I decided to try the ancient Ayurvedic practice of oil pulling. My coworker sent me an article about it so I decided to take the plunge with her and try it out.
What is oil pulling, exactly? The idea of it is to put a tablespoon of natural oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. Then, you spit it and all the toxins and bacteria it collected out (into the garbage). There are claims that it can rid you of bad breath, whiten your teeth and can even make your skin better! Since I have been prone to breakouts lately, I decided to give it a whirl.
I headed to Whole Foods on my lunch break to pick up some unrefined coconut oil. They were almost all sold out! I got one of the last jars and my coworker had to get a different brand. I guess oil pulling was becoming popular in SchaumVegas!
I didn’t brush my teeth before I pulled because I wanted to see what it would do to my morning breath. I really like the taste of the coconut oil! It is a little bit of a weird sensation and after about 12 minutes it just feels like you are swishing around a lot of spit in your mouth. I made it through the full 20 minutes and was proud of myself! It helped that I really distracted myself during the full 20 minutes- I dried my hair, checked my email, and started putting on my makeup. I think if I was just laying there thinking about it I wouldn’t have made it through the full 20. Post pull, my teeth feel very smooth and I still have a hint of coconut on my breath. Best of all, my morning breath is completely gone! And it may be my imagination (it is) but my teeth look whiter!
I won’t lie I was really excited to oil pull today. For some reason I was really looking forward to it! When I got home last night I looked at my coconut oil and it was completely liquid (I bought the solid version) because my apartment is a sauna. So I put it in the fridge. Then, this morning, the oil was completely solid and I had to chip it out with a spoon. Anyway, the 20 minutes flew by again but today it really just felt like spit the entire time (after the chunks liquefied). I notice the coconut aftertaste less today, which is good because I think I would have gotten tired of it after a while. I also woke up with noticeably less offensive morning breath, which is great!
Still going well!
I have almost completed a week of oil pulling and it doesn’t seem like my skin is getting better :( However, I read a few articles that say that sometimes skin gets worse before it gets better, so let’s hope that is the case. I also have a bit of a cold so pulling with a stuffy nose is a little difficult. I still powered through two almost-sneezes and did the full 20 minutes.
I was a little hungover today from a bit too much red wine. Was hoping that the oil pulling would help as I have read the coconut oil can be good for hangovers. Didn’t help very much. Oh well.
I am out of town and (obviously) didn’t carry on my jar of coconut oil with me. I sort of miss it :(
Oil pulling is legitimately a part of my morning routine. I missed it on my 5 day break and now it seems natural to do my makeup, blow dry my hair and start my day while swishing oil in my mouth.
Day 22 (today):
I noticed yesterday and this morning that my skin looks a LOT better. I used to have a lot of morning redness and that seems to have gone away. I love the taste of the coconut oil still, I have even started to slip it in my morning green smoothies.
Coconut Oil also has a TON of other uses. I love using it as moisturizer for my legs and elbows and even as lip balm. It is great for cooking and good for smoothies as well. Have you tried oil pulling or would you try it?