There are two facts, many would say shameful, that you should know about me.
- I am a vegetarian who despises mushrooms.
- I am a green beauty devotee who can’t stand coconut.
Seriously. Coconut is just a deal breaker. I’ve tried so many times to like it. It’s benefits are legendary, it’s fans legion. But I just cannot get past the taste or smell. So for me, the idea of oil pulling, i.e. swishing coconut oil around in your mouth…just…no.
A few months ago, I was thrilled to discover oil pulling’s kid sister: Essential Oxygen Brushing Rinse. Basically a mouthwash, it contains food grade Hydrogen Peroxide and a nice balance of essential oils. The first time I used it, I actually understood what is meant by a sparkling smile. So white and shiny! I actually pranced over to my husband and smiled in his face. Look at my teeth, I exclaimed! He agreed.
According to the company, food grade hydrogen peroxide is made without the stabilizers of the regular drugstore variety. These contain chemicals laden with heavy metals. Not the stuff of a healthy mouth. It is also formulated without glycerin, alcohol and sodium laurel sulfate, common ingredients in toothpaste and mouthwash. Interestingly, glycerin is found in most ”natural” toothpastes as well, and inhibits the the ability of the teeth to re-enamel themselves. I checked my toothpaste, and sure enough, glycerin was the third ingredient. There are many other health benefits, too numerous to list. The one I’m most excited about is as a cure for (and probably a preventer of) canker sores. I’ve suffered mercilessly my whole life, and I can’t wait to see the results.
How do you use it? Easy! They’ve created a protocol!
“Toxic Morning Mouth Protocol
First thing in the morning when you wake up:
Squirt a small amount of the Brushing Rinse in your mouth.
Swish for a minute or so while you multitask.
With the Rinse still in your mouth, brush your teeth and tongue.
Spit out the massive amount of foam.
When you drink your morning water, your immune system will be thrilled that you haven’t re-ingested yesterday’s toxins.”
Now, I have to admit, I don’t always do the first-thing-in-the-morning part. While I dream of a lovely morning filled with self-care rituals and intention setting, life with a 3 year old is generally more about being awakened with a start, and hurtling headlong into giggles, demands, questions, and other pre-schooler delights. Occasionally I remember to rinse first thing, but it has replaced my toothpaste, and I’m never looking back.
My only complaint: it’s hard to travel with. So I haven’t completely kicked to old toothpaste to the curb. I also dream of a more luxurious looking bottle. Something about squirting it into your mouth is less than…glamourous. So when we get a new bottle, I decant half for myself into a lovely container, and the other half goes in the shower for my husband.
Coconut oil, who needs you?