When I first heard the words ‘oil pulling’ in a sentence I thought ok… that’s hard to do in reality due to the nature of oil (teehee). A friend of mine was explaining all the detoxing benefits, so I gave it a go. The first time I tried it I used Olive oil and the taste was a bit much. The way oil pulling works is that you put roughly 1/2- 1 teaspoon of oil in your mouth and then swish it around for as long as you can or until the oily mouth feeling just feels like spit. Then you spit out everything and give your mouth a rinse out with water.
With Olive oil, I felt like I had this taste in my mouth for the rest of the day, even when I was eating. Lesson learnt. The next time I tried it was with every eco-hippy’s good friend Coconut oil. I just let it melt a bit first on my tongue before I start swishing, then the same process as before. The taste of Coconut oil is mild in comparison to Olive oil. I have also heard of people using Sesame oil too – although I haven’t tried this due to the taste.
You can also try to add one or two drops of peppermint or another essential oil of your preference for taste and a minty breath smell.
Why oil pull? as the name implies the oil is pulling, on what? Its removing all the bad bacteria sitting in little crevices in around your gums and teeth and everywhere in your mouth. Coconut oil is antimicrobial and antifungal as well. It’s a mouth detox hero!
I have noticed with Coconut oil as well that it also helps to remove stains on teeth and whiten them. I’m no coffee drinker, but I do drink black tea in the morning and I love my red wine 😉 The reason oil pulling showed up on my radar recently is that I have started to notice a bit of receding gum on my top left tooth. Oil pulling deters gingivitis and gum disease and can assist with gum regeneration, so now its time to put it to the test! I love sweets and I’m getting old, one I can work on (reducing my sweets intake), the other I cant help. Although according to some studies, 30% of the population is predisposed to gum disease no matter how well they care for their teeth. Never the less, despite the cause, let’s see how I go with a daily oil pull for 30 days. Check out the before picture to the right. I will give you an update in 30 days 🙂