Hey there! I am excited to kick off a new blog series today centered around mind, body and wellness! In these posts, I would like to share some of my personal habits that I practice to maintain health and balance in my daily living. It is no secret that I am a huge advocate of yoga and meditation but I also care deeply about eating healthy, nutrient-rich, whole foods, as well as habits such as journaling and sketching that keep me creative and the ideas flowing! And yes, some of these things may be a little weird and wacky but maybe, just maybe, I will inspire you to try something new to boost your physical and mental energy!
First on the list of cooky-health-nut-things is something I have been doing for months now, oil pulling. Have you heard of it? Oil pulling is basically a daily mouthwash done with coconut oil. Oil pulling originated from Ayurveda, which is a system of traditional Hindu medicine and the claimed benefits of this dental practice are improved gum health, reducing harmful bacteria in the mouth and whitened teeth, just to name a few.
Here is how I do it: I put a spoonful (about a tablespoon) of organic coconut oil in my mouth every morning (it is recommended that you do this on an empty stomach). Then, I take Ren for his morning walk and start getting ready for my day. I keep it in my mouth for 20 to 30 minutes and it’s super easy to fit in to my schedule because I just swish it around while I’m doing things that I’d be doing anyways that don’t involve talking. When I am done swishing, I just spit it out and brush my teeth–ready for the day!
I love coconut so, of course, I love the taste of the oil and really look forward to it everyday. My teeth were kind of sensitive before I started doing the oil pulling, cold or sugary things would hurt my teeth and now they aren’t sensitive at all! You have a smooth, clean feeling to your teeth all day from the oil–like you just came from the dentist for a professional cleaning! I also think it really helps with keeping bad breath at bay–I eat a lot of garlic so I need it! I use organic, unrefined coconut oil, the Spectrum brand, and I recommend you buy it in a big jar from iherb.com for a better price than the grocery store.
What do you think?! Would you give this a shot? There are many, many health benefits of cooking with and eating coconut oil that I highly recommend using it whenever you can! A friend just started putting a tablespoon in her coffee every morning and loves it–it gives her coffee a little bit of a coconut taste, making her daily cup that much fancier! She just recommends not looking at what you are drinking, the oil can look a little funny swimming on the coffee’s surface… What do you use coconut oil for–let me know in the comments!
Cassie Uhl is the founder and owner of Zenned Out, a jewelry company that handcrafts jewelry with meaning and provides a community that inspires a mindful and spiritual lifestyle. Cassie grew up with a open minded, astrology obsessed grandmother and a father that would take her and her sister star gazing in the wee hours of the night. These experiences shaped Cassie and Zenned Out into what they are today by bringing spirituality and astrology into the forefront. Cassie hopes to give spiritual souls a place to feel at home on the Zenned Out blog and offers handcrafted jewelry with meaningful symbols, powerful gemstones, and mindful quotes to enable people to wear jewelry that aligns with their souls purpose.