You May Also Like

The one fall closet-organizing trick you should steal from the pros

How to support a friend who has breast cancer, according to Rachel Platten

This is the healthiest way to sit at your desk

The sneaky ways “superwoman syndrome” can affect your health

There’s a scientific reason why dating algorithms don’t always work

4 ways to help a loved one who’s coping with depression

Oil pulling: How to do the mouth-washing detox rinse


Coconut oil mouth detox rinseIn Ayurvedic medicine, sesame oil is the solution of choice for this mouthwash detox method that’s reemerging in New York City wellness circles for its health and beauty perks.

But for a less pungent and decidedly more palatable experience, try a tablespoon of coconut oil. Spectrum’s Organic Unrefined Coconut Oil ($7.99) is an organic option with a nice flavor. (And it’s great in cooking and baking, too.)

Swish it in your mouth for about 10 minutes, working your way up to 15 or 20 minutes, once a day. Focus on pulling, pushing, and drawing it through your teeth without swallowing it. Then spit it out.

Proponents says that rinsing before breakfast, on an empty stomach, produces the best detox results.

And it might go without saying, but brush your teeth per usual after you’re done. Prolonged contact can cause tooth decay. —Jennifer Kass

Read more about the trend! Oil pulling: New Yorkers trade Listerine for this Ayurvedic detox method