Coconut oil, once blasted for its high saturated fat content, is making a comeback of sorts.
Twenty years ago, coconut oil was the popular choice of movie theaters for making popcorn, but following a wave of bad publicity, the big switch was made to canola oil, a heart-healthier option. However, fast-forward to 2015 and coconut oil is now touted as one of the most wholesome and (apparently) useful products to ever grace a store’s shelf.
The Draw Of Coconut Oil Pulling
One of the more popular uses for coconut oil is called oil pulling. While newly popular, it is actually an ancient Indian folk remedy that involves swishing a spoonful of oil in your mouth every day for about twenty minutes. During that time, your body’s toxins are “pulled” out and expelled with the oil when you finally spit it out (into the trash can – not the sink as it could clog up the plumbing).
Benefits of Oil Pulling with Coconut Oil
The benefits claimed by oil pulling enthusiasts include teeth whitening, clearer skin, weight loss, and even hangover relief. Does it actually work? While no solid medical or scientific research exists to support the practice, plenty of people around the world swear by it and do it every day.
A Long List Of Coconut Oil Benefits
Pair it in equal parts with baking soda and it’s a natural stain remover for your carpet.
- Oral hygiene is only one of coconut oil’s many hidden talents. Mix it with raw honey and an egg yolk and you have a luxurious hair treatment.
- Need some furniture polish? Coconut oil, distilled white vinegar, and lemon juice is all you need get your dining room table shining brightly.
- Coconut oil and some peppermint oil combine to create an all-natural bug repellent for those summer evenings on the porch or out camping in the woods.
If you’ve tried any of these home made coconut oil applications (or any others, for that matter) let us know how they worked for you! We’d love to hear what you’ve discovered.