The Magic of Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is a staple in our house for so many reasons. We cook with it, apply it on our skin, make DIYs with it (see deodorant, body butter, sunscreen), use it as a carrier for essential oils, and I even use it as eye makeup remover!

Another way se use coconut oil is for oil pulling. Oil pulling is an ancient dental practice that helps to remove toxins and bacteria and improve both dental and overall health. It is a simple process! Coconut oil is a great choice for oil pulling because it has antibacterial properties, contains Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, and healthy fat-soluble vitamins. I typically do this either in the morning after brushing my teeth or in the evening before bed. The process is simple:
+ Take up to 1 Tbl organic coconut oil
+ Add 1 drop of Thieves essential oil (optional)
+ Gently swish around your mouth for up to 20 minutes, as tolerated.
+ Spit it out into a trash can

A few tips:
+ If 1 Tbl feels like too much, start with 1 tsp or so and work your way up
+ If 20 minutes feels too long, start with five and work your way up
+ Do your oil pulling in the shower to give yourself something else to focus on

Here is a video detailing a little more about choosing a good coconut oil, the best place to buy coconut oil, and some of the ways we use it!