Coconut oil uses for the teeth and body
Top ways to use coconut oil in a beauty, dental and body care regime.
Coconuts remind me of a tropical island with a gentle breeze and the smell of frangipani flowers. Sadly the frangipani flowers do not come with my gallon tub of coconut oil.
Coconut oil uses for the teeth and body
I use virgin coconut oil for cooking, a little to nourish my hair, skin and nails, toes and very often a spoonful in coffee!
The oil from virgin coconuts is extracted from the milk or the coconut meat, it can be used in amazing ways and recent research is suggesting it is beneficial for the skin, teeth, hair and body. But you knew that already, yes?
I have used coconut oil for about five years now. I started buying a small jar here and there, but I began to love the oil so much I now order it in gallon drums! I use it for cooking, on my hair, skin and I also oil pull with it, more on that later.
An interesting study out of the United Kingdom looked at coconut oil and how it reacts to bacteria on the teeth. Lead researcher Dr Damien Brady, from the Athlone Institute of Technology in the Republic of Ireland  said “Dental caries is a commonly overlooked health problem affecting 60%-90% of children and the majority of adults in industrialised countries.”
Wow! That is a high percentage of people having dental caries. Our teeth and gums can reflect the overall health of the body. Heart disease and gum health  appears to be an area gaining interest. So looking after our teeth is not only aesthetically wise but vital to live a long and happy life, perhaps?
It stands to reason that if you have a clean mouth then you will feel better. It was suggested that the antibacterial and antimicrobial properties of coconut oil could be harnessed into toothpastes.
Toothpaste- triclosan versus coconut oil
Considering that triclosan and other synthetic chemicals are used in toothpaste, I think the suggestion of using coconut oil in toothpastes is superb news. Hopefully it will inspire companies to use genuinely natural ingredients rather than relying on synthetic chemicals. Read why synthetic chemicals are an issue
Dr Damien Brady, continued and said “Incorporating enzyme-modified coconut oil into dental hygiene products would be an attractive alternative to chemical additives, particularly as it works at relatively low concentrations. Also, with increasing antibiotic resistance, it is important that we turn our attention to new ways to combat microbial infection.” I could not agree more with Dr Brady!
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient way of refreshing the teeth and gums. I started to do it when I had receding gums a year ago and initially it felt rather strange but I now love the way my mouth feels fresh and clean. I also have ‘great gums now’ according to my fastidious dentist. I don’t oil pull everyday but a few times a week. Although in Bruce’s book there are many fascinating stories of people who oil pull every day. I am usually busy and forget!
Bruce Fife author of the book “Oil Pulling Therapy- Detoxifying and Healing the Body Through Oral Cleansing” says that oil pulling is “not a new invention…. it was a technique practiced in Ayurvedic medicine and had been used for generations.” “By looking into the mouth, you can tell a great deal about a person’s health. Cavity-riddled teeth, swollen and inflamed gums, bad breath, discoloration on the tongue, receding and bleeding gums, yellowed teeth, plaque and tarter build up, dental fillings missing teeth, etc., are all signs reflecting a person’s state of health. The mouth is part of the digestive tract. When you look inside the mouth, you are seeing a representation of the condition of the entire intestinal tract.”
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How I oil pull with coconut oil:
- Take a half teaspoon of coconut oil and put it in the mouth.
- Swish it about the mouth. Initially five minutes sometimes I swish for longer.
- Spit out into an old plastic bag, not down the drain- or the plumber will be happy (for the work) but I won’t be!
Coconut oil can, when treated with enzymes, (as the researchers did in the UK study) help against the yeast Candida albicans, which, when out of balance can result in thrush.
According to The Telegraph “Scientists found that when the oil was treated with digestive enzymes it became a powerful killer of mouth bugs.”
Bruce Fife says “If the mouth is healthy, the intestines will be healthy.” Is it time we got serious about caring for the teeth and gums, naturally?
Coconut oil is rich in lauric acid
According to Sally Fallon in her book “Nourishing Traditions” coconut oil is “of particular interest is (the) lauric acid, found in large quantities in both coconut oil and in mother’s milk. This fatty acid has strong antifungal and antimicrobial properties.”
Coconut oil has been used by those with skin rashes, irritation and nappy/ diaper rash.
If you have not tried coconut oil then maybe give it a go? I was sceptical about this oil at first, thinking if it is so brilliant how come more are not eating it and using it on their skin. Yet I now meet lots of people who LOVE coconut oil. Perhaps you will too?
Coconut oil in toothpaste
I love making my own skin care in the kitchen. The ingredients are non-toxic and it is way cheaper too!
I made my own coconut oil teeth and gums paste:
- 15g Coconut oil (buy it here – affiliate link)
- 15g Baking soda (buy it here – affiliate link)
- 1 drop peppermint essential oil (buy it here – affiliate link)
- 3 drops Stevia- I don’t always put this in
- Melt gently together
- Mix well with a clean chop stick
- Pour into a little jar.
- This paste will keep for a week or so but use and remake regularly. Keep in the refridgerator if you want a hard paste. Remember, fresh is best!
Do you use coconut oil? What are you top tips for making the most of coconut oil in your beauty regime recipes?
Regularly using coconut oil in your diet is popular it appears I am not alone in loving coconut oil. How wise they are, are you keen to try coconut oil in your life?
References/ read more:
 Forget minty toothpaste- coconut oil fights tooth decay The Daily Telegraph
 Heart disease and gum health discussed at Perioheart.com
Coconut Oil Research Center: learn more about coconut oil
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