Did you ever sneak off to bed as a young kid, without brushing your teeth? Or was it just me? I’ve always struggled with oral care! Not because I didn’t want a healthy mouth, but because every time I used toothpaste, I’d wake up to a disgusting after-flavor the next morning! This issue was finally remedied when I learned to make my own toothpaste. And my mouth felt even better after I discovered oil pulling with coconut and clove oil!
And that is what I want to share with you today!
What Is Oil Pulling?
In short, oil pulling is swishing oil around in your mouth for 5-20 minutes, before spitting it out into the garbage can.
Some people like to pull oil before they brush, while others (myself included) like to do it after. The thought process behind it? Oil pulling helps rid the mouth of unwanted bactera, much like a mouth wash. And most “pullers” don’t dispute the fact that it does help with bad breath!
Now let me be real here: I’m not one of those individuals who loves researching and digging through articles! So instead, I direct you to another who does enjoy it and does it well! Click this link to read about oil pulling from a medical standpoint!
What is Pulling Oil Made Of?
Some people prefer using sesame oil as their base, while others prefer olive. Because it can also help whiten the teeth, I like to use (and recommend that you use) coconut oil. Get yourself an organic, cold-pressed variety and you’re nearly good to go!
But wait! I like to also add a bit of clove essential oil to the mix. Not only does clove oil sooth inflammed gums, but there’s also evidence that it kills bacteria.
When it comes to essential oil, I believe that brands do make a difference, and I recommend buying from a company that produces pure products. What I mean is don’t just purchase essential clove oil from your local grocerers…or Walmart!
Go with a quality company! Personally, I get my oils from doTERRA. No, I don’t sell their oils! But if you want lower prices, you should order through one of their wellness advocates. Here’s the gal I go through and I just love her!
How to Make Your Own Pulling Oil
Let’s get into the details of how to make your own pulling oil. By now you’ve probably guessed that it’s very, very simple!
- 1/2 C coconut oil
- 25-30 drops of clove essential oil
- a small glass jar for holding the finished product
Directions to Follow
In a double boiler and under very low heat, melt your coconut oil to a liquid. Pour the melted oil into the glass jar and let cool, until just warm to the touch.
Add your 25 (or so) drops of clove oil and stir in well with a stainless steel spoon.
Let the coconut oil cool and return to solid form once again. Add a lid and store alongside your toothbrushes, so it’s ready for use!
How to Pull with Oil
After brushing your teeth, take a quarter size blob and pop it in your mouth. The oil will immediately melt from the warmth. Swish the liquid around and around in your mouth for 5-20 minutes.
When you’re through, DON’T swallow the stuff and DON’T spit it in the sink! Remember: coconut oil solidifies when cool. You wouldn’t want to coat your drain pipes with the stuff! Instead, spit it in the garbage can and rinse your mouth several times with warm water.
And that’s all there is to it!
How Often Should You Do An Oil Pull?
Because this stuff also contains clove oil, I oil pull 2-3x per week and only before bed. But you can play with it and see what feels good for your mouth.
And in case you’re wondering? You don’t have to add the clove oil; lots of people just use straight up coconut oil!