Coconut oil pulling has become popular in the recent years because it has been endorsed by celebrities (such as Kylie Jenner, Gwyneth Paltrow & Linsday Lohan!) as well as health and beauty experts. However, it's actually an ancient Ayurvedic tradition that has been around for hundreds of years and has been practised by numerous people.
The reason why the practice of oil pulling has lasted for centuries is that it's highly effective. It can detox your mouth and reduce plaque & bacteria, which can lead to healthier gums, stronger teeth, and fresher breath. It also removes stains which whitens your teeth and ensure you have a dazzling smile.
But here's the thing: you shouldn't just purchase the first products that you come across with. To ensure you'll get great value for money, you need to find a coconut oil pulling kit that:
Contains natural ingredients
You don't want to use products that contain harsh substances that can irritate your mouth. So, before buying anything, check the ingredients of the oil pulling kit that you want to use. It should be made of virgin cold pressed coconut oil and not processed oil, and it must have as few ingredients as possible. There's really no need for the kit to have a long list of ingredients since coconut oil is enough to carry out effective oil pulling (it just won’t taste great as coconut oil itself can be bitter tasting).
Another thing you should check is the presence of alcohol, which is fine in mouthwashes but isn't really necessary for oil pulling kits. In fact, it should be avoided since it can leave your mouth dry, so look for an oil pulling kit that's alcohol-free.
Matches your dietary principles
Even though you shouldn't swallow when oil pulling, you will still be swishing and swirling oil around your mouth. Because of this, you have to make sure that the product is compatible with your dietary needs and preferences. If you have gluten intolerance, for example, look for an oil pulling kit that's gluten-free. If you're a vegan or are planning to be one, find a kit that's vegan-friendly.
Technically, there's nothing wrong with using plain coconut oil for oil pulling, but take note that this can leave a bitter taste in your mouth. If you're not up for it, look for an oil pulling kit that has a flavour that you like. Here at LiveCoco, for instance, we add natural mint flavouring to our kit to reduce the bitter taste and make oil pulling a more pleasant experience for you.
Is available in convenient packaging
If you're always on the go, look for oil pulling kits that come in small, portable packaging. LiveCoco kits, for example, have 14 10mL tubes that you can easily stash in your bag and use virtually anywhere. So, if you're going on a business trip and staying in a hotel, or if you just want to freshen up your breath at work, just open one of the tubes and enjoy a great oil pulling experience ASAP.
These are just some of the factors you should consider when shopping for an oil pulling kit. If you're ready to buy one, look no further than LiveCoco! Our coconut oil pulling kits tick all the boxes on the list and can help you have better oral health and a whiter, more attractive smile.