Oil pulling?

Coconut with jars of coconut oil and cosmetic cream on wooden ba

Coconut oil and apple cider vinegar. It doesn’t sound appealing and to be quite honest, it isn’t. However, I won’t be stopping this morning routine anytime soon. It’s another early Monday morning and in order to kick start my day, I begin oil pulling.

You may have heard about oil pulling through holistic health sites and Facebook videos. Oil pulling is the process of using oil, such as coconut oil, sesame oil, or sunflower oil, to draw out toxins from the mouth. After extensive research into the topic, I finally decided to try it myself; swishing coconut oil in my mouth every morning for 20 minutes before eating or drinking anything. I’ve been doing this for about 2 months now and, at first, I was a little disappointed. I didn’t feel any different and I didn’t see anything happen. I’m not a very patient person so the fact that every bit of research I did on the topic said it was a slow process made me not even want to try it. So, despite the agonizing waiting process, alas! Here I am writing a whole post on it.  I can finally sit down and talk about my personal experience with it.

I notice my teeth have remained whiter longer. I whiten my teeth twice a year so I can notice when my teeth begin to stain due to teas and fruits. However, the two months of oil pulling has kept the staining to a very bare minimum, if any at all.

Morning breath isn’t a problem anymore. No one likes to admit they have morning breath. Over the course of the two months I have noticed a drastic change in “morning breath” intensity. It’s not as strong and not as prevalent. The toxins in your mouth, from everyday foods and the surrounding air, block glands and build up. Toothpaste doesn’t always address the toxins that have reached deeper parts of glands. The oil pulls out the toxins on that deeper level allowing those glands to open up.

I can taste better. This one might really be all in my head, but hear me out.  I have always loved spicy and heavily seasoned foods. I started noticing that I could really taste and even pick out the spices in certain foods. This happened within the first week that I started oil pulling. Clearing out the toxins includes cleaning out your taste buds.

 

This process takes time and patience. I didn’t get immediate results, but I can definitely notice a change in the short time that I gave it a try. It helps wake me up and start my day off right. Currently, there isn’t any extensive scientific research into the benefits of oil pulling. It has been historically used in Asia and India with people claiming that it cured oral issues such as gingivitis. I cannot attest to this and I continue to use toothpaste and mouth wash twice a day as recommended.

I personally see a change in my oral health and I will continue to use it in my morning routine. Look up some information for yourself and give it a try. Let me know how it goes and if it works for you!

-esteph

 

Check out my post on apple cider vinegar!

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