The one where ya pull oil.

Meet Oil Pulling.  Oil pulling has gained much popularity in the recent years, but to be honest, I didn’t jump on the bandwagon until only the past month.  🙂  It is an Ayurvedic medicine technique to help promote healthy oral care and remove oral bacteria.  Oil pulling is typically used with coconut oil, which has its own set of endless benefits.  All them memes out there about having 99 problems and coconut oil solved them all.  🙂

How oil pulling works is swishing a tablespoon of coconut oil in your mouth every morning for about 10-20 minutes.  That first step in itself is probably my biggest reason for having gone all this time without attempting to pull some oil.  TMI, but I think I salivate way too much, just thinking about it is already making me increase in saliva.  🙂  Yikes!  So for the past month, I’ve made it (or attempted) to make it a habit to do some coconut oil pulling right when I get out of bed.  I like to do this before brushing my teeth as a pre-oral care step.  I, however, probably use about 1 teaspoon of coconut oil and swish it well in my mouth for a good 10 minutes.  I find that 20 minutes is just way too long for me.  🙂  Remember to discard it in the trash, NOT the sink, toilet, bathtub, etc cause coconut oil has an unforgiving temperature point—below 76 degrees, it will solidify, whereas above 76 degrees, it will liquefy.  Thusly, if it goes down the drain and turns into solid form, it will clog the pipes and y’all will have a disaster I’m sure.  🙂

cocoroo_mint_condition_coconut_oilSide note with all this talk about coconut oil.  I am using the CocoRoo Mint Condition Organic Coconut Moisturizing Lotion for my coconut oil pulling choice.  🙂  They use extra virgin cold-pressed USDA Certified organic coconut oil with cold-press macadamia nut oil.  I specially chose this mint flavor to go along with the rest of my minty oral care flavor preference.  They do have a lavender and naked (original) flavor if y’all are interested in those.  This one is infused with organic peppermint oil and natural menthol to give that minty taste.  And even though this Mint Condition is labeled as a moisturizer, the benefits of coconut oil go beyond moisturizing as I mentioned above (the benefits of coconut oil alone is definitely its own post, be on the outlook in the near future.)

So back to oil pulling.  🙂  Here’s just a handful of benefits (and I’m sure the list can go on and on):

  • Whitens teeth
  • Prevents cavities
  • Help reduce tooth decay
  • Help reduce bad breath (which is usually due to cavities and tooth decay)
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Helps heal bleeding gums
  • Helps reduce gingivitis
  • Reduces sensitivity
  • There have been testimonies that it helps with skin problems, infections, hormone imbalances, and even headaches, just to name a few.

Once I spit out the coconut oil after 10-20 minutes (do not swallow the swished oil, y’all don’t want the nasties in it back into y’all’s bodies), I rinse my mouth well with warm water.  I actually do this a few times to make sure I get all remnant out.  Then I continue with the rest of my oral care routine—floss, brush teeth, and whiten.  🙂

Full Ingredients of CocoRoo Mint Condition Organic Coconut Moisturizing Lotion: Organic Virgin Cold-Pressed Coconut Oil, Cold-Pressed Macadamia Nut Oil.  *Mint condition® contains organic peppermint oil and natural menthol

What are y’all’s experience(s) with oil pulling?  Have y’all noticed a difference in y’all’s oral health?  Please share!  🙂

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