Don’t ask me why, but when I first saw the words oil pulling popping up on Facebook, I thought it had something to do with ear wax. When someone asked me about if I did oil pulling, I decided it was time to some research.
WHAT IS OIL PULLING?
Basically, oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic dental remedy that involves swishing coconut oil (you can also use sesame or sunflower oil) for 20 minutes. Advocates of oil pulling boost that this practice will improve oral health, whiten teeth, detoxify the body and improve your complexion, along with multiple other health benefits. Unfortunately, there just isn’t much medical evidence to support these health benefits.
Oil pulling is a practice still used for oral hygiene in some parts of the world. In these areas there often isn’t access to items like tooth brushes, tooth paste, and mouth wash.
Because I was curious and wanted to write a blog post on oil pulling, I decided to give it a try and purchased a big ol’ container of coconut oil. The next morning I scooped out some and put it in my mouth. (Kind of gross at first…it reminded me of the Crisco shortening I use when I make pies.) After a minute or so the oil melts in your mouth and the pulling begins. The instructions say to gentle push the oil back and forth between your teeth. Since I can’t stand still, I decided to shower at the same time. After the shower, which was quickly shortened to 5 minutes, I spit out the oil. I have been doing this practice for about two weeks…so far haven’t noticed any difference in my health. (Not that I expected too J).
Side NOTE: Don’t spit it into your sink because it could re-harden and clog up your drain.
After reading numerous articles on oil pulling, my thoughts are it appears as oil pulling won’t hurt you…but I don’t believe it is the magical cure that some promote it to be.
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