We are talking here about oil pulling, not any other kind of pulling:-).
What is oil pulling?
Oil pulling is an ancient (roughly 5,000 years old) Ayurvedic practice. It involves using high grade cold precessed oil to pull toxins out of your body.
Say WHAT? And HOW?
Pretty simple: you take a small amount of cold pressed oil and you swish it around your mouth pulling it through your teeth. Kind of like a mouthwash. How long? Anywhere from 5 to 20 minutes is usually recommended. Important: don't gargle and do NOT swallow it. When done, rinse your mouth with warm water and, ideally, brush your teeth. That's pretty much it.
WHY do it?
Well, that's where things get a bit more interesting because it really depends who you ask. Many well meaning medical professionals will tell you that "there is no scientific evidence that oil pulling removes toxins from your body or significantly improves dental health." And they may be right. Many holistic practitioners will tell you that "there are significant health benefits to be derived from oil pulling. " And they may be right also.
How do YOU know?
As with everything, try it out and see what you think. In the worst case scenario, it will do nothing but moisturize your gums and improve your breath. In the best case scenario, you will feel like a rock star (well, a clean one:-)).
Do I recommend it or do it? Yes to both! Personally, I was "sold" on the benefits of oil pulling when I noticed the total absence of the white coating on my tongue in the morning following oil pulling at night. Oh, and the fact that all of my "deep" periodontal pockets disappeared and my teeth became whiter was purely coincidental, I am sure. Because there really are no scientifically proven benefits of oil pulling:-). And the fact that my skin became even more clear and I slept even better at night was another another pure coincidence. Or was it?
Am I saying everyone will benefit from oil pulling? No, not really. If you live on a pristinely clean Caribbean island totally untouched by modern world pollution, you are unlikely to benefit from oil pulling a ton.
Just much up a coconut or two from the tree above your head and you will be just fine.... But, then, I actually don't actually know anyone living on a clean remote island.. Maybe it is just because my newsletter list is not all that big? Not sure... If you live on a remote island but are, shockingly, not on my newsletter list, go ahead and subscribe here? Thanks!
For everyone, else, I'd say, give it a try and see how YOU feel.
I have never had a client dislike oil pulling after I shared my tips with them. The "complaint" I see popping up online here and there, however, is gag reflex. Yes, you read it correctly. I agree this is unpleasant. So, PLEASE read the tips below to save yourself from the self-reported horror stories of "oil pulling gag reflex." There is no need to experience that.
Oil pulling it not rocket science but the benefits may very well outweigh rocket science when measured by success at the individual level (n=1, aka: bio-individualiy rocks!).
Here are the top tips, in a (coconut) nut shell:
1. Be awesome to yourself: use awesome oil. Which means it should actually taste good:-). Yes, I know this sounds obvious.. Right?
Here are my top two oils for oil pulling. Raw sesame oil and Skinny & Co coconut oil. I already talked about why I LOVE the raw coconut oil by Skinny & Co. So here is just one more reason. Skinny & Co also came out with a special "oil pulling" coconut oil. It is infused with blue peppermint oil, among other essential oils, and it smells and tastes like peppermint patty. It is simply divine and I am serious. Just do NOT swallow it even if you are tempted:-). As an added bonus, you get a handy "oil pulling guide" when you order the "oil pulling" coconut oil from Skinny & Co. Pretty awesome. No, you do not really need use the special "oil pulling" coconut oil from Skinny & Co as they regular coconut oil is fantastic already. But if you are brand new to oil pulling, the extra minty version is extra fun.
As for the raw sesame oil, I like it because it tastes like halvah. Yum!
Which one do I use? I use raw sesame oil at night (according to Ayurveda, it is calming for your adrenals as an extra bonus) and coconut oil in the morning.
2. Start with just 1/2 tbsp. Feel free to work up to that whole tablespoon any time but no pressure.
3. Give oil pulling a fair try for two weeks. Start slowly. Put it in our mouth, start squishing it around, let it melt, then spit it out. Did that work o.k.? Great! Did it feel good? Even better! Now do that again, try for 3 min. Next time, go for 5 and then build up to 20+. No rush and even 5 min is great! I do my morning oil pulling routine while putting my kids' school lunches together, so I simply do it for as long as it takes me to pack up their lunches. Sometimes it is 5 minutes, sometimes it is 20, sometimes it is anywhere in between.
4. Do NOT swallow the oil in your mouth (does swallowing the stubborn toxins you are actively pulling out sound like a good idea? I didn't think so). Spit it out into your trash can, not your sink. Rinse with warm water and brush your teeth. Smile: life if awesome and will only get better from here!
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