Turmeric and Coconut Oil: Chemical-Free Teeth Whitening?
You do some crazy things when you procrastinate. Anyway, today I thought I'd share with you a little bit of internet gold. I seen Farah Dhukai's Instagram post about this a little while ago and today I thought I'd give it a whirl. The new cool thing is rubbing turmeric on your teeth to whiten them. Now if you're familiar with turmeric, you are more certainly thinking what?! Notorious for staining everything it touches, turmeric will apparently whiten your teeth. I figured I'd spare you the hassle and show you whether it worked or not.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
The word on the street is the combination of coconut oil and turmeric is kind of a miracle. Turmeric has antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which would make it great for the likes of toothaches and other dental ailments. Apparently it also relieves sensitive teeth. So turmeric is a wonder for oral health.
Coconut oil is a great dental cleanser, I'm sure you've heard of oil-pulling, right? It's great at combating bad breath as it kills bacteria. Coconut oil also breaks down plaque. But I'm not entirely sure, this is only what I've read on the web.
Definitely check with your dentist or doctor if your unsure because turmeric can lower testosterone levels, lower blood sugar and slows blood clotting so use your head before you use it!
HOW TO WHITEN YOUR TEETH WITH TURMERIC:
Of course the flawless Farah looks amazing with a mouthful of bright yellow slime. My experience was anything but hot I'll tell you that. I just about snapped some photos before dribbling the now melted mix all down myself #Glam.
You mix a tablespoon of room temperature coconut oil with a bit of turmeric. Farah says "a pinch" on her Instagram but shows a little more in her YouTube video so I eye-balled it. Admittedly half the effing packet poured out as I daintily tapped some out. I mashed up this glorious paste (which was similar to the contents of a newborn's nappy) in a little tub and headed into the bathroom.
Sigh. I never thought I'd share a picture like that. Laugh it up folks! Anyway, you scrub it into your teeth with your now horribly stained tooth brush, leave it on for 5 minutes before rinsing out your mouth with toothpaste to reveal your new pearlys. The coconut oil will melt in your mouth but overall it's not unpleasant. however, those 5 minutes are like the longest in the world.
Honestly, I don't have the yellowest of teeth so the changes I noticed was minimal after the first try. Though I too think the areas between my teeth stained a little but maybe I didn't brush it off well enough. So since I didn't have a conclusive result I'm going to keep this up for 7 days so check back at the end of the week to see what I thought! The only weird result would be my mouth now tasted like I had eaten a very greasy, tooth paste curry.
UPDATE: I did go back in this morning before publishing this blog for my day 2 and I can say I had better results after I spent the 5 minutes brushing it into my teeth instead of just leaving it on. I rinsed my mouth out with warm water until it ran clear and followed up with my trusty tooth paste.
BEFORE AND AFTER:
What do you think? Have you tried Turmeric paste to whiten your teeth? I think it's a great chemical-free addition to my oral health care but I will continue to try it out for the next 7 days to be sure. If you're not really feeling the yellow mouth thing I tried out these Doll White Strips and had results after 14 days. Read more about it here. Are you a turmeric convert?