Oil Pulling

I found this new thing called "Oil Pulling". Well , its not really a new thing but its new to me because I have never heard of this. So I started doing some research and all I find is positive things about it. Not sure yet if its just another health gimmick or not. I just have to try it and find out for myself.

What is Oil Pulling?
Its a traditional Indian folk remedy that involves swishing oil in the mouth. oil pulling is capable of both improving oral health and treating systemic diseases such as diabetes mellitus or asthma.
While scientific evidence is lacking to support any systemic benefits of oil pulling, some studies have suggested that it may reduce oral plaque, halitosis, and gingivitis.

The most obvious result of oil pulling is improved dental health. Teeth become whiter, gums pinker and healthier looking, and breath fresher. That alone makes it worthwhile. What is really remarkable is that the health benefits don't stop there. Many health problems, including those which medical science has yet to find cures for, are also improved or completely cured. Oil pulling has the potential to help with just about any illness or chronic condition.
This information was found on different websites

How to:
While on an empty stomach, just take a tablespoon of  pure oil such as vegetable oil, sunflower oil, olive oil, sesame oil or coconut oil. (Coconut oil seems to be the most preferred. Its thick at first).
Swish for 15 minutes. Do not swallow or gargle.
No need to wear your mouth out doing this, just gently swish up and down and back and forth as you would with mouth wash.
Once your done, spit it out in the toilet. Why toilet? Because the toxins that are removed can be full of bacteria and you wouldn't want to spit this in your sink. But if you do, just do a good cleaning afterwards.
After you spit, rinse with water and brush your teeth as usual.

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My first experience:
I used regular 100%Pure Vegetable oil (same thing I cook with).
I put a tiny little drop of mint flavoring in it. ( I was scared).
I swished for 10 minutes. I could have done it longer but I had to sneeze.
It wasn't bad at all. It didn't feel like oil and became watery quick. I read where that means its working.
When I was done, My mouth actually felt clean, not slimy like I thought it would feel. My teeth shined and looked whiter ( I know. silly but if I thought they looked whiter, then that's OK. Just staying positive.)
Later that afternoon, I noticed that I would every so ofter cough up a little Phlegm. I'm not sick, however, I do suffer from allergies but coughing up Phlegm is not a normal effect for me, so, maybe its toxins? Again. Its probably just my imagination. I have a tendency to experience or see anything Im thinking of.

To find out more, just search "oil pulling" There is a lot of sites on this subject. Some are more interesting and informational than I my post.
Here is the Best article I found online . CLICK HERE .

Now what:
I will try this a couple weeks just to see I notice anything different about my health.
I'm still sketical about this being some kind of gimmick. I can't come seem to grip that all this happens through your mouth. So if you have ever heard about or tried this, I'd love to hear your results.

1 comment

  1. hi, Lisa!I came from Elisabeth's blog after she nominated our fr Liebster award:)
    I saw this post and would like to add something to it.the coconut oil has a property of stiffening when it's cold.so, if this is a case, just put the bottle/tube with it into hot water.
    I live in India now, and coconut oil is very popular here. it's used for hair as well:)i'd like to try your mouth wash recipe. let's see:)Anna

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