Do you oil pull? Are you a health conscious junkie who’s always looking for ways to keep harsh man made chemicals out of your body? This article is for you!
I’ve been oil pulling for several months and yes, it works! My teeth are brighter, I haven’t caught any colds, I have less plaque build up and I use Coconut Oil to moisturize my skin and hair. I recently learned about making a toothpaste with Coconut Oil, Baking soda, Xylitol and Essential oils. All of these ingredients are natural and beneficial to our body.
In an earlier article I wrote about Oil pulling with Coconut oil, I explained how it has antibacterial/antimicrobial properties due to it’s high lauric acid content. Coconut oil can be purchased cold-pressed (solid) or liquified. Liquified has 5 more MCT’s (Medium Chain Triglycerides) than the cold press Coconut oil.
Baking soda also have positive effects to the mouth as well. It neutralizes acid loving bacteria that causes cavities, removes plaque, whitens teeth and helps maintain healthy gums. Essential oils such as citrus, peppermint and cinnamon also possess antibacterial properties and adds flavoring to your liking.
Finally, Xylitol which is a natural sweetener and it will give your toothpaste a sweet taste as well as help fight cavities. Xylitol has additional benefits, it is derived from fibrous parts of plants. It maintains and keeps a neutral pH level in the mouth. It helps with keeping bacteria from sticking to the teeth which ultimately prevents tooth decay.
Xylitol repairs damaged enamel. Saliva itself protects the mouth and teeth especially when you manage your sugar intake to a couple of times a day. When your sugar intake is excessive, your mouth’s own defense isn’t enough. Too much sugar causes harm to the body while Xylitol heals and repairs. It also builds immunity, protects against chronic diseases as well as providing anti-aging benefits.
Additional benefits of Xylitol:
1. Clearing nasal infections.
2. Preventing Ear infections.
3. Reducing intraocular pressure.
4. Reducing periodental disease
5. Heart disease.
6. Healing wounds.
1. 1/2 cup – Coconut Oil
2. 2 – 3 Tbsp – Baking soda
3. 1 Tbsp – Xylitol (blend into fine powder)
4. 10 – drops of Essential oil of your choice (ex. peppermint, orange, cinnamon)
1. Melt your Coconut oil on low heat. (I used a double boiler method)
2. Once the Coconut oil melts, remove from heat and stir in Baking soda.
3. Use a blender or coffee grinder to blend the Xylitol into a fine powder (helps it to dissolve easier)
4. Add the Xylitol. Taste to see if it sweet enough to your liking. Add more if you like.
5. Add Essential oils of your choice.
6. The mixture will solidify and often the Baking soda will settle to the bottom. Give your paste another stir to insure it’s mixed well.
**Attention: to avoid contamination, I suggest using another clean utensil each time to apply your toothpaste to your tooth brush.
A KaLon Writer
Modern Hippie Housewife