Ok so I originally saw this on Dr Oz, I think. I was flipping through channels on my day off and I landed on this segment about it. Now he seems like a nice enough guy, but I’m not a fan of the show, so I quickly wrote off what I had seen and moved on to the nearest cartoon.
It wasn’t until weeks later that I saw people tweeting about it that I became curious. Other than the occasional “this feels gross”, no one really had anything bad to say about it so I decided to look into it. The internet is littered with posts about it. Each claiming pretty much the same thing. Better breath, white teeth, healthier gums. But some also had things listed like less acne and eczema, help with sinusitis (which I have a lot of), better hair, less headaches…that kind of thing. A couple of friends tried it and one said it helped with her TMJ, another said she had less arthritic pain. So I decided Id try it. If it didn’t work I could use the oil for cooking or for my hands.
I found a large jar or unrefined raw organic coconut oil at Safeway for $10. All the sites I found said it was best to use unrefined. I tried it right away.
The oil itself looks alot like wax in the jar. But if you put some on your hand it quickly melts clear. I tried this in my mouth as well. I put a bit on my tongue and it melted clear. Didn’t taste horrible, so I decided to go big or go home. I did a tea spoon for 20 minutes. It tastes like raw coconut. It melted right away into a watery oil and I swished. When I spit it out into a cup, the first thing I saw was that it wasn’t clear anymore. It looked like milk. Did that really come out of my mouth? Ugh. After discarding the stuff in the trash (don’t put in your sink because it will mess up your pipes), I took a good look at my mouth. I immediately say that gums looked better and my mouth felt pretty okay. I brushed. I repeated it at bed time. Same thing. This morning I did it again. My teeth are whiter. My gums are pink, and this morning when I woke up my nose didn’t hurt.
Something else I noticed was that in the morning, I typically wake up feeling a tad bit nauseated. That usually persists until I have coffee or sugar in me. But not this morning. In fact when I woke up this morning I felt great, like really great. My skin wasn’t terribly dry and itchy through the night which it usually is.
Now, I cant say if I’m going to see improvements in my arthritis, which I have in my neck and back, or if I’m going to see long term benefits in my sinuses or in my skin (which by the way looked darn right dewey this morning) What I am going to say is that I’m definitely going to keep doing it based on what I’ve seen so far.
If you don’t like coconut or if you have an allergy, you can use different oils, but they need to be unrefined, raw and organic is better because it seems to be a lot purer. I’ve read of people using Safflower and flavoring it with peppermint oil, or parsley. You can also use avocado, nut (such as almond, walnut, sesame or peanut) but all in all I gotta say I like the coconut. And there really wouldn’t be a reason not to add peppermint to coconut, I imagine it would taste a lot like a mojito without the lime. (although Adding lime probably wouldn’t hurt it)
Just make sure that when you do it, you spit it out and don’t swallow. It wont kill you if you do, but the point of doing oil pulling to draw out toxins, swallowing them would just put them right back in. Also, while some people doing this have stopped brushing altogether because their mouth already feel clean after doing the pull, Id recommend you brush anyway. You don’t want residual toxins left on your teeth or in your mouth, plus it doesn’t eliminate morning breath and a tooth brush can get into those spots in your mouth where a rinse can’t.
The good thing about Coconut as well is that it has antiseptic properties which helps with gum irritation, and in the killing of germs in general.
So I’m going to keep this up!