How the heck do you start this technique called “Oil Pulling”?

How many have you heard the term Oil Pulling and have no earthly idea what it is? ME TOO! Like several times.

#oilpulling hmmm?? Who wants to try this?!

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So, I decided I should use the all powerful Google and figure it out for myself.  What I came up with is a simple method using oil (preferably extra virgin coconut or olive oil) to pull toxins out of your body, which could whiten your teeth AND helps boost your body’s overall health.

As of today, I have tried this nifty trick twice.  The first time, I hated it and the second time I managed through it. By managing through it, I mean I could barely keep the coconut oil in my mouth for twenty minutes.  That’s right, you heard me: Twenty-LONG-Minutes.

However, I figured out the trick.  Less IS more. The less coconut oil you put in your mouth, the longer you can handle swishing it around in there! So for starters, I would begin with a teaspoon or less of coconut oil.  Next, set your timer for 20 minutes and swish away.  When it is all over, spit it out into the trash can, rinse and enjoy!

If you are curious about Oil Pulling and its other benefits, I found all my advice from Fashion Lush!

 

 

It is only fair that I explore the scientific or medical side of oil pulling.  Scientifically speaking, the studies results are mixed.

According to US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health:

“Oil pulling is a powerful detoxifying Ayurvedic technique that has recently become very popular as a CAM remedy for many different health ailments. Using this method, surgery or medication could be prevented for a number of chronic illnesses. The oil therapy is preventative as well as curative.”

However, Science Based Medicine believes the ancient technique is outdated:

“Recently several researchers have done small pilot studies looking at the effects of oil pulling. Some are overtly trying to support traditional Indian treatments, but at least they are clear about their biases. In any case, these small studies show that swishing oil in the mouth daily does have an effect, unsurprisingly, on oral bacteria.”

According to these researchers, and the NCBI studies, it can act as a preventive measure for certain oral diseases.

The researchers that Science-Based Medicine concludes for one of the studies that:

“Oil pulling can be used as an effective preventive adjunct in maintaining and improving oral health.”

Also, for all you visual learners, check out this great Oil Pulling “How To” video by Holistic Habits:

 

Now it is time for you to get on this “fad” and give it a swish! Let me know how it works out for you!

 

 

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