I Tried Oil Pulling For A Week. Here's my honest opinion.

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What is Oil Pulling?

It is a holistic approach to oral health from thousands of years ago. The idea is, you take up to two spoonfuls of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it for 10-20 minutes. Many people swear by it because not only is it effective in improving your oral health and detoxifying your body, it is also a very cheap alternative to other commercial remedies.I only found out about it stemming from Ayurvedic medicine as I do research for this post and just to segue, it's something Ive wanted to learn more on ever since I listened to Lavendaire’s podcast wherein she interviewed an Ayurveda coach but it kind of slipped in my mind. Now Im reading about it again because of oil pulling. Nice one, universe!

So, how does it work?

The oil works as a magnet for the toxins stored in our saliva. The more we swish, the more saliva our body produces so the more toxins and bacteria come out which are trapped in the oil. And then you spit it out! Tada. The method is from the ancient Hindu tradition

Ive heard about this method for a while back. Even tried it months or a year ago but it didnt work out for me. My gag reflex was so bad that I immediately had to spit it before the coconut oil was fully in my mouth. I called it off after that haha! I guess it was also influenced by the articles Ive read that cursed oil pulling because it’s the grossest thing. Months later, I decided to give it a try once more and to girl up this time and not chicken out!

Oil Pulling Benefits in bullets:

  • Whitens and strengthen teeth
  • Detoxifies body
  • Increased gum health
  • Helps with bad breath
  • Keeps the skin clear
  • Boost Immune System
  • Aids hormonal changes
  • Reduced headaches

My experience:

I probably gagged one too many times on the first day. Whose idea was it to swish coconut oil in your mouth? Why?! But I really wanted to do it and prove something to myself. Haha! I did everything I could to distract myself. Thank goodness for the new Taylor Swift album I had to dance with my dog to. 

I managed to swish 2 tablespoons and replacing it every 3 minutes when I feel like throwing up. Im realising now how much oil Ive wasted. Thats more or less 12 tablespoons because I swished for 20 minutes! But it was all worth it because I felt so proud. I was able to do it for that long!

After that, my mouth has never felt cleaner! What have I been doing all this time? IM SO CLEAN. Lol. And Im not sure if it has anything to do with me feeling a different aura in myself, or I was just generally so happy that day.

I really enjoyed my first try and really, it’s not so bad as I made myself believe! I put it off for too long. Maybe I underestimated my own power haha! I told myself, "Im definitely doing this again."

Day 2 was much easier and I wasted less oil. Haha! But I was still on my learning stage. My tummy felt weird because I did it on an empty stomach as the research suggested. Thinking about it now, I was probably only surprised because I do it often now and I dont experience stomach pain anymore!

I also decided to cut my swishing time to 10 minutes because I noticed how dry my throat felt after the 20 minute sessions. But the effects started to show and I was living for it!! I felt so much better.

The following days were easy peasy. It has easily made its way to my morning routine as I continued. Research suggested that I do first thing in morning before anything else because thats when the mouth stores the most bacteria but I believe as long as you do it, time shouldnt really matter. The biggest challenge was on the mornings I would wake up with a clogged nose. How am I supposed to breathe?! Lol but other than that, oil pulling isnt as bad as I made myself believe. Why did I put it off for so long? 

Tips on Oil Pulling:


1. Spit it in the trash - every article Ive read and video Ive watched told me to do this AND YET, I still manage to screw it up. Haha! Dont be like me! Spit it in the trash if you dont want to clog your sink. Remember, youre playing with oil here! OIL. I’ll take my advice, too.

2. Melt it first - most people scoop it straight from the container while the oil is still in its solid-soft state due to exposure in low temperature. I once did it, put the weird soft ball of oil in my mouth and boy, did it make the process a million times unbearable! I was only able to swish for a minute or two before I let go of the whole thing. It’s a much different story when the oil is liquid because it then becomes a breeze! Easy.

3. Keep yourself busy while at it - when youre starting out, the only worse thing about swishing oil in your mouth is thinking about the oil in your mouth. I found that giving my mind something to focus on, such as reading or doing the dishes, I find it easier to swish for a longer period of time. I also like doing it in the shower so it’s like shooting two birds with one stone! (3 actually, I listen to my affirmations then too soo.. Go me!!!)

4. Dont go overboard! - Once the benefits become noticeable, you may feel like a rockstar winning at life and you’ll want to do it for longer and more often. Unfortunately, it’s one of those things you can’t apply your “go big or go home” principle in. Ive experienced having a very dry throat and upset stomach. Also, be careful not to inhale some in your lungs or swallow it! Havent experienced it but just looking out for my girls aka you.

Would I recommend it?

DUH. Yes. Make your way to the drugstore now and get coconut oil! I mean you can also use other oils but I only tried coconut. It’s really a game changer for me! There’s so much more to gain than you have to lose, if there are even any. Our mouth is a passageway to our body and its very important to realise that. Go the extra mile when it comes to taking care of your mouth by giving oil pulling a try and experience it for yourself! :) 

 

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What are your thoughts on oil pulling?


Always,
Nicole.

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