You may have heard people talk about oil pulling and all of the amazing health benefits people get from doing it regularly.
So, what exactly is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient Indian practice used to clean to teeth and gums using cold-pressed vegetable-based oil. Basically you put 2 teaspoons of oil (coconut, sesame or olive) into your mouth and just swish it around in there for 20 minutes. The timing is everything, as this allows sufficient time for the oil to break through bacteria and plaque, but not long for you to start reabsorbing all the yucky stuff that’s left in the oil by the end.
Once you have swished and swirled that oil around for 20 minutes you need to spit it out. Do not swallow! I repeat, DO NOT SWALLOW! As this oil now has all the horrible bacteria and plaque that was hanging around in your mouth in it, and that’s certainly something you do not want to be ingesting. Spit it into a bin, not the sink, otherwise it may clog up your plumbing. Rinse your mouth with warm water and give your teeth a thorough brushing too (preferably with an organic toothpaste) to be sure you have killed off any extra bacteria lurking around.
Now, how does it actually work?
Well, oil is able to cut through toxins and plaque without disturbing the teeth or gums, so it gives a really intense clean. An added bonus is that it actually whitens your teeth naturally too, so those pearly whites will be a shining!
Your mouth is the perfect gateway for toxins to make their way into your body, so killing them off before they have a chance to spread throughout your body keeps you one step ahead of those nasty, illness and disease causing germs. Other benefits that have been reported are an improvement with arthritis, headaches, skin conditions, hormonal imbalances and much more. Plus it helps keep your breath smelling fresh.
And I know what you are going to ask next… have I tried it myself?
In the interest of being able to write this blog, I have. I set the timer on my phone for 20 minutes, took a swig of organic unrefined coconut oil and began swishing at the very time I starting writing this blog.
Being a first timer, I found I had to really concentrate on not swallowing any of the oil, but I’m sure the more you do it, the easier it becomes. I would suggest for first timers to have something to keep your mind off what you are doing, I found the time went by quite quickly as I was absorbed in typing, but if I were just watching the time tick by I may not have reached 20 minutes! Again, I am sure this becomes easier the more you do it. And what a great excuse to go and grab a trashy magazine and have a break for 20 minutes!
So, have I noticed any difference in my teeth?
They definitely feel smoother and do seems to look shinier, but I assume it takes more than one go to see the real benefits. So, in saying that, I will now pledge that I, Bonnie from Indah, will oil pull every single day until Easter, which is about 3 weeks from now. After that I promise I will report back to you all about it went and how white and shiny my teeth are!
In the meantime, I urge you to give it a go as well; you’ve got nothing to lose!