This beautiful earth is filled with natural remedies for, I believe, every health problem. Think about it, what do you think previous generations used before the technology to make artificial hygiene products came about? Well, they used NATURE!
Now, I am quite sure that you have seen many write-ups about how to cleanse just about every area of the body, but do you know how to cleanse the dirtiest part of the body...using natural means? Sadly, for many of us, the answer is no.
First, let's review what the dirtiest part of the body actually is. You may be surprised to know that the dirtiest part of your body is your mouth! Your mouth is home to 600 different types of bacteria! It’s because of this fact that we see so many commercials advertising oral hygiene products. Most of these popular products are unnecessary and actually do more harm than good, but you can bet the companies producing them are making good money by convincing us we need them.
What's Wrong With My Oral Hygiene Routine?
Most likely, you have used one of those advertised products this morning. Think back to your morning oral routine - as you were getting ready, you probably brushed your teeth, flossed, then used a mouthwash.
However, have you ever looked at the ingredients in your mouthwash? Do you know why you use it? If you use it to fight off gingivitis, plaque, and bacteria that causes bad breath then I am here to tell you..There Is A Better Way! It comes as no surprise that many people are now uncomfortable with their mouthwashes. Just one look at the excerpt below, from studies done on the chemicals within many mouthwash brands, will show you why:
"Long-term use of alcohol-containing mouthwashes dries and changes the pH of the mouth and throat and is associated with an increased risk of mouth and throat cancers. If a mouthwash contains a harsh detergent like cocamidopropyl betaine, this compounds the damage. Listerine contains a slightly milder detergent, Poloxamer 407, but its unique qualities – being soluble in liquids at low temperature, but turning into a gel at higher temperatures (ie body temperature) – makes it a film former, keeping other toxic ingredients on the surface of the mouth for longer.
Mouthwashes also commonly contain fluoride, a systemic poison, and this product is no exception. It contains both sorbitol and more worryingly saccharin, which causes bladder cancer in animals.
[Mouthwashes] contain synthetic colours, aromas and flavourings which are basically perfumes. At best they mask odour temporarily; and since they are composed of volatile solvents, they can also alter the basic flora of the mouth in the same way as alcohol and may cause dermatitis around the mouth." 
So, How Can I Clean My Mouth Naturally?
To clean your mouth naturally and effectively, try oil pulling. Oil pulling has been proven to fight plaque, gum inflammation, gingivitis, and bacteria that causes bad breath and infections. Studies have shown that it is much more effective than flossing. It is a method that has been used in traditional Indian medicine systems dating back to 3,000 years to:
-Treat tooth decay
-Prevent heart disease
-Soothe throat dryness
-Heal cracked lips
-Boost the immune system
-Strengthen gums and jaws 
When oil pulling, you take about a tablespoon of oil (usually coconut oil, olive oil, sesame oil, or sunflower oil) and swish it around in your mouth. It is best to do this for 10-20 minutes because longer oil pulling leads to more bacteria being removed. However, if you do not have that much time, just swish the oil for 5 minutes and you will still get some benefits. Your jaw may start to hurt after a while, so swish more gently and take your time. Oil pulling has proven to be so effective because the majority of the microorganisms (bad bacteria) present in the mouth consist of a single cell that is covered with a fatty membrane (lipid). This lipid is also known as the cell's skin. When these cells come into contact with oil, a fat, they naturally bind to each other. Therefore, the oil is then “pulling” out the bacteria in your mouth.
Oil Pulling Steps:
As soon as you wake up and before brushing or flossing, swish a tablespoon of oil around in your mouth.
Do this for about 10-15 minutes
When finished, do not swallow - you want to get the harmful bacteria out of your mouth not into your body! Instead, spit it into the trash (not down the drain - oil can clog up your drain)
Rinse out your mouth with water
Brush your teeth and floss as normal
This should be repeated multiple times throughout the week, or every day, if you have the time.
You also do not have to oil pull in the morning - you can also do it around the house for 10-20 minutes while doing chores, or in the car as you drive to the store, if time is an issue for you.
The Best Oil for Oil Pulling
As mentioned above, the oils typically used for oil pulling are sesame oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil, and olive oil. These oils have amazing antibacterial properties, but if you are wondering which oil to buy, go with coconut oil.
Recent studies point out coconut oil pulling helps prevent tooth decay. It is antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, antimicrobial…it's just anti-bad! Coconut oil, unlike the other oils, has lauric acid. Lauric acid is a fatty acid that is highly effective at maintaining a healthy immune system due to its antimicrobial and antibacterial properties. Lauric acid is able to treat common colds, the flu, and more serious infections. In essence, coconut oil definitely has the upper hand when it comes to oil pulling.
Oil Pulling Tip
My husband mentioned to me, the other day, that it would be hard for him to oil pull for 10, or even 5, minutes because of his deviated septum, which prevents him from breathing through his nose efficiently. So, if you have problems with a stuffed nose or deviated septum, which would prevent you from oil pulling, try rubbing coconut oil on your gums for about 5-10 minutes. Doing this will significantly reduce plaque and the bacteria, streptococcus mutans, that causes tooth decay. Vitamin E oil can also be rubbed on the gums if you suffer from inflamed gums. Vitamin E oil is easily absorbed and its antioxidant properties allow it to help regenerate healthy gum tissue.
By modifying this technique to fit your situation, you can still get amazing benefits from oil pulling!
Does It Really Work?
This is a great question because there are many natural remedies out there that have been used for centuries but have never actually been proven to be credible. However, oil pulling has been studied and proven to be effective.
As for my personal experience, I actually just started oil pulling and noticed a difference right away. This past weekend, my throat started hurting and, whenever that happens, I know that a cold is on its way. When I get a cold, it doesn’t last long, but it is still an unpleasant experience. Needless to say, when I felt the pain in my throat I immediately started oil pulling with coconut oil. I did it as soon as I got up in the morning while in the shower. Within 4 days, I noticed that the pain in my throat had completely gone away. Since this was the only change I had made to my daily cleaning and dietary routines, I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly it worked to fight the bacteria. Now, I am not saying that coconut oil pulling is a cure-all, but you should definitely incorporate this healthy practice into your oral hygiene routine.
If you have never wondered what kinds of chemicals are in your oral hygiene products, it is time that you get informed! Find out what kinds of things are going into your body and what they are doing once they are in. There are always ways to clean your body that do not involve the use of harsh chemicals. Sometimes, we just have to do a little digging around to find it, but the search for better health is worth it.