About a few months ago I wrote a post about coconut oil and how I have kind of falling in love with it. I briefly talked about some of the things you could use coconut oil for including health benefits such as oil pulling.
Well I had a request to dig a little deeper into the whole oil pulling experience… here I am.
What is Oil Pulling and how does it Work?
Oil pulling involves putting about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth, then swishing it around your teeth for 15-20 minutes. There are thousands of different types of bacteria in the mouth. Some of them are friendly, others are not. Certain bacteria can cause harm, such as Streptococcus Mutans, which is the main culprit behind plaque buildup, gingivitis and cavities.
So how does oil pulling work?
When you swish the oil around your mouth, the bacteria sticks to the oil and dissolve in the liquid oil. You end up removing a large amount of the bacteria and plaque in your mouth each time you do this. (Whoop whoop)
How to Oil Pull.
1. Put about a tablespoon of oil in your mouth. (If you’re using a solid form of coconut oil, you may have to chew it a few times before it melts.)
2. Swish the oil around your mouth for about 10-20 minutes.
3. Spit out the oil, and then brush your teeth. (Don’t spit it don’t the sink as it can solidify and block drains, spit into a bin instead)
It is best to do this on an empty stomach, before you brush your teeth. (Try doing this in the morning while you’re in the shower or getting ready for the day ahead.)
It’s important to spit out the oil. You don’t want to swallow it because it is full of bacteria and whatnot.
Here’s what to Expect.
After a few days you will notice your breath is fresher and teeth look a lot cleaner (both whiter and shinier.)
Oil pulling is effective at reducing the harmful bacteria in your mouth which improves oral and dental health.
However if you have dental fillings the oil may loosen them and they most likely will fall out.
In June 2012, I went natural. There are two ways to go natural: the Big Chop (B.C.) and transitioning from relaxed to natural hair.
At first I chose to allow my hair to grow out while clipping the relaxer out gradually. This meant every few weeks I was still going to the salon and getting a rod set which has the effect of blending the natural and relaxed hair together. However I did get to a point where this was not working at all. So I had to take the more dramatic route: the B.C.
I once again went to see my beautiful beautician, Ms. Eleth, and she chopped it all off for me. Some would argue that this is a freeing experience, but I had never had my hair so short in my life and wanted to scream. After letting my Drama Queen moment pass, I took pictures to document the beginning of my journey. The Big Chop is definitely a bold decision, but it gives you a new confidence, and looks very fierce. Add some color to your new style and some dashing large earrings and you are good to go.
12 months- Natural Movment
Caring for Natural Hair
Natural hair is beautiful, so take care of your crown. Here are a few natural hair tips: Wash, Moisturize, Oil. Your hair is an extension of your body, and needs as much care as any other part of you does. I’ve heard that keeping natural hair moisturized can be a struggle, but I have been extremely lucky not to have those issues. I deep condition my hair once a week with either coconut oil or Vatika (Indian Market), then I wash with Cocoa Curls. Some people also take vitamins to help speed up hair growth and give you healthy hair such as Keratin, Biotin, and Fish Oil. I personally use Biotin and Fish Oil and it’s been a great help with not only my hair, but skin and nails as well. Also I absolutely love using oils like tea tree and Jamaican Black Castor Oil to keep my hair looking radiant and my scalp well-conditioned.
Hairstyles for Natural Hair
Although I love trying out different hair styles, I really love anything that will allow me to shake and go. With that being said I’m a BIG fan of any kind of twist outs, banana clips and rocking my fro as is. Of course there is tons of information on the web about black natural hair styles that can fit every
I have completely fallen in love. What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you think about coconut oil? Could it be the sounds of soothing music playing while receiving a hot oil massage at the local day spa? Although this could be one of the things that crosses your mind, it’s not all coconut oil is used for. I realize that coconut oil is not an alternative to all things, but I do hope that you will find something helpful while reading.
Uses for Coconut Oil
Personal Hygiene & Body
1. Use it for oil pulling (learn about oil pulling here).
2. Use as a makeup remover.
3. Use on the delicate tissue around your eyes to help prevent wrinkles and sagging.
4. Use in place of massage oil.
5. Use on your baby’s diaper rash or cradle cap.
6. Use to help reduce visibility of stretch marks or to prevent stretch marks.
7. Use to help detox the body during a cleanse or fast.
8. Use on cracked or rough heals to help smooth them out.
9. Massage into your nails and cuticles to help strengthen them.
11. Use as body scrub by mixing coconut oil and sugar together
12. Relieves skin problems such as eczema and dermatitis
General Health & Wellness Body
13. Use it to help sooth chicken pox, shingles, or other rashes or skin irritations.
14. Take a spoonful with your vitamins to help improve absorption.
15. Spread a thin layer on cuts or burns to speed up healing.
16. Eat a spoonful with each meal to improve digestion.
17. Take to help reduce or eliminate migraines.
18. Take a spoonful to help with heartburn, acid reflux, or indigestion.
19. Take a couple spoonfuls every day to help overall immune function.
20. Stimulates your metabolism, improves thyroid function and escalate energy levels.
21. Helps prevent nose bleeding (coat the inside of your nose to strengthen and protects the capillaries in the nasal passages.)
22. Hot flashes
23. Head lice
24. Migraines (with regular use.)
26. Stronger immune system
28. Athletes foot
29. Back pain/sore muscles
30. Herpes (applied topically and taken internally)
31. Genital warts (topical application over 6 weeks, twice a day depending on the location of the warts.)