For months (years?) I have been thinking about trying coconut oil pulling for oral health. I have always hated coconut, but I have red so many things about what it does for your oral health that I figured it’s worth a try.
So after much pondering over it, and reading endless blog posts about it (only one of them seemed to have the same issue I do, weird) last month I finally decided to go and get myself a jar of organic coconut oil and give it a try. The idea is that you use a spoonfull or so of coconut oil, which is normally solid when under a certain temperature, and you put it in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes or so. I do seem to be getting better with the TASTE of coconut, but there’s just something about the oil itself when it turns to liquid inside my mouth which actually makes me want to be sick. I have tried several times since then (last time was last night) and I seem to be getting worse at it rather than better. The longest I lasted was probably about a minute, the first time I tried it. I do intend to keep on trying, but in the meanwhile, here’s what I use it for (cooking would be too normal for me to consider it as an option):
-Brushing my teeth and gums. It just seems like the most similar, yet palatable use for it. Not sure how much it’s actually doing, so I’ll probably just stick to trying to use it for pulling!
-Rubbing it onto my bottom gum with my finger, to soothe one of my receeding gum issues (have used home-made rosemary-infused olive oil for this in the past, also works nicely!)
-On my scalp for dermatitis problems. It really soothes the itching!
-On my hair for pre-shower conditioning. I leave it on for between half an hour and and hour and then wash my hair as usual. Although I have to be extremely bored to do this. My hair does look kind of greasy after… or maybe it just looks too dry normally?
-As a moisturiser on my face. Possibly too much of it…