Oil pulling anyone?
If I said that swishing a spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth for 20 minutes would significantly beat down the demonic grasps of a hangover; would that get your attention?
Oil pulling is not a new fad, it’s been around for ev’s. It is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique where the process of swishing oil around in your mouth supposedly rids you of toxins, improves the condition of those pearly whites along with your overall health. Sounded suspect to me but I am your guinea pig so I have been trying it out…
The basics are; start on an empty stomach, take a nice teaspoon of oil and pop it in your mouth (I use coconut as it has strong anti bacterial properties but you can use any vegetable based oil.) It’s not pleasant or easy but the oil will melt and then swish it around for at least 20 minutes (Never gargle with it), spit it out in the bin (not in the sink as there are plenty toxins now present). Then brush teeth as normal and get on with your day. I know what you’re thinking – who has 20 minutes in the morning to “pull” oil around in ones mouth? I have been doing it whilst I get showered and dressed and by that time, 20 minutes is up. It’s difficult and jaw straining at first but it gets easier…
So…does it work?
Well, my teeth look a little whiter, I feel a less lethargic in the morning and I find it significantly helps with a headache. It is also supposed to help with better sleep, clearer skin and hormone imbalances.
I switched to coconut oil for cooking a little while ago as well because I discovered that cooking with olive oil is actually not that good for you. It has a low smoking point and that smoke is somewhat toxic. It is a far healthier option and much to my relief it didn’t make my food taste like pina colada!
As it turns out coconut oil is proving to be quite the little miracle worker in my life; it also cured my eczema in 3 days and has proved to be a superb hair mask!
So I wanted to share with you a skincare product I am in love with which involves…you guessed it….coconut oil! I love a good face scrub and have been unimpressed with several that I have tried recently so I looked up making my own with natural ingredients I could find around the house. Not to brag or anything but my new homemade face scrub is my new favourite!
What you’ll need:
A note about essential oils – you might want to do a bit of research into what healing properties are beneficial for your specific skin concerns. Tea tree is great for spot prone skin but if you have dry skin, this may not be the best option. Some great ones for your skin are frankincense, tea tree, neroli, clary sage, ylang ylang and geranium. Here is a great chart from hello natural. I have used ylang ylang because is is good for balancing your skin and it’s a great antiseptic which smells lovely and not too harsh like a tea tree.
Melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil in a jar (couple seconds in the microwave should do it but take care as it may be hot) * Let it cool a bit and add 10 drops of essential oil * Add 4-8 tablespoons of baking soda till you have a consistency that you prefer * I didn’t want mine runny so I added 8 tablespoons till it was a nice paste * and there it is….happy scrubbing!
*Note that the coconut oil will solidify again and can be quite hard so I keep a little spoon on hand or you can add a bit of water.
*The baking soda can sting a little much like salt and you may find this too abrasive if you have sensitive skin. The great news is that if you don’t like it or it’s not your cup of tea… you’ve probably only lost about R5!
As it is so cheap to make, I have also been using it as a body scrub and it is seriously impressing me. The benefits and uses of baking soda are lengthy and I love the ‘microdermabrasion’ feel of it mixed with coconut oil make the skin soft and moisturized. With the wonders of essential oils you can create your own blends as well…perhaps something citrus and zesty in the morning and another lavender one for evenings…go on give it a go!
Love Wrendley xxx