Key to a healthier smile may be just a teaspoon of oil away
Most people can agree that with busy schedules, copious amounts of coffee and the never-ending struggle to fit our exercise regime in around work, dental health is one thing that constantly gets put on the back burner.
Our mouths are said to be a reflection of our inner health, so what better time to pay some extra attention to those pearly whites. More than ever, people are turning to all-natural remedies to better their oral health without the hefty price tag of over the counter products. Enter the oil-pulling craze.
Used for centuries in the ancient Ayurvedic system, oil pulling is a traditional Indian remedy used for drawing toxins out of the body and promoting good oral health. Avid fans of the method claim it reduces plaque and gingivitis as well as bad breath, and improves overall gum health, even whitening teeth.
I swear by the system, recommending swishing 2-3 teaspoons of her Banaban Extra Virgin Coconut oil in your mouth for up to 20 minutes to gain the maximum health benefits.
Coconut oil is perfect for oil pulling as it has anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties so it helps to cleanse the mouth and prevent cavities, plus it tastes better compared to sesame or sunflower oils.
It’s important to use a good quality un-refined, organic coconut oil to pull through your teeth to dissolve the toxins and bacteria before spitting and brushing as normal. It’s also a good idea to follow up with a glass of water, adding fresh lemon for extra flavour and boost of energy.
Oil pulling has been popping up everywhere lately with celebrities such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Lauren Conrad all jumping on the oil-pulling bandwagon, boasting its health and wellness benefits.
If that isn’t enough to have you running out the door to purchase your jar of this miracle oil, you can also use it to create your own homemade toothpaste. By combining 3 tablespoons of organic coconut oil with 3 tablespoons of aluminium free baking soda and 25 drops of natural peppermint oil you’ll have a great tasting alternative to toothpaste that’s not only natural but will leave your teeth feeling cleaner than ever.
Forget expensive teeth whitening treatments; if your smile is looking less than white and bright, coconut oil and oil pulling may be the cost-effective solution you’ve been searching for.
Article by: Brynley King
A blogger of all things coconut from - www.goingcoconuts.com.au and Banaban Virgin Coconut Oil’s Creative Director - Bryn is Australia’s Certified Organic under 30 winner, Going Coconuts Recipe App Creator, International Published Author of Going Coconuts (Australia) & Superfood Kokos (Europe). // You can also check out Bryn’s latest and best selling Going Coconuts Baking Mixes including healthy sticky date + cinnamon donuts in all good health food stores across Australia & New Zealand <3