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Natural Teeth Whitener

Posted in Uncategorized by nicolejanaye on June 19, 2014

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Oil pulling is one of the latest trends that is re-emerging, however it’s an ayurvedic practice that’s been around for hundreds of years. Either way, I’m glad the knowledge and beauty of this effective and natural remedy is spreading. Now generally most people who take part in oil pulling do so with a high quality oil, such as Organic Coconut Oil or Organic Sesame Oil. I prefer the coconut, just for convenience reasons since I have countless jars of it stashed away in my pantry.

Needless to say, oil pulling does wonders for your oral health. It has been shown to whiten teeth, clear skin, and help reduce headaches. I’ve written a detailed post on oil pulling on my instagram account, @nicolejanaye , but I’ll briefly describe the process behind oil pulling and then get into my advanced formula.

Oil Pulling: An ayurvedic practice that involves swishing (pulling) a high quality oil (organic coconut/sesame oil) in your mouth for 20 minutes. The idea behind it is that the oil pulls the toxins from your mouth. This is how people notice a difference in their teeth, skin, and headaches. The toxins are eliminated through the oil and out the body.

A few tips that I’ve found through my experience and research:

-oil pull first thing in the morning, before drinking water/brushing teeth…
-spit oil in the trash can!! (VERY IMPORTANT) If you are oil pulling with coconut oil and you spit it in the sink, toilet, or shower, the oil will solidify once it cools down and eventually clog your pipes
-NEVER swallow the oil. It is full of toxins! Make sure to spit it all out and thoroughly rinse your mouth and brush your teeth prior to consuming any liquids or food.
-People complain about the length of oil pulling or the taste. I’ve never had a problem. I’ve actually found that I’m much more productive in the mornings that I oil pull. I recommend to stay busy while oil pulling. If you have a hard time pulling for 20 minutes, then I suggest you stay active by cleaning your bedroom, taking a shower, putting on makeup, doing the laundry, washing the dishes…You’ll find that you will easily hit 20 minutes and very often exceed the time.
-do not heat up the coconut oil in order to melt it. The warmth from your mouth will naturally liquify the oil. I chew the coconut oil 2-3 times and it quickly dissolves into liquid.

Now I’ve been doing this basic oil pulling method for some time now and I’ve noticed positive results. However, the more I research alternative medicine and holistic health the more I find new ingredients that can also benefit the health of your oral cavity.

Advanced Oil Pulling Formula
1 TBS Organic Coconut Oil
1 Capsule of Activated Charcoal
Essential Oils: Peppermint, Tea Tree, and Eucalyptus, Lavender (3-4 drops total, not each)

Activated Charcoal
Most likely you’re shaking your head as to why you would want to put charcoal in your mouth or anywhere near it for that matter. This stuff is not the same product that you would use to barbecue up some ribs. It’s a natural product used to detoxify the body. Many people take it as a supplement to help with detoxification, hospitals have it ready to help heal people of poisons, and it’s also beneficial in removing stains. Activated charcoal loves tannins, which are the main culprit in coffee, tea, and wine that brings that awful stain to your teeth. Adding activated charcoal to your oil pulling remedy will provide an extra bonus of removing stains from your teeth.

Essential Oils
These oils are particularly good for cleansing, healing, and soothing the oral cavity. Use all four oils or any combination that you might have. If you feel that 4 drops is too potent than reduce the concentration of oils.

Directions:
1. Carefully open the capsule of activated charcoal and pour into mouth*
2. Scoop 1 TBS organic coconut oil out onto a spoon.
3. Drop your combination of essential oils onto the coconut oil.
4. Place in mouth.
5. Chew down until the mixture has completely liquified.
6. Swish in mouth for 20 minutes.
7. Spit in trash can
8. Rinse mouth with water
9. Brush teeth.
10. Done!

*The reason why you want to pour the activated charcoal directly into your mouth is because it will pull the toxins from your metal spoon (if that’s what you use). Just avoid using the spoon with this step.

You’ll notice that your teeth will be a little grey after you spit out the oil. Don’t fret, rinse your mouth out a few times and brush your teeth for a few minutes and the dark color will quickly fade away.

I hope this taught you guys a little bit more about alternative options for cleaning your teeth and whitening them! Give this advanced teeth whitening method a try!!

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