Oil Pulling

Oil pulling is something new to me. I started it about a week ago and have already noticed some changes in how I feel.

The biggest thing I notice is in my oral hygiene. Oil pulling is noted for improving your dental health by freshening the breath and whitening the teeth. By the way, it seems to be working. My mouth feels cleaner, my teeth are a bit whiter and the sore spot on my upper gum is healing. Overall I’m happy with the results. Doing this has also improved my sinus and ear congestion.  I haven’t been congested for over a week. One of the other benefits I hope it has is to clear up my skin but that’s another story.

Oil pulling is done by using an oil that is swished around in the mouth for 15 to 20 minutes. Coconut oil is often used because of its antibacterial benefits and the fact it has vitamins A, E, D and C in it.

Some people find the texture of the coconut oil difficult to handle and can only swish for a few minutes. The “standard” amount of oil to use is one tablespoon, I’m sorry but that’s a real mouth full since it expands as you swish. The expansion is supposed to indicate that the toxins are being pulled from your body.  I use about  1 1/2 teaspoons instead. I hold it in my mouth until it liquefies then swish away. You do not have to swish constantly or as vigorously as you do with mouthwash because you do it for a longer period of time. I would suggest starting with a teaspoon and increase the amount to a tablespoon if you can.

According to earthclinic.com oil pulling has been used for at least 3,000 years in Asia and India. Other things oil pulling is said to improve are diabetes, arthritis, acne, heart disease, eczema and other chronic conditions. I came across it on this Facebook page Fibromyalgia Management with Essential Oils and thought it would be worth a try.

Earthclinic.com lists the steps to use when oil pulling, they are as follows:

  1. First thing in the morning, before brushing teeth or eating, swish one teaspoon to one tablespoon of natural, food-quality oil (sesame, coconut, olive, sunflower or safflower) in your mouth for 15-20 minutes. You must do it this long for it to work.
  2. Do not gargle in your throat.
  3. The oil will be milky and foamy when ‘done’.
  4. Spit out, do not swallow the oil with all the ‘bad stuff’.  If you have a septic system, spit oil into trash can instead of sink (in order to avoid potential plumbing problems.)
  5. Rinse mouth thoroughly with warm water.
  6. Brush teeth.
  7. Your mouth feels clean and fresh.
  8. A bit of peppermint oil can be added for flavor and additional freshness.

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