Autumn is a special time for me, not only because nature looks stunning in those plum-honey-mustard-berry-tiger shades (full-color palette available in the closest park, or on Pinterest :P) but also because I feel an abstract melancholy, and an intense flow to nurture life at ease.
Part of the seasonal joy includes using the time to create cool, small habits behind closed doors. One of them is oil-pulling! Our super-star of the day, you won’t be disappointed.
Why this has been a “mouth matters blog”??
The mouth is considered the mirror for the general health of the human body: Oral health and general health are interrelated.
This is because the oral cavity harbors billions of microorganisms, some of which contribute to the development or progression of systemic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, etc.
Antibiotic resistance, adverse effects, and toxicity to modern medicines have prompted scientists to research natural products✨🙌🙌🙌🙌
Let’s crack on about Oil pulling…
Oil pulling is an ancient practice used for “purifying” the body by “pulling” toxins out through the gums and mouth using oil as adsorption (pulling) medium.
Right off the bat, you are probably skeptical, and rightly so. However, this is not to say that oil pulling does not have certain effective uses. It may not be the miracle solution that some claim it is, but when it is about the mouth, it is immensely effective – and the science backs it up.
- Heal bleeding gums
- Freshen “less-than-pleasant” bad breath
- Prevent cavities
- Cheap and easy to use
How to use it?
1 tablespoon of extra virgin coconut oil, put it in your mouth and swish this mixture in the mouth vigorously for at least 10 to 15 minutes (it gives time for the oil to pull toxins from teeth and gums), then spit.
Before bringing the curtain down…
If you can, get extra-virgin coconut oil, as there isn’t much difference in price from standard coconut oil. It is a popular choice due to its pleasant taste and favorable fatty acid profile, containing high amounts of lauric acid, which has antimicrobial properties.
Also, coconut oil doesn’t cure cavities and doesn’t replace your daily oral care: floss and toothbrush are still the bosses.
Have you tried oil pulling already? if your answer is yes – what difference have you already noticed?
Stay tuned! The next post’s final stop is almost here ^_~