My obsession with coconut oil began when I was looking for ways to naturally whiten my teeth. But it turned out that it has benefits that go far beyond just that.
So after researching quite a bit about it, I went online and ordered a couple of jars of Organic Virgin Coconut Oil.
Below are the ways in which I have been using it:
Yes, it is the latest trend out there, but it is more than just a trend.
“Oil pulling, also known as “Kavala” or “Gundusha,” is an ancient Ayurvedic dental technique that involves swishing a tablespoon of oil in your mouth on an empty stomach for around 15-20 minutes. This action supposedly draws out toxins in your body, primarily to improve oral health but also to improve your overall health”.
Be careful not to swallow the oil during the process, because you’ll be swallowing all the toxins and bacteria. After finishing, spit out the oil in the trash and not in the sink.
I personally oil pull with a teaspoon of coconut oil every morning on an empty stomach for exactly 15 minutes. Some people use organic sesame oil, which is supposed to be just as good, if not better.
Reported Benefits of Oil Pulling:
– promotes oral hygiene (whiter teeth, Cavity and gingivitis prevention, better breath, stronger teeth and gums)
– detoxes the body
– reduces headaches/migraines
– improves skin
The list in long and some claim it can also help cure some diseases!
Create a Whitening Toothpaste Using Coconut Oil
I Mix a teaspoon of bicarbonate soda with a bit of coconut oil (just enough to make a paste), and I brush my teeth with it for 2 minutes two times a week. I brush with regular toothpaste afterwards.
I used to mix bicarbonate soda with fresh lemon juice and brush with the mix to whiten my teeth, but this mix is stronger and can weaken the enamel.
Coconut Oil Hair Mask
I live in Dubai, and almost everybody here suffers from dry skin and hair due to the hot weather. Regular store bought conditioners and masks will surely help, put I prefer to use an organic product and stay away as much as possible from chemicals.
So, once a week, I apply coconut oil all over my hair and let it sit for 6 or 7 hours, putting it overnight with a hairnet is a good idea to people who can’t do it during the day.
Moisturizing with Coconut Oil
I make sure to moisturize with coconut oil as much as possible, I mostly use it under my eyes, on my hands and sometimes all over my face.
Make sure to try it first on a small patch of skin, to see if you’ll have an allergic reaction or sensitivity to this oil. Some people report breakouts, so you’ll just have to try it and see if it suits your skin.
Overall, it can’t hurt to try natural products, especially coconut oil, because it has no way of harming you (unless you’re allergic) and it is also edible. I am not saying it can or should totally replace your other products, but why not add it to your daily beauty regimen?
Make sure you buy the organic virgin coconut oil and nothing else because otherwise you won’t get the same benefits; and for oil pulling, you’ll have to put it in your mouth, so it better be edible & organic.
I ordered Coconut Oil from www.organicfoodsandcafe.com but you can also find it in supermarkets.
Did you get on board the coconut oil train? Let me know your thoughts!