WHAT IS OIL PULLING & HOW DO I DO IT? Optional with essential oils

Oil pulling has made it's way back into mainstream and is at an all time high. You can google oil pulling and see all the benefits that people including doctors like Dr. Axe claim and I too am a believer. I claim that it:

  • Whitens my teeth.
  • Has actually made some of my cavities disappear according to my dentist when I went in to get some filled!
  • Strengthen my jaw so much that I no longer have any horrible symptoms of TMJ.
  • Clears my sinuses.
  • No more bad breath.
  • No more tonsil stones.
  • Strengthens my enamel and gums. My receding gum lines have stopped! 
Tooth brushing is relatively new. Did you know that it's only been around for less than 100 years?! Crazy, right? If you do a historical search for oil pulling, you'll find that traditionally it was a Native American and Ayurveda (South Asia/India) holistic practice. 

Most dentists I've encountered and hear about do not like this practice as it generally can take money away from them. You do the practice of oil pulling, it heals your teeth and gums and you don't see the dentist except for your bi-annual check ups. Yeah, not a good combo for dentists. But for you, it can be a major money and headache saver. 

You can research all the mechanical actions and medical jargon of how and why but I like to just boil it down.

  1. Pick an oil. My favorite is coconut oil. Choices: Coconut, Sesame, Olive.
  2. Choose the amount. 1 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon is perfect. I prefer around 1/2 tablespoon.
  3. Optional: Add 1-2 drops of essential oil. (Buy pure EOs at link in the right column of this page.)
    • Clove essential oil - heals wounds, relieves toothaches, banishes bad breath, pain reliever, boosts immune system, reduces gum disease, anti-inflammatory, etc.
    • Cinnamon essential oil - anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-microbial, astringent, anti-clotting, decreases inflammation, etc.
    • Orange essential oil - anti-inflammatory, anti-depressant, anti-septic, kills bacteria, fights infection, etc.
    • Lemon essential oil - astringent, detoxifying, antiseptic, disinfectant, anti-fungal, banishes bad breath, thirst quencher, kills bacteria, etc.
    • Lime essential oil - immune booster, fights colds/flu/sinusitis/sore throat, kills bacteria, promotes oral health, etc.
    • Peppermint essential oil - anti-microbial, freshens breath, promotes healthy sinuses, allergy reducer, etc.
    • Basil essential oil - anti-bacterial, fights infection, anti-inflammatory, anti-virus, anti-fungal, fights colds/flu, etc.
    • Black Pepper essential oil - anti-bacterial, anti-viral, etc.
    • Cilantro/Coriander essential oil - anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, etc.
    • Thyme essential oil - anti-septic, anti-bacterial, expectorant, kills infection, treats respiratory conditions, cures bad breath, promotes teeth from decay, etc.
    • Oregano essential oil - relieves colds/flu/sinuses, kills parasites, eases infections, heals cold sores, etc.
  4. Put in your mouth and swish. Set the timer for 20 minutes, no more, no less. 
    • Do this while you take a shower, check your email, play a video game, prep for the day, read a book or study. It will fly by when you're preoccupied. 
  5. Do not spit this down the drain or swallow it, rather spit it in the trash. Remember that it can solidify in the pipes and you don't want to swallow all the bad things it's been pulling from your mouth, sinuses, throat, gums, etc. 
  6. Do this 3-5x a week. 


Anyone have a microfiber couch? You know how dirty they get. I used an enviro cloth and hot water. Just rub one direction, back and forth and viola! You'll be grossed out at how dirty your water gets!
Yep, that's it!
                                         BEFORE                                                 AFTER


Using 1 C of kombucha tea either from your own batch, from a friend or you can even use store bought in the refrigerator section, allow it to come to room temperature if it was refrigerated.

Pour it into a glass jar(s) of your choosing. Whatever the size of the width of the jar, is the size your scoby will become.

Cover with a thin cheese cloth or paper towel and secure it with a rubber band. Your kombucha needs to breathe for the yeast to form the scoby. If it can't breathe, it will die and no mother scoby will form.

Allow this to sit at room temperature undisturbed for a minimum of 14 days. It will form layers. The longer it sits, the bigger it grows.

Check out my other links of sharing your scoby and how to brew more.


To brew 1 gallon:  Using a large glass jar & Mother scoby (the yeast film layers on top of the tea), carefully pour out all of the kombucha into a mason jar(s) accept leave approx. 2 cups in the jar of kombucha, this is called starter tea.
Feel free to filter the kombucha that you poured out. Put the mason jar(s) in the fridge to prevent continued fermentation. Of course you can flavor it with fruit juices, almond or other flavorings if you wish.
Brew 1 gallon of black, white or green tea (not herbal tea). While still hot add 1 1/3 C sugar or honey or brown sugar. Stir until dissolved completely. Allow to sit until it's at room temperature. If it's too hot, it could kill the yeast/scoby.
Now in the jar with the mother scoby, add the sweetened tea slowly. Allow to sit undisturbed for 7-21 days, tasting with a straw each day after 7 days until it's to your "brewed" taste.
And then start the process over again. With every batch of kombucha tea you brew a new scoby will form. you can just leave the scobys together or separate them and give one to friend. The older your scoby gets, the darker and thicker it will become. Your scoby will last for years if properly taken care of. You can also carefully peel the mother scoby in half or in thirds, place carefully flat in a gallon Ziploc bag with 1 C room temp kombucha to share with a friend. The scoby and kombucha because of the yeast need to breathe so your friend(s) will need to carefully use their own jar to start brewing with their new mother scoby within 12 hours of the scoby being sealed in the Ziploc.
Your scoby may get air bubbles or "strings" or brown things, that's all ok. If it ever forms mold, throw it out!
If your original scoby was small like from a wide mouth mason jar, it may float sideways or others. That's ok too!

WHAT WE'RE COOKING? HOLIDAY PLUM TRIFLE - gluten free sugar free diabetic friendly

2 T honey
3 lbs stone fruit (plums, peaches, nectarines, etc.), halved and pitted, coarsely chopped
1 recipe GF Angel Food cake (recipe below), cut into 1" thick slices
2 T fresh thyme leaves, chopped
16 oz plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
1 T orange liqueur

In a skillet over medium high heat, cook plums, honey and 1 T very hot water for 8-10 minutes.

Remove from heat. Cool. Toss thyme in and mix in orange liqueur.

Layer half the cake pieces in glass trifle dish. Top with half the fruit and half the yogurt. Repeat with remaining ingredients, reserving 1/4 C fruit mixture for top of trifle. Keep refrigerated and serve within 1 day of assembly.

Gluten Free Angel Food Cake
In a standing mixer, beat 1 1/2 C egg whites (at room temperature for 30 minutes) with 1 1/2 t cream of tartar, 3/4 t salt and 3/4 t vanilla until soft peaks form.

In another bowl, mix 3/4 C xylitol, 1/4 C arrowroot or cornstarch & 3/4 C GF flour (I prefer Namaste or Cup4Cup).

When the egg whites are at the soft peaks stage add 1/2 C xylitol, 2 T at a time.

Beat until stiff peaks form.
Fold in flour mixture 1/2 C at a time.

Grease a 10" tube pan. Spoon in mixture. Place on lowest oven rack in a preheated oven 350° and cook for 45-50 minutes, or until done. Remove from oven and invert pan on a plate. Allow to cool for 1 hour. Carefully with a knife, slip around the edges and remove from pan.

WHAT WE'RE COOKING? SPINACH ARTICHOKE DIP - slow cooker method - gluten free low carb diabetic friendly

10 oz fresh baby spinach, chopped
14 oz canned artichoke hearts, chopped
1/2 C sour cream
1/2 C mayonnaise
1/2 C finely diced onion
1 clove minced garlic
1 C mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/4 C grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 t garlic salt
1/4 C milk
8 oz cream cheese, cubed
salt and pepper, to taste

Spray slow cooker with non stick spray. In a bowl, mix spinach, artichoke, sour cream, mayo, onion, garlic, mozzarella, Parmesan, garlic salt and milk. Add salt and pepper. Dump into your slow cooker. Place cubed cream cheese on top of mixture, spread out as evenly as you can. Cook on high for 2 - 2.5 hours or until cooked through and cream cheese is melted. Stir. Keep on warm setting until eaten. Serve with crackers, bread or vegetables.

WHAT WE'RE COOKING? BRUSSEL SPROUT SALAD with warm bacon dressing - Thanksgiving Christmas Gluten Free Low Carb Diabetic Friendly

Makes 4-6 servings

1 lb brussels sprouts, trimmed, thinly sliced with food processor, knife or Mandoline
6 slices bacon
1/2 C slivered almonds
1/2 C dried cranberries
1/3 C coarsely grated Parmesan
salt & pepper, to taste

2 T bacon grease from pan drippings
1 T olive oil
2 T fresh squeezed lemon juice
1 T Dijon mustard
2 T red wine vinegar
2 t maple syrup or a low carb syrup

Place shredded brussels sprouts in salad bowl. Toast almond in a dry pan over medium high heat until they're fragrant, about 2 minutes. Watch them carefully and stir frequently to prevent burning.

Cook bacon in a hot pan until very crispy. drain on paper towels. Cool. Pour bacon grease into a glass container, measure out 2 T grease and put in glass measuring cup. Add olive oil, lemon juice, mustard, vinegar and syrup. Whisk well.

Cop bacon into thin strips. Put dressing mixture into the same pan you cooked the bacon in and heat until it's bubbling. Pour over brussels sprouts and stir to combine. Gently stir in chopped bacon, toasted almonds, dried cranberries and Parmesan. Season with salt and pepper.

WHAT WE'RE COOKING? GARLIC HERB MUSHROOMS - slow cooker method - gluten free low carb diabetic friendly

24 oz mushrooms
4 cloves minced garlic
1/2 t dried basil
1/2 t dried oregano
1/4 t dried thyme
2 bay leaves
1 C GF vegetable broth
salt & pepper, to taste
1/4 C half and half
2 T unsalted butter
2 T chopped fresh parsley

Place mushrooms, garlic, basil, oregano, thyme, and bay leaves in a 3 qt slow cooker. Stir in vegetable broth, salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1-2, or until browned and tender. Stir in half and half & butter during the last 15-20 minutes of cooking time. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley.

WHAT WE'RE COOKING? SWEET POTATO CASSEROLE - Thanksgiving Christmas Gluten free

40 oz or more canned Bruce cut yams, drained
1 1/2 C light corn syrup
1 1/2 C brown sugar
1/4 C unsalted butter, cubed
16 oz miniature marshmallows

Grease 1 qt baking dish. Heat oven to 350°. Place yams in large baking dish and pour light corn syrup then sprinkle brown sugar over. Dollop with butter. Mix well. Bake for 1 1/2 hours. Remove from oven and top with marshmallows. Bake for another 10 minutes or until marshmallows are lightly browned.

WHAT WE'RE STUDYING? New Year Resolutions, as Christians

As the New Year approaches, as Christians we should become reflective and consider transforming parts of our lives that need healing & repair, self-discipline, and resolve. Many usually make their resolutions around kicking bad habits like not eating so much junk food or developing new disciplines like losing a certain amount of weight. What is the place of New Year's resolutions in our Christian life? As Christians, resolutions should be a part of our everyday lives anyway.

We are resolved to seek God and glorify Him each and every day: Romans 12:2 calls us to daily transformation of our minds so we can know and live out God’s will for us.

We are encouraged to be self disciplined in life. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, Paul uses a vision of an athlete in training being disciplined and striving towards the goal. The New Year could be the perfect time although any day is great to commit yourself to pursuing disciplines and habits that will help you run the race and win the prize.

Take the time this coming new year to consider the aspects of your life that need working on while resolving each and every day to choose to live for Christ.

Here are some resolutions we all should be striving for. There are many more other than these but let's start here:

    1. Plan to get into God’s word - a devotional, reading the bible in a year, listening to a sermon, dwelling on a verse, etc. Be creative! Read Colossians 3:16. Getting into the habit of reading the Word is also a common New Year's resolution for many Christians. There are plenty of Bible reading plans out there that guide you through reading your Bible in a year. It just takes discipline to open up the book every day. This doesn't mean you have to read your Bible in a whole year but it will help guide you and keep you on track to read daily. Just open up His Word and read it. 2 Timothy 3:16 – 1 Peter 3:15

    2. Pray daily- Set time aside for prayer, be structured in praying for people and issues in the world by using prayer lists, start a prayer journal, find a place to go each day to pray. Don't worry about what to talk to Him about, just talk. You'll be amazed by the results He'll reveal to you. Philippians 4:6 - 1 Peter 4:7 – John 15:7 -1 Thessalonians 5:17 – Romans 8:26 – Matthew 6:6; 18:19-20; 21:22; 26:41 – Luke 11:9; 18:1 – 1 Timothy 2:1-5 – Jeremiah 33:3 – James 5:16 – Ephesians 6:18 – Psalm 34:17 – Colossians 4:2

    3. Work on your problem areas - Pray that God will reveal the sin in your life to work on this year. Acknowledge, confess and repent of this sin. 1 John 1:9; 5:3 – 2 Peter 1:2-4; 3:9

    4. Develop a positive habit & work on self-control – There are probably other areas in your life that you should be working on. These may include eating better, sleeping better, exercising more, getting more organized, etc. Don't just think about the physical things you need to work on, but the spiritual too. We are not only physical beings but spiritual as well. To be functional we need to work on both. Galatians 5:22-23 – 2 Timothy 1:7 – Proverbs 25:28 – Romans 12:1-3

    5. Don't rely just on willpower - According to research you are most likely to revert to old behaviors between 5-7 times before changing your ways (click here) and it takes at least 66 days to develop a new habit. No wonder most resolutions don’t see it past January. Thankfully, as Christians we have a greater power at work in us that can enable us to see things through. The Spirit of God works within us conforming us to the image of Christ. If He is for us – who can be against us? And what is better – we know there is forgiveness and grace when we do slip up. Romans 8:31-39 – Hebrews 7:25 – Matthew 6:33 – 2 Timothy 1:7

    6. Share Christ with others even though the devil will attack youMark 16:15-16 “He (Jesus) said to them (the 11 apostles after He was risen), “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.” I don't want to be a decorative stone on the fa├žade of Christ’s Church, but a pillar holding it up. Be the kind of Christian that when your feet hit the floor in the morning, Satan has a panic attack. The Devil himself hates when we speak out and share what Christ has done our lives. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us that the Devil is on the prowl, just looking for someone to devour. The Bible is full of accounts of people that not only talked the talk but walked the walk; Daniel, Esther, Paul, Stephen and so many more. All of these people experienced hardships and even death because of what they believe. God has called us who love him, to go into all the world and spread the good news of Christ. If we do that, the Devil will attack, but with the strength God gives us, we can go in to the world without caution or thought of consequences. Think about going on a mission trip. Not all mission trips are to exotic places, but almost all mission trips will change you forever. Between the spiritual preparation before you leave on your trip to the work you will do on the trip itself, God works through you and for you as you see people eager to hear about Christ and as you hear their appreciation for the things you are doing for Him.
    7. Good works – God calls us throughout the Bible to do good works. Helping others is a part of a Christian walk. There are so many people who just need a bit of assistance, and helping others is a great way to set a Christian example. Matthew 5:16 - James 2:14-18, 26; 4:17 - Ephesians 2:8-10 - Hebrews 13:16 - 1 Timothy 6:17-19 – 2 Timothy 3:17 – Galatians 6:9 - Colossians 3:23-24 - Proverbs 3:27-28

    8. Get to know your mom and dad better – For teens: One of the most difficult relationship in a Christian teen's life is with their parents. You're at the beginning of entering adulthood and should be making more and more decisions on your own, but you will always be your parents' child. For everyone: Many times your parents have different viewpoints than you which can lead to a lot of heartache. Yet, God dictates that we honor our parents, so take some time to get to know your mom and dad a little better. Do things with them. Share bits of your life with them. Even a small amount of quality time with your parents will go a long way in helping your relationship. Ephesians 6:1-4 – 1 Peter 4:8 – Romans 12:18