Many of us are hip to oil pulling but there are ways you can take your oil pulling to the next level by adding essential oils. Before we get in to ways to remix our oil pulling practice let’s get down to what oil pulling is.
What is oil pulling?
It is the method of swishing oil in your mouth as a part of an oral care regimen. This practice stems from the traditional Aryuvedic remedies.
What are the benefits of oil pulling?
- Freshens breath
- Pulls toxins from the body
- Whitens teeth
- Strengthens teeth, gums, and jaws
- Aids in the prevention of mouth diseases such as cavities and gingivitis
- All natural and inexpensive
What oils are used for oil pulling?
Originally, sesame oil is recommended although some people prefer to use coconut or grapeseed oil.
How is oil pulling done?
Take a tablespoon of oil in your mouth and begin pulling it through your mouth and teeth slowly and deliberately. Be sure not to swallow any of the oil. Oil pull for 10-15 minutes then spit out the oil. his should be done daily.
How to remix your oil pulling practice:
Adding a few drops of an essential oil to your oil pulling can have additional health benefits and take your oil pulling to the next level. Here are a few of my favorite essential oils to add to my oil pulling:
- Peppermint essential oil: This is good for freshening your breath. Also great if you use coconut oil for it’s benefits but don’t love the taste of coconut oil.
- Clove essential oil: Great for relieving toothaches
- Eucalyptus oil: If you are congested or have a stuffy nose this is the perfect oil to clear up congestion
- Lemon essential oil: Another great tasting oil and there are claims of teeth whitening
- Oregano oil: Relieves toothaches
This DIY face cream only needs three ingredients. It will leave your skin smooth, moisturized, and fight blemishes.
4 tablespoon of unrefined shea butter
3-4 tablespoons of sweet almond oil
5 drops of lavender essential oil
- Add shea butter and sweet almond oil to a mixing bowl
- Use a hand mixer or manually stir ingredients until the mixture is smooth and free of lumps
- Stir in essential oil
Shea butter is non-comodegenic meaning it is less likely to clog your pores. Shea butter will moisturize your skin and leave it feeling soft and supple.
Sweet almond oil is also non-comodegenic and is rich in vitamin and minerals to combat dryness and heal your skin. Sweet almond oil is easily absorbed by the skin and won’t leave your face feeling greasy. If you do not have sweet almond oil then jojoba or grape seed oil are great substitutes.
Lavender essential oil is balancing for the skin. It helps to fight acne and soothe other skin conditions such as psoriasis. Also, lavender has a calming effect which is perfect for aiding in sleep.
Since no water is added to this recipe the moisturizer should last you months. Also, the essential oil helps to preserve the mixture.
I decided to try a rosemary herbal hair rinse on my hair because the colored ends of my hair are super dry and my scalp needed a proper cleanse. This hair rinse left my hair super shiny and manageable.
What is a herbal hair rinse?
Essentially, it is a tea that you make for your hair using herbs of your choice. You pour this tea over your hair as a final rinse to get the benefits of the herb(s) you choose.
I chose rosemary because it’s my favorite herb for my hair. Rosemary is an antibacterial which will help to cleanse your scalp. It improves circulation, increases shine, fights premature graying, and alleviates dryness and dandruff. Plus, I love the smell of rosemary. It’s invigorating and refreshing.
What you will need:
2 tsp of dried rosemary or 5-10 sprigs of fresh rosemary
3 cups of filtered water
1.Add water and water to a pot and bring to a boil. Once the water reaches a boil allow it to boil for about 5-10 minutes.
2. Turn off the heat and cover the pot. Let the mixture steep for 30 minutes. Let the mixture cool until it reaches room temperature.
3. After your wash routine, pour the tea over your hair as a final rinse, then style as usual.
My hair was so soft after this rinse and the shine was amazing. Even my colored ends looked more vibrant. I’ll definitely do a herbal hair rinse ever 2 weeks.
A few years ago I was doing honey treatments on my hair for natural lightening and I loved the benefits so much that I wanted to try it again but this time I didn’t want the lightening effect. In comes molasses, Molasses is chock full of minerals that strengthen and darken your hair. I decided to give it a try since it’s so cheap. I got blackstrap unsulphered molasses from The Vitamin Shoppe.
I figured that putting a sticky, gooey substance directly on my hair wasn’t a good idea so I looked in my fridge to find something mix my molasses with. I found some yogurt which would provide some protein for my hair. I decided that it would need some slip so I added my Kinky Curly Knot Today Leave-In moisturizer and amped it up with some rosemary essential oil. Behold, a deep conditioner was born.
I slathered the mixture over my hair and let it work for about 30 minutes. When I rinsed it out there wasn’t much a difference in my hair texture. My curls popped a bit more but I couldn’t see any other visible change. I’ll continue to use the mixture to see if I notice a difference over time. I’ll post the recipe below for everyone to try.
6 tbs of molasses
6 tbs of plain full fat yogurt
1 tsp of your favorite leave in (I used Kinky Curly Knot Today)
10 drops of rosemary essential oil
Hi All and Happy New Year! It’s been awfully quiet around here at LGG but much has been happening off of the blog. One big accomplishment….*drum roll* Lexi’s Green Guide post “Coconut Oil As A DIY Eye Cream” was featured on Black Girl Long Hair.
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Thanks for all your support! Bigger and better is on the horizon for LGG.