Have you guys heard of oil pulling? It’s one of those that I first heard about and then coincidentally heard it mentioned again and again from various sources over the next few weeks. At first I was skeptical and thought it was another new age trend brought to us by our friends at Whole Foods. But it’s not a fad, in fact, it’s been around since ancient times and is an Ayurvedic (form of alternate medicine) practice for detox and rejuvenation. After reading of the health benefits that oil pulling brings, I was intrigued and set out to learn more. Plus, something that will whiten my team AND cure a hangover?? SIGN. ME. UP.
So what is it?
Ancient oil pullers used sunflower or sesame oil, but from what my research shows, most people nowadays use organic coconut oil. Coconut oil is full of antimicrobial properties which kill bacteria which occupy your mouth. Basically you swish the coconut oil around your mouth for 20 minutes. During this time the oil, which has a “sticky-ness” to, it travels around your mouth/ up into pockets your toothbrush can’t reach & pulls out the bacteria & disgusting toxins.
A few of my favorite benefits:
- Whitens teeth
- Strengthens your gums/teeth/& jaw.
- Prevents cavities & gingivitis. Some people even reported it helped their cavities?!
- Helps get rid of acne/ eczema/ psoriasis/ & other skin care issues.
- General body detox
- Cures a hangover (hallelujah!!!)
- Helps with sleep issues
- Clears out your sinuses & helps allergy sufferers
- If you have halitosis, oil pulling has been a big savior for many sufferers & your morning breath will get MUCH better
- Helps with general pain issues.
- Manages any weird hormonal imbalances.
Also said to help with:
- Back and Neck Pain
- Bad Breath
- Chronic Fatigue
- Crohn’s Disease
- Dental Cavities
- Migraine Headaches
- Mucous Congestion
- Peptic Ulcers
- Periodontal Disease
- Bleeding Gums
- Tooth Abscess
How do you do it?
1. Everything I read said to do this first thing in the morning and on an empty stomach
2. Drink a large glass of water first to help remove some of the bacteria that grew throughout the night
3. Spoon 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil in your mouth and begin swishing. The consistency of the oil is similar to Crisco, but don’t worry, it quickly dissolves into a liquid form. Not going to lie, I gagged the first minute it was in my mouth. It’s a weird texture, but just try to look past that and it will be a liquid before you know it.
4. Swish the oil in your mouth for 20 minutes. This might seem like a lot at first, so start with 5 and work your way up to 20. I put my spoonful in before I hop in the shower. It helps to be distracted while you’re doing it. Try not to swallow the oil, because remember its pulling all the toxins out of your body. However, it’s not the end of the world if you do swallow some.
5. When the 20 minutes is up, spit the oil in the garbage, not your sink. The oil will solidify and clog your drains.
6. Make sure you brush your teeth afterwards to remove any remaining toxins that are in your mouth. From what I read, it’s suggested that you use a separate tooth brush for this than your regular one.
7. Repeat! You can oil pull up to 3x a day and it is recommended that you do it consistently for 30 days and then again as needed.