This ancient way of keeping the mouth fresh and clean has just come back into ‘fashion’, so much so that you can even buy coconut oil pulling kits to whiten and clean your teeth.
Oil Pulling technique cleans toxins from the mouth, and it’s also thought to clean toxins from the gut and body too (especially useful if you’re feeling a little worse-for-wear the morning after a big celebration!). It helps to freshen breath and does indeed seem to whiten teeth naturally if done regularly. Traditionally, sesame oil was used, but with more ‘cooling’ qualities and a somewhat nicer taste, coconut oil is easily accessible and most often used in modern oil pulling.
To do this, simply take a fairly large spoonful of coconut oil and swish it around your mouth for approximately 10 – 20 minutes. When you’re finished, I would recommend disposing of the oil into a bin, as coconut oil does have a tendency to block drains if this is done a lot. Complete by brushing your teeth, and for bonus points, use the traditional Ayurvedic tool of a tongue scraper to remove Ama (toxins) from the tongue – your dentist won’t believe how you’ve been able to improve your dental hygiene in such a natural way!