Keep anti-microbial coconut oil in your bathroom cabinet
Recent research has demonstrated that coconut oil, in its digested form, destroys the bacteria that cause tooth decay. It has been discovered that digested coconut oil combats the bacteria Streptococcus mutans, which produces teeth-decaying acids. In fact, digested coconut oil is good for preventing the proliferation of most forms of Streptococcusbacteria. It has also been known for a long time that coconut oil is effective for treating Candida albicans.Coconut oil is a useful ally in the quest for bacterial balance throughout the digestive tract, and in fact in all the mucous membranes of the body where bacteria thrive, such as the ears, sinuses, airways, genital area and urethra.
The research seems to indicate that undigested coconut oil does not have the same effect, although other earlier studies have shown a benefit from undigested coconut oil too.
Coconut oil can be used both topically and as a food supplement to maintain a beneficial balance of bacteria, both in the mouth and throughout the gut.An effective home-made toothpaste can be made by combining coconut oil with bicarbonate of soda and perhaps a few drops of peppermint or fennel oil. A similar blend, using perhaps more floral oils, can make an effective underarm deodorant. Apply like a moisturiser, or keep in the fridge and roll on like a deodorant stick.
Coconut has long been used as a moisturiser for both skin and hair, and may well also help to keep skin healthy through its antibacterial and antifungal action.
Coconut oil can also be used for oil pulling, where the oil is swished, gargled and sucked around the mouth for 20 minutes before being spat out. Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice. The oil is held in the mouth for some minutes where it acts like a cleanser. When it is worked around your teeth and gums through ‘swishing’ it ‘pulls’ out bacteria and other debris.
(Coconut oil is solid at room temperature and so needs to be put in a warm place or gently heated to turn it into liquid. If you use coconut butter for massage into your skin you will find that it softens and melts as you work with it.) Our bodies contain more bacteria cells than human cells, so it is vital to keep them in balance for our health and well-being on so many levels. Antibiotics have proved themselves to be a short term, short-sighted approach for day-to-day infections such as gum disease, candida and bowel flora imbalance. So keep a tub of cold pressed organic coconut oil in your bathroom cabinet as well as your kitchen cupboard, and help keep both the doctor and dentist away.