Caché girls, I’m super-into natural beauty and health remedies right now. After reading countless doomsday articles on the possible dangers of the various sodium lauryl sulfates, parabens, and aluminum present in my day-to-day beauty routine (uh-oh), I’ve decided to change things up a bit.
As it turns out, there are a ton of safe, all-natural and inexpensive alternatives out there. One of my new favorite routines is oil pulling, an ancient Ayurvedic remedy currently being touted all over the natural beauty sphere as the hot organic alternative to harsh manufactured mouthwash. It involves swishing around coconut oil while its fatty acids “pull” the toxins out of your mouth.
Are you up to the challenge? Feeling adventurous? Here’s how to do it:
1. The best time to oil pull is on an empty stomach—ideally right when you wake up. Heat and melt one to two teaspoons of raw, solid organic coconut oil (you can pick up a 16-ounce jar at Trader Joe’s for $5.99). You can also simply allow a chunk to melt in your mouth.
2. Swish in your mouth for about 15-20 minutes, ensuring you swirl around your teeth and gums. A good time to do it might be while you’re showering or doing your hair.
3. Spit out the oil. Make sure you depositing it in the trash, NOT the sink, as the oil can clog pipes! Also best not to swallow the oil, since it’s full of the toxins you’re trying to remove.
4. Immediately brush your teeth.
I believe I felt an immediate change in my oral health after just a few days. I noticed my teeth becoming shinier and whiter, and my mouth felt cleaner, with no bad morning breath! Yay!
Coconut oil is multi-purpose, so if you’re looking for additional uses for that giant tub of greasy oil, it’s awesome as a lotion or hair mask—it’s got amazing hydrating properties (good for that summer sunburn, ouch!). This natural beauty product is also fabulous to cook with, since it has a higher burn point than other oils. Read more on the benefits and science of oil pulling here.
What do you think, ladies? What are your favorite beauty and health DIYs lately? Let us know!
Beauty on the blog by Caché’s Merchandising Coordinator, Emma Ilaria.