exfoliating MSM face mask

hey crunchies! today i have something i’m very excited to share with you (and i hope you’re excited about what it does!). i gave you a little teaser on instagram, but it definitely looked like some sort of melted ice cream. haha!

exfoliating MSM face mask

it’s an exfoliating face mask that also:

  • removes dirt and other impurities without drying your skin out
  • has antibacterial and probiotic properties
  • evens skin tone
  • heals current blemishes
  • balances skin pH
  • reduces appearance and heals acne scars
  • lessens inflammation
  • balances oily and dry skin
  • is suitable for all skin types

it’s pretty great i think. it’ll make your face feel oh-so-soft and perfectly moisturized!

what’s in it:

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  • MSM powder – contains sulfur, which heals current breakouts, reduces acne scars, lessens inflammation, and exfoliates your face.
  • pure aloe vera gel – heals current blemishes, balances oily and dry skin.
  • raw honey – has antibac properties, evens skin tone, heals current blemishes, reduces acne scars, and balances oily and dry skin.
  • organic kefir – has probiotic properties, heals current blemishes, balances skin pH, lessens inflammation

MSM powder is the star of the show in this exfoliating mask. MSM (methylsulfonylmethane) is a sulfur compound that’s found naturally in foods such as raw milk, kale, eggs, and grass-fed beef (among others). it’s very important, as it’s the 3rd largest nutrient found in your body. it works to help your body’s detoxification process, with inflammatory conditions, and produces high amounts of keratin and collagen. MSM helps with joint flexibility, psoriasis, eczema, growing stronger nails, growing thicker/longer hair, balancing blood sugar levels, etc. there are many medical articles surrounding MSM and its benefits (which you should check out!).

most people aren’t getting enough of this nutrient, due to pasteurization of our foods, as well as cooking our veggies. these processes slash MSM contents in food by half! supplementing with MSM powder might be worth discussing with your healthcare professional.

while usually taken internally, MSM is also amazing when applied topically. this face mask is no exception!

how to make:

  • grab a regular kitchen spoon and a bowl to mix up your ingredients. you should also find a tiny air-tight container to keep the leftovers in the fridge.
  • mix 2 1/2 spoonfuls of MSM powder with 1 1/2 spoonfuls of aloe, 1 spoonful of raw honey, and 1 spoonful of kefir
  • mix very well and let it sit for 30 minutes minimum (maybe closer to an hour will be the best). the mix will look very runny now, but it will thicken up. letting it sit will also allow the MSM to dissolve into the aloe, leaving it less gritty, but perfect for exfoliation.
  • the mix should be thickened up after 30-60 minutes. you can spoon it into your container and store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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how to use:

  • remove makeup or excess dirt with warm water and a washcloth. pat until almost dry, leaving your face slightly damp.
  • using a nickel-sized amount of the mix, gently rub onto your face in tiny circles.
  • massage your face with the mix for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • let the mix sit on your face for 15-20 minutes, to allow the nutrients to soak in and do their magical work.
  • very gently wash the mix off with warm water (and a wash cloth if you need it).
  • try not to pet your soft-as-a-baby’s-butt face. it’s hard not to; i know.

this mask can be used 1 to 2 times a week, as long as you’re not using another exfoliator, and as long as you’re gentle with massaging it onto your face.

you should notice immediate results with the texture of your skin, but wait for a few uses to see noticeable improvements in acne/acne scars, skin tone, and other blemishes.

this recipe should stay fresh if kept in an air-tight container and in the fridge for about 2 weeks. if it looks or smells funny, toss it of course!

try this mask out for a few weeks and see how you like it! comment below with your experiences!! :)

is there anything you’d add to this mask?? another mask you love for the same properties? let us hear about it!

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10 skincare mistakes

skincare routines are difficult to initially get down pat. i’m not sure how many trial-and-error routines i went through before i found what worked for me. it can be an uphill battle for anyone. and since it’s your skin, it’s what shows and can feed into your self-esteem (at least it does for me!). there are all kinds of beauty consultant advice on what to do and what not to do. but what actually works (and what actually doesn’t), no matter the skin type? here are 10 things you shouldn’t be doing, that i think we can all agree on :) top 10 skincare mistakes

mistake 1

using harsh and toxic ingredients

of course you knew this would be my absolute #1 mistake! i could talk all day about this mistake (i essentially have a blog dedicated to it). cosmetics companies may use any ingredient or raw material, except for color additives and a few prohibited substances, without government review or approval. about one in eight of the 82,000 ingredients used in personal care products are industrial chemicals, including carcinogens, pesticides, reproductive toxins, and hormone disruptors. to top it off, U.S. federal law allows companies to leave many chemicals off labels, including nanomaterials, ingredients considered trade secrets, and components of fragrance. to speed things up, here are very common skincare ingredients that you should Never put on:

  • sodium laureth/lauryl sulfate (and its other forms) – possible carcinogen
  • propylene glycol – petroleum byproduct; possible carcinogen; toxicant
  • imidazolidinyl urea and diazolidinyl urea – toxicant; allergies; releases formaldehyde
  • FDC&C/D&C colors – synthetic colors; possible carcinogen
  • BHA and BHT – endocrine disruption; possible carcinogen
  • coal tar dyes – possible carcinogen; may contain heavy metals toxic to the brain
  • DEA – reactions formed can be carcinogenic
  • dibutyl phthalate – reproductive toxicant; endocrine disruptor
  • parabens – suspected endocrine disruptor; may interfere with male reproductive functions
  • parfum (fragrance) – allergies; asthma; known carcinogen; neurotoxicity
  • PEG compounds – possible carcinogen
  • petrolatum – petroleum byproduct; possible carcinogen; allergies; toxicant
  • siloxanes – endocrine disruptor; reproductive toxicant
  • triclosan – antibiotic resistance in bacteria; endocrine disruptor

not only does this include your facial cleansing and moisturizing products, but your makeup as well!

mistake 2

washing your face with soap and/or using alcohol on your face

i had trouble deciding if this should be #1 or #2… Stop. Using. Soap. On. Your. Face.!

our skin is one heck of an amazing organ. it’s our little safety blockade. but in order for it to function properly, our acid mantle must be intact.

ok, let’s back up for a little science lesson. skin’s ph is normally acidic, ranging in ph values of 4–6, while the body’s internal environment maintains a near-neutral ph (7–9). this creates a steep ph gradient of 2–3 units between the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin, consisting of dead or peeling cells) and underlying epidermis and dermis. the physiologic role of an acidic skin surface is to be a defense mechanism against invading organisms. it has been demonstrated that several key enzymes involved in the synthesis and maintenance of a competent skin barrier are largely impacted by ph. soap cleansers are typically alkaline in nature (ph 10), and have a higher potential to irritate skin (source). [side note - acne flourishes well at ph values between 6 and 6.5, and is drastically reduced at ph values less than 6. what does that mean? do. not. use. soap. on. your. face. ].  the stratum corneum makes up a very thin, slightly acidic film called the “acid mantle” that is secreted from the skin’s sebaceous (oil) glands.  this is the barrier that prevents unwanted materials (bacteria, viruses, contaminants) from entering, and excessive loss of water from exiting the body. when we wash with soap, the acid mantle is stripped away, leaving the skin and body vulnerable (source). by using soaps and alcohol (both stripping by nature), you are eliminating your acid mantle, thereby not allowing your skin to function properly (which includes blocking you from the ‘bad germs’).

give your skin a break and try the OCM method or water-only washing. your skin will thank you in brightness, clearness, and suppleness!

mistake 3

not taking an “inside out” approach to skin issues

how you take care of your body in terms of nourishment will directly be reflected on the outside. skin flaws are imbalances somewhere, with something, IN your body. slathering your skin with chemicals will superficially “fix” your skin, but it will not address the real problem. talk to your healthcare professional for all diet and lifestyle changes, of course. not getting enough fats in your diet? you won’t have shiny or strong hair. not getting enough vitamin B? you’ll have ridges in your fingernails. for me personally, the biggest mistake i made was not focusing on what my body’s state was internally, that reflected on the outside. i had to really increase my water intake and address different deficiencies through proper nutrition, and supplementing when necessary (please know that “eating” your nutrients is way better than taking them in a pill). i found that even with my diet, i was needing to supplement with zinc. everyone is different! ask your doctor to check you out for deficiencies, and discuss diet options. i’m a huge proponent of the plant-based diet, with grass-fed meat and butter. yum!

poor intestinal health can make skin problems such as psoriasis, eczema and acne worse. by internally balancing your flora, these can get better! you can do this by getting more probiotics into your body. kefir, anyone? yummy! ensuring you’re staying properly hydrated is also important. about 3/4 of americans are chronically dehydrated. that’s crazy! The Institute of Medicine determined an average, healthy adult living in a temperate climate needs roughly 3 liters (about 13 cups) of it a day, and women need 2.2 liters (about 9 cups). the “8×8″ water rule is a great guideline, as long as you’re including other fluids as well. i personally started drinking more water combined with everything else, and definitely noticed a change in my skin. and my body, for that matter. and yes, there is a such thing as overhydration, so don’t overdo it.

and last not but least, stress is also an internal factor, which reflects on the outside. take care of your mind, and take care of your body!

mistake 4

not moisturizing or over moisturizing

your skin is an amazing organ; truly. it repairs itself every day, but it needs you to nourish your body in order for it to do its job. you don’t want your skin to become dependent on moisturizers to “normalize” itself. your skin repairs itself while you sleep, and over moisturizing will tell your skin “hey, don’t produce so much oil because we already have all this to work with.” then, the next thing you know, you ‘need’ moisturizer even in the summer because your skin is so dry on its own. on the flip side, truly naturally dry skin needs a little extra lovin’ and needs to be moisturized.

everyone is different, and it can take a few weeks to ditch the products and see what type of skin you really have. you also need to be cognizant of your climate and season. you could have a completely different skin routine based on the season, or where you’re traveling. maybe you don’t even need a “skin routine”! :)

and of course, stay away from ingredients like those listed under mistake #1. look for natural moisturizers, like these.
for me personally, i’ve found the OCM works wonders and provides the perfect balance of moisture.

mistake 5

not using a silk or satin pillowcase

silk/satin pillowcases are wondrous for hair and skin! by using silk or satin pillowcases, your skin is not “crinkled” by harsher fabrics while you’re passed out in one position (tummy sleepers, beware of earlier wrinkles!). you’ll also wake up with less (or no) bed-head, from your hair not being crunched around from a regular pillowcase fabric. the silk won’t cause friction on your hair, leading to less damage and breakage. a

lso, cotton fabrics absorb moisture, whereas silk doesn’t. if you’re suffering from dry facial skin and rely on overnight moisturizers, try a silk pillowcase. besides, silk feels awesome to sleep on. duh.

mistake 6

over-exfoliating

believe it or not, there is a such thing as over-exfoliating. here’s some background:

your body naturally exfoliates itself. yep! it’s a process called desquamation. super sciency sounding, right? the process of exfoliating your skin with scrubs or chemicals serves to irritate your skin to get it to produce newer skin cells faster.

what’s the limit? never combine an exfoliant product with a loofah or similar cloth. ever! as far as products or natural diy exfoliators, only use them once a week as the maximum, without risking long-term damage and premature aging signs. also, be cognizant of the condition of your skin after exfoliating. you may find that you need a light moisturizer.

a great way to exfoliate and increase the health of your skin and body is through dry brushing. i have a natural bristle brush that attaches to a longer handle, for an all-over body exfoliation. it’s awesome!

mistake 7

not washing your sheets, pillowcases, and headbands often enough

i can’t stress enough that what goes on your face needs to be clean. even those stretchy headbands need to be washed! your oil and sebum and other dirt will accumulate, and then sit on your skin, leading to blemishes and clogged pores. they need to be washed at regular intervals to avoid breakouts.

clean sheets = clean face.

mistake 8

letting sunburns happen

don’t get me wrong; sun is great! sun bathing isn’t bad… but sunburns are. so go enjoy the sunlight! your body very literally Needs it. supplementing with vitamin D isn’t the same as getting plain ol’ sunshine.

if you need a daily spf for your face, try switching to natural alternative, like these.

also, make sure to eat your sunscreen (plenty of healthy fats and antioxidants) and use natural sunscreens when outside for prolonged periods of time, or if you know your burn easily. i know my skin has a very low time limit outside before i start to turn pink, so i always keep some natural sunscreen with me!

please know that i am not making any statements to hurt those affected by skin cancers. i believe Mommypotamus said it best: “i realize that some people who read this have experienced the pain and difficulty of skin cancer, either personally or with a loved one. i would never dare to invalidate these experiences or to treat them lightly. it is my hope that … i will make a compelling case for re-examining our cultural attitudes about sunlight. i am not a doctor and i do not advocate sunburns at all, but it is my opinion that responsible sunlight exposure positively affects our health when a good diet with plenty of healthy fats/antioxidants are present. my writing reflects a commitment to that lifestyle.”

mistake 9

not letting your skin “breathe” &/or falling asleep in your makeup

your skin needs time to “breathe” and repair itself (note: your skin doesn’t really breathe). try sleeping naked if you can! also, make sure to remove your makeup at night with non-toxic removers so your face can properly repair at night as well.

this of course ties into switching to more natural makeup (check here), and letting yourself go makeup-less as much as possible. ladies, you ARE BEAUTIFUL. try leaving the foundation at home. :)

mistake 10

using dirty makeup brushes

just as it’s important to keep your sheets clean, it’s important to keep the brushes that touch your face every day clean as well. over time, makeup  brushes accumulate old makeup, oil, sebum, and bacteria. you don’t want to smear that into your fresh morning face, now do ya?

keep your  brushes washed weekly with a natural soap (castile soap) and let air dry, bristles down. voila!

 

SO

what mistakes are you guilty of? what other skincare tips do you have??

 

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coconut oil hair mask removal – no-poo friendly!

crunchy confession: i have deeply  missed my coconut oil masks. being a water-only washer, they were completely out of the question. even though i might not ‘need’ them because my hair gets conditioned with natural scalp oils, i really missed them. i think it’s really soothing to massage oil all over your scalp and have your hair smell like real coconuts :)

crunchy ideas: i decided to tie my sections of my hair into different ponytails and try to wash the coconut oil out without a low-poo or castile soap. was i nervous? who me?? pshh.. yes. but maybe that was because i decided to do this at 10pm the night before i had to be in the office. not smart on my part, my friends. not smart.

so what did  i use? why? what happened?

well… let’s just say i have a no-poo friendly way of washing out coconut oil hair masks. crunchies REJOICE! .

all natural coconut oil hair mask removal (NO shampoo; NO conditioner!)

out of all the crunchy things i have laying around my apartment, i couldn’t think of one that would be able to take out such a heavy oil. (this was post-oil slathering, btw… i was gonna be knee-deep in regret if i couldn’t wash it out)

staring into my closet… then my storage box… then my fridge… it hit me. EGG YOLKS. i was gonna use egg yolks!
but why egg  yolks? well, they’re already a great scalp de-greaser, and provide extra nourishment to your scalp and a punch of protein to your hair. egg yolks are also fatty and oily; perfect for dissolving oils! remember from the OCM that “oil dissolves oil.”

i wasn’t really sure what all to do, so i tied my hair into 3 ponytails to experiment. talk about a show-stopper. super hot hair-do, ladies!

with my 3 ponytails, i tried 2 different egg yolk rinses, and 1 water-only rinse.

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ponytail #1 got 1/2 egg yolk whipped into 1/3 cup of water slathered on it (my hair was NOT wet down beforehand) and gently massaged in. my white sink was covered in yellow goopy polka-dots. it was immediately rinsed with cool water. to my surprise, it took out about 75% of the oil! another rinse wouldn’t hurt!

ponytail #2 also got 1/2 an egg  yolk whipped into 1/3 cup of water slathered onto it (again, my hair was NOT wet down beforehand). i gently massaged it in, and let it sit for about 10 mins. after those 10 mins, i re-dipped my hair into the egg yolk mix, massaging gently again. i then rinsed with cool water. that method took out about 90% of the oil! i couldn’t believe it! i could still see oil in the center of my ponytail, so i bet if i concentrated on massaging the egg into that part, it’ll come out. i decided to leave this ponytail alone because it felt so, so soft!

ponytail #3 (barely seen in the top of the pic cuz it was piled on top of my head) got a warm/hot-ish water rinse…….. over… and over… and over… lol. it took about 50% of the oil out. Fail! i don’t know why i even bothered trying this way again. so i used ponytail #2 method on ponytail #3, and it came out! perfect!

i think if i ever use coconut oil on my hair again, it will only be the ends of my hair. and i’ll definitely be using egg yolks to wash it out!

so there ya have it, crunchies! egg yolks = no-poo friendly coconut oil hair mask removal!

HOW TO

  • make a mix of 1 egg yolk to 2/3 cup of cool water (increase amount of yolk/water as necessary to cover your hair). whip up well. i suggest using bowl (you’ll see why)
  • gently rub into oiled hair that has NOT been wet down with water. this mix is very runny, so i suggest hanging your hair over a bowl to catch what runs off and reuse it. (ah, there we are!)
  • let the yolk/water mix sit on your hair for 10-15 minutes.
  • dip your hair back in the yolk/water mix and gently rub again.
  • rinse VERY, very well in cool water.
  • enjoy your silky locks!

warning – do Not use this method more than once every 2 to 3 weeks. egg yolks pack a lot of protein, and there IS a such thing as too much protein for you hair. too much protein makes your hair feel stiff and easily breakable! usually damaged hair will do just fine with this frequency. healthier hair will need egg yolks way less often (and will need CO masks way less often too, of course).

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** please try on a small section of hair before you douse your whole head with CO! !

comment below with your experiences! and also be sure to comment if you have another way to remove coconut oil without a “product” (no low-poo, no conditioner, etc.)

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* note about using egg yolks - if you have protein-sensitive hair, be very cautious about using egg yolks on your hair! too much protein can cause the hair to feel stiff, crunchy, and can lead to breakage. also, i know a lot of people can’t stand the smell of eggs. i used to be one of those people! but now i always buy my eggs from chickens that were antibiotic and hormone-free, and fed an all-vegetarian diet. i have Never (repeat: never) had a problem with smelly eggs (whether it was right when i cracked the egg, all the way thru to when the time came to rinse out the yolks) after the switch. i attribute it to the quality of the eggs, but yes, i know eggs do have a certain smell about them. mine were never “bad” though. hopefully this helps!
** if you’re vegan (or not an ovo-vegetarian) and choose not to use eggs, please use a low-poo to wash coconut oil masks :)

oil pulling alternative mouthwash

good morning, crunchies!

after the post on the research behind oil pulling, we learned that oil pulling is just as effective as using a mouthwash. if you personally don’t like all the swishing, making your own mouthwash is a great alternative!

but what’s IN your mouthwash is also very important!

here’s a mouthwash recipe that’s remineralizing, healing, and kicks bad breath to the curb!

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what to use

  • 1 1/2 cups filtered water
  • 5-10 drops peppermint essential oil (or lemon…or cinnamon… whatever flavor you want! but do not use wintergreen*) (fights bad breath)
  • 1 teaspoon calcium magnesium powder (remineralizing)
  • 1 teaspoon Real salt (pink Himalayan sea salt) (healing; antibacterial action)
  • *5-10 drops trace minerals (i like LiquiMins) – not essential, but great for added minerals to “bathe” your teeth in (remineralizing)

HOW TO

  • put your filtered water in a glass bottle that you still somehow have the lid to  (i used an old tea bottle)
  • pour in your cal-mag powder and salt. shake to dissolve
  • add your trace minerals, if you’d like. shake a bit to mix thoroughly
  • add your essential oils, one drop at a time (too many and it can burn your mouth. EOs are very concentrated). shake to mix.

TO USE:
}sip a bit from the bottle, careful not to swallow. swish around in your mouth for a couple minutes and spit! no need to rinse. this is safe for the little humans that can brush their teeth unsupervised, granted they know not to swallow :)

STORAGE:
nothing in this mix should “expire” quickly. however, keep an eye on it and make a new batch if you haven’t used all of this one in a few weeks.

what flavors will you use? i stick to plain ol peppermint. i’d like to try lime!

let us know how you like this rinse, and if you prefer oil pulling or rinsing! either methods are great for overall better oral health <3

*note – do NOT use wintergreen essential oil. it’s Highly poisonous when taken orally! when used properly, it can be helpful when used externally, however.

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oil pulling: the RESEARCH behind it

we’ve all seen these glorious posts and rave reviews about oil pulling, yes?

you know those really huge claims that pretty much say this one act 20 minutes a day cures all sorts of things? like halitosis, allergies, hormone imbalances, acne, psoriasis, etc…

my question has always been “where is the RESEARCH?” you can show me all the blogs in the world, but i’m gonna need some facts.

let’s look at this whole oil pulling craze and see if the benefits reach beyond having a healthier mouth!

why oil pulling doesnt work (and what to do instead!)

what IS oil pulling?

  • oil pulling stems from Ayurvedic oral care. it’s first mentioned in the Charaka Samhita, which is a key text of Indian traditional medicine.
  • it’s done by swishing a spoonful of oil around your mouth for about 20 minutes. it’s done first thing in the morning, every day, as a part of an oral health routine.
  • the oils that can be used are sesame and coconut oil as the 2 main contenders, with sunflower and olive also usable.
  • it does NOT replace brushing your teeth!

what are the claims?

  • oil pulling is widely touted as an all-natural way to promote overall oral health, whiten teeth, ward off gingivitis, fight plaque build-up, and help with teeth sensitivity.
  • other claims:
    • whiter teeth
    • healthier gums
    • clearer skin
    • prevent halitosis
    • prevent gingivitis
    • alleviate allergies
    • increase energy
    • decrease headaches
    • help with arthritis
    • decrease inflammation
    • improve the lymphatic system
    • help with asthma
    • balance hormones
    • regulate menstrual cycles and improve PMS symptoms
    • clear sinuses
    • ward off infections
    • improve liver function

where is the research?

from the articles i’ve seen, oil pulling is just a PART of improving health (like reducing strep mutagens after 2 weeks... which i’m skeptical of because your body will be fighting it off in that time regardless… and let’s also be polite and say there’s some heavy researcher bias in that study).

the following sources show that oil pulling is JUST AS effective as using a healthy mouth rinse – source 1 & source 2
and here is a direct quote from source 2- “Oil pulling therapy has been equally effective like chlorhexidine [mouthwash] on halitosis and organisms.”

additionally, the following article indicates that oil pulling is effective when used in combination with a salt water rinse – source

and then you have studies like this that say “results from the present study could be scientific evidence to demonstrate that oil-pulling therapy  with some edible oils could probably be used as a  preventive home therapy to maintain oral hygiene.” uhhh… so you’re telling me that your study MIGHT conclude that oil pulling MIGHT help oral hygiene? haha, okay…

and then there’s this article that says:
there is no reasearch on oil pulling

so far the research doesn’t show that it’s oil pulling that improves health.
that’s what i needed to know.

*no, i’m not saying it doesn’t improve your oral health. i’m very aware that it does! …keep reading…

bottom line:

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not really.. meaning oil pulling works in a way… but not how it’s being touted. let’s check it out:

does it DETOX you? NO. that part is a huge load of crap. we have these really cool organs called livers and kidneys that do that for us. pretty neat!

so how does it work? oil pulling works by helping to support a healthy oral environment. it’s just another way to clean your mouth. it’s a small part of an overall routine. that’s it! with a cleaner, healthier mouth, your body can focus on other things. it’s a complete domino effect. oil pulling isn’t magic! your body is magic. simple.

so what does this mean? you can certainly see oral improvements. absolutely. but what you won’t see is a liver detox.

oil pulling isnt causing your improved health

Dr. Sanda Moldovan, a periodontist in Beverly Hills and a certified nutritionist with a Masters in oral biology, that teaches at UCLA’s dental school, had to say this about oil pulling improving health:

“When we improve oral health, we improve so many other things in the body. People with bad oral hygiene have higher incidence for cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and strokes, and a higher incidence for pneumonia. Men with periodontal disease have a greater risk of erectile dysfunction. Even with diabetes, improved oral health can help control problems in diabetic patients. Also, pregnant women with gum disease have lower birth-weight babies. Yes — everything is connected.” (source)

in other words, it’s not the fact that you’re oil pulling that’s the only thing at play. oil pulling (as with proper flossing, proper brushing, and mouth rinses as needed), can be a PART of a healthy oral care routine, that in turn helps you be a healthier person overall.

 

Let’s be clear. i am not discounting the oral benefits you can see from adding oil pulling to part of your oral care routine! i’m very aware those benefits are real. if you’re seeing benefits, and your health care professional supports it, keep at it! what i AM asserting is that oil pulling is Not magic. it does not detox you. it does not cure bodily ailments completely on its own. but rather, by oil pulling, you’re making your mouth healthier, which in turn makes your body healthier. the research indicates that using a healthy mouth rinse is JUST AS effective as oil pulling!

oil pulling - what it does and doesnt do

“but i’m seeing whitened teeth and healthier gums and less cavities!”

correct! you’ve improved your oral health care routine. of course you will see those benefits, barring you’re not allergic to or sensitive to the oils you choose to use.

that’s because you’re swishing a naturally anti-bacterial oil in your mouth that’s full of awesome things that support a healthy oral environment. and while you’re swishing, you’re also dislodging food particles that would have otherwise been stuck. that combined with the antibac action your mouth is gettin can be attributed to your improved mouth. bottom line, you can put some coconut oil in your mouth when you brush your teeth and floss properly, and get the same whitening/antibac effects.

you can also use a healthy mouth rinse to do the same things :)

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if you can’t swish oil around in your mouth for 20 minutes, don’t worry! i personally can’t stand swishing oil around in my mouth for that long. i get gaggy.

you can still obtain a healthier mouth by doing the following:

  • brush your teeth properly, with an all-natural toothpaste (diy too!)
  • floss properly
  • use healthy mouth rinses. no alcohols, no dyes, no SLS, etc.
  • use natural teeth whiteners
  • use a tongue scraper
  • eat real food (we’re lookin at you, veggies!)
  • swish the “oil pulling replacement” mouth rinse! (post coming soon!)

do i personally recommend oil pulling?

please make your own educated decisions with the help of your health care professional. lots of people have had great results by oil pulling, ranging from whitened teeth to lessened tooth sensitivity.

but i can tell you, you won’t find me swishing oil anytime soon :) i’d rather brush properly, floss properly, use mouth rinses as needed, and eat real food. i’ll skip the gagging… because that’s what happens to me personally. i’m aware LOTS of people enjoy oil pulling. GO FOR IT! <3

to reiterate my point: there’s absolutely no harm in doing it, if you so choose. you might experience tooth sensitivity, but that’s about the extent of the negative things you’d experience. it’s just another aspect of oral care. if you choose to oil pull, don’t expect some magical bodily cure. but you CAN expect improved oral health if done properly AND in conjunction with other proper oral care. (yes, that means whiter teeth (with coconut oil), less tooth sensitivity (by having a healthier mouth in general), lessen bad breath (coconut oil is antibac), and less cavities (CO is antibac).  just also be aware that you can also achieve those by using any other healthy mouth wash :) )

in the meantime, let’s agree to stop saying oil pulling detoxes you and cures allergies and lessens your PMS symptoms. okay? okay.

we CAN say it promotes a healthier oral environment when used in conjunction with proper brushing/flossing. if you’re seeing decreased tooth sensitivity, whiter teeth, etc., keep doing it! it’s the fact that your mouth is healthier that’s making everything better. no reason to stop!

what do you guys think??

do we have any success stories? any failed attempts?

**FOR THOSE OF YOU WITH DENTAL FILLINGS – (me, too!) it has been reported that oil pulling does loosen up fillings. please talk to your dentist first if this applies to you!

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