Our 31 days of essential oils is wrapping up this week but we still have a few more posts to go. These last few days we've been discussing using essential oils for everyday things - skin care and everyday issues. Today we're going to look at how essential oils can help with oral hygiene.
Oral Hygiene & Essential Oils
Oral health is linked to many other issues and chronic diseases so it's important to keep those pearly whites clean. It's not just about having perfect straight white teeth (though that is a nice bonus), it's about your overall health. So keep thing your mouth clean and reducing the bacteria hiding in there helps your whole body.
Oil pulling is an ancient practice that is making a comeback, with good reason. This simple technique is a powerful way to improve oral health. While the original method involved using sesame oil, the modern version uses coconut oil. And, by adding a drop of essential oil like Lemon, Orange, Clove, or Thieves, you can create a powerful combination that disinfects and cleans your mouth and can improve sinus function. Oil pulling can:
- Fight bacteria
- Strengthen teeth
- Reduce plaque
- Fight gingivitis
- Whiten teeth
- Remove toxins
How to do it
Oil pulling is very simple. Take a teaspoon of oil, add a drop of essential oil if you like, and swish it around your mouth, being sure to push it between your teeth and under your tongue. Swish it around for 5 minutes at least but up 20 minutes is very beneficial. When you're done, spit it into the trash - don't swallow it. The oil literally 'pulls' the bacteria from the gums and tongue so you don't want to swallow all that. The essential oil can provide even more bacteria-fighting power to your oil pulling but it's still very beneficial without it.
Have you tried oil pulling?
Regular weekly oil pulling sessions can improve or maintain good oral hygiene, especially when you add essential oils like clove or Thieves oil. If you've tried oil pulling, leave me a comment and tell me how it worked for you.