Habits for the Soul

A Beneficial Alternative Way to Clean and Whiten Your Teeth

Coconut Oil Pulling

What is coconut oil pulling?

Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic morning ritual that involves swishing 1Tbs of oil (typically coconut, sesame, or sunflower oil) in your mouth for about 20 minutes per day on an empty stomach then spitting and rinsing it out when you're done. The main purpose of this is to draw out toxins from your mouth and body. The condition of your mouth can be detrimental to your health so it is important to keep bacteria and toxins out of there! Oil pulling really digs down deep to the areas your tooth brush or flossing can't reach and it draws out those nasty toxins! It is probably one of the best ways to remove bacteria and promote a healthy mouth. Not to mention, there are a ton of added benefits to oil pulling, especially coconut oil pulling.

Benefits of coconut oil pulling:
  • whitens teeth
  • boosts immune system
  • kills strep throat bacteria
  • strengthens teeth and heals bleeding gums
  • reduces acne
  • improves kidney function
  • removes stomach issues such as ulcers
  • prevents cavities
  • eliminates bad breath
  • improves oral hygiene
  • reduces migraines
  • prevents heart disease
  • reduces inflammation
  • detoxes the body by absorbing toxins
  • cures tooth decay

How to oil pull:

  1. First thing in the morning, pop a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish (DO NOT SWALLOW - the coconut oil is pulling out toxins and bacteria from your mouth that you want OUT of your body, NOT in)
  2. Swish it in and out of your teeth and gums for 20 minutes (I like to do this while in the shower)
  3. Spit the oil out in the garbage can (Too much coconut oil down the sink can clog the plumbing and you don't want that!)
  4. Rinse with warm water or warm water with sea salt
  5. Brush your teeth as you normally would
  6. Optional: Rinse your mouth out with a homemade essential oil mouthwash

It's really so easy and I have noticed such a drastic change in how great my mouth feels after oil pulling every day! It has become an awesome daily routine for me! I hope you get to try it and enjoy it as much as I do!

Quick Tip:

I like to melt my coconut oil and pour it into tablespoon sized , freeze them, then stick them in a mason jar in the refrigerator. Even though it's easy to take a spoonful of coconut oil in the morning, I like to just pop a coconut oil bite in my mouth before I shower.


Why So Many People Love the Beach

I find it rare to meet anyone who doesn't take pleasure in a beautiful day at the beach. There is something about a solid day on the white sand, wind blowing through your hair, hearing the boisterous crashing of the waves, soaking in the heat of the sun, and breathing in the fresh sea air. It captivates you entirely.

I'm on vacation this week in Topsail Island, North Carolina and it is just beautiful. I started to think about the reasons why sitting on the beach is such a fulfilling experience. Your body is creating much needed vitamin D with the help of the sun and you are also breathing in fresh air your body craves. I think most importantly though, a trip to the beach is such a grounding experience.

What is grounding?

Grounding , also known as earthing or vitamin G, is a natural way of connecting your body to the earth through direct contact, such as going barefoot. The connection goes beyond the food that we eat. There is so much energy in our world from which our bodies also feed. Our bodies are made up of atoms, which are continuously giving off and absorbing light and energy. Emerging research is showing that by directly connecting our bodies to the earth, we are basically recharging our batteries and fueling our bodies with a balance of positive and negative electrons. With an increased amount of electronics that we carry or have in our households like cell phones and wifi, we are being charged with an overwhelming amount of positive electrons. It may be important for us to balance out our electrons by feeding off the negative electrons from the earth. Himalayan salt lamps can also be a beneficial way to ward off positive electrons as they emit negative electrons into a room and neutralize harmful EMF radiation... but that's a blog for a different day.

When you enjoy a day at the beach, your bare feet are embracing the ocean water and the sand, which is connecting you to the earth and fueling you with all the great benefits of grounding.

What are some of the benefits of grounding?

·     Reduces stress, depression, and anxiety

·     Protects from harmful EMF radiation

·     Improves sleep

·     Improves blood pressure and blood flow by naturally thinning the blood and reducing inflammation

·     Potential increase in energy

·     Reducing inflammation

·     Reducing chronic pain

·     Less tension in muscles

·     Calming sensation

·     Improved immune system

Of course you don’t have to be at the beach to enjoy the benefits of grounding. You can experience grounding almost anywhere with natural earth such as grass, dirt, rock, or sand. Just take off your shoes and let your bare toes sink into the ground. Sit back, take some nice deep breathes, be present in the moment, and embrace the fresh air. There’s really nothing to it and so much to enjoy!


My Top 5 Habits for the Soul

  • Infographic J
  • Mindfulness
  • Breathe
  • Food
  • Body
  • Nurture