7 Health Benefits of Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is one of the simplest things you can do to improve your health and help detoxify your body.
Oil pulling isn’t a new health trend that you are seeing, it is an ancient Ayurveda ritual dating back over 3,000 years.
So what is oil pulling all about?
What is Oil Pulling?
An ancient Ayurveda ritual dating back over 3,000 years, oil pulling involves placing a tablespoon of extra virgin organic cold pressed oil (organic coconut oil is an option) into your mouth and then swishing it around for up to 5 to 15 minutes pulling it between your teeth before spitting it out.  Be careful not to swallow the oil as you will ingest the toxins you are trying to cleanse away.  Brush your teeth with an all-natural flouride-free toothpaste, and rinse your mouth out.
Why Oil Pulling?

With your mouth as the home to bacteria, fungus, viruses, and other toxins, the oil acts like a cleanser, pulling out the yukky stuff before they get a chance to spread throughout your body.
Oil Pulling cleanses the immune system, reduces stress, inflammation, and aids your well-being.
Top 7 reasons for making oil pulling a part of your daily routine.
1.  Whitens teeth
Oil pulling reduces the need for chemical teeth whitening strips.  The oil possesses natural antibiotic and antiviral properties that brighten and clean teeth.
2. Increases energy
When our immune system is put to work in clearing out toxic waste from our body, it drains our energy levels. Removing the toxins by oil pulling lowers the amount of work our body has to do to function, which leaves us feeling better.
3. Detoxes the Body
Germs in the body are much like poison causing inflammation and leading to disease/illness. The mouth is the gateway for contamination to spread to the rest of the body.  When removing the toxins before they get a chance to spread, the body undergoes a complete detox.
4. Aids hormonal changes
Hormones can function as they should, functioning to the best ability without being thrown off balance.
5.  Reduces headaches
When the body is under toxic stress, headaches and migraines occur.  This is nature’s way of asking for some time to recover.  By eliminating bacteria or toxins from the body with oil pulling, headaches can be avoided.
6. Keeps the skin clear
Removing toxins from the body that would make it into the bloodstream means the skin has a chance to shine.  Rashes and skin issues often reduce dramatically and it some cases it can clear up completely.
7. Promotes oral hygiene
Oil pulling is highly effective at reducing tooth cavities and at eradicating bad breath.  It also aids with plaque-induced gingivitis.
When you start oil pulling, you might experience some of the positive effects immediately or it may take a few days or even weeks. It will depend on your health condition.

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Is coconut oil the new miracle potion?

If you’re like me, you probably have spent hours trying to figure out how to pick out the right kind or healthier coconut oil in your local health food store. I’ve spent half an hour or more reading and comparing labels determining the difference between extra virgin coconut oil, unrefined virgin coconut oil, and refined coconut oil!


Difference between extra virgin coconut oil, virgin coconut oil, and refined coconut oil?

Let’s start with the processing of coconut oil.

Refined Processing

Whether coconut oil becomes refined or unrefined depends on what processing methods the oil undergoes. Refined coconut oil starts out as dried coconut meat, known as “copra.” Because coconut oil producers frequently dry the meat in open air, it can gather hazardous bacteria and pathogens-so any oil extracted from copra needs further purification before it’s safe to consume. During the refinement process, copra undergoes bleach filtration to screen out impurities, as well as heat treatment to remove its distinctive odor.

Unrefined Processing

Unrefined coconut oil, on the other hand, starts with fresh coconut meat rather than dried copra—ensuring the extracted oil is sanitary without the need for further purification. To produce unrefined coconut oil, the meat goes through one of two methods: “quick drying” or “wet milling.” Quick-dried coconut meat receives a small amount of heat to remove moisture, and then mechanical extraction separates the unrefined oil from the meat. With the wet-milling process, machines press the liquid out of fresh coconut meat—and then use boiling, refrigeration, centrifuging, fermentation or enzymes to isolate the oil from the extracted liquid. With both the quick drying and wet milling methods, the resulting coconut oil is safe for consumption without bleaching or deodorization.


Unrefined, Expeller Pressed Virgin Coconut Oil

As the name suggests, it is the crude coconut oil that has been obtained right from the expeller; unrefined, unfiltered and without any additives. Sometimes, it is also called the Pure Coconut Oil to mark its differences with the Refined Bleached Deodorized Coconut Oil, known as the Refined Coconut Oil.

Virgin Coconut Oil, Organic Coconut Oil, and Organic Virgin Coconut Oil can be unrefined too.

Note: there is no difference between extra virgin or virgin coconut oil.


Advantages of Virgin Coconut Oil

  • Taste: Unrefined Coconut Oil is tastier than the Refined Coconut Oil as it is neither bleached nor refined.
  • Flavor: Unrefined Coconut Oil has a beautiful flavor of that of fresh coconuts which is absent in Refined Coconut Oil, since it is deodorized.
  • Nutrients: It is more nutritious than the refined one, being least process and subjected to least heat. It is richer in proteins (this is almost absent in refined oil), vitamins and antioxidants. Contains medium chain fatty acids.
  • Natural: It does not undergo any chemical processing therefore is not refined. It has a more natural touch. It is derived from fresh coconuts and is not subject to heat. This preserves all the natural goodness of this oil, such as high content of Vitamin-E and minerals, which are otherwise almost stripped from the Ordinary Coconut Oil during processes like heating, filtration, refining, and bleaching which are done to make it colorless and odorless.
  • Wholeness: It is wholesome coconut oil.
  • Virgin Coconut Oil is very effective as a moisturizing agent.


Disadvantages of Virgin Coconut Oil

  • Hygiene: It is less hygienic than the Refined Coconut Oil, since it does not undergo any refining and may contain dust particles and other unwanted stuff.
  • Therapeutic Uses: It may not be suitable for therapeutic uses.
  • Internal Applications: The Refined Coconut Oil is better in this respect, being more hygienic.
  • Cost: Despite being less processed, it is bit more money than the refined one, since most of the coconut oil produced is converted to refined oil.
  • Availability: Unrefined Coconut Oil is less easily available than the refined grade.


Health Benefits of Coconut Oil

The health benefits of coconut oil include:

  • Hair care
  • Skin care
  • Stress relief
  • Maintaining cholesterol levels
  • Weight loss
  • Increased immunity
  • Proper digestion and metabolism
  • Relief from kidney problems
  • Heart diseases
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • HIV
  • Cancer
  • Dental care
  • Bone strength

These benefits of coconut oil can be attributed to the presence of lauric acid, capric acid and caprylic acid. Its properties are antimicrobial, antioxidant, antifungal, antibacterial, and soothing.

Organic Virgin Coconut Oil can be purchased at Whole Foods, Mother’s Market, and Sprouts.

For more information on coconut oil, a good book to read is The Coconut Oil Miracle by Bruce Fife, CN, ND. It is available on Amazon.com or your local health food store.


Sources:

http://www.organicfacts.net/organic-oils/organic-coconut-oil/health-benefits-of-coconut-oil.html

http://www.ehow.com/about_5392760_refined-vs-unrefined-coconut-oil.html

Edible Goddess Herbal Infused Organic Coconut Oil

edible goddess coconut oil

Edible Goddess Product Review:

Herbal Infused Organic Coconut Oil for Face, Body, Hair, and Bath. For Beauty and Culinary Use.  All Purpose Healing Oil, Natural Sun Tan Oil 100 ml

Ingredients: extra virgin organic coconut oil, Chaga mushroom, lavender flowers, horsetail leaf, vanilla bean, holy basil, tulsi, schisandra berries, rosebuds, rose hips, shatavari, white peony root, red raspberry.

I love it!  I used on my face, arms, and legs. Makes my skin feel so smooth. Her products are organic.

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