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Oil Pulling – It’s a Mouth Thing

When I first heard of the term “Oil Pulling” I was like… what the…..???? Someone suggested it to me though a post I made on www.medhelp.org.

I have NO idea what in the world it was so I googled it.

In a nut shell…. It’s using oils as a mouthwash-like agent for about 10-20 minutes swishing it around your mouth and between your teeth. (No gurgling needed.)

SO what sort of oils are people using? Sesame Oil, Safflower Oil, Sunflower Oil….. and the all too popular COCONUT OIL! (I love you Coconut Oil) My husband doesn’t even get jealous because he loves Coconut Oil too!! Ha-ha!

The questions I then began asking are;  Why use coconut oil over other oils? How do you use it? How does it work? What does it do? Why use this over mouth wash? The following information is what I came across.

Q: Why use coconut oil over other oils? 
A: Quite simply the best answer is that coconut oil is flavorless. It didn’t taste funky or left any after taste. It also has great medicinal properties. (We’ll get into that answering other questions.)
 
Q: How do you use the coconut oil? 
A: I scooped out about a teaspoon to a tablespoons of coconut oil and put it in my mouth. It’s chunky at first but coconut oil melts at 76 degrees so give it about 5-10 seconds, and it’ll be completely liquid in your mouth. At this point you just “push” and “pull” the liquid through your teeth and swish it around in your mouth for about 10-20 minutes. The brush your teeth as usual. 
 
Q: How does it work? What does it do for your mouth? 
A: The oil swishing around in your mouth helps pull bad bacteria into it. It loosens the plaque around your teeth. It kills bad bacteria, and microbial substances that aid in decay of your teeth. It is also safe and easy on the enamel of your teeth. (Sounds a lot like mouthwash, right?)
 
Q: Why use oil pulling over mouthwash?
A: The answer is pretty simple. It is not as harsh on your teeth and mouth. Let’s face it doing that 30 second mouth swish of Listerine can be torture. It can erode the enamel of the teeth . Mouthwash doesn’t always kill as much as it advertises, you can find all sorts of medical studies about how affective the difference mouthwashes really are in their statistics. 
 

My Personal Experience:

Since 10-15 minutes seems like an obnoxious time I decided to try this while taking a shower.  Suddenly it wasn’t so bad, and it wasn’t really distracting me from doing my shower normals. As my shower began to come to an end I spit out the coconut oil and brushed my teeth as usual.

I noticed that the filmy plaque brushed away much easier. The biggest surprise was in the morning! When I woke up I noticed that my mouth was not as filmy and nasty feeling and my breath was not horrible! (Yes I “tested” the breath in the hand trick AND my husband agreed to be test my “morning breath”. Now that’s love right there! Ha-ha)

Before I began my regime routine to get ready for work I pop in another teaspoon of coconut oil and swished as I got ready. I spat, then brushed as normal. I noticed through out the day that I do not have as much plaque filmy build up around my teeth either, and my breath is great!

I also have a few teeth problem that I have yet gone to the dentist about fixing, but since I have used the coconut oil I have noticed my two teeth that tend to bother me have been less sensitive.

I have been doing this now for a week, and thus far I think it has been very successful.  I’ll keep you posted!

 

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Do It Yourself – Face Moisturizer

I live in an area that has horribly hard water. I thought I had hard water from where I was from…. oh heck no where I am now is by far worse.

I used to only use coconut oil on my face after a shower or face wash. Now I need even more moisture, and this is what I now do and keep at my sink.

(PS Largely influenced by One Good Thing by Jillee.)

What do you need:
-6 tablespoons coconut oil
-2 tablespoons olive oil
– 4 capsules of Vitamin E Supplement Oil (Or Straight Vit E Oil)
– (Optional) 3 drops of lavender essential oil & 3 drops of lemon oil
 
What to do: Poke holes in your Vitamin E Capsules and squeeze out the oil into a bowl. Take all remaining ingredients and mix them together in a bowl. Once everything is mixed well put everything in an air tight container and put into the freezer for approx 10 minutes. (This is so the coconut oil can solidify again.) 
 
After a shower apply about a dime size (more or less) amount to your finger tip and rub between your fingers, then message into your face in circular motions. Don’t forget under your eyes and your neck!  Let the mixture soak into your skin. If you absolutely must, only blot with a microfiber towel or cotton t-shirt.

FYI: Coconut oil’s liquify point is 76 degrees, so after a hot steamy shower could begin to melt your moisturizer. Don’t worry if doesn’t so anything to the chemical make up to it, just changes to a liquified state. The oils do not separate.

FYI: A 3:1 ratio is the best when you use coconut oil to olive oil

FAQ:

Q: Susan, will these oils cause me to have break outs? A: Here is the thing, OIL isn’t the culprit to out breaks per say. Dirt, Bacteria, and Unhealthy oils are your culprits. 

S: This made my face way too oily I can’t use it. A: Wait! Give it a chance. What happens is we use very harsh sulfates on our skin and face and most of the time we’re using moisturizers that actually cause more drying or have silicone filers in them. Your face then works extra hard to try and replenish it’s natural oils. It takes a transitioning time to become accustomed your face and skin not having to constantly over compensate. 

S: I have waited and waited for this transitioning time to end and I still feel like a grease bucket! A: Don’t fret! We’re all made differently, and some people have naturally much oilier skin. Here are some alternative oil suggestions to replace the olive oil with. 

Almond Oil – Medium oil, absorbs semi-quickly.
Grapeseed Oil – Very light Great for skin that breaks out easily or clogs easily. This is a good start Oil.
Jojoba Oil – Light and silky oil, absorbs very well.
Safflower Oil – Light oil with healing properties. This is best for scars and acne healing. It has the highest levels of nutrients than other carrier oils.

So you see? We can work with this mix pretty well! Experiment.

Did You Know? 

Vitamin E Oil helps decrease the visual of scars and helps decrease wrinkles. 
Coconut oil contains Lauric Acid which has properties of being antimicrobial, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and offer free-radical-fighting antioxidants.
Vit E, Coconut Oil, and Olive Oil act as a super punch for healing wounds! Oh and let us not forget Honey on that one too!
 
 

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Do It Yourself – Skin Exfoliating, Shaving, and Brightening Solution

This is one of my favorite finds. It’s another goody brought to you by One Good Thing by Jillee. (slightly altered)

Men, you can use this mixture too! Don’t knock it before you try it!

Firstly, I’ll start with my mistake. When I applied this mixture I did not let my skin soak in the water and become saturated first. I found that the mix was too harsh then! Thus this being the reason why it was in the instructions for using this scrub!

What you need: (NON sensitive skin)
-1 & 1/4 cup of sugar 
-1/2 cup of Olive Oil
-1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
-3 tbs of lemon or lime juice OR 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil
-Optional – Your preferred scented oil. I used Acacia for my last batch
 
What you need:  (FOR sensitive skin)
-1 & 1/4 cup of BROWN sugar 
-1/2 cup of Olive Oil
-1/4 cup liquid coconut oil
-3 tbs of lemon or lime juice OR 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil
-Optional – Your preferred scented oil. I used Acacia for my last batch
 
What to do: Melt your coconut oil in the microwave for 10 seconds or until melted. Gather all your ingredients and add them into a bowl mixing them all together. One mixed thoroughly place the mix into an air tight container and head off to the bathroom! 
 
****Soak your skin in the shower or bathtub for at least 5 minutes****
****Caution, you bathtub will become slippery from the oils****
****Sugar on the outside of your skin will not cause outbreaks in acne****
 
Scoop out a small amount of mix into your hand and begin to work over your skin in circular motions. The sugar will begin to break down from the water. Rinse at your leisure with cool water. (Why cool water? It closes up your pores. Always rinse you conditioner and your face with cool water.)

I do use this to shave with. I just rub it into my legs and go. I find that it is not only VERY moisturizing, but I last longer in between shavings! I went from once every week to once every two weeks. I believe it also lightened the hair on my legs.

My legs turned out very smoothe, moisturized, and no red bumps. Ill never use shaving cream again.

I have used this mixture on my face. I highly recommend using the brown sugar sensitive skin version as it is not as harsh. I just rub and rinse. I often do not even need to add moisturizer to my face after my shower. I blot lightly with an old cotton t-shirt (that is mostly used for hair) and go on my merry way.

Let me know how this works for you!

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Do It Yourself – Make Up Remover Wipes

I hate spending money on a bunch of beauty products. Why spend a bunch of money on anti-aging stuff or removers that have harsh drying agents and silicones in them? NOPE not for me, I find quality ingredients in my kitchen.

We hear all the time how good olive oil is for our skin and hair. Coconut oil is not a new kid on the block either. Best of all, most people are not allergic to oils in general. If you can’t tolerate Olive oil you can try almond oil or grapeseed oil.

For those times I do wear makeup I often start taking it off before my shower. These wipes are perfect for getting those eyes clean of make up w/o hard scrubbing those very sensitive eyes and the sensitive skin around the eyes.

My version is modified and originally sparked by One Good Thing By Jillee (I just adore her) Anyways, it’s a combo between her wipes and olive oil coconut oil mash up.

Make-Up Remover Wipes 

(Similar to the refresher wipes)
What do you need? 
-1 container to hold a 1/2 ream of paper towels
-1 half ream of bounty paper towels
– 3 cups warm distilled water
-2 tablespoons coconut oil
-1 tablespoons olive oil
-3-5 drops lavender oil or lemon oil
 
What to do?   Mix all of your ingredients together and with the paper towels in the container add the ingredients. Cover and let sit for about 3 minutes and then flip to let the other side soak up. 
 
Some people do add no-tear baby wash, I don’t think it’s needed, but it doesn’t hurt either. 

Ready to use immediately!! This will not sting your eyes, and your make up should slid right off.

I do this right before my shower and then I wash my face in the shower with my exfoliating mix.

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Do it yourself – Wipes (*Multiple Kinds Including Sanitizer & Make-up*)

Do it yourself wipes! I love these things and I’m not spending a small fortune anymore on baby wipes. The simplicity to create this is fantastic AND versatility. You can make sanitizer wipes to make up wipes out of these recipes and baby wipes. I’m going to list them all right here!

They ALL need the basic ingredients number one being a storage container and number two bounty single roll paper towels.

The following list is from websites and blogs with recipes I have tried and I will also add my personal favorite recipe.

DIY – Baby & Personal Refresher Wipes

The Living Well Network

The Sensible Mom Blog

Saving Addiction

One Good Thing By Jillee

The winner? The Sensible Mom Blog (with tweaks)

What you need: 

– 1 container suitable to store 1/2 or a whole roll of paper towel (I use a Sterlite plastic box that’s often used for shoes. It fits two halves squished.)
– 1 single roll of Bounty paper towels
– 2 & 1/2 – 3 cups of warm water
– 2 tablespoons of olive oil
-2 tablespoons of baby body wash
– Optional: Some essential or scented oils to your preference.

What to do: It’s pretty basic. First use a very sharp knife and cut your roll of paper towels in half. In a bowl add 2 cups of warm water, oil, body wash, and essential oil. Mix it up and pour it into your container then add your paper towels. Let it sit and absorb for about 5 minutes, then flip the towels over to the next side adding you 1/2 to 1 cup of extra water as needed to the bottom. At this point you can take out the center roll. It works much easier while wet. Begin the unravel from the center and store.

FAQ

Q: This mixture has a yellow tint to the towels is that supposed to be there? A: Yes; you used olive oil it happens.

Q: Do I have to use olive oil? A: No; you can substitute for mineral oil, Bert’s Bees body oil, almond oil, etc. Coconut oil I personally found it a little slicker and didn’t like it for cleaning my kiddos bum.

Q: Do I have to use baby body wash? A: No; you can use regular body wash or liquid castile soap or 1/2 teaspoon of grated castile soap bar (melted).

Q: What scents to you use in your wipes? A: I mix it up. The most typical is Lavender oil for Nathan and Citrus scents for personal wipes.

Q: Can you use other brands of paper towels besides Bounty. A: I have read that people have used just a very strong paper towel. I have no found a brand or off brand that I liked better than Bounty (plus I always find coupons for them!)

Q: I don’t have a container that will fit a 1/2 roll or whole roll. Any recommendations for a substitute? A: I’ve seen people use a Folgers plastic coffee canisters! The large on is perfect for a 1/2 roll. See it featured here.

DIY Sanitizer Wipes

The Living Well Network

One Good Thing By Jillee

Stacy Makes Cents

Home Jobs By Mom

Moms Confession

The Winner? One Good Thing By Jillee (with tweaks)

What you need:

-1 box for wipes (see blogs listed for examples including travel size)

-1/2 roll of Bounty paper towels or napkins

-1 & 1/2 cups of very warm water

– 1 tbs of coconut oil

-1 tablespoon of witch hazel (my tweak) OR 1 teaspoon of rubbing alcohol (her version)

-5 drops of lavender essential oil (my tweak) vs 3 drops of lavender oil

– 3 drops of lemon oil (or 2 drops tea tree oil)

What to do: Mix all the ingredients and then pour it into your container, set in your towels or napkins and let the it soak. Flip over the towels to soak the other side and use.

FAQ:

Q: Why do you choose witch hazel over rubbing alcohol? A: I find it less drying and it is still anti bacterial.

Q: I looked at other recipes and this one is very different from the majority. Why do you choose this? A: I chose Coconut Oil over Aloe because Coconut Oil is more moisturizer to my skin. Coconut oil also has a lot of anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. Match that up with the essential oils and witch hazel you’re good to go!

Q: What type of container do you use? A: I use Jillee’s travel kit idea AND a baby wipes container at home.

DIY Make-Up Remover Wipes

Passion For Savings

One Good Thing By Jillee

The Cox Quads

Marrie Dinmn

Mommy Needs Her Coffee

The Winner? Jillee wins this one again! Cox Quads was close second. The water ratio in Jillee’s I like better.

What you need:

-1/2 roll of Bounty paper towels

-1 Air tight container

-4 cups of warm water

-1-2 tablespoons of coconut oil (I use 2)

-3 drops of lemon oil (as needed)

-Optional, 1-2 tablespoons of baby wash. (I don’t use it)

What to do: Mix your ingredients. The warm water should melt your coconut oil if it isn’t already. Pour it into your air tight container and put in your Bounty roll, flipping it over after 5 minutes. Pull out the center cardboard piece.

Q: EWWWW I have mold on my wipes. What happened? A: people have reported mold. Most of these reports are for a couple of reasons. One, the wipes sat for a long period of time. Two, you live in a high humidity state. Three, you stored them in your bathroom.  To solve this it’s very simple, add lemon oil or lavender oil even baking soda. A couple of drops will keep the mold away. Making a smaller batch helps if you are not a daily make up wearer. Lastly keeping things like make up, vitamins, and medications in your bathroom is actually not good for products because of the build up of humidity. I do it anyways, but I’m just putting that out there.

Q: Will this wash my face too? A: No; it is designed to take off your make up not to wash your face and clean out oil and dirt from your pores.

Q: Can I use regular body wash instead of baby body wash? A: I don’t recommend using regular body wash simply because it can sting your eyes. Baby body wash is designed not to sting.

DIY Clorox Wipes

Live Renewed

One Good Thing By Jillee

Tips From A Vegan

Crafty When You Can

The Winner? CONFESSION! I haven’t tried any of these, but I think they’re nifty! I always use a spray and a rag. It’s just how I roll, but other’s maybe interested in some of these ideas! 🙂

Well that is it for this section; feel free to comment, tweak, or share more ideas!

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