the idea of bringing traditional ways of healing into my life, and there are so many natural remedies already in our kitchens. My body responds better to natural ingredients than it does to chemical and pharmaceutical substances, so I have been drawn to learning about these ancient practices to bring them into my day-to-day regime.

Oil Pulling is also known as oil swishing. Coconut oil acts as a cleanser and when worked through the teeth and gums pulls bacteria and other debris out from stuck areas. Oil pulling is known for promoting oral health and overall detoxification of the body. It is a powerful antiseptic and is more beneficial at cleaning the teeth and gums than flossing, brushing and gargling. Coconut oil will also prevent tooth decay better than fluoride with no toxic backlash. This process is also a great way to brighten teeth, it a win, win all around.

I do this first thing in the morning before I do anything else. My husband and I take a teaspoon full of coconut oil and read a chapter or two in bed before we meditate. It’s a gentle way to ease in the day with huge benefits. As you do this, the oil pulls bacteria, fungus, and other harmful organisms from your mouth, teeth, gums, and throat.

It’s simple to do:

Measure out 1–2 teaspoons of organic coconut oil (I use up to 1 tablespoon but start with less and work up) put it in your mouth, and swish it around working through the teeth and gums for 10 to 15 minutes without swallowing. The longer you keep it in your mouth the better. When you spit out the oil do it in your wastebasket as not to harm your septic system.