The way it works is to put one tablespoon of oil (coconut oil is recommended due to it’s antibacterial properties) in your mouth (best to do this first thing in the morning before you’ve had anything to eat or drink) and swish it through your teeth and around your gums for 20 minutes. The oil dissolves the membranes of the bacteria in your mouth so they can easily slide off of the mouth surfaces and gather into the oil.
After swishing for 20 minutes, spit the oil into your compost or trash container (to help prevent build-up, do not spit it in your plumbing), rinse your mouth, brush your teeth, and floss as usual. Do not swallow the oil. Spitting the oil out ensures the bacteria leave your body.
Performing this action daily is said to help prevent plaque build-up and gum disease. There are also claims for fresher breath, whiter teeth, and a stronger immune system, leading to better overall health.
I began using this technique recently and would love to hear from some of you who have made this a regular practice. Or, let me know how it goes if you decide to give it a try!
To your health!
Lisa Vincent is a personal growth Life Coach, Lifestyle Coach, EFT Practitioner, Workshop Leader, and Course Instructor. She co-developed the online course Overcoming Jealousy , and developed and facilitates the Loving Your Body Workshop for Women. She is also the author of the forthcoming book, 50 Ways to Love Your Body NOW: Without Changing a Thing. Contact her for a free 20-minute consultation to see how she can help you to love your body, embrace a healthy life-style, quiet self-judgement and criticism, overcome jealousy, insecurity, or loneliness, release unhealthy partnerships, produce loving relationships, or create a more peaceful, joyful experience of life. You can contact her through Twitter, Facebook, and her website.