I think we should kick this off with a big round of applause for that group of marketing executives who got together and decided that they would charge inordinate amounts of money for a slightly stagnant smelling, off-white, jelly-like goo. They then hailed this as the only household/kitchen/beauty product you would ever need.
Sweet potato wedges? Coconut oil. Dry skin? Coconut oil. Cleanser? Coconut oil. Hungover AF? Coconut oil. Broke up with your boyfriend? Coconut oil.
Well marketeers, congrats. I well and truly fell for it. For the past few years, it’s been dissolved in my coffee, doused over my body and swished around my mouth. Which leads us, ladies and gentlemen, to my all natural teeth whitener.
This recipe is based around the traditional Ayuvedic method of oil pulling which is claimed to have anti-inflammatory benefits to oral health and to give the appearance of whiter teeth. The added activated charcoal works by darkening the gums slightly, making the teeth appear whiter.
I’ve spoken to a few dentists and my oral hygienist and they agree that although scientific evidence of the benefits are limited, as long as I’m doing it alongside my daily oral routine of brushing twice with an electric toothbrush, it’s not doing any harm. They did seem particularly intrigued by the fact that the amount of plaque on my cavities had decreased dramatically over the past 6 months…
Aesthetically speaking, I’ve seen a real difference in the their colour as well. Or maybe it’s the fact that I insist on drinking everything through a straw. Don’t ever invite me on a wine tasting…
You can watch me making this recipe over on Tastemade HERE.
Ingredients: (makes 4-5 portions)
2 heaped tbsp coconut oil
1 tsp activated charcoal
1 tsp baking soda
3 drops of essential peppermint oil
Gently melt your coconut oil (in a pan, a microwave or if you’re very middle class, on your AGA) and then stir in the rest of your ingredients.
Once everything in well combined, put a heaped teaspoon of the mixture in your mouth and swirl it around like mouthwash for a minimum of 20 minutes… “DA FUQ?! 20 MINUTES?! I DON’T HAVE TIME FOR THIS SHIT.” But hun, you do. Maybe you’re doing the hoovering? Teeth whitener. Sofa deep in the last episode of The Crown? Teeth whitener. Aimlessly scrolling through an Instagram vortex? Teeth whitener.
When the time’s up, spit out and rinse. Store the leftovers in an airtight container, you could even give it as a gift! It’s going to be an all white Christmas…
If you have any questions, pop me a comment below – I’d love to hear from you!