Stay Healthy Tip#1 – Oil Pulling and Oral Hygiene


You know when you get those intuitive “hits” and you just know you’re onto something? Gary Young, the late founder of Young Living, often had these genius ideas, and it led to so much exciting innovation within Young Living and its products.

I’ve always been taught that if we want to stay healthy (especially in today’s world), we want to do all we can to reduce the levels of acidity and inflammation in our body.

But here’s where my intuition kicks in. We don’t just need to do this in our overall body….we also need to do this specifically in our mouth!!! After all – our mouth and respiratory tract are one of the key gateways to the rest of our body, right?

There are 3 simple things we can do to keep our mouth and gums in peak health, and to ensure that inflammation doesn’t win the game.

#1 – Regular Flossing with Thieves Dental Floss

OK, this makes perfect sense. Trapped food particles in our gums attract bacteria, which in turn leads to inflammation of the gums. So we want to floss – just about any dentist would agree with us on this. But did you know that most commercial dental floss contains petroleum-based dyes, artificial sweeteners, and is coated with Teflon (so it slides between your teeth better)?

Young Living’s dental floss uses bees wax and soy wax, and it’s soaked in Thieves essential oil…so it’s a truly healthy flossing experience.


#2 – Switch to AromaBright or Thieves Whitening Toothpaste

These are the two most recently-formulated toothpastes in Young Living’s range, meaning they have the “best of the best” ingredients, including coconut oil. Check out these testimonials!

Artemis writes: Normally, my teeth are extremely sensitive down near the gum area, especially at the lower front teeth. I flinch when I eat any acidic fruit like grapefruit. I jump out of my chair when the hygienist tries to de-scale in that area, so that we always have to resort to alternative ways of cleaning those teeth, and we never quite get them fully clean because of the sensitivity. I’d been using Thieves Aromabright Toothpaste for 6 months, and had my regular dental check. So here I was, waiting for the flinching and edge-of-nerve discomfort to start……and it never did!!!

WOW!!!! Did I say WOWWWWWWW!!!!!!!! All the sensitivity that I’ve had in my teeth for years was gone, or extremely minimal, so that the hygienist had no issues at all cleaning all of my teeth.

Alison S writes: I am loving the new Thieves Whitening Toothpaste!!! Not only do my teeth feel amazing, they are so clean and white. I have extremely sensitive teeth, and it’s the best natural toothpaste I’ve ever used. It whitens my teeth without making them sensitive.

#3 – Oil Pulling with coconut oil (flavoured with essential oil)

Oil Pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic technique for overall body health, where each morning upon waking, a tablespoon of coconut or sesame oil is swished in the mouth for 10 to 20 minutes, then spat out (not down the sink!). It takes a little bit of getting used to, so you can always start with a smaller amount of oil, for a shorter period of time, and build up from there. I personally do this with coconut oil, because of its anti-inflammatory effects.

The oil helps to pull toxins and other pathogens from the mouth and nearby tissues, and these bind to the oil and are eliminated from the body when the oil is spat out.

But it does more than that! Coconut oil contains mostly medium-chain fatty acids, of which 45-50% is lauric acid, which has proven anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects¹. And scientific studies have shown that oil pulling using coconut oil could be an effective adjuvant procedure in decreasing plaque formation and plaque-induced gingivitis².

Certified Thanyapura nutritionist Marcela Soto Prats³explains that, “Bacteria and germs in our mouth are continuously producing toxins that can cause inflammation and infection if not controlled…..[Oil pulling] is an effective way to kill all these harmful germs and bacteria in your mouth. In this way, it aids the detox process and prevents toxins from entering your body…..It reduces the risk of more toxins and inflammation in your body, especially in your digestive tract.”

Essential oils can be added to the coconut or sesame oil, to create a burst of flavour.

I always add 3 drops of Oregano oil into my coconut oil when I’m oil pulling.

Regulations on using essential oils as flavouring agents vary region to region, so if you live in the UK/Europe, you’d use Oregano in Young Living’s “Plus Oil” range (which is the UK/EU culinary range), and in the US you’d use Oregano Vitality oil (which is the US culinary range).


  1. Anti-inflammatory, analgesic, and antipyretic activities of virgin coconut oil by S. Intahphuak, P. Khonsung and A. Panthong. Pharmaceutical Biology 2010. Feb; 48(2):151-7.
  3. Effect of coconut oil in plaque related gingivitis – a preliminary report by F.C. Peedikayil, P. Sreenivasan and A. Narayanan. Nigerian Medical Journal 2015. Mar-Apr; 56(2): 143-7.

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