Up until a few weeks ago I didn’t have any idea what the heck “oil pulling” was. Some of you may have been reading the latest buzz, while some of you still have no clue what the heck I’m talking about.
I first read about it in this blog post: WTF is Oil Pulling + Why I’m Hooked
After reading the aforementioned post, I did some google searches and read lots and lots more. I’ll get into the benefits in a minute, but let’s just say I got to oil pulling right away and have been doing it daily ever since. In fact, I’m doing it at this very moment!
Let’s cover the basics…
Oil Pulling: What the heck is it + how it works
- It comes from an Ayurvedic medicine, dating back thousands of years; it was believed to cure diabetes, high blood pressure, etc AND improve oral health by using oil to pull bacteria, fungus and other toxins from the mouth and throat
- By swishing the oil in your mouth and between the teeth, the oil mixes with saliva, detoxifying and degerming along the way
- Endless benefits (see below)
- It’s easy (“how to” below)
There are lots and lots of them, but here are some of the more prevalent ones I read about…
- Seriously a ridic amount of oral health benefits, including: whiter teeth; healthier gums; prevents cavities and gingivitis; can get rid of halitosis (bye-bye bad breath!)
- Helps with migraines
- Helps with TMJ (can help reduce jaw pain holistically)
- Clears sinuses
- Can help clear skin
- Also has been shown to help with asthma, fatigue, diabetes and PMS
Now that you’ve read some of the possible benefits, I know you’re just dying to know how to get started…
- Take anywhere from 1 tsp to 1 tbsp of extra virgin organic coconut oil (or sesame or olive oil – just be sure it’s an organic plant-based oil) and put it in your mouth
- Swish for up to 20 minutes making sure to swish between the teeth
- DO NOT SWALLOW – it’s loaded with toxins, germs and the like
- Spit it out into the trash – don’t get lazy and spit it down the sink unless you want issues with your pipes down the road
- Do a quick mouth rinse with some warm water (if in the morning, you can then proceed to brush your teeth)
Gotta go rinse…
Personal Takeaways + Tips
- I’m obsessed with coconut oil so that’s the one I’ve been using and recommending to everyone I’ve been telling about this whole oil pulling thing – here’s an oldie but goodie post on why I’m Cuckoo for Coconut Oil if you’d like to read up
- I have to say I’ve noticed whiter teeth and fresher breath in the mere two and a half weeks or so since I’ve started – plus less plaque
- Clearer sinuses (yay!)
- I try to do it first thing in the morning – work it into your daily routine (it takes 21 days to form a habit so try it for a few weeks and see if it sticks)
- Start with 1 tsp and work your way up to 1 tbsp
- Don’t worry if you can’t do the full 20 minutes at first, it’s okay if you only get to 10 and gradually work your way up
- Setting a timer helps – I oil pull in the shower if I’m in a hurry, while I’m checking e-mails – even blogging!
- I’m starting to enjoy it – who doesn’t want an all natural way to improve, at the very least, their oral health?!
My dad also just started doing it yesterday; so far so good!
If you don’t already have coconut oil at home, go out and buy it – it’s not only great for this, but a myriad of other all natural diy beauty routines (some of which will be coming up on the blog. get excited!).
Have you tried oil pulling? If so, would love your thoughts below!