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A New Use For Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)

Updated on December 29, 2013
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Background Information About VCO

There are many books written about the value of using Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) in many areas of our life. It starts with just plain cooking to using it as hand cream. The new (to me) area and not commonly known is the practice of swishing it around in the mouth to kill germs, thus helping to improve overall mouth and body health, a very attractive proposition. This newest technique is entitled oil pulling and came to my attention as the title of a book, "Oil Pulling Therapy" found on the book table at the local Whole Foods store.

What is Coconut Oil Used For?

The historic and modern uses of coconut oil make it one of the most valuable oils in the world. Among its many used It is commonly used for:

  • Industrial uses as an engine lubricant, as biodiesel fuel and as a transformer lubricant
  • In food preparation as a cooking oil, as a non-dairy creamer, and as an additive to health foods
  • As a skin moisturizer in the manufacture of soap and as an anti-microbial agent
  • As a source of light in lamps and the manufacture of candles
  • In the garden as coir (husk grindings) to make baskets and as a soil additive
  • For use in the mouth to reduce plaque organisms and overall cavity causing germs by means of "oil pulling therapy"
  • My "new use" which I will point out shortly

Oil Pulling Therapy

Oil pulling therapy has come to the attention of health conscious Westerners in recent times, but has been a component of Indian Ayurvedic medical practices long before the West discovered the technique.

How to do oil pulling to pull toxins from your mouth (and blood) and to freshen your breath. The simple process consists of:

  1. Use a high quality vegetable oil such as Organic Virgin Coconut Oil from Trader Joe's, Whole Foods, Costco or Sam's Club to name a few
  2. Before going to bed or just after waking up, drink a glass or two of water (in the morning is when I take my apple cider vinegar in a quart of water) to get your saliva going. I have been doing the process at night, but all of the "experts" say it is best in the morning if you are only going to do it once a day.
  3. Take one teaspoon to one tablespoon of the oil (the amount depends on how big your mouth is and how saliva you will generate) into your mouth; start swishing it around
  4. Start doing this at first for about five minutes and gradually increase the therapy to 15-20 minutes. This is a good time to take on a kitchen or bathroom task.
  5. Do not swallow the oil (if you do, it won't kill you, but try to avoid doing so, it will be full of toxins). After swishing as long as you can while trying to reach the 20 minute point, spit the oil into the trash, not into the sink (over a period of time the oil can clog the plumbing).
  6. Wash out your mouth thoroughly to get rid of any residue of food, germs, toxins, etc.
  7. And, hey, you're done. You can do this procedure one to three times a day and you will marvel over the feeling of a clean mouth and you can go onto the internet to find many testimonies as to improved health.

The Oil Pulling Therapy book by Dr. Bruce Fife, ND, the various web sites that discuss the lectures of Dr. F. Karach (he uses sunflower oil) and the topic of oil pulling as an Ayurpedic technique all speak of the effectiveness of the process as having a much broader effect on body health than just cleansing of the mouth and the teeth. You will have to look on the internet for more information while being careful to avoid the quacks. The process is not expensive, only the cost of the oil.

The Miracle of Coconut Oil

Now, For the New Use For Coconut Oil

This is an incident that happened to me personally; I don't want to offend anyone, so please excuse my lacks. I grew a lot of cayenne peppers this past summer and then I dried them. My wife got tired of seeing them residing on plates on top of the refrigerator and the freezer, etc and decided to help me grind them up as a condiment for the coming winter season.

We sat at the kitchen table and pulled/broke the stems off of the peppers. She put on gloves, but tough guy that I am, I didn't; after all cayenne peppers don't even seem hot to me any more, I just like the flavor. So, you know what happened, I had the hot oils on my fingers and knew better than to touch my eyes and face, but, I forgot to wash my hands at that point.

And then I had to go to the bathroom (without thinking) and take care of some standup business. When I finished my bathroom task, I didn't get very far before I noticed some extreme pain in an area of my body that I won't mention and I was too embarrassed to tell my wife. So I quietly, without attracting her attention, attempted various maneuvers to relieve the pain such as water, milk, colloidal silver water, etc, all to no effect. My next move was to go back to bathroom absorbing the pain as best I could: I brushed my teeth and put a large teaspoon of VCO in my mouth to start my oil pulling therapy for the day. Then I had a great idea; I decided to take a shower and wash my whole body and I actually believed that I would be able to wash the pepper oil off my body.

Let me tell you something, hot water is not the sensible thing to use to try to get pepper oil off the skin. The pain got rapidly worse as soon as the warm water hit my body. OUCH. Then I had an idea, coconut oil, and I had some nearby. I quickly applied some of the oil to the painful areas and, unbelievably, the pain subsided almost immediately. So, from this practical experience, I believe that coconut oil will, at least to some degree, help to relieve the pain caused from the inadvertent exposure of the body to chili pepper oil. I told my wife about the whole experience and had to absorb the I-told-you-so's.

A few weeks later, I did the same thing, but with very little pepper oil on my hands, but this time I touched my cheek near my eyes and, fortunately, the peppers were not quite as hot as the cayenne's. But, there was some degree of pain and the coconut oil again took care of the pain. Hopefully, at this point I have learned my lesson. I am a slow learner it seems.


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