I am a huge believer in natural remedies. I am so serious! I haven’t been on antibiotics since I was like 9 or 10 years old, and my kids have never used them. In fact, whenever I got the cold or flu when I was growing up, my mom would literally give me a couple of cloves of raw garlic…crazy, but true. I have been a garlic chewing, acidophilus taking, essential oil nut of a wellness junky for the last 30+ years. It’s not that I don’t feel like modern medicine is a miracle and totally has it’s place, but I also believe that our bodies want to heal themselves. Honestly, if I could stave off perscriptions and the snowball effect that they can create, then I say “why the heck not?”
It is amazing how much aid there is in natural foods for helping our bodies heal. One of my favorite daily routines is an ancient ayurvedic practice that is actually pretty darn simple to incorporate into your morning. It is called oil pulling, and it has a myriad of health benefits both for your mouth and your entire body. I am sure that you have heard that modern studies have pointed western medicine in the direction of oral health when it comes to the dangers of plaque build up in your arteries and heart health. This is why oil pulling is so important to me! Not only does it whiten my teeth and help heal my gums, but it strips my mouth of plaque and helps me fight the number one killer in America: heart attacks.
If oil pulling is a new concept for you, here is a simple infographic that breaks it down simply that I found here.
I am kind of addicted to starting my day this way. It leaves my mouth feeling incredible! Honestly, there isn’t much to improve on…but I figured that the power of essential oils could only make my favorite morning routine even better! So, I gathered up some supplies: organic virgin coconut oil, cinnamon essential oil, a mixing bowl & spoon, and a silicone ice cube tray.
Now add ten drops of your favorite essential oil. Choose essential oils that benefits your oral health. I chose cinnamon because not only is it refreshing, but it improves circulation flow to the gums for a healthier gum-line.
Last step is to pop the hardened coconut oil tablets out of the ice cube tray. I keep mine in large mason jar in the fridge, so that they are handy first thing in the morning.
Start by adding one cup of coconut oil to a mixing bowl. You do not need to worry about whether or not the oil is in a solid state or a liquid state, it will mixing up just fine either way.
If your coconut oil is too runny, pop it in the fridge for a couple of minutes before this next step. Once it is a thick, pasty consistency, grab a spatula and smear it into your silicone ice cube tray.
I love that I can slip out of bed, pad downstairs to the fridge, and start my day with a healthy habit even before brewing my coffee! Do you oil pull? Have you noticed a significant difference in your oral health? I know that I love how white my teeth are looking, and how yummy in makes my mouth feel.
Cheers to natural health!
- 1 cup Coconut oil
- 15-20 drops Cinnamon essential oil other options: melaleuca oil, frankincense oil, lemon oil, peppermint oil
Mix one cup of coconut oil with 15-20 drops of cinnamon oil.
Using a flat spatula, smear the coconut oil mixture into a silicone ice cube tray and pop it into the fridge for 15 minutes.
Pop the chilled cinnamon-coconut oil pulling tablets out of the silicone tray and store them in a jar in the fridge for morning use.