Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic method for detox and rejuvenation. The process attracts and removes bacteria, toxins, and parasites that live in your mouth, and also pulls congestion and mucus from your throat. With the help of your saliva, all these unwanted guests bind with the oil, ready to be disposed of. Pulling also helps remineralize your teeth and strengthen your gums by thoroughly cleansing the area. But how exactly do you do it?
Traditionally, oil pullers use oil, but Katie Wells, aka Wellness Mama, has come up with some oil pulling chews that taste absolutely delicious and are fun to make! "The other day when making coconut oil chocolate in little heart molds, I realized that I could simplify the oil-pulling process by making premade, bite-size oil-pulling chews," she says.
"Lately, I've been experimenting with adding essential oils to the coconut oil to improve the taste and to get the added benefits of aromatherapy. My favorites so far have been essential oils that are naturally found in toothpaste, like peppermint and clove. As with any oil, make sure they are safe for oral use."
I keep these in the fridge so they maintain their shape and also so that they are cool when I use them since it helps with the texture at the beginning. In fact, for my kids, who have trouble with the texture of coconut oil, I've found that keeping these in the fridge so they can "chew" them first helps a lot.
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 20 to 30 drops essential oil (peppermint, cinnamon, clove, etc.; check with a doc or midwife if you are pregnant, nursing, or before using on children)
- Melt the coconut oil until just barely liquid.
- Remove from heat and add essential oils.
- Pour into silicon candy molds and put in the fridge or freezer to harden.
- When done, remove from molds and store in a jar.
- Use one per day as needed for oil pulling.