A recent survey Institute of Technology Athlon investigated the effect of different natural oils on bacteria that are commonly found in the mouth. Coconut oil has proved to be by far the best.
It is already known that coconut oil has antimicrobial activity. (That’s why the 50’s and 60’s of the 20th century added into finished food products as a preventive of decay. Later they took over the role of various chemicals-preservatives.)
What is new this study found is that when coconut oil treats digestive enzymes, it effectively prevents the growth of most bacteria that inhabit the mouth, including Streptococcus mutans, which plays a major role in tooth decay.
But thus treated coconut oil destroys the fungus candida, which, if too quickly multiplies, may be the cause of many health problems. This translates to – when you eat coconut oil (then act on it digestive enzymes), it acts as an antibacterial and antifungal. And, as the researchers found, coconut oil also works in relatively small concentrations.
So, it’s great for maintaining the health of the intestinal microflora.
Homemade toothpaste from coconut oil
- ½ cup coconut oil
- 2-3 teaspoons of baking soda
- 15-30 drops of essential oil of mint
Melt the coconut oil (until it becomes a liquid) and mix with the other ingredients. Pour into a jar and leave to cool. The mixture as you would use a regular toothpaste.