All About Oil Pulling

What is oil pulling? Oil pulling is an Ayurvedic oral health treatment that includes swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth.  The goal of this activity is to remove toxins and bacteria from your mouth (and body) to increase oral hygiene.

How is it done? Place a heaping spoonful of oil in your mouth (I prefer coconut oil) and swish around in your mouth and pull through your teeth. Continue this for at least five and at most 20 minutes.  DO NOT SWALLOW. After you have reached the allotted time spit the oil down the sink, floss and brush as normal.

What are the benefits?  Some of the benefits include fighting against bad breath, gingivitis, plaque build up, cavities, yellowing of teeth, sensitive or inflamed gums, oral pain and tooth decay.

My Experience

“The moment I wake up, before I put on my makeup…” I do a little oil pulling. Seriously the first thing I do when I walk in the bathroom in the morning is place a heaping spoonful of coconut oil in my mouth. I swish and pull while using the bathroom and showering this is how I busy myself to pull for 20 minutes.  I have tried oil pulling with other oils and I just didn’t like it, I prefer to use coconut oil. Coconut oil is a solid so after placing it in my mouth I bite down on the chunks and rotate it around until it becomes a liquid then I swish and pull.  Afterward I spit it out and rinse with warm water before flossing and brushing. DCN Oil Pulling

FAQs

Is it hard to do? No, my ten year old oil pulls as well. He does it for 10 minutes every morning. The key to getting through it is to keep yourself busy while pulling. It will become an absent minded activity.

Does is clog the sink? No. We have been pulling consistently for 4 months and my drain has yet to clog. I run hot water down the drain after I discard the oil.

Does it really work? Well as of our last dental checkups we are both cavity free.  I drink multiple cups of tea each day and my teeth are not yellowing.  My mouth feels fresher after using oil pulling as a part of my oral health care.  Even when I was sick a while back I continued to oil pull and did not get the dreaded “sick breath”.  I also recommended oil pulling to a friend who was having some tooth pain and after a few days she reported that her pain had decreased and had stopped taking pain relievers.

As for me and my family oil pulling has become a permanent part of our oral health regimen. I mean the coconut oil is already in the bathroom so why not? I believe that it really has worked to help maintain a healthy mouth and my biannual checkups agree.

 

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How to Make Whipped Fluffy Body Butter

Whipped Fluffy Body Butter

You asked, I finally got around to posting this video on how I make my whipped fluffy butter. This is a basic recipe that is very customizable. You can experiment with interchanging the different butters and oils like swapping mango butter for shea butter or substituting olive oil and castor oil instead safflower oil.  This butter behaves differently at different temps, for example my coconut oil is a liquid in the Summer and Fall but more of a soft solid in the Winter and Spring. You can help balance this by using harder butters to make a firmer product.  I throw in whatever I have on hand, never making the same butter twice and have never had an issue. 

My recipe is different from others because it is a moisturizing or wet butter. It contains aloe vera gel (or juice) and glycerin to add moisture. You will notice a difference in how your skin feels after using.  I do not use any preservative ingredients, but the butter will last for 30-45 days in a room temp environment without mold. We normally use up the entire batch within this time frame and then I simply make more.

In my home this is used primarily as a body butter. I have gifted this to friends and family who use it as a beard butter and as a hair butter.

Whipped Fluffy Body Butter Recipe

  • 2/3 cup shea butter
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup safflower oil
  • 1 oz cocoa butter
  • 2 Tablespoons glycerin
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel (or juice)

Combine oils and butters and gently heat over a double boiler until just melted.  Allow to cool to room temperature then add glycerin and aloe.  Whisk together ingredients and pop into refrigerator.  Allow the mixture to cool until it is a firm set but not too hard. Use mixer starting on low, then increasing in speed to whip the mixture until it doubles in size.  Store in airtight containers away from heat and direct sunlight.