I can’t whiten my teeth with all those at home whitening strips, pastes, gels, etc, because they make my teeth too sensitive. To prevent my teeth from becoming too sensitive, I would need to use sensitive teeth toothpaste for a week or so prior and then use these various whitening tools but this is just too much work for me and my teeth will still be a little sensitive which I hate. Thankfully I don’t need these whitening strips or gels ever since I discovered oil pulling and in particular using coconut oil for oil pulling in order to whiten my teeth naturally.
What is oil pulling?
This is an ancient Ayurvedic practice that involves swishing cold pressed, unrefined sesame or sunflower seed oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes. Some people may start doing this for 5 or 10 minutes but it is recommended to build up to 20 minutes at least.
The proponents of oil pulling attribute oil pulling to improving general health and well-being while detoxifying the body. It is even believed that oil pulling has the potential to cure various health issues.
The state of your mouth is usually a great indicator of the state of your health and it is a very dirty place and can contain billions of bacteria (bad disease-causing bacteria as well as normal healthy bacteria) as well as other harmful organisms that can easily travel to other areas of the body increasing the risk of developing various diseases and conditions.
Oil pulling not only helps to remove the bad bacteria, toxins and other harmful organisms that are in the mouth, but oil pulling is also believed to remove these same harmful organisms from other parts of the body by way of the bloodstream (through the veins underneath the tongue).
Why I have started using coconut oil for oil pulling
I can’t remember when I discovered oil pulling but I have been doing it off and on for years now as part of a healthier and more holistic lifestyle. While I have used sesame oil to oil pull, I have mainly used olive oil (mainly because it is such a cheap oil) and hemp oil.
I knew that coconut oil and various other oils could also be used for oil pulling but coconut oil is expensive and to use it for oil pulling seemed like such a waste of an amazing oil.
Coconut oil is a staple in my home after I learned all the healing properties of coconut oil and I usually take a tablespoon or so every day in my smoothies or added to my herbal teas. It is also the best skin moisturizer (for my body) and has helped heal some of my skin issues. If you can’t tell, I love coconut oil (organic, unrefined, cold pressed and extra virgin coconut oil).
The only part of me that does not like coconut oil is my hair. I initially bought coconut oil for my hair and then I discovered its benefits for the body (out and in) but it really dried my hair to the point of breakage, so coconut oil does not touch my hair (except for the rare occasions when I mix it with another oil such as castor oil and use as a hot oil treatment which doesn’t seem to harm my hair).
But really, I mainly now buy coconut oil to use as a body moisturizer and to eat. Using coconut oil for oil pulling was not in my plans because like I said, it is expensive.
But my teeth had started turning yellowish mainly because I drink a lot of herbal teas daily and since I cannot use teeth whitening strips or gels, I had to look for another solution.
This is when I discovered that coconut oil in addition to its many antibacterial, antifungal, anti-microbial benefits as well as many other healing properties, is also great at whitening teeth naturally when used for oil pulling.
So I started oil pulling with coconut oil about a month ago and been really consistent with oil pulling and it has really helped to whiten my teeth naturally so I guess coconut oil is going to have to replace my cheap olive oil as my go to oil pulling oil.
Have you tried oil pulling? If you haven’t, some of the many health benefits include but are not limited to;
- Strengthening teeth, gums and jaw
- Plaque prevention
- Prevention of halitosis (bad breath)
- Prevention of lip, mouth and throat dryness
- Prevention of cavities and diseases such as gingivitis
- Migraine headache relief
- Possible remedy for jaw soreness and TMJ
- Promoting hormone balance
- Inflammation reduction
- Support of normal kidney function
- Sinus congestion relief
- Relief from eczema
- Improved vision
- Pain reduction
- Insomnia relief
- Promoting hair growth and fullness while preventing excessive hair shedding
Sure there isn’t any scientific research to back up any of these claims but this is not unusual where alternative therapies are concerned since there is no money to be made because natural remedies are easily available to most people and cannot be patented.
Oil pulling steps
- Only use organic, cold pressed, unrefined, extra virgin oils
- Use a tablespoon of oil (or slightly less if you are just starting)
- Do this in the morning when your mouth is dirtiest and on an empty stomach
- If you are just beginning, you can do this for 5 to 10 minutes but please build up to 20 minutes. It can seem impossible that you will be able to oil pull for 20 minutes but you will be surprised how you will soon get used to doing this for at least 20 minutes. Some mornings I find myself spitting out the oil after 30 minutes or so because I am busy doing other things while swishing the oil around my mouth.
- Spit out the oil. Do not swallow it. It is now filled with all the harmful organisms we discussed above so you definitely do not want this oil in your stomach.
- Rinse your mouth with a salt water solution and follow by brushing your teeth as you normally would (preferably with a natural toothpaste).
While I am now using coconut oil to naturally whiten my teeth with oil pulling, you can use any oil you want but if you want to whiten your teeth naturally, coconut oil is what you should use. Coconut oil is also one of the most healing natural oils so not only will you get the whitening benefits but also the many other healing benefits of this oil. Coconut oil is truly a miracle oil.