CocoMint Oil Pulling Chews
I first learned about oil pulling about 3 years ago when I added coconut oil to my daily diet. Have you heard of this method of daily oral care? Basically, first thing in the morning, I use about a tablespoon of organic coconut oil mixed with a couple of drops of peppermint essential oil sort of like a 20-minute mouth wash. This method of cleansing the mouth is known to kill bacteria, decrease plaque, and whiten and brighten your teeth. Some also say it serves to help with my systemic health (and while I think that’s possible since a lot of disease can be traced to poor oral hygiene, I have not seen proof of that). I do love how clean my mouth and teeth feel after oil pulling though, and adding the peppermint essential oil to it increases the the anti-bacterial property of the coconut oil and gives it a clean, fresh flavor.
This recipe is super simple to make and while it’s not 100% necessary to make chew, I find that I am more likely to oil pull daily if I have these made up and in the fridge, rather than having to take the time each day to drag out my gallon bucket of coconut oil, add the peppermint, etc. (I might be a little lazy)
- 1 cup melted organic, virgin coconut oil
- 60 drops peppermint essential oil
- silicon candy mold (I used this one — each cavity is 1 tablespoon)
- glass mason jar (I use these)
Place a measuring cup in a saucepan filled with 2 inches boiling water to melt the coconut oil. This recipe will yield about 30 chews, but you will need 1 cup of melted coconut oil. I pack it in and add more if needed so that when it’s all melted, I have a full cup. Each chew contains 1 tablespoon of coconut oil, so I just use a measuring spoon to dip out the oil and pour into the mold. Add 2 drops of essential oil to each mold and place the whole thing into the freezer for a few minutes until the chews are solid again.
Store in a mason jar in the fridge to prevent melting. Each morning, just pop one chew into your mouth before you eat, drink or brush, allow it to melt and then swish it around in your mouth for about 20 minutes. Be sure to spit it out (don’t swallow it) into a trash can, not into your sink. The volume will increase as you swish since it will mix with saliva, so if you need to spit out a little along the way, go ahead. If you can’t make it a full 20 minutes, start with 10 minutes and build up. I have never found it hard to do for 20 minutes, but I’ve been told that for some, it’s not so easy.
Other oils you can use in this recipe:
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A few other ways we use peppermint essential oil in our everyday:
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