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May 16, 2017 - 3 comments

                                                          Teeth whitening

1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 teaspoon turmeric, (mix thoroughly) add 2 drops essential peppermint oil and mix.
Brush 2-3 times per week.  Be careful mixing as turmeric does stain. (won't stain teeth or gums)

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by Paxiled, May 17, 2017
Just read an article about the use of coconut oil for teeth.  No scientific evidence it works, and moreover, no evidence this was actually used by people in India, where it theoretically comes from -- they most likely used sesame oil and only until the invention of the toothbrush.  It didn't whiten or help teeth, more probably it just helped wash food out of the mouth.  No problem with anyone doing it, but look it up so you do it properly -- apparently you can harm yourself if you don't.

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by gymdandee, May 17, 2017
Oil pulling, in CAM (Complementary and Alternative Medicine), is a procedure that involves swishing oil in the mouth for oral and systemic health benefits. It is mentioned in the Ayurvedic text Charaka Samhita where it is called Kavala or Gandusha, and is claimed to cure about 30 systemic diseases ranging from headache, migraine to diabetes and asthma. Oil pulling has been used extensively as a traditional Indian folk remedy for many years to prevent decay, oral malodor, bleeding gums, dryness of throat, cracked lips and for strengthening teeth, gums and the jaw.

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by Paxiled, May 18, 2017
As I say, I recently investigated this subject, and this appears to be a mythical folk remedy.  I'm not sure when the technology was invented that enabled the pressing of coconuts to produce oil, but originally sesame oil was used.  The best guess is that it was used, as I said, to wash food out of the mouth before toothbrushes were invented.  And again, I don't care if anyone wishes to try this, it's your lives out there, folks, not mine.  Just saying, do some research on it first and you'll see that these claims have been questioned even by some practitioners of Ayurveda.  Modern herbalists do not do the exact same things now people did centuries ago -- they learn.  And be careful -- one guy at least harmed himself by ingesting too much oil, so learn how it's done before you do it.  And don't expect much.  And brush your teeth.  And if you want, there are herbal under the gum rinses you can use with your Water Pik and iodine has been used -- there's a lot under the sun.  Be warned that someone is putting out before the public claims for coconut oil that do not match traditional usage.  I don't know where it's coming from, genuine research or someone selling coconut oil, I don't know if it's valid or not, but when you suddenly see claims for a food that's been eaten for as long as we have historical records and suddenly it's the hottest thing out there, it probably ain't.

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