3 Morning Coconut Oil Rituals That Will Change Your Life (No. 3 is IMPORTANT)

By Jess

Right when you wake up is the perfect time to set yourself up for having a great day, and coconut oil can play a big part in that process. With dozens of uses, coconut oil is the all-natural wonderfood that dovetails nicely with the Paleo diet plan and an all-natural lifestyle.

3 Morning Coconut Oil Rituals That Will Change Your Life (No. 3 is so important for overall health and wellness)

Coconut oil is one of the recommended oils on Paleo, and is a great alternative to some of the most commonly used unhealthy oils out there. But it goes much further than just being an ingredient in a recipe, it can be used both internally and externally for better health.

Paleo purists may point out that our Paleolithic ancestors wouldn’t have had the wherewithal to create coconut oil from coconuts, but as long as you’re going with a high quality coconut oil it will be free of impurities and not heavily processed. It’s pretty close to something that could have been used many thousands of years ago. The best brands will be organic, unrefined, and cold-pressed, leaving all of the beneficial nutrients intact, and providing you with the best experience.

COCONUT OIL RITUAL #1: Take 1 Spoonful of Coconut Oil When You Wake Up to Boost Your Metabolism

Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) that will help you feel more energized, curb your appetite, and get your metabolism revved up for your upcoming day. It’s becoming more and more known that coconut oil benefits the body in several different ways and should be considered a health food.

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You can also take another spoonful of coconut oil in the late afternoon, right when you start to get hungry for dinner even though it’s still hours away. It will help you get through the rest of your workday and will sustain you until it’s time for dinner. If you’ve had sluggish weight loss results while on Paleo, this one step could be the difference maker, and after just 30 days of following this ritual you might notice rather effortless weight loss.

COCONUT OIL RITUAL #2: Wash Your Hair and Moisturize with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil makes a great moisturizer for your hair. Not only are you avoiding all of the chemical additives in store bought hair moisturizers, you’re using something that’s totally natural, and helps protect your hair from drying out. The process is just as easy as using a regular conditioner, and the coconut oil will leave your hair with the soft smell of coconut, without the need of any artificial scents added.


Mixing the coconut oil with water makes it easier to apply to your hair, and you don’t need any other ingredients in order to get the job done. Watch as your hair soaks up the oil and has a lustrous, moisturized look. Those with frizzy, dry hair will benefit most from this step, and since it’s all-natural you can use it every morning or as needed without worrying about built-up additives and impurities.

COCONUT OIL RITUAL #3: Pull with Coconut Oil Immediately When You Wakeup

Oil pulling is an age-old Ayurvedic practice, and coconut oil works great for the process. Right when you wake up, before you brush your teeth even, you simply take a spoonful of coconut oil and begin swishing it back and forth in your mouth, the way you’d use a mouthwash. You don’t swallow it and you don’t spit it, you just continue to swish it around in your mouth for 5 minutes all the way up to 20 minutes, whatever you have time for.

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The antibacterial nature of coconut oil goes to work on killing germs in your mouth, and it gets the name oil pulling because the idea is that it is pulling toxins from your mouth before they get a chance to make their way to the rest of the body. Oil pulling proponents say it gives you more energy, helps fight bad breath, and can even whiten teeth. Coconut oil is such a good detox tool that it’s listed in The Coconut Oil Secret as the “ultimate detox”.


Ask a Question 

  1. Hi! I have a question about the oil-pulling. So if you don’t swallow it and don’t spit it, what do you do with it when you are done?

    • After your 15-20 minutes of swishing, spit the coconut oil in the trash, NOT DOWN THE SINK DRAIN. It solidifies very quickly & can clog your drain. Also, you don’t want to swallow the toxins you have removed. Then just brush your teeth as normal. It leaves my teeth feeling clean & polished like I just went to the dentist for a cleaning.

    • Spit it in the trash. Don’t spit in the sink, or even the toilet, it will build up and clog your drains. Waste basket only! 🙂

    • It is confusing, you do spit it out. I spit mine in a paper towel. When coconut oil gets cool, it takes on a solid form and I have heard can clog pipes.

  2. Alexia, I oil pull regularly. You don’t spit it out until you are done swishing. Definitely don’t swallow all the toxins you just pulled! 🙂

  3. What is the best kind of coconut oil to use for pulling- clear or chunky type have to melt in mouth first? What type do you buy to use?

    • I use warm liquid coconut oil. I warm up some water and put the jar of oil in to warm up. NEVER MICROWAVE COCONUT OIL. use any brand but make sure it is organic,unrefined extra virgin oil. also I do my pulling at night after brushing my teeth just before bedtime. if I do this earlier in the evening it helps me not to snack all night:)

  4. I oil-pull every morning and spit into paper towel after around 10-15 minutes. You don’t want to swallow (toxins) and you don’t want to spit into your sink or toilet, as over time it will harden in your pipes. Hope this helps 🙂

  5. I have only seen the soft coconut oil. I Ave not seen the liquid type. Would I find that in the same area as the cooking oils?

  6. @alexia The oil from your mouth is to go into the garbage, and definitely *not* down the sink or in the toilet as it will clog pipes.

    Great tips!

    • I Have been buying Gold Label Virgjn Coconut Oil online from Typical Traditions for several years. A little pricey but great product!

    • Did u find the answer about not pulling if u have the old, silver fillings? I’m interested in finding out?!

  7. You can find it in any grocery it come in a jar
    And it dissolves minute it hits your hands or your mouth I use it for so many things I put it in my morning coffee my bath my face cuticles feet excetra

  8. Coconut oil is also great on cheese toasty. You replace the butter with the oil. I buy the unrefined organic virgin coconut oil.

  9. I’be read on countless other blogs to swish for 20 MINUTES, it has to be this long for the oil to really make a difference.

  10. What is ratio of water to coconut oil for hair conditioner and how much should you use on short hair. I assume it isn’t rinsed off because of build-up and stopping up pipes, correct?

  11. I use coconut oil as a hair “mask”. Put it in a little sauce bottle to make it easy to apply and warm it so it is runny. I have long hair and use approx 2-3 tablespoons. In small amounts, pour onto your head and rub in. After you completely cover your head, give it a good massage. Leave in for as long as possible, at least 30 mins, even overnight. Wash out in the shower, you made need to shampoo twice. I don’t even need to condition after it as it leaves my hair so silky. I also use an organic baby shampoo. I had really bad skin problems and very oily hair on my head and had to wash every 2nd day. Now I only have to shampoo every 4 days and do the mask once a week. It has changed my life.

  12. I have been oil-pulling for 3 years and have not been sick one day since I started! And, I used to have severe allergies and get sick every season of the year! The only thing I do that wasn’t mentioned is after spitting out the oil, I rinse my mouth with hot salt water! That helps get rid of any germs that did not attach themselves to the oil. It also helps get the oily taste out of your mouth! There are many, many benefits of oil-pulling…almost too many to mention! Thank you for bringing this to the public’s attention! I try to get everyone I know who suffers with allergies to try this and they are more concerned about the “grossness” of it to even try it! Their loss!!!

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