When I first saw all these posts on Facebook and Pinterest about oil pulling I immediately thought "GAG... gross! I will NEVER do that!" But... like all things that I've ever said "never" about, I decided why not... I'm going to try this and see what the hype is all about.
First let me say... the biggest thing that freaked me out was the thought of putting oil in my mouth. And swishing it. For 20 minutes. I have a weak gag reflex and I don't like white, creamy things (like mayo, ranch dressing, sour cream, alfredo sauce..... get your mind out of the gutter...) Coconut oil is white. And creamy. Which means that gives me the heebie jeebies.
However, I've been looking for a natural teeth whitener and kept noticing that oil pulling makes your teeth whiter. And so I decide to take the leap.
What IS oil pulling, you say?
Oil pulling has been around for years... it’s an ancient Ayurvedic technique that basically involves you swishing oil in your mouth for 20 minutes (no more no less) to help improve your oral & overall health. It's pretty simple... while you swish, the oils
What are the benefits of oil pulling?
- whitens teeth
- it gives you a reason to be quiet, relax and just BE for 20 min.
- banishes bad breath
- strengthens teeth, gums and jaws
- clears sinuses
- relieves headaches & hangovers
- increases overall oral health
- prevents cavities and gingivitis
- detoxifies body
- helps you sleep better
So... HOW do you oil pull?
Well...I have 3 easy steps for you!
Step 1 Spoon ½ to 1 tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth and begin swishing (I added 1 drop of YL peppermint essential oil).If it’s cold, it will melt. This is the step that wigs people out the most and to be honest, I almost quit right then and there. The melting... thick oil feeling... EEEK. GROOOSSS. But.... once it melted it was fine. There really wasn't a flavor, and it wasn't too bad!
Step 2 Swish the oil around your mouth for 5-20 minutes. Yes, 20 minutes sounds like forever. I swished while I was doing my makeup and hair so the time flew by. If you can't make it to 20 minutes, start with 5 minutes and work your way up to 20. Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither was your amazing new found dental health.
Step 3 Spit the oil in the garbage (do NOT spit down your sink drain... it'll solidify and clog it!) and brush your teeth. Don’t swallow it. Remember, it has "pulled" all of the bacteria out of your mouth – you don’t want to ingest that.
Now, I didn't taste the peppermint oil much while swishing, but once I spit the oil out I could taste it faintly. Next time I think I'm going to try YL Thieves. I love the cinnamon smell, and I think it'd be refreshing. So, try it! I swear to you... if *I* can do this... you can too! Come back and let me know how it worked for you. Today was my first try at it, but I plan to continue and hopefully update with my findings. Let me know what you think about oils pulling and if you've been doing it for awhile, have you seen any great benefits?!