“How do you get your teeth so white and your tongue so pink?” I get asked this question ALL the time. People have assumed I have veneers or have professionally whitened my teeth….nope! The only work I have had done on me teeth are braces (and a few cavities filled…not gonna lie!)
But I do take really good care of my teeth on the daily by flossing 2x per day, brushing with doTERRA On Guard Whitening Toothpaste 2x per day and (my secret weapon) oil pulling every single month for 10 days in a row. Which is why we are doing this challenge for 10 days (more info on that later…)
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique for dental care where you swish around 1 spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth on an empty stomach. It has been shown to pull out toxins in the body through the mouth as well as support oral and overall health.
Why did I start oil pulling?
I first found out about oil pulling when browsing Dr. Josh Axe’s blog as I often do. Oral health has always been something I kind of obsessed about because I LOVE to smile 🙂 And I want people to see a bright, happy and white smile. Plus, I really hate bad breath or when I see plaque build up in other people’s mouth. And, I was so surprised to see the wide array of benefits listed in his article about Coconut Oil Pulling Benefits & How To Guide:
- Treat tooth decay
- Kill bad breath
- Heal bleeding gums
- Prevent heart disease
- Reduce inflammation
- Whiten teeth
- Soothe throat dryness
- Prevent cavities
- Heal cracked lips
- Boost the immune system
- Improve acne
- Strengthen gums and jaws
From there I learned from my mentor and partner Diane Kazer What Your Teeth Say About Your Organs and I was totally hooked! There is so much more than what people see when I smile!
What benefits have I noticed from oil pulling?
I used to have this blister on the top right side of my gums. It would come and go and I would pop it and it would hurt – gross huh? I had no idea what it was or why it was there. And to be honest, when I started oil pulling I didn’t even think about it helping that…I just wanted whiter teeth naturally. But after my first 3 days of oil pulling, it completely went away and NEVER came back. AMEN! My teeth stay white, bright and strong and my breath fresh even when I wake up. I am not saying my breath is blissful when I wake up, but I don’t have that “stank” in my mouth when I wake up…I’m not kidding. Come over in the morning and I will let you smell my breath…kidding!!! LOL!
Oil Pulling with doTERRA Clove Essential Oil
You can choose to use doTERRA Clove essential oil or doTERRA On Guard (which contains clove as one of its main ingredients in the blend) for added oral benefits:
- Cleanse the mouth
- Freshen breath
- Relief toothache
- It can also be taken internally (2-3 drops in veggie cap) to promote cardiovascular health
You can find more information about the uses & benefits of clove essential oil right here.
10-Day Oil Pulling Challenge
So here are the details about how to participate in this oil pulling challenge I am running on Instagram starting Monday, November 12th (and if you’re reading this after the challenge is already over…who care – start this challenge on your own. It’s amazing!
- Purchase ORGANIC coconut oil (the one you cook with, not fractionated)
- Take a picture of your smile today
- Put 1 spoonful of coconut oil in your mouth first thing in the morning before eating or drinking anything and swish around for 10-20 minutes (BONUS: add doTERRA Clove or On Guard Essential Oil – here’s a step-by-step guide on how to purchase doTERRA essential oils at 25% off)
- Spit it out and then floss and brush your teeth as normal
- Repeat every single morning for the next 10 days
- Post on social media using #oilpullingchallenge and #lifelikelunden
- 3 lucky winners will win a prize package including a sample of clove oil to try when you oil pull next month