Coconut oil is everything. You can cook with it, you can put it in your hair, you can swish it around in your mouth and become a whole new person. OK, maybe not a whole new person. But there are an overwhelming number of benefits of coconut oil pulling.
By now, you've probably heard of oil pulling. Though it's not quite a household term yet, it's been around for ages, and has gained popularity over the last few years. But what is oil pulling? According to the US National Library of Medicine, oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying Ayurvedic technique that can be used as a remedy for many different health ailments. In short? Gargling coconut oil is a natural way to keep yourself healthy! Not only is coconut oil anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and anti-inflammatory — it smells delicious.
The best part about oil pulling? It's super easy. You take a teaspoon of coconut oil, put it on your mouth, and swish for 20 minutes. Start with a teaspoon, because as you swish, the oil will almost double in size as it pulls saliva and toxins out, You can always up the amount the next time you try. When you're finished, discard the oil in the garbage can (not the sink, it can harden and clog your drain), rinse your mouth with warm water, scrape your tongue, and brush your teeth.
But what does this do besides leave your mouth feeling like an island? Here are just some of the benefits of coconut oil pulling.